Today's question is actually a couple of questions... wrapped in a scenario.
Scenario: We have a family trip planned to go see our friends in Texas. We are very excited and also a little nervous about the flight and trip -- I will be 30 weeks pregnant at the time and we'll be traveling with our 21-month-old little boy. The flight is only about 3 hours, and we'll be there for 8 days.
So the question: What tips or tricks do you have for vacationing and flying with a toddler? Pregnant?
My little Pudge is pretty resilient and mellow, so I'm not super worried about the vacationing part. So long as he gets his sleep with his special blanket and plenty of milk to drink, life is good. :)
What worries me is the flight. We fly out at around 10 AM, so we're flying into naptime and hoping that, with the help of a blanket and pacifier, he'll sleep or at least rest and be calm. (Yes, my almost-2-year old still uses his pacifier for naps and I have no intention of taking it away soon!) We're hoping for the same on our evening flight back. He's flying as an unticketed toddler, so he'll be on our laps.
In case the napping doesn't happen, we do have some backups:
- 20 episodes of kids shows on the iPod
- books, books, books!
- plenty of snacks... for him AND me :)
- and a quiet book I will make before then