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Zillcat Thu 18-Oct-18 17:57:27

We fly in just over a week to Australia with our 9 month old twins (21 hour journey in total)
Talking to my brother today, he asked if we had organised a gift to other plane passengers... basically a note 'from' the twins apologising for any disruption from them as it is their first flight.

I hadn't considered it before, would you think it tacky or appreciate a small gesture from us?

I have packed as much as I can into the hand luggage to entertain them and there will be four of us travelling so enough to take turns walking the aisles too.

Any suggestions are gratefully appreciated!

momologu3 Thu 18-Oct-18 17:59:33

Sounds like a cool idea! We were given earplugs and lollypops once, it was really generous of the family and we haven't forgotten since smile

Optimist1 Thu 18-Oct-18 17:59:34

Never heard of such a thing! He's pulling your leg.

Justkeeprollingalong Thu 18-Oct-18 18:00:15

An odd (and probably very expensive) thing to do.

momologu3 Thu 18-Oct-18 18:00:19

Don't think so @optimist1

Dhapeer Thu 18-Oct-18 18:00:33

It would take up a lot of space. I definitely think a note with earplugs at the very least (though I'm sure they're provided the airline?) and maybe a little chocolate each for the four rows in front and behind might help?

HavelockVetinari Thu 18-Oct-18 18:01:48

Not necessary but it'd be really sweet if you gave fellow passengers a little envelope with a note from the babies saying "sorry if we cry, our ears might hurt", a sweet, and a pair of earplugs.

Nicknacky Thu 18-Oct-18 18:05:19

I really wouldn’t bother giving yourself more hassle than you already have.

It’s a special kind of areshole that gets annoyed by babies crying, many of us have been there and understand you are doing your best.

SavoyCabbage Thu 18-Oct-18 18:06:21

But there is a baby on every single flight. Yours probably won't be the only babies on that flight, so common is a baby on a flight. Most people won't give a thought to your babies. They are also on a long flight for their own reasons. My friend is on a flight at this very moment to Melbourne having just said goodbye to her mother for the last time as she is dying.

Jozen Thu 18-Oct-18 18:08:38

Not necessary. People have enough to carry without extra stuff.
I fly regularly and kids/babies are part and parcel of public transport. Never had a "gift" and neither would I expect one.
There'll be other children on the plane getting bored.

DeadBod Thu 18-Oct-18 18:09:57

I wouldn't do presents of any sort. All flights are a lottery - smelly people, non stop chatty people, people who constantly get up and down etc.

Scatteredthoughtss Thu 18-Oct-18 18:10:24

I would not want to be handed more stuff to juggle on a long flight.

SoupDragon Thu 18-Oct-18 18:12:34

I would think it twee and ridiculous and inwardly roll my eyes. It seems so very "look at us, aren't we marvellous"

Lauren83 Thu 18-Oct-18 18:14:33

We traveled twice with DS this year at 6 months and 8 months, we just bought the 3rd person in our actual row a drink and everyone was great with him luckily

QueenOfMyWorld Thu 18-Oct-18 18:14:45

Bit tacky,id think you were weird sorry

dalmatianmad Thu 18-Oct-18 18:14:47

All I can think of is "the cry" that is on at the moment!
I wouldn't bother with presents, i think people expect kids and babies, par the course. Have an amazing time

Meet0nTheIedge Thu 18-Oct-18 18:14:47

It seems a bit attention-seeking if I'm honest. I'd be polite and accept if you did this but there's really no need.

allyouneedis Thu 18-Oct-18 18:18:45

You can get ideas online, I’ve seen ready made ones before.

llangennith Thu 18-Oct-18 18:19:16

Your brother is either teasing you or bonkers.
I don't think I've ever been on a long haul flight where there hasn't been at least one baby or toddler. You just put up with it and feel sorry for the parents, and hope to be seated as far away as possible from them!

allyouneedis Thu 18-Oct-18 18:20:40 Hope this link works?

DaanSaaf Thu 18-Oct-18 18:21:05

Behave grin

blue25 Thu 18-Oct-18 18:21:16

It wouldn't really make up for being sat by crying babies for 21 hours, so I don't think I'd bother

Titsywoo Thu 18-Oct-18 18:22:50

What soupdragon said. It's one of those things that has done the rounds on FB as an amazing thing one couple did once and everyone thinks they are the coolest. A flight to Aus is a bastard however you slice it, crying babies or not.

timeisnotaline Thu 18-Oct-18 18:22:53

I definitely wouldn’t. We travel with our babies , families are allowed holidays just like anyone else,plus trips to the states and Australia to see family. I won’t apologise for that. I will do my utmost to have them behave of course but as parents we are just trying to survive the trip ourselves. Everyone else can enjoy not having to look after our children themselves.

PastaRedWine Thu 18-Oct-18 18:23:52

It's a bonkers idea. I'd think you were performance parenting/attention seeking.

Just try and relax about the flight. Babies pick up on you being tense. No reason why they will necessarily be a pain at all. And if they are? So what?

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