The major key to entertainment on the plane for your toddler is to bring toys your child enjoys at home to enjoy on the go. You never want to try anything new in the air and deal with the dissatisfaction of your toddler the whole entire flight. We also like to bring toys that are cheap and easily replaceable if we need to throw them out or if lost. Our list of entertain may vary from your child's age but at least you can get an idea of what to bring on the plane.
iPad- One of the easiest things to pack for a trip! Our daughter is now at the age where she can sit on her iPad for a short flight and won't need any further entertainment. If you have Netflix/Hulu make sure you download movies ahead of time on your high-speed wifi at home so they will have games and movies to watch.
Crayons and a coloring book.
Building blocks- are great toys for the plane. Building blocks are small, easy to clean and cheap if lost.
Uno cards or playing card- Our daughter doesn't no how to play card but it entertains all three of us on the plane, even if she doesn't know how to play her hand!
Water Wow Book- All you need to do is add water to the pen that comes with the Water Wow Book and you paint away! These books are also reusable when the pages dry! You can purchase the Water Wow Book on Amazon.
A paint book with a paint palette that is embedded right in the pages! All you need is a cup of water to paint without the hassle of bringing actually paint on the plane. You can purchase the paint books on Amazon.
Small reading books.
Small baby doll(s) or action figure.
Educational letters and numbers trace book.
Stick to the food you know your child eats and loves! Flights are not the time to try out new foods. Once the plane takes off you’ll be stuck with what you have or meals the plane has to offer. Not all flights serve meals, especially if its an hour flight. An hour flight with no food could seem like a 10-hour flight with a hungry baby! Don't risk it!
Try packing snacks from home to save money. One bag of chips at the airport could cost you $4! As long as your snacks are sealed closed, TSA allows you to pack them in your bag.
Here are some non-messy foods we like to pack for flights...
Cheddar cheese goldfish snacks
A bag of chips
Gerber squeeze pouches
Nutri Grain bars (We share these bars between me and my daugher)
Oreos (For the sweet tooth lovers)
Take a nap!
Night time flights are best with kids. Flights at night won’t disturb normal sleeping habits and more then likely they’ll fall asleep much more easier than a morning flight. If your child is anything like our daughter, then it may not matter what time your flight leaves. As soon as the plane takes off, shes fast asleep for most of the flight. Letting your child take a nap for most of the flight, no longer requires you to fear how you will entertain your toddler and give you a break for a while.
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Take bathroom breaks and stretch out!
Don't feel as if you need to stay in your seat or section the entire flight. Walk up and down the plane aisle to stretch those little legs! Sitting down for a long period of time can be harshly boring for kids. As long as your toddler isn't disturbing the other passengers most people don't care! You'll even find adults walking up and down the plane on a long flight to stretch out! Your kids will enjoy every second of that 2-minute walk down the aisle.
Take advantage of empty seats!
If the flights not full, move your seat for extra space with your child. Both of you will be much more comfortable stretched out.
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