Tools of the Trade

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Calling all parents who travel with toddlers! I need you! We will be gearing up for a cross country jaunt with our little guy in a few weeks. While we’re super excited about the trip back home, we’re also crazy stressed about how little man will do on the 5 hour flight! Eek! The last time we were on a flight with him, he was just over a year old. He was really busy and it was a task to keep him entertained. Now, he is pushing two and busier than ever – and VERY vocal! He loves to talk, scream, dance, move, wiggle sing and anything else you can think of. How are we supposed to keep him busy? Part of our plan is doing an overnight flight. We’re hoping that he will sleep the WHOLE time! Fingers crossed. He’ll already be rocking his PJ’s when we get on the plane. We’ll also have some books and toys – just in case. If you have ANY advice, words of wisdom or even good luck wishes – we’ll take em!

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23 Responses to Tools of the Trade
  1. Erica
    July 12, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Snacks help. Also, a new toy that he hasn’t seen before. And alcohol – for you.

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 1:04 pm

      ha! I’m on it!

  2. blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    July 12, 2011 | 11:41 am

    Well, I definitely have good wishes for ya!

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 11:48 am

      we’ll take em!

  3. Natalie
    July 12, 2011 | 1:03 pm

    I haven’t flown yet with the little boy…so you let me know how it goes…wishing you luck!

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 11:49 am

      i make sure to let you know all the details!

  4. Lauren-PaintsandPlaydough
    July 12, 2011 | 1:30 pm

    Oh woweee….GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!! We will be in the same boat in a few months when we go to DC. We have flown to San Jose and Denver a few times with Brandon but not across country yet. New toys and new books. Let him run around as much as possible before the flight starts…and buy ear plugs (and drinks too if its a bad flight)for everyone around you. Again, GOOD LUCK!!!!!

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 11:50 am

      ear plugs! good one! on the list.

  5. Mimi
    July 12, 2011 | 7:36 pm

    Overnight flights are great. We did one when my son was about 1 and he was only up for an hour then he was off to sleep. I would say if you have a portable DVD player or iPad or something of the sort that would be helpful. Snacks are a necessity and at his age something to color with.

    Good Luck, I’m sure it won’t be that bad!

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 12:20 pm

      we bought a portable DVD player especially for this trip!

  6. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    July 12, 2011 | 8:47 pm

    Oh, I have done that before–good luck! I would definitely bring some emergency dum-dum suckers. Just in case. 🙂

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 12:21 pm

      adding suckers to the list…

  7. Joanne
    July 13, 2011 | 4:51 am

    Ooo good luck! Bring a coloring book or crayons and paper…endless entertainment!

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 12:21 pm

      they’ll definitely be at the top of the carry on!

  8. Minivan Mama
    July 13, 2011 | 7:42 am

    I have yet to attempt flying with my children so I’ve got no advice for you. Whatever the outcome of the flight, I’m sure the adventure will be worth it! Best of luck!!!!

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 12:22 pm

      quite the adventure i’m sure!

  9. wendy
    July 13, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    you will be fine–sounds like you have everything under control (as much as one can). one child is still in the manageable category. 😉
    overnight is the best way to go I hear. good luck and have fun. thanks for stopping by my site today! wb

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 1:06 pm

      thank you! i agree one child should be manageable. My mom wanted us to bring our dog too. Not happening!

  10. Jessica
    July 13, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    I have never traveled with a toddler before so I have no advice for you but one of the ladies I’m friends with online travels with her 2 year old all over the place. @letters4lucas on Twitter. Talk to her about it.

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 1:06 pm

      thanks Jessica! I’ll check in with her. 🙂

  11. Bring Mommy the Vodka
    July 14, 2011 | 10:33 am

    Good luck! My biggest tip is food. If they’re stuffing their face then they’re keeping busy and not talking. Plus the altitude mixed with lots of food will make anyone sleepy.

    • Cam
      July 15, 2011 | 12:23 pm

      ha! good point!

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    August 3, 2011 | 7:47 am

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