Remember I posted this when we were still preparing for our first-long-flight-with-a-toddler going to the Philippines. I meant to write different tips air travel with a toddler but my schedule just went crazier and crazier juggling my time between work, home and taking care of a toddler and a hubby. Also, in the end, I just stopped fretting over it. I convinced myself that whatever happens, we'll do just fine.
And of course we were just fine.
Little Spanish Pinay did very well especially on the long flight. She slept like a winner and played/watched her videos while awake. She rarely fuzzed but her play included walking back and forth along the airplane's aisle. She's one curious little girl. She look at each person in the seats then walk away then back and look. She also liked passing through where the WCs are even where the cabin crew prepare the food. She wanted to explore on everything. Result? Mami got really tired. She'd rarely want papi to go with her so most of the time, it's mami going after her. She'd ask for papi only when she feels like watching her video. She's all comfy and calm sitting on his lap.
So what did we finally decide on whether to bring just the baby sling or just the stroller. At the beginning we were sold on just bringing the sling but I don't know what happened suddenly, hubby was so adamant on the idea that it will be better if we bring a stroller. And so we did. We used the stroller for some moments and it did help but LSP had other idea than staying in the stroller while we were going mobile throughout the airport. She wanted mami's arms most of the time. It helped though that she's already walking and loved to explore so there were times as well that she'd walk. She especially liked the walkalator!
So what's the verdict on the stroller? It can be useful but not a necessity. In our case we especially put it to good use because we were able to use it as a cart for our fully-packed-shoulder-breaking personal bags. Since we don't get to travel often to my native land, we make sure we maximize all our luggage capacity both check-in and hand-carry. You know, we gotta stock up on those sinigang, kare-kare mix, nagaraya, noodles, etc!
About the baby sling? It has become her enemy now. Sigh. She didn't want to get even near it the whole flight except during our last leg of flight coming back here. I asked her fervently for us to use the baby sling because mami's arm is going to break apart already. I don't know if she understood my plea or she took pity of my best-actress-poor-me-look in my face, but she agreed to be carried on our baby sling.
Oh, I have to give one important tip for travelling with a toddler (especially if your toddler is a girly-girl who loooves the idea of her looking pretty)..... bring some of these!
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Just look at her enjoying her beauty session:
I swear that kept her still and quiet for a good long of time. From time to time though, she'd call me and say "Mami, mami! Tala guapa!" to tell me to look at her because she's pretty.