Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I'm Afraid, Very Afraid...

...because this Saturday morning we'll be taking John on his first airplane trip, and I'm worried that he'll hate it and we'll be stuck in a small confined space way up in the air for hours with an angry, upset child on our hands. He has a hard time sitting still in one place for very long, so how is he going to sit for four hours straight? (The flight is from Boston to the island of Grand Cayman). I'm hoping he'll fall asleep since we have to get up and leave for the airport early.

Other strategies: I'm bringing some toys and books, new ones he won't see until then and some old favorites of his. We'll also bring a portable DVD player with a few videos. (You have to wear headphones with that, right? What if Johnny won't wear them? Can we still use it or would it disturb the nearby passengers?). Also, snacks and drinks will be essential (although I can't bring juice boxes or any of his favorite drinks from home since they can't go through security--darn it!). I think we'll put him in the seat between us instead of right next to the window...or would putting him by the window be better so that he can look out more easily?

If anyone has any good tips for traveling by plane with young kids, I'm all ears!

I happened to see this article about traveling with children on msnbc.com's front page a few minutes ago. What good timing! I found it to be very helpful, so I'm going to post it here for easy access. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24240009/

6 comments:

jaredandmatisse said...

Donna, Just remember to you have and John have just as much of a right to be on that plane as anyone! You will find that people will be total jerks and total angels. Only pay attention to the angels! I have a feeling little John will be an angel, too. Good luck and I will be praying for you.

Alyson said...

When we flew out with all 4 kids to Utah last summer, I was freaking too! We even had layovers that were hours long, so annoying.

I was, of course, most worried about Adam. I don't have any great tips. We gave him gum to help so his ears didn't pop. He liked being able to have gum too. He was very interested in being in an airplane and looking out the window. You guys can always switch seats around once the plane takes off. If he seems to like it in the middle or by the window, feel free to move around. There is no rule that you have to stick to the seats you first choose. Also, I just brought all the yummy goodies and candies to basically bribe him into being quiet.

I'm sure it won't be as bad as you imagine. With two of you to deal with him, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Just try to remain calm so he doesn't sense your anxiety.

Alyson said...

oops, I meant so his ears would pop.

Katie said...

We have flown with Josh now 4 times (two trips). Its much harder when the kid has to sit on your lap, I think, then when he has his own seat. Is he going to have to be in a booster or car seat or anything like that? If not, I recommend walking around the cabin as much as possible when the "retun to your seats" light is not on. A DVD player with headphones is a must; I can't imagine he would have too much trouble wearing the 'phones. He would have a hard time hearing the DVD over the roar of the engine otherwise.

Donna said...

Thank you all for your great advice. You are such supportive friends and I love you guys. I wish you were all coming with us. I'm feeling good about leaving tomorrow. I'm totally exhausted right now and can't wait to just go. I feel better about the plane trip with John, still a little nervous about it, but I think we're going to be okay. It will be really good to just get to our destination, unpack, and relax.

I think we'll have internet access in our condo there...if so, I might post little updates of what we're doing, but probably won't be able to post any pictures until I get back home again. Bon voyage!

Alyson said...

I hope you arrived safe and sound and with your sanity in tact. I know flying with little ones can be so difficult. Hopefully sweet little John was easy on you.

I hope you guys have a ton a fun! You deserve it. When you get back, we'll have to talk about getting to Yankee Candle. Anyway, relax and enjoy yourself!!