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We're going on a long haul flight with a toddler - it'll be overnight. Any advice for getting her to sleep? (I want it to be like the attached image)

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Keshw 
Flying long haul is much too common occurance over here. I wish we could just blink and be there. I would do everything mentioned above. We always do these things: - exhaust those kids! Run run run - get to the airport early - have dinner as per usual - throw the parenting rules out, screen and tablet time is on buffet service. All you can have. We love the sago mini games. - kids headphones - jetkids bedbox or trunki - if you can'tget the kids to sleep becayse of lights abd distractions make a tent - open the tray and slip the blanket in and then close. Attach the other end by wedgimg it around the head support thing on the seat. Then tweek till you get the desired effect. You even get a little door so they feel secure and cosy if needed. - bring change of clothes - snacks but with low sugar levels - stickers stickers stickers -sorting games - a book whether ut is handmade or bought that highlights the steps of the whole journey Whatever happens, you will make it! It won't be glamourous but it will be doable and exhausting. Best of luck and don't be shy. Talk to other mamas and papas on the plane. We are all there with you. X
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Celine Bell 
Ouch. No simple answers here. So sending positivity! On a practical note - knackered her out in the day. Fresh air. Running! Can you take her anywhere new to blow her tiny mind? This always helps me and mine. If she won't sleep there isn't much you can do. So be sure to be organised. Feed her up but pack LOTS of snacks. Savoury - you don't want a riot. Take spare clothes for you AND her. Voice of experience there. Raid Poundland and wrap a small gift for her to open every hour. Sticker books. LOTS of stickerbooks, plus some new books she hasn't seen before. Load the iPad. At least then you can keep her occupied. And have an enormous gin when you board. We went to Oz with a sick 7month old who could crawl. He didn't sleep. It was a HORROR. But you will survive! Happy hols x
Keshw 
Flying long haul is much too common occurance over here. I wish we could just blink and be there. I would do everything mentioned above. We always do these things: - exhaust those kids! Run run run - get to the airport early - have dinner as per usual - throw the parenting rules out, screen and tablet time is on buffet service. All you can have. We love the sago mini games. - kids headphones - jetkids bedbox or trunki - if you can'tget the kids to sleep becayse of lights abd distractions make a tent - open the tray and slip the blanket in and then close. Attach the other end by wedgimg it around the head support thing on the seat. Then tweek till you get the desired effect. You even get a little door so they feel secure and cosy if needed. - bring change of clothes - snacks but with low sugar levels - stickers stickers stickers -sorting games - a book whether ut is handmade or bought that highlights the steps of the whole journey Whatever happens, you will make it! It won't be glamourous but it will be doable and exhausting. Best of luck and don't be shy. Talk to other mamas and papas on the plane. We are all there with you. X

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