A long Haul: We have decided to bite the bullet & take Oliver to Florida to visit his grandparents ahead of his second birthday 9 1/2 hours are we mad! We would like to take full advantage of the fact that you don't need to pay for a seat and surprise his Nanny (Grandad's in on the secret), just by knocking on the door. I was pretty relaxed as we have had four successful flights although the longest was only 4 hours! Ok maybe I'm deluded rather than relaxed but either way, were booked now!
Preparation for the 9 1/2 hours So I set about chatting to other mummies about what works well on a flight and the majority vote is have the a variety of toys and snacks and only give them a few at time i.e. if the mood is dipping produce a new item..
What toys we packed: Trunkie Favourite blanket Baby (favourite cuddly toy) Box with mini brightly colour assorted Tupperware pots (he loves lids & pots) Portable aqua draw Soft bag filled with cars Soft bag filled with mini frying pan, mini hob & mini food Mummies mini iPad with games Daddies iPad with lots of postman pat
The morning of the flight we got up nice and early, ready to go when Oliver woke up. He was in a great mood and very excited to go 'up the sky' this is Oliver's unique name for an aeroplane. We had a breakfast, Oliver’s Grandad dropped us to the airport and we were delighted that the specific 'family check-in' was empty. The staff are so welcoming and great with children, although Oliver did have a hissy fit when Dadda went off to go through the liquids with security. You are required to test a random selection of the items you bring through and I don't fancy it...
All I will say is don't under estimate the kindness of other people, especially with children. A delightful young girl came over and calmed Oliver in seconds with a little chat and share of a soft toy-an absolute pure life saver! We grabbed a few last minute supplies a little extra make-up for Mumma a nappy change & its already time to board. Slightly different to the usual leisurely champagne bar visit and new dress but lots of fun! Michelle X