I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I'm going to be faced with this situation soon. My little man will be 27 months old when we fly and he is the most active little boy I have ever come across. He never sleeps, is an extremely light sleeper when he does finally decide to sleep and he never stops running around. This worries me. We flew with him when he was 3 weeks old and it was great, he just slept. On the way back he was 3 months and it was a nightmare. He cried for over half the flight and it really got on everyone's nerves around us. I guess my question is, does anyone else have a child that is similar to mine that you have flown with? I can pretty much keep him occupied for about an hour with his toys without him needing to get into other things and he doesn't like watching tv. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks
I'm not sure if you've done your traveling yet~ if so, I hope it was great! My son is just like yours. Very active. Never stops. Into everything. He was 15 months at his first transatlantic flight and 2 1/2 (30 mos) at the most recent. I'll be honest... flying with him is a total pain. (It has gotten better as he's gotten used to flying, so there's some consolation)!!
Just prepare yourself for the worst, stay calm, and make friends with the flight attendants. I've listed most of these in a previous post but what helps us is:
*daytime flights. I can't stress how much more tolerant other passengers are of kids during the day than at night.
*lots of food.
*And letting him walk up and down the aisles (obviously without bothering people, being loud, or getting in the way of flight attendants).
On his first flight, which was overnight, he fidgeted for an hour, then fell asleep for 1 1/2, then cried off and on for 5 hours. It was MISERABLE. He couldn't get comfortable. I ended up letting him sleep on the floor under the seats.
It makes me cringe now to think about it, but it's all that worked.
And don't forget that in the end, it's only a few hours out of your life. You'll both make it!