Earlier this month news bureaus reported how a father and his 3-year-old son were kicked off an Alaskan Airlines flight because the child allegedly would not stay buckled in his seat. After reading multiple reports, I have to agree with the father that the airlines overreacted. The child eventually got buckled in yet Airline representatives still felt that the child was lying down a little too much rather than sitting upright.
Photo by Mark Yanchuk
Since that airline incident I have been thinking of our Italian vacation plans this summer. The count down has now officially begun since we are leaving one month from now. We have not yet packed, but I am trying to figure out how to fly with an energetic and very loud toddler (aka Rocco, age 2.5 years old).
I have toys, books, lollipops for bribes, I-pad, I-phone, activity books in my arsenal of distraction. Benadryl does not make my kids sleep, it makes them hyper cranky so I am leaving that at home.
My secret weapon, which I hope will keep a feisty toddler from being able to run around the plane, is a Ride Safer travel vest made by Safe Traffic System Inc. The vest has multiple belts that are supposed to keep the child safe and still. What’s amazing is that I can use it as a car seat too! If this vest works the way the testimonials say it will, then I will be one happy traveller. (My vest is still in the mail so I have yet to give a proper product review.)
I mentioned last year how a friend who travels often with her kids gave me the best advice. She said if you get dirty and uncompassionate looks because your children act up, just tell yourself that you will never see the other passengers or people again, so why worry?
Of course, this is keeping in mind that you, as a parent, have done all things possible to keep your child calm, happy, quiet and satiated. Still, I have adapted her flying mantra of, “I will never see these people again…”, just in case.
Bon voyage! I hope you all have a wonderful vacation this summer!