[Parentsgroup-list] toddler traveling - harness pros/cons?
heberlein at wjh.harvard.edu
Mon Nov 10 11:21:26 EST 2008
Seconding the present idea-- I took a couple of 13-hour flights with
my son at 15 months and books of stickers (with pads of paper for
sticking them on), and various other doodads (spinning light-up toys,
etc.) were a life-saver.
Another thing to consider: I'm not sure if your kid is still nursing
(or ever did), but pressure changes on planes can be extra painful
for little ears, and swallowing during take-off and landing can help
a lot. (One less reason to scream en route!) Our ped. recommended
tangy candies (e.g. Skittles) for our kid when he was a little older
than yours is now-- he now thinks of Skittles as "airplane candy".
Bottles or sippy cups of some favored liquid are good too-- the only
time our kid got undiluted apple juice was for flights, because we
could be sure he'd guzzle it at take-off and landing.
At 10:43 AM -0500 11/10/08, Ceceley Chambers wrote:
The best advice I got about traveling with toddlers is the present
idea: You get a bunch of little toys, books, small activity set type
things and wrap them. As the trip progresses you give her one toy to
unwrap and play with, and as gets bored with one item you give her a
new item to unwrap! This worked so well for my daughter when she was
that age and it still works when they get older (the last time we
traveled she was 4 and it still worked beautifully). Also, you don't
necessarily have to buy new things, you might even be able to take
some of her older toys that she doesn't play with as much and wrap
those. The fun is in the unwrapping and discovery.
As for the harness, I have always frowned upon them for many reasons-
but the main one being that it really doesn't gave her that much more
freedom. I always found that a back-carrier or stroller and lots of
snacks worked well for us as we walked around the airport and pointed
out all of the new and exciting things.
Harvard Divintity School
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We're taking our 18-month old on a big adventure for thanksgiving
involving two 3-hr flights with a layover in between. From what I
understand from other parents, 18 months is a rough age for traveling
and I have to admit we're a bit worried as she really doesn't want to
sit still for any length of time.
Two separate but related questions:
1. We're considering looking for one of those harness-y type things
so that Astrid can have some degree of freedom to run around the
airport without straying too far. I've seen these in use before but
have never actually talked to anyone who's used one. Are they
inhumane? Thoughts? Better ideas? It's difficult to imagine how one
actually gets the child in the harness, given that right now it's a
struggle to get her in the stroller or even the backpack, but maybe
kids like it?
2. Any other miracle tips for plane travel with 18-month old who
doesn't want to sit still? Or is it just a matter of "grin & bear
it" until we get to our destination?
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