My daughter and I recently completed our third round-trip from West Virginia to Hawaii to visit my parents who live there. Flying with a child under two is, in a word, exhausting. Long gone are the days that flying meant reading a good book, watching a movie, or maybe taking a nap. When flying with an infant or toddler your mission is to keep your child happy and entertained for as long as possible.
I’ve gathered quite a bit of wisdom when it comes to traveling with a young child that I’d like to share with you. I hope that you will find at least some of my suggestions helpful! And don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the bottom of this post! We’ll be selecting five random winners so you’re chances at winning are great!
Snacks are life. Bring as many of your child’s favorite snacks that you can fit in your bag! We brought goldfish, raisins, dried cranberries, freeze-dried strawberries, freeze-dried peaches, cut up fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, grapes, apples, applesauce pouches, and granola bars. Did we eat it all? No, but it was nice to have a variety of snacks to keep the boredom at bay.
I don’t recommend bringing a lot of toys on an airplane, especially those with small pieces. You’re just asking to be on your hands and knees looking for those tiny pieces while everyone else is getting off the plane. We brought two of our daughter’s stuffed animals that she sleeps with and this super fun toy that we played with in the airport during layovers.
I’m convinced that Color Wonder markers and coloring books are Heaven-sent! I love that I don’t have to worry about getting marker on the airplane tray or seats, or our clothes! We also brought lots of stickers. My daughter absolutely loves stickers and these kept her entertained for a very long time.
Her favorite thing to do with the stickers was to put them all over the seat in front of us and the window next to us. Don’t worry- they peel off really easily! She enjoyed decorating our space, and taking them off at the end of the flight was another fun and time-consuming activity, as well as a great opportunity to teach her about cleaning up our messes after we’re done having fun.
While I don’t impose strict, measurable limits on TV and movies at home, I do limit it within reason. The plane is no place for any such screen time restrictions. Rot their little brains, momma! They’ll survive- I promise! My daughter watched Monsters, Inc. from start to finish while sitting in our laps. That was the first time she ever sat through a whole movie and it was glorious! I got to play games on my phone, shut my eyes for a few minutes, and even eat lunch. Magic.
We bought these awesome headphones just before our trip and I’m so glad that I did! They were an impulse buy, but I won’t be regretting this purchase. My daughter wore them comfortably the whole time she watched her movie and played on the iPad. They’re washable and easy to put on and take off. I’ll definitely be buying more sets when we have more kids!
This was the first plane trip during which my daughter was really entertained by apps. I tried a few apps with her the last time we flew when she was 15 months old, but she really just didn’t get them yet. Now she has so much fun with them! She really enjoys painting, drawing, and bubble popping apps; as well as those that have songs or read-aloud stories.
Her favorite app this trip was KidloLand. This app offers a subscription that gives access to over 550 nursery rhymes, songs, stories, games, and educational activities. That kind of variety was perfect for our long day of flying! Lucy’s favorite games were Color the Monsters, Musical Petals, and Pop the Animals. They are perfect for her age and allow for endless play.
She really enjoys watching the interactive stories as well. Her favorites were The Hare and the Tortoise and The Dog and the Bone. She loved tapping the characters in the stories and watching them do different things on each page.
This app has something to offer young children of all ages and abilities. At 2, Lucy is right at the age to start playing the simple games and to enjoy the songs and stories. There are more challenging games and activities that are appropriate for your child as they grow, which I really like about this app. It grows with your child and always has a new puzzle or game to keep them learning.
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