Your Toddlers First Plane Ride!

by Kathy Sykes on April 23, 2010 · 1 comment

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This past week, our family finally took a much needed vacation that has been overdue for two and a half years. Why so long? Well, we weren’t prepared to travel with a child and are you ever REALLY prepared?

In anticipation of this milestone, I researched things that needed to be done in order to make your trip pleasant when traveling with a toddler. Here are some of the things that worked for us:

1. Choose a flight that is as accomodating as possible to your childs eating and nap schedule. We had problems with this one since the time zone changes messed with all of our bodies. Our departing flight left after our son’s nap time and was a nearly 4 hour flight. So, there was no nap AND I forgot to pack a lunch. The crackers and peanuts were just not cutting it. Other than being completely starved, our son was very content on the entire flight because we brought a portable DVD player to occupy his time.
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2. Choose an appropriate vacation spot that would be fun for children, as well as, adults. We chose the Red Rock Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This resort is NOT on the strip but in a family friendly area of Las Vegas…meaning if you need a grocery store or Target, they are all within walking distance. This facility also houses a movie theatre, bowling alley, arcade, supervised children’s play center, and great pool(s). We chose to book a room with double beds to give us enough space to move around and spread out our stuff.

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3. Make sure there are plenty of eating options. Our hotel was just great in this department and it was not expensive. Try to find buffets and restaurants that kids are familiar with. That way you can make sure that they eat while on vacation.

4. While on vacation, make it an educational experience as well. Our son is almost three so we primarily talked with him about the different cities and states, who flys a plane, the difference between a hotel and home, etc. It was really fun for him.

5. Potty Breaks! If you are traveling with a toddler who is potty training (like us AGAIN) then this can be a challenge. We tried to take frequent potty breaks even if he didn’t ask to potty. Who wants a stinky diaper on a 4 hour flight!!! I packed diapers and pull-ups just in case we couldn’t make it to a potty on time like we do at home. I only did this for flight purposes.

Overall, we had a pretty nice trip!
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Linda April 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

Looks like funs. Can not wait until Miami!!!!!!!!!!

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