|enjoying his tractor/truck book on the way to the airport|
For me, the flight was where I was most anxious, so I did a lot of research on how to best travel with a toddler. Here are some things that I prepared and that worked really well for us:
|eating fish and chips before boarding|
2. Board last: I had read a recommendation to board last, even though traveling with babies bumps you to the front of the boarding line. The thought here is that the less time the babes have to spend on the plane, the better. When we mentioned it at the check-in counter, though, the airline worker said it would be better for us to board first, because we would have to wait in a long line and Matteo would get fussy. I wasn't buying it, but thought, "Shit, what do I know?!". However, we accidentally missed the entire boarding call, and by the time we realized our gate was downstairs, they were doing final boarding and we ended up being the VERY LAST passengers to get on anyway. There was a bit of a line as people were boarding the plane, but this worked out because Matteo was able to run around and get that last bit of energy out before stepping foot on the plane :)
|dada going up and down the escalator|
|looking out before take-off|
5. Presents: bring a few new toys for a little added surprise! We brought along a couple of new cars, a book about trucks/tractors, playdough, and a little gift bag from a friend with toys and treats from Japan. I was actually really looking forward to pulling out these little pops of fun every hour or so, but we didn't even get to them until our second flight, which was only 2 hours... just enough time for one car and some gift bag Thomas treats.
6. Nurse during takeoff and landing: for us, nursing was a lifesaver!!! Matteo is almost 22 months and we are still nursing (often), and it was a big comfort to him on the plane when he was tired and "all done, down please" with being on a plane. But more than that, nursing helps the little babes to release pressure in their ears as you ascend/descend, allowing them to pop and avoid ouchy pressure :(
|funky bassinet seats, but they work, although he was just about too big for the chair|
Anywho, that is how we survived! Do you have any recommendations? What works for you and your family?
More about our arrival and first two days later... now, time prendere un caffè latte!