Tips for flying long haul with a one year-old…

Posted: June 22, 2015 in Motherhood
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Recently we flew to London via Singapore to visit family for two weeks, and attend the wedding of a friend. We thought it would be tough with a baby in tow, but what we didn’t bank on was our one year-old son starting to walk fully a couple of weeks before we left. This was a game-changer. Picture this: he wants to walk up and down the aisle, waving and smiling to people, and occasionally touching their legs to say hello. Adorable, right? Not for 23 hours straight, minus several naps (which were never long enough!).

How to survive a flight with a baby

So here’s what we did do to make the flight a little easier on everyone involved:

  • Took a good selection of silent toys – No one wants to hear the same annoying high-pitched song emanating from a tiny plastic car for hours on end.
  • Took several books – Harrison LOVES books (takes after his mother, clearly) so we took a couple of his favourites and they helped to distract him when the food and drinks trolleys were coming up and down the aisles so we couldn’t let him walk.
  • Packed all his food and had bottles ready to go – There is no way I trust plane food. I was served a grey scrambled egg for breakfast on one leg. No joke, it was actually grey. How does that even happen?
  • Tired him out in the airport running around – Which also knackered Mummy & Daddy but at least he didn’t go as nuts on the plane as he could have.
  • Dressed him in onesies – By far the easiest option when trying to change a nappy in the smallest possible space. You don’t even want to know about the logistics of changing a nappy in a plane toilet.
  • Paid attention to his tired signs – When he showed tired signs (yawning, rubbing his eyes, getting a bit whiny), we did whatever we could to get him to sleep and make him comfortable. If this meant him sleeping on one of us for 6 hours, then we did it (and got massages at a later date to get feeling back into our arms).

And here’s what I wish I had done differently:

  • Taken LOADS more books! – Spot gets damn boring after the 25th reading I can tell you.
  • Flown first class – HAHA yeah right, in my dreams!
  • Waited until he was 3 years old minimum. Or flown when he was 2 months old – Both are much easier ages to travel with. A 2 month old will just sleep, really. And a 3 year-old can be given an iPad or the in-flight entertainment.
  • Drugged my baby with Phenergan (JUST KIDDING *insert nervous laughter here*).

So there you have it, my tips for flying long haul with a young child. Please feel free to post any other brilliant things you did to make a long haul flight easier for you and everyone else. You never know, I may do it again (not bloody likely!).

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

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