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Old 08-14-2018, 10:54 PM   #1
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We have a big trip to Australia coming up next april. Trying to book plane tickets now and either from Los Angeles to Melbourne or Dallas to Sydney is only a 2 hour flight difference, one is 15 hours, the other is 17. My little boy will be less than 2 years old so we arent required to purchase his own seat. He will have plenty of family members to bounce back and forth for some lap time. Talking with my wife, we are undecided on if we want to spend the extra $1300 on getting his own seat or not. Anyone have input on flying with a toddler of this age??

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Old 08-14-2018, 10:57 PM   #2
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Only input I have is I hate being on planes with toddlers


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Old 08-14-2018, 10:59 PM   #3
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NOPE!

I’ve flow. With a toddler before, never freakin again. I’d pay 2x’s that with a big poop eating grin on my face. Especially for that long of a flight

Maybe your kid isn’t a typical 2 yr old, but odds are he/she is
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I flew to Florida with my 2 yo this year.... I almost left him in the toilet. 2 hours was a beating

Good luck, either you or the kid will need narcotics
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Put him in the checked luggage.
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Old 08-14-2018, 11:18 PM   #6
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We have a big trip to Australia coming up next april. Trying to book plane tickets now and either from Los Angeles to Melbourne or Dallas to Sydney is only a 2 hour flight difference, one is 15 hours, the other is 17. My little boy will be less than 2 years old so we arent required to purchase his own seat. He will have plenty of family members to bounce back and forth for some lap time. Talking with my wife, we are undecided on if we want to spend the extra $1300 on getting his own seat or not. Anyone have input on flying with a toddler of this age??

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I flew from NOLA to San Diego (2.5 hrs) with our 3 yr old daughter and it was rough. When their ears begin to pop from cabin pressure, all you can do is hold and comfort them. Definitely get the extra seat
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Old 08-14-2018, 11:22 PM   #7
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Benadryl....knock him out


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Old 08-14-2018, 11:23 PM   #8
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I flew from NOLA to San Diego (2.5 hrs) with our 3 yr old daughter and it was rough. When their ears begin to pop from cabin pressure, all you can do is hold and comfort them. Definitely get the extra seat
that never even crossed my mind about their ears popping. Oh lord!

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Old 08-14-2018, 11:36 PM   #9
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Buy the kiddo a seat in coach. . . and bump yourself up to first class! Ooooof.
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Old 08-14-2018, 11:39 PM   #10
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Have a bottle or sippy cup or lollipop and make them drink on take off and landing. Use melatonin for helping to fall asleep.


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Old 08-14-2018, 11:42 PM   #11
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Our pediatrician recommended children’s Dramamine for our flights to Saudi. Our kids started making those trips (around 23 hours door to door from Houston) at 6 months and 18 months and probably made 15 trips at least during our time there. Trust me and get the Dramamine and make sure you have enough for the return trip.
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Old 08-14-2018, 11:43 PM   #12
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Man y’all have some bad experiences or kids. Mine have always been great on planes starting at 6 months. Drinking a bottle helps ears and bring plenty of small toys or activities and it’s a breeze. 15 is a long haul we have only gone up to 8 but never an issue
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Old 08-14-2018, 11:51 PM   #13
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Man y’all have some bad experiences or kids. Mine have always been great on planes starting at 6 months. Drinking a bottle helps ears and bring plenty of small toys or activities and it’s a breeze. 15 is a long haul we have only gone up to 8 but never an issue
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My 2.5 year old has been flying since he was a baby with no issues. We bring enough to entertain him now. At this age, an iPad and headphones is key (with lots of snacks). We aren’t the kind of parents that hand off an iPad to a kid but for flights it makes everyone’s lives easier. Download Netflix and load it up with their favorite shows/movies.

If you’ve got family to bounce him around, I wouldn’t spend the money.

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Old 08-15-2018, 12:41 AM   #14
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We just flew back from London. 10 hr flight. The people in front of us had an approx 2yr old on their lap. The kid didn’t sleep hardly at all. She was a handful to be in a lap that long. If it’s me, I’m buying the seat.


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Old 08-15-2018, 12:45 AM   #15
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My kids have flown since they were 9 months. Been on several trips. To the people saying buy the extra seat...why? It’s just wasted money imo. The kids want to sit in your lap anyway. And if they are being bad, it doesn’t matter if they are in their own seat or not, they will still be bad. I’ve been fortunate in that my kids have been relatively easy to travel with. As mentioned above, have something for them to suck on while landing/taking off (bottle does wonders). And keep lots of snacks and stuff to entertain them
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:59 AM   #16
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Little bit of Benadryl in a cherry coke....
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Old 08-15-2018, 04:52 AM   #17
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Get some of these.

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Old 08-15-2018, 06:57 AM   #18
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My 2.5 year old has been flying since he was a baby with no issues. We bring enough to entertain him now. At this age, an iPad and headphones is key (with lots of snacks). We aren’t the kind of parents that hand off an iPad to a kid but for flights it makes everyone’s lives easier. Download Netflix and load it up with their favorite shows/movies.

If you’ve got family to bounce him around, I wouldn’t spend the money.

Safe travels!
This is an experienced modern day parent talking here with excellent advice.
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:13 AM   #19
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This is really the ONLY TIME I'm advocate ing iPad babysitting...

And it's because I care for the sanity of the OTHER ppl on the plane
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:45 AM   #20
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Can yall do a short local trip in the near future to try it out? Australia is a heck of a first time flight.
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:57 AM   #21
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Can yall do a short local trip in the near future to try it out? Australia is a heck of a first time flight.
Good idea. Maybe try riding around on a city bus before that. I was on a 5 hour flight once where a woman across the aisle had a in-lap toddler that cried and whined the ENTIRE flight, nonstop. At first the passengers ignored it, but after a couple of hours they wanted to kill both of them. Pity the poor soul who sat next to them. It was a horrible end to a nice trip, basically ruining it.

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Old 08-15-2018, 08:05 AM   #22
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Our pediatrician recommended children’s Dramamine for our flights to Saudi. Our kids started making those trips (around 23 hours door to door from Houston) at 6 months and 18 months and probably made 15 trips at least during our time there. Trust me and get the Dramamine and make sure you have enough for the return trip.
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OP chewing gum will help with the ears and Dramamine as stated above, those long flights are tough on adults it's really tough on hyper kids.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:29 AM   #23
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Little bit of Benadryl in a cherry coke....
This aint the Will Rogers turnpike.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:53 AM   #24
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All great info, keep it coming! I will say at only 1 year old now, hes a great kid. Hardly ever cries or fusses unless hes hungry, mostly a happy baby!

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Old 08-15-2018, 08:59 AM   #26
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But the seat and put their car seat in it. We started doing that and Flights are a breeze now.


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Old 08-15-2018, 08:59 AM   #27
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Little bit of Benadryl in a cherry coke....
Thanks a lot. Now all I can think about is doing Twisted Sisters until the cows come home.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:53 AM   #28
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Bottle during take off and landing immediately fixes the ear issue, during takeoff it helps to calm them and get them ready to sleep.
A dark overnight flight will help too.

All passengers should have $15 ear buds or better to help drown out a noisy kid, if they don't on a 15hr flight, it's their problem. Pretty sure that flight will offer movies, music, and games.

I could understand a passenger immediately next to or in front of a kid like this, so position the kid inside a group of family.

Buy 3 extra sets of earbuds and ask the neighbors around you if they need them.
Bring an extra $100 to buy the neighbors some drinks, or at least offer.
Shoveling snacks into a kids mouth helps reduce noise too.

The only way I would spend money on another seat is if I honestly thought the kid was going to sit there 75% of the time. Any way to tell if the plane is completely full? Likely full these days. Maybe you can trade seats with someone that is next to an empty.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:09 AM   #29
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My kids have flown since they were 9 months. Been on several trips. To the people saying buy the extra seat...why? It’s just wasted money imo. The kids want to sit in your lap anyway. And if they are being bad, it doesn’t matter if they are in their own seat or not, they will still be bad. I’ve been fortunate in that my kids have been relatively easy to travel with. As mentioned above, have something for them to suck on while landing/taking off (bottle does wonders). And keep lots of snacks and stuff to entertain them
Emphasis on the bold but...All of this...and what Houston said. They will want to run around at some point...dont be scared...chasem down the isle or let the weeble chase you...just try to focus it during awake hours.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:11 AM   #30
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Also for anybody annoyed by a crying kid can just get the hell over it. You’re grown you should be prepared and have noise canceling headphones on a long flight anyway. Those parents are generally embarrassed as it is
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:16 AM   #31
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Just take your trip. Like others have said take plenty of snacks and entertainment. I've flown solo with two kids under the age of three (one a toddler) several times. Fussy kids will be fussy and chill kids will be chill.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:20 AM   #32
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Also for anybody annoyed by a crying kid can just get the hell over it. You’re grown you should be prepared and have noise canceling headphones on a long flight anyway. Those parents are generally embarrassed as it is
I don't mind a crying kid as long as the parent attempts to stop it. I've been on way too many flights where parents just put their head phones on and let their kid wail away...
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:22 AM   #33
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I don't mind a crying kid as long as the parent attempts to stop it. I've been on way too many flights where parents just put their head phones on and let their kid wail away...
True I feel their pain when they’re trying to make it better
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:28 AM   #34
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Grab one of those big bottles of earplugs for those around you, but hope you don't need to hand any out. I just flew back from Maui with a lady holding a 7-month-old. Never heard that kid cry one time. I was really dreading 7 hours of screaming kid when I sat down.
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:01 PM   #35
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as others have said just put in the preparation and you will survive - we fly with our now 3 year old all the time and although i wouldnt describe it as relaxing he does great BECAUSE my wife PLANS - here is her punch list:

- meal (healthy normal breakfast/lunch) in a bento style lunchbox
-juice and water
-grab bag of special treats/candy (suckers, m&m's, etc. for bribery if he starts to get antsy)
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-coloring book and colored PENCILS (so he doesnt get marker on seats/himself/us)
-mini bottles of booze (for US )

with all that said 15+ hours is about triple anything we have attempted - as the bad guy in Taken said............ Good Luck

Ps: if it's in the budget buy the extra seat, you will not regret having the extra space on that long of a flight
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Old 08-15-2018, 01:52 PM   #36
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I have made the flight from Dallas to Sydney and it is a brutal flight. I could not imagine having a kid in my lap, even if you have multiple family members to pass around. There will be a time after dinner to "sleep" and that will be rough if there is a kid in the lap. The sleep is something to strongly consider because the jet lag will be worst if you aren't able to get half decent sleep.
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:13 PM   #37
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have never done but it seems to be so much fun
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:45 PM   #38
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Everyone will be more comfortable with the extra seat. We brought the car seat on the plane so she could sleep better.
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:03 PM   #39
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I agree with buying him a seat. Flew with my 1 year old in July, but it was only 4 hours. She did great without the extra seat, but was definitely a ticking time bomb by the time we landed.
That being said, asking a little one to fly that long, and not expecting a meltdown at some point is setting yourself up for failure.
But you gotta get there right? You won't ever see those people again.

If you need more justification, tell your wife it adds a free checked bag, and allows for another carry on...
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:15 PM   #40
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I saw a flight attendant put a napkin in the bottom of one of the plastic cups and wet it with hot water. She made sure it didn't drip or run and laid a toddlers head over and covered his ear for a few minutes. Did they same thing on his other ear. It helped with the popping during take off.
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:59 PM   #41
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I bottle with some OJ and a heavy dose of rum should fix them right up.
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Old 08-15-2018, 04:35 PM   #42
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My kids cried and screamed all the way to Hawaii and back. It was terrible, what is worse, they were 21 and 23 years old.
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