Now, let's fast forward a few years to this past week, when we took our sweet little Emily on her second flight (she was only five months for the first one and wasn't interested in much other than sleep and milk). Out of the four flights, Em did well on two of them, passing out on our laps like a proper little one year old should. But the other two, she was all over the place-ramming her head into the seat in front of us and playing peek-a-boo with the kid behind us. Screaming at the top of her lungs for a short bout for no reason at all. My husband and I passed her back and forth, pushed snacks and juice in her face and tried getting her to show interest in the clouds outside the little square window. Nothing worked and it was frustrating but it made me want to track down that mom from years ago and applaud her for doing this all on her own, because lets face it, we can't always control our squirmy little toddlers.
The few things that I did learn:
- Scout out the other kids on the plane and sit RIGHT next to them. That way, if they do scream, the childless passengers may not know that it is your angel causing the raucous
- Pack a tablet with their favorite shows. Em's is the Wiggles-you will have the other passengers doing the "Belt Buckle Shine" in no time.
- Bring a stuffed animal for them to snuggle with (works well as a pillow too)
- Finally, and probably the most important advice...ORDER A DRINK (for yourself and your spouse;)