Oh yes, we did it, and we survived. Our first flight with a three-and-a-half-year old was something I was NOT looking forward to at all. Anyone with a child of that age knows what I'm talking about... everyone else has either forgotten about their kids at the age of three and has repressed all memories for that year's time span, or they haven't yet come to know the horrors that age brings. There could be a horror movie as the sequel to Snakes on a Plane - Toddlers on a Plane...
Did I lose sleep over the thought of taking an uncontrollable toddler into a metal tube of confining insanity? Yes. Was I so stressed out that I was exhausted by the end of the day of the flight? Yes. Did we regret our decision to take him on a plane at this age? Well, I guess not.
Luckily for me, my son can be distracted by two constants: food and the ipad.
Regardless, my concerns were the following:
Well, having him eat and drink seemed to help his ears, and he was okay with that. Yes, he missed a nap on the flight to Arizona, but he caught a cat nap during the 1.5 hour drive to Tucson (which was NOT enough nap), and I actually convinced him to take a nap on my lap on the flight home as he kept stealing glances at the sucker that I placed in the seat pocket for motivation. He wore the headphones - not a problem.
I was able to check the car seat for free, but no one at either airport seemed to know where I would be able to retrieve said car seat... both people were wrong in where they told me it would be (thanks for that help!) Nope, he didn't actually turn me into "that mom" - so thanks Leighton for that. He peed in the airplane toilet on the trip to Arizona, but he refused to do so on the return flight, but that was probably because I had woken him prematurely from his nap, and he was delirious as we were in descent.
The flight home was much less stressful that the flight there because I knew he would do just fine. I'm just glad that I didn't have to deal with two car seats and a baby as well or I may have gone completely mad.
Cyndi M. Frick
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