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entertaining a 1 year old on a long flight.


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Posted on 16 Aug 2013 16:02:47 BDT
I got an iPad and loaded it up with every available game I could find - Talking Gina, drawing apps, everything available for our daughter when she was a similar age, and we got through a flight to Cuba with no problems. Good luck! Also, remember that no-one ever really minds unsettled kids on a flight as much as you imagine they do, so stay relaxed and enjoy it, and you will be fine.

Posted on 1 May 2013 15:05:06 BDT
Drug him?

Posted on 25 Apr 2013 05:32:59 BDT
NicBee says:
Hi- my husband is a Kiwi & we lived in Australia for a while, so I've done about 9 long hauls with my 3 at various ages ranging from 4 months to 10 years- quite a few on my own with them. To be honest now I'm a bit wiser I wouldn't fly long haul from when they are walking to age 3. If you do, then seating is imperative, get a bulk head with a bassinet so they are not on your lap the whole time, but be aware, when there is turbulence you will need to take them out, which is infuriating when they are asleep. The trouble with very little toys is that they get lost easily under the seats & roll away. The best thing to do is walk them around the aisles- and ignore the tuts from other people. It's easier now the flights all have their own TV's so people can't hear the kids-of course other kids may disturb your child too! If you are travelling with another adult- take it in turns to sleep as I have literally had no sleep for 27 when travelling alone to NZ / AUS. It'll feel very liberating when you get to your destination- good luck!

Posted on 24 Apr 2013 11:33:47 BDT
Lisa Khoo says:
I flew on a 15 hour flight to Malaysia single handedly with my 7 month old. Hard work and wouldn't be in a rush to do it again but all I can say is choose night time flights. Going to Malaysia was a night time flight and my baby slept 80% of the way. Was also easy as I didn't have to worry too much about mealtimes as it was hard feeding her without a high chair as she couldn't really sit up unaided then. Coming back to the UK was a daytime flight and she slept about 45% of the way cause it was quite bright in the airline and people were walking up and down the aisle to the toilet etc. My baby is a very light sleeper and kept waking cause of the noise and the bright lights especially during mealtimes etc. Luckily for us the flight was quite empty and I was able to let her crawl on the airline floor to keep her busy and occupied cause I found toys didn't really keep her entertained for long and she's quite a wriggly baby so wouldn't sit happily on my lap for more than 5 minutes.

Posted on 18 Apr 2013 13:24:04 BDT
Elaine says:
We flew to Oz and back when my daughter was 20 months and it was fine. Check your airlines website to see exactly what you are allowed in terms of hand luggage and baby paraphernalia for your infant etc but we flew BA Qantas and we left our baby backpack and buggy at the gate for each flight and were allowed a hand luggage piece for her which we filled with nappies, wipes, pouches of Ella's, snacks and ready made toddler formula. Our saviour was the portable DVD player. I try to limit TV at home but who cares at 36,000 feet! It was wiggles and peppa all the way. We requested bulk head seats with bassinet when we booked and, as she is small, she just fitted in the Qantas one and had no worries with the BA "car seat" on the fold down table. Night flights meant she slept more then half the flight time and TV kept her entertained the rest. I would be more concerned with ensuring you have appropriate snacks and liquid as plane food and drink aren't really suitable.

I kept myself sane with this thought....even if you have the flight from hell and your child and therefore you become the most hated people on the flight, no one knows who you are and you will never see them again!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2013 14:40:16 GMT
I did the same journey last year with my little one same age then. I took far too much books. The best in the end was my Ipad with downloaded puzzles & toddler flash cards, little movies about our dog and my son also very popular. Depending on the airline you will get lots of support as well. They will provide you for example bottle & milk if needed (emirates). When take off/landing give fluid or something to chew on. Plenty of fluid anyway (more likely to dehydrate up there). Have a good flight and let your kid run whenever you find a save area on stop overs.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2013 21:46:50 GMT
Mrs J says:
Hi Carrie
We're off to China and I have older boys. do you think it's okay to have wrapped presents in hand luggage? I think my 8 and 9 year olds might enjoy having a present half way to lift their spirits if they start losing that novelty factor of being on a plane,

Posted on 26 Feb 2013 22:25:07 GMT
We're flying to Australia from Newcastle UK in May, I have booked a seat for my little one who will be 18mths old when we travel. I'm also taking a car seat on board so hopefully he'll be more comfy when he sleeps. I'm absolutely dreading the flights but will certainly follow some of the good advice on here about little toys etc and let you know how we get on!!! Roll on May!!!!

Posted on 24 Feb 2013 12:43:41 GMT
I followed advice to go to a pound shop or similar and gets lots of fun little things, offer one for every half hour of the flight. Worked like a dream (8hr flight to USA with 1yr old). Also if you can get a flight that fits their sleep time - on the way back we took a night flight and he slept 5 out of 7 hrs. Was great.

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 21:39:47 GMT
Dan Brennan says:
Aquadoodle mini mats or travel bag is a must have on flights - we just did a 12 hour flight to South Africa and they were great, kept our little girl very busy!

Posted on 2 Oct 2012 11:36:12 BDT
AJD says:
Agree with all the posters who mention small toys, they work really well. On a slightly different journey to yours OP, I recently drove a nine hour run, down through France with our two year old and the iPad was a life saver. Loaded with Cbeebies favourites, as soon as he started getting grumpy we put an episode on and it made life much easier.

Posted on 2 Oct 2012 00:46:24 BDT
C. Gibson says:
wow a long flight! If she is anything like my daughter when she was 1 then she will only have a 10 minute limit on any one toy before she loses interest! So lots of little toys is probably your best bet. One thing my daughter likes is her Chalkboard placemat which keeps here entertained longer than any other toy-about 10 minutes! It's a roll-up travel dinner mat one side and on the other side you can draw on with chalk. Might be a bit too young for some one year olds though if they can't grasp stuff in their hand yet or if they are still in the stage where they put everything in their mouth!

Posted on 29 Sep 2012 08:59:51 BDT
Get a copy of some Baby Mozart videos and convert them to MP3 format and load them onto your phone. OK we were only flying to Turkey, but it worked a treat! (Just make sure that you know how to lock the screen on your phone as your little one is bound to want to touch it!)

Posted on 23 Sep 2012 16:15:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2012 16:18:07 GMT
carrie says:
Hi, I'm an ex flight attendant and now a mummy and i frequently get asked such questions. Please read my blog www.flyingwithababy.com for many tips and info for all things related to this topic. .

Just be aware if you have a bassinet position the arm rests are immoveable and are stuck in position, so little one can't lie down on your lap if there is a spare seat next to you. It depends on what airline you are travelling with for the size of a bassinet, should you choose to use one some of the time. e.g BA has a sky seat which can fit up to a 2 year old in ( a bit like a car seat or bouncy chair which can recline) whereas Virgin Atlantic barely fitted my 9 month old in and South African only fits 6 month old in. Airline policies vary on weight and size and age of your child but my blog as all the relevant info. If you don't opt for a bassinet position then your little one can sleep on your lap and spread out, but you may not get much sleep :-(. we had a full flight one way and a half empty flight on way back, so I moved to a row of 4 empty seats and little one slept most of the whole way back. ( 12 hours -Thank goodness! )
Gulf Air have a sky nanny for free who will watch over little one whilst you sleep or watch a movie, but that will mean a short stop over in Bahrain but a break for you!

Toys- New small toys wrapped up in paper entertain well. Keeps small hands entertained with the unwrapping and the excitement of what is inside. Don't give all the toys at once though, string it out. Toys cars, the play and chat phone, etc are good. make sure they have a silent mode though just in case. :-) Also apps on ipad/iphone, a few favourite shows - (mine loves Baby Jake available from itunes) a few familiar items. Walks up and down the plane and a big crawl around when in transit to tire them out. Please see the blog for more detailed info on all of the above.

Buggy- you can take yours or hire when out there. Most Australian airports (if you fly Qantas) will let you use of their ones whilst in the terminal and transiting etc. A baby carrier Ergo etc is useful for when you can't use your pram and have a sleepy toddler and heaps of luggage, which is the case when in LHR or LGW!
Toys- new toys wrapped up entertain well and also apps on ipad/iphone, a few familiar items. and of course walks up and down the plane! Please see the blog for more detailed info on all of the above.

Thanks! and hope some help.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2012 19:46:48 BDT
trish says:
I'm a kiwi living in Belgium. I took my 11 month old daughter and 2 1/2 year old son to NZ in February, flying from Heathrow via LA. It was a bloody long flight (29 hours) and I was really dreading it but surprisingly she slept a large majority of the flight. I was able to get a baby bassinet (can only request at check-in when baby is over 8 months) From what I understand though if you can't get a bassinet and there is room on the flight most airlines will book out a seat beside you for the baby to sleep on, regardless of whether you have paid for a seat for her/him or not. Not sure if your baby is just one, or a bit older, but the stuff Lulu loved playing with were her play silk which I bought especially for the trip and she also had a ball with her brothers cotton reels (from galt). She wasn't really able to thread them but she enjoyed taking it apart when I threaded it for her.
We bought a lot of snacks and drinks for the kids once we were through the security checks so it was absolutely no problem. Of course it depends of what airport you are departing from but most international airports have shops once you are through security. I just searched online to see what shops were past security at Heathrow, so I would know what I could get and it saved me from worrying about what would or would not be acceptable. When you have a stopover make sure you have something old to put on her so that she can run/crawl around. Lulu's leggings were completely ruined from crawling around on the floor of the LA transit lounge.
Hope it all goes well for you, it's an amazing adventure and really nothing to worry about.

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 16:10:12 BDT
Ellie says:
We did canada with a nine month old! unexpected games include shake & chew the water bottle, put things in and out of the sick bag, rip up the magazines & fan & chew the laminated safety card. if you are techno savi we did lots of re-runs of in the night garden on the ipad. also had fun with some v cheap ikea animal finger puppets. Alison is right - things you have to take anyway make good toys like hairbrushes, toothbrushes etc & you can use as nursery rhyme props - this is the way we brush our hair/ teeth in here we go round the mulberry bush. Pots of cereal are also good snacks - cheerios or multigrain shapes. Good luck!

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 08:38:46 BDT
DJFearRoss says:
oz with a one year old!

Wow! Your brave, i dread a 2 hour journey with our little one.! Bring loads of different little toys (my kids fav was playdoe), but don't bring them all out at the same time, wait till he/she starts playing up before giving them another toy. That's a long journey, make it last.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 20:51:12 BDT
Franklin says:
Thanks for the reply.
Im going to Oz. So a long old flight.
Alison, thanks ive half started to build up a collection of new little things to play with.
Fingers crossed all that i do will do the trick!!

Posted on 30 Jul 2012 12:46:58 BDT
Alison says:
Little pot/tub/bag of small objects - dolls house figures, hoops, small toys, little blusher brush, anything you can find or will double up as being needed on your trip - will give lots of interest putting in and out of bag, also can have some fun tickling with brush/making little figures pop up behind chair etc. Mixture of familiar and new objects best.

Also social baby black and white paper books - small and fascinating and easy to hold and play with (especially if you're happy for baby to mess them up by bending pages etc - that's a game in itself!!) Let her/him get familiar with a couple of them first so he enjoys seeing them on the journey rather than everything being new and possibly overwhelming. Babyshapes: Books 1-4

A bag of little, non-messy snacks to play with would be good. My little one loves Ella's kitchen wakey wakey Round Ones (blue packet in baby aisle of supermarkets), screw on lid so can use it as a little bowl and keep filling it up - has been nice and time consuming and a sanity saver for me on a few trips now!

Hope you have a good journey.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2012 19:08:11 BDT
'Luna' says:
Try, something like a flight book or Arts and/or crafts depends how long the flight is

Initial post: 20 Jul 2012 22:28:20 BDT
Franklin says:
Going to Oz, how to entertain a 1 year old....
Any ideas?
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