I travelled with my then 3.5 year old son and my 15 mth old son to the UK last Christmas - I was terrified - I did the same trip with just the one son when he was 1 year old and it was a dream - he slept - we went direct with Qantas - but with the two I was worried as I was on my own with them and by 15 mth old was a complete different child to the older one - woke at the slightest noise whereas the older one slept and still does - through whatever noises come his way - we flew with Singapore Airlines which were absolutely brilliant - the Asians love children and nothing was too much bother - unlike Qantas/BA who tried to avoid anything they could!! We flew direct with an hour or so stop in Singapore - I must say the first 3 hours were a nightmare - Billy (the little one) carried on a treat - crying etc - just as I expected - I managed to fit him in the bassinet which was a godsend - but he was horrible!! Beforehand I had tried out Phenergan and Vallergan as a sedative and they didn't really appear to have worked whne tried at home - but I was so stressed I got it out and administered it to him before we got to Singapore - I must admit I gave him near on the maximum I was told I could - and it worked a treat - we got to Singapore and he was "sedated" but not in a cruel way as this may sound - it just calmed him and he was very drowsy - so that is what I recommend - it is fairer on the child, you and those around you - if your child is a bit of a "horror" at times - do you have anyone going with you? If you do - that is a big help as the extra pair of hands - just to go to the loo - is a luxury - I picked on my "neighbour" to help out - the other things I can suggest especially for a two year old would be to take lots of little "new toys" that he doesn't know so they are a novelty for him to look at - books, coloured pencils, etc - also lots of little snacks as the aircraft will provide toddler meals but he might not like them - especially if you do go with an asian airline - things like biscuits, bananas, etc - also take your own juices if you can - as I found my kids were continually thirsty - take a couple of changes of clothes also taking into account you will be leaving a probably hot climate and going into a very cold climate on landing - also any comforter he may use to go to bed with - also his own blanket as the aircraft ones are thin and not very "cosy" - wipes, nappies, non-spill cup, lots of nappies - and bingo - you should be fine!! I would be interested to see how you go because I am planning to do the same trip again probably June next year - but trust me and take the phernergan or vallergan as a safety measure if nothing else - but remember to try it at home first as sometimes it can cause an adverse effect - best of luck - where are you going to? How long for? Also word or advice - if you going straight through try to get off the plane for a breather and change of environment - if your little one is awake it is a great opportunity for him to run around for an hour and get exhausted again! My email is [email protected]
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