Post # 1
We’re going to Mexico in almost exactly one month. My son will be 18 months old and has never flown before. Thankfully we have a direct flight there (around 4 hours) and he’ll have his own seat. I’m looking for any good toy ideas to keep him occupied for the flight and in the airport. Toys that are easy to pack and don’t involve lots of pieces that can easily get lost/thrown. We’ll also be bringing books and an iPad just in case. One of my friends recommended the buckle toy…any other tried and true toys you’ve found that work with your little ones?
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa
My LO’s both love the magnadoodle, we just have the mini ones so easy to pack, and no loose pieces.
I’d also load some movies on the ipad, maybe some interactive books (we have The monster at the end of this book) and toddler games.
And bring snacks!
Post # 3
Yes I was thinking about one of those magnadoodle thingys. I thought that would be perfect because he loves coloring and that’s coloring without the mess!
Post # 4
colorblast coloring books (the special marker only works on the special paper so no mess), books to read, and a couple of little toy cars can go a long way to entertaining my kid. Blocks are also great spread out on an old swaddle blanket on the airport floor, but do take up more paking space.
And snacks. So many snacks. More than you ever thought possible lol. At that age I didn’t let my daughter nurse during the day anymore, but flights were the exception because it helped calm her and relieve the pressure in her ears. If you aren’t nursing remember a bottle or a binky or something for him to suck on!
Post # 5
Yeah the nursing train left the station looooong ago! But we are definitely bringing his pacifier to help relieve his ears. He only gets it now during bedtime but flying will be the exception. In fact, he only has one pacifier any more so I should probably order a couple more in case we lose it along the way. That would be a disaster!!
Post # 6
Lots of snacks! We also pack coloring books, crayons, a few small toys, and books. Also, Melissa and Doug makes these awesome reusable “water paint” pads that my baby loves and we always bring them on flights.
Post # 7
Water Wow coloring books are great, you just fill the pen with a little water once you get past security and let them go nuts.
Make sure you have good kid headphones — they usually limit the max volume to much lower than adult ones, which is nice for avoiding ear damage. Honestly, flying is the one time we rely heavily on electronic entertainment.
And yeah, binkies for ears, more snacks than you think you’ll need, and buy a big water bottle after security so you can refill that sippy cup all you need.