This family of four is always going somewhere…..
This last flight we took was less than 3 hours. The time frame was more than manageable, but again it is a confined space for a long period of time. Anyone with a toddler knows the struggle. How am I going to keep them in one spot for that long? It’s not that bad, trust me, don’t stress it too much. Here are 6 tips to make your flight experience a little easier.
(Just look at the mischievous faces on these two!)
- Dress them in comfy pajamas. Make them as comfy as possible. We bought them brand new pjs, so that when we got dressed in the morning they were surprised and happy and in a good mood on the way to the airport. This adds to their comfort and *hopefully* their sleepiness. (fingers crossed)
- Bring one new exciting colorful small toy for them. Something that they have never seen before – but will keep them entertained for a while. This bead counter worked wonders for my 1 yrs old. He still loves that thing!
- For my 3 year old, we needed something that would occupy her mind AND her hands. In the target dollar bins I found these frame lacers! The bag had about 5 cardboard pictures of something cute like a butterfly or a princess. Surrounding the edges are holes, and through these holes, you lace a colorful shoelace. It was a mix or threading a needle and sewing – teaching my little 3 yr old some serious fine motor skills. She got really into it and sat patiently while she carefully threaded each hole. It was a good 18-25 mins (i’m not kidding)
- Coloring & Stickers. This has always been my go-to on a plane. My local target dollar bins also had these small coloring kits with a coloring book, stickers, and 4 crayons. It was perfect!
- Snacks: The ultimate entertainment for children….food! Careful not to pack the gummies, fruit juice, and other sugary ingredients to create the infamous toddler sugar rush meltdown. Instead, stabilize their blood sugar with some nuts and water. Pistachios & Cashews worked for us this trip.
- When you are not on the place – let them loose! Let those short little legs be free! Get their wiggles out before and after they have to sit still. This makes a big difference for my 3 year old who is very active and needs running-spinning-jumping-tumbling-flipping time allotted everyday.
Don’t let the kids “hold you back” from traveling and getting out there. Remember, they are portable. Life can be a fun adventure with kids.