on monday, we flew home from the last part of our trip (san francisco). we arrived home to DC bright and early (and a little bit sick) from the red eye. while we’ve traveled a small handful of times with eleanor before this trip, we were nervous about flying with her this time around. mostly because she’s 18 months old now, a stage we are learning means she never sits still. and with little samson here, our attention is split so it can be difficult to keep everyone happy and calm when we’re juggling two little ones at once (hence, the crayon all over the tray table on our flight from LA to SF. sorry about that, delta.)
with the red eye flight, the kids just slept (we recommend this method!) but here are a few things we learned on our other 2 flights last week, if you’re interested:
- if you’re traveling with a carseat (we traveled with two), bring a big plastic bag to put it in at the airport. we assumed all the airlines had bags for carseats when in actuality, only one of our flights offered them (virgin america).
- nurse, bottle feed or offer a binky during take-off and landing. sucking and swallowing while the plane changes pressure helps keep their little ears comfortable. it also put both our babies to sleep for the first part of the flight!
- i packed a new surprise coloring book and 2 new tiny books for eleanor. i think it made it extra fun for her to have *new* books to read and color in. that bought us at least ten extra minutes of entertainment. ;)
- packing snacks that are easy to eat (i.e. NOT a flaky croissant…) is the way to go with little ones.
- we don’t have a TV at home and try to keep eleanor from watching any but we downloaded a few episodes of blues clues as a last resort for when she got restless. and… she definitely watched both downloaded episodes. it proved to be a great back up plan.
- if all else fails, bring treats for the passengers who are sitting around you. no one can be mad at you and your kids when you’re handing out free homemade chocolate chip cookies. and just cross your fingers you sit next to really awesome people who like kids! (we lucked out here with these fun new friends below)…