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Flying With a Walking Toddler

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Flying with a toddler

She doesn’t even wait for the in-flight meal service.

I figured the jig was up – I was going to be That Dad on the flight … the one with the squirming, crying, screaming baby.

Just a few months ago, Anneka flew a complete round trip to Germany. She had just started crawling, though, and there’s a big difference between a crawling baby and a walking baby – which she is now. She’s saying a few words in addition to walking, and she knows how to express what she does or doesn’t want.

In short, I feared a break in our 20-flight streak of having an amazing traveling baby.

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She likes the window seat, just like dad.

But … she the streak is still largely in place. I was not expelled from the paradise of having a baby that travels well.

On the way from Phoenix to New York (United Airlines for this leg), Anneka slept most of the flight and was content when she was awake.

Returning home, we flew American Airlines. Anneka fell asleep shortly after takeoff, and that lasted about two hours. She had some really fussy moments when she woke up, and she wanted nothing but to be near Mom. Problem is, Sarah’s seat was across the aisle and she had a few work things to do on deadline (this is why I don’t like Internet on planes – flying used to be a refuge from the demands of the people dirtside).

This resulted in some squalling that seemed to last hours. In reality, it was just a few minutes. And most of the surrounding passengers were grandparents who really weren’t the slightest bit bothered.

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She’s flown a lot since this first flight! And grown a lot, too.

One thing is for sure, though – Anneka can squirm like no other creature. She was not happy, and keeping her from encroaching on other people’s space was not easy.

She’s really on the cusp of being more communicative and understanding, so even at her worst I don’t think she’ll be a bad flier at all.

One thing is for sure: I’m looking forward to passing along the tolerance and understanding everyone on the flight showed me to another parent who’s flying with a small person.

We flew American Airlines and United Airlines during this trip. Want to find out who was better? Read it here.

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