Part Two of How NOT To Travel With Children – Take Off

Travel with Children, preparation complete that means it is time to head to the airport.

airportAt the airport

Feel smug as you head to board that your toddler asks to hold hands.

Feel like you’ve taught him well.

Illusion ruined 30 seconds later when he makes a break for it down the air bridge causing you and all the hand luggage, which includes a bright blue Trunki that you hoped the toddler would ride *he didn’t* as well as the baby in a sling, to break into the awkward mum jog past the other passengers to retrieve him.

Cue many muttered sorrys, excuse mes and a bellowed COME BACK.  As you and the Trunki threaten to take out the lovely elderly couple who smiled fondly at your toddler when he was being angelic.  They’re not smiling anymore.

Finally get on the plane and stow all the hand luggage in the overhead compartments, with a little help by propping the baby up with the blankets and pillows provided and the lovely stewardess. 

Strap the toddler in his seat and breathe a sigh of relief – you’re on.

Plane Selfie600Plane Selfie

The toddler then decides that he wants a window seat.  Slight problem being that you have the seats in the middle with the bassinet.

Cue 10 minutes sobbing about the window.

Distract with the chocolate you brought as a bribe for takeoff and mistakenly flash the lollipop in your bag brought for the exact same reason.

At this point the baby will decide he needs more attention and is no longer distracted by the loving cuddles you have been giving.  He wants feeding and he wants feeding now.  Never mind that you had a plan to feed on take off to help with his ears.

Now you have both boys crying over lollipops and boobies.  People around you are starting to do that uncomfortable shifting in their seats.  Give into the baby’s boob request.

Nope, not what he wanted and you inadvertently flashed the poor man sitting across the aisle from you.

Lollipop tantrum also begins to reach a crescendo.  Attempt to unwrap the lollipop with one hand as the other tried to force your nipple into the baby’s mouth to shut him up pacify him.  Hand the lollipop over.

Rethink the whole lollipop thing as sticky hands reach for your hair.  But the baby has latched at least.

The toddler hands the lollipop over and begins to demand the window again.  You suck on the lollipop as you taxi towards the runway wishing it was alcoholic.

The baby’s eyes start to close.  Phew.

You indulge in a short conversation with the toddler about all the noises he can hear when he remembers about the lollipop.  Hand it over and have to deal with threatened tantrum as to just WHERE the lollipop has gone.

Threatened tantrum averted.

Toddler decides its a great time to demonstrate his brotherly affection by kissing the baby.

Very very cute.

But, unfortunately, baby awakening.


At this point you’re in the air.

Just another 7 hours to endure….

To be continued……THE FLIGHT

Everything Mummy



  1. July 5, 2015 / 11:30 pm

    Love the brutal honesty of this and no, they never ride on the bloody Trunkis do they? My kids are too big in any case! #SundayStars

    • Laura
      July 6, 2015 / 12:24 am

      He rides the damn thing round and round the house though! X

  2. July 6, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Only so many times I can warn parents about the Trunki trap!!!! looking forward to seeing how it ended x

    • Laura
      July 6, 2015 / 5:34 pm

      I know! I thought I was onto a winner when he rode it all over the house. Though it was easy to wheel through the airport x

  3. July 9, 2015 / 9:59 am

    It’s always an adventure traveling with little ones. You are very brave to do it with 2 alone…desperate times call for…

    I try not to make eye contact wight he other passengers when Z is not acting his best. I know they are looking though. I have also learned what i HAVE to have with me and what i don’t. I think on the next trip I will have it down to one small carry on, that’s my plan anyway!

    • Laura
      July 10, 2015 / 11:11 am

      Thank you! We managed to get down to a Trunki and my changing bag which is an improvement on when we first travelled with a little one. Kitchen sink springs to mind!

  4. July 9, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    Love this! I feel your frustration and you’ve confirmed my fears about flying with children. Well done for surviving! *takes hat off. I hope part 3 treats you well!

    • Laura
      July 10, 2015 / 11:14 am

      Thanks Lizzie! It was worth it to get here and they were much better than I thought!

  5. July 10, 2015 / 1:18 am

    oh no this sounds abit hellish! I have flown once with my 2 eldest daughters when they were 2 & 3 the way there absolute angels the way back was horrific lol its put me off attempting with the three of them now for a couple more years! thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

    • Laura
      July 10, 2015 / 11:16 am

      Haha that’s the problem! I’m a little bit scared of flying back on my own as they were relatively good on the way out so I’m bound to pay on the way back!!

  6. November 9, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    To be honest I’d be happy never to fly again! #cssupportblogers

    • Laura
      November 13, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      I do love to fly its just a little crazy with the boys x

    • Laura
      November 12, 2015 / 8:16 am

      Ah it was brave the flight or brave the Dubai summer!

    • Laura
      November 13, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      Kind of….. not really…. not at all!

  7. November 10, 2015 / 2:02 am

    Haha – glad I haven’t tried this! Would hate it. #cssupport

    • Laura
      November 13, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      It was the lesser of 2 evils x

  8. November 10, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Eeek, sounds stressful. I get stressed out enough when I’m travelling and it’s just me. I think it’ll be a while before I take the boys anywhere further than the beach (and even then I need help). Hopefully, it was all worth it!


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