Those congenial Expedia travel lords recently asked me to write about my experiences travelling with a toddler.
I happily obliged, because if there’s one thing I know about travelling 36 hours with a toddler, it’s two things:
- If possible, choose a toddler you actually like or are related to,
- It’s achievable.
We decided we liked our two year-old enough to fly to Europe with him, and so the planning began. We are frequent flyers, we travel domestically a lot and overseas a few times a year. We have even done this exact trip with him before… except he was four months old and all that was required was my boobs and the plane bassinet. We have flown to NYC and the Maldives with him, but this was before he was moving around. A toddler is different. And by different, I mean, do you really need to go to Italy?
There is a reason many antipodean parents instill a no-fly rule when their kids are aged between about 10 months and three. It’s a marathon effort. My husband wears sports clothes because he genuinely thinks of it as an endurance race.
Alas, I write this knowing our parent (2) to child (1) ratio is comically easy, especially when a friend of mine with SIX children, including twin one-year olds was on the same flight as us, but there is still planning involved, inasmuch as ideally you:
- a) Avoid melt-downs (yours. But also theirs, I guess)
- b) Get some sleep
- c) Not deliberately leave your child in transit because they’re slowly but powerfully extinguishing your will to live
Here are some of the tips I have accrued for long-haul toddler flying.
That was such a great read! I especially love the idea of the Plane Police in your Expedia article! It might just do the trick for our 18 month old. Oh and what an awesome idea to get the flight attendant to give them the treat! Saving this article for our future toddler travel adventures. 🙂
What do you suggest for their ears popping on take off and landing? Bottle feeding?
Hi travel stroller question – this we’ll be our second trip w our daughter, the first was when she was 11 months to Mexico and we brought our mountain buggy terrain – great jogging stroller w tons of space, we also have a bugaboo donkey in mono mode – again love the space, I tend to travel heavy even to the store, first time mom and make sure I have everything- anyways we are going to NYC in July w her and she’ll be 18 months then – I’m going for work n she and my husband are tagging along, I’ve been multiple times but never w a baby – which stroller do I bring? Or do I get a smaller travel stroller? I looked at them and the underbaskets are so small and uncomfortable .. but I don’t want to fell overbearing w a large stroller, I know we will carry loads of things, probably not going back to the hotel until the end of the day,. But we probably take the sw down to soho one day- I just don’t know if it’s worth spending another 300 on a small stroller when I’ve already spent so much —
I’m desperately looking for the full version of this article! The Expedia one cuts off really early 🙁 and doesn’t give any tips. Flying to Ireland with a 2 year old in 6 months… help!
Any help on getting the full article? As mentioned above the Expedia link cuts off very early in the piece. Thank you!
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