I just wondered if anyone had any experience of taking a 1year-old on a flight to the USA. My little one is only 3 months at the moment but my parents have offered to take us to Florida at Easter and my husband is refusing to go as he doesn't think it'll be fair on her. I know it'll be a difficult flight, I'm not expecting it to be easy but it just seems too good an opportunity to pass up, especially as her flight will still be free. Was just wondering if anyone had any positive experiences or tips that I could show him to help to try to persuade him! Thanks!
I have to say with a 4 year old and 10 month I'm not brave enough to try flying anywhere !! But my friend took her little girl to Barbados for their belated honeymoon when she was around 7 months and they said it was easy. Just made sure she had a bottle to suck to help equalise her ears and hey presto. Think it helped that she wasn't at a stage where she wanted to move about!! They also took the eldest now 4 and 18 month on a shorter flight his year and with help of portable DVD player and a few favourite films and scribble pads etc was a little more stressful trying to burn off the urge to run around but was successful without too much trauma to other travellers. So can be done. Just be organised I guess good luck
I agree with your friend's approach, if you organise yourself you minimise the chances of a bad experience. I flown 8 times with my now 2 year old son and I've had a baby break-down on a plane exactly once and it lasted around 5 minutes (although it felt much longer at the time!). I've had a couple of other baby break-downs at airports but they are usually very easy to fix with food/distraction. Of course, now I've said all of this I feel like I might be due a terrible flight this summer