Flying with kids without losing them or it
November 13, 2005 11:42 AM Subscribe
I need ideas on how to ameliorate the experience of flying across the country with a toddler and a baby. I'll be the only adult and will be holding my baby in my lap. Any advice, besides "Don't do it?"
posted by bibliowench to travel & transportation (19 answers total)
I'm considering taking leave of my senses and flying from Colorado to North Carolina at the end of the month. I'll be taking 2 children, one almost four, one six months. I wanted to do a non-stop trip, but it's not really possible given my budget, so I'll have one stop each way (in the tranquil oasis that is O'Hare). I also wanted to buy a seat for the baby, but the planes I'll be flying only have 2 seats on each sides of the row, so he'll be on my lap the whole time.
I need advice and tips from people who have done this before. I've only flown with one child, and always with my husband, so I don't know what to expect, but I fear the experience. My last flight, with my then-3 year old, was so exhausting, for him and us, that I swore that we weren't flying again until the kids were significantly older. But this might be the only time my grandmother gets to see the kids, and I don't want to miss that opportunity. So, how do I keep my family and sanity intact in the process?