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1. Posted by billydakers (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


At some point we need to go to NZ to visit my brother in law (departing from Ireland). Our children are 3.5yrs and 5months - has anyone got any experience of this length of journey with young children?

If we were to go next year it would probably be around April, making the youngest 10months. I'm not sure whether to wait another year, but then would having a 1.8yr and a 4.5yr old really be any easier?

Thanks in advance!

(currently nr Cork)

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2. Posted by billydakers (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi webmaster

Spam? Not sure what was wrong with my post?

Thanks, Bill

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4. Posted by billydakers (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Not involved at all. Could you re-enable minus URL? Thanks

5. Posted by aboo10 (Respected Member 122 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Yes - I have had loads of experience with long haul flights with babies and toddlers. My kids will be 3 and 5 early next year, and I have travelled with them on my own a couple of times each year since the baby was 4 months old!!

My basic suggestions:

1. Take multiple changes of clothes in your handcarry, for everyone.
2. On the day of the flight, discourage any naps, then it is more likely they will sleep on the flight.
3. Have a bag of supplies for the big kid - favourite toys, iPods, colouring books, play doh, books etc. although nothing with little bits that may be dropped.
4. Your 10 month old, take maybe a story book, favourite rattly thing. Will get very wriggly - be prepared to take to the galley area and let them have a stretch.
5. Remove all normal parenting rules; there is NO routine on a plane: e.g. if child wants a biscuit/chips/chocolate instead of the dinner served, don't worry about it. Watch as much TV as they like.

Most airports have a decent play area for the kids where they can at least run a bit - use as much energy as possible!! Find this, then if you're lucky and there's 2 of you, one can go find out what else is available at the airport for a snack.
Aim for short transit times.

For the baby, make sure you have a carrier - an ergo or backpack type - frees up your hands for filling in forms, carrying duty free, etc!

Advantage of going when 10months, as opposed to 18 months... smaller, easier to hold (unless you are planning on paying for a full seat anyway). Advantage of being bigger - walk at airport by themselves, but then you're herding 2 cats instead of 1!!

Hope that helps, it's just a start... let me know if more questions!!


6. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Have you tried them on a short flight to see what they will be like?

I have been on short lights where very young children have cried and screamed continuously and a long night flight where few people got any sleep because of a kid who only stopped crying to take a breath and start again.

I doubt that another year will make much difference, if any.

7. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Abby, reading your post exhausted me.

Good on you!!!


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10. Posted by aboo10 (Respected Member 122 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Didn't mean to wear you out Terry! :)

Was in the zone... I've been getting ready for the home-for-Christmas flight this week with my 2 and 4 year olds!

iPods synced, new colouring books and crayons, bags almost ready, kids meals ordered...

Prepared for the battles with runaway kids approaching customs officers!! All fun!!!