Can anyone help? We are taking our 20mth DD on her first flight in a few weeks time and as my DH and I both suffer badly with ear pain on take off and landing we are worrying that DD will suffer too. Does anyone have any advice on what to do to help her other than offer her a bottle to suck on as we have just gone through a month battle to get her to stop taking it.
How longs the flight? I suggest taking a new toy with you that will provide lots of entertainment value. Also get a window seat if poss (tho must warn you that dp was daft enough to show dd how to pull the window blind up and down and she spent the entire flight playing with it and it drove me mad). Take lots of snacks with you, I took cooked carrot sticks, peas, rice cakes and raisins which kept dd very happy. Take a beaker of water/juice with you to suck on take off and landing. Maybe go out with her and choose a nice beaker to take (Avent magic cups are good for this as they take alot of sucking to get at the juice and can be used after without the inside bit)
How long is the flight? I'll be honest, I think this is the worst age for flying. All they want to do is walk up and down the plane. If it's a 2 hour hop, see if you can time her nap to take place then. Otherwise, I give my dh (22 mths) a bottle (which he in not normally allowed) with 5mls of the cough syrup which makes him sleepy. It is usually enough to send him to sleep. Lots of exercise beforehand too!
Otherwise, favourite books, drawing book and crayons, (or one of those magic boards)and simple jigsaws. Oh and lollipops are great for keeping them quiet AND their ears clear. Bit sticky but it's worth it.
Thanks so much everyone - there are some brill tips here I shall 'hit the shops' at the weekend for my props!
Tarantula - you made me laugh re the window blind - it's definitely the kind of thing that my dd would do too!!