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We are travelling to Indonesia next month and will be flying with a 4 year old and a baby. I am keen to know what others have done or experienced to make the airport and flight as positive as possible?

Posted by deb_gs, 20th April 2015

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  • Plan everything very well before and be organised. Take extra clothes for the baby, toddler and for you. Make sure you have enough nappies and some activities to keep your toddler entertained, things like books, favourite toy and an iPad or DVD player, don’t forget some snacks and rewards like chocolate. Good luck and enjoy your trip.

  • Be early in airport.

    Keep them up and running (for toddler) before the flight so they are hungry and asleep in the plane. Hungry so you can give bub a bottle and toddler something to chew so they can ‘pop” their ears.

    be organized. everything in the bag should be organized so youre not digging through stuff. i prefer a bag each, each bag with lots of compartments. pack it yuorself so you know where is where. =)

  • Make sure you pack a change of clothes for the kids and yourselves. Pack a bag of stuff for the kids. Colouring pens and books. i even cut up a party sheet to put on the plane fold out tray. Depending on the time of your flights you could tire the kids out first so they sleep part of the way. I brought a couple of electronic toys and an ipad preloaded with her favourite dvds on the plane. We were fine. She was 15 months at the time.

  • also following, going on a plane with a toddler… 4 yr old will be glued to videos but a little boy whos running everywhere could be interesting

  • Make sure you have plenty of milk/formula on hand in case baby needs a feed or starts having problems with air pressures. That is all really for the baby! I actually quite enjoyed flying when all the little one needed was bottles and nappies!

  • I am glad this was asked as we will be taking a 1 year old to India. I don’t know how I’m going to cope let alone him. I have never been out of the country.

  • We flew with our 5 year old, 4 year old and 9 month old at the time at the beginning of the year to Fiji. They were all surprisingly well behaved.
    We hired the Samsung tablets and the boys watched a movie and played some games and bub slept most of the time. Hard part was being delayed at the airport for 4 hours on the way home. Just pack an activity bag that you can carry on.

  • Great question and answers we are taking our will be 11 months at the time daughter to Dubai which is a 13 hour journey from adelaide! We are nervous and excited at the same time!

  • have you thought about a tablet or ipad with videos on it? Colouring in books, snacks. I disagree with the person who drugs their child with Phenergan – my chemist wouldn’t recommend this for my dog who suffers anxiety

  • If oyur baby won’t feed at the right time on the plane if your baby has a pacifier (dummy) I suggest you try to get baby to suck on it. If the air in the plane is warm and dry your baby may need an extra feed. Depending on your baby you may get away with a little boiled water at room temperature. You may find that the 4 y.o. is more restless and harder to manage than the baby unless your baby is teething……and needs extra nappy changes.
    Remember that you will have to declare food you will still have when you arrive at your destination. You may/may not be allowed to keep it.

  • I am keen to know as well as I will be taking my 4 and 2 year olds overseas later in the year. So far I have planned drawing, ipad and little presents, as well as snacks and drinks in case they don’t like the airplane food. Will also be taking spare clothes in case of accidents (for both them and me!)

  • Lots of games, books, snacks and favourite toys are good for long flights

  • We traveled to the US this past Christmas and found that hitting up Hot Dollar/Reject Shop type shops was a great way to get cheap toys and books that we then wrapped in colourful and shiny wrapping paper. This way, whenever E got fussy we gave her something from the bag, she felt like it was a special treat and because it was wrapped she had to take the time to open it all the way up before playing with it, this gave us extra time we were very thankful to have. We even wrapped her pjs so that we could make getting changed to go to sleep a big event which made it more exciting and distracting for her.
    Also, take a look at Crayola’s ColorWonder range of paper and markers, they are brilliant for planes because the markers only show up on the special pages which means you don’t end up with marker all over the plane.
    We also made sure to have lots of special snacks, a nice variety meant that she was always happy to have what we gave her because it was different from what she just had.
    And I would definitely agree with bringing the baby carrier with you, this saved us when we were boarding the plane or when we just need her to go to sleep.
    Good luck!

  • if i had to travel with my kids, i always gave them a low dose of phenergan. a very low dose wont hurt them and it will save other innocent passengers from having my kids inflicted on them lol

  • When organising your carry-on baggage, pack bub’s stuff in a separate bag to yours so you don’t have to lift a whole backpack up and down from the overhead locker. If a separate bag isn’t practical, pack the baby gear at the top of your carry-on for quick and easy access.
    Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport! Factor in emergency stops for nappy changing, feeds and settling.
    When you’re at the airport for at least two hours, even a small bub can get heavy after you’ve check the stroller in as luggage. Some airlines have a limited supply of strollers you can borrow to use in the airport – ask when you book. Your best bet is to take a sling or baby carrier to see you through the airport at both ends, which means you’ll also have your hands free.
    Babies can’t equalise their ears, so it’s a good idea to offer a feed (breast or bottle) on take-off and landing, as sucking and swallowing will help stop little ears from hurting.

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