How to Prep for an International Flight with a Toddler
Soon Lavinia and I will be travelling to the USA to visit friends and family. This will be the last time she flies for free, on my lap as an under 2 year old. Now, as much as I love being close to my little bug, 24+ hours is a long-ass time for her to be sitting on me.
I’ve taken to my trusty American-expat Facebook group to ask other seasoned parents for tips. They came up with the goods and now I have a comprehensive arsenal of suggestions for operation meltdown distraction. After the trip I’ll write a more detailed post about what worked best but I think anyone in our situation could benefit from this list even in it's infancy.
- iPad- loaded up with games, shows and kids movies
- Kids headphones, so she can plug into my chair entertainment unit and iPad
- New, cheapie toys- wrapped up, one for each hour of flying
- M&M’s and other light snacks that take a while to eat and are good for bribes!
- Non spill containers for those snacks
- Glow bracelets to play with when the cabin lights are off
- Ergo carrier that converts to a backpack- forget about hauling a stroller around, this will allow you to keep your hands free
- Coloring books and crayons
- Travel size magnadoodle- endless erasing and drawing without dropping crayons all over the place
- Paper & Glue Stick
- Things to paste (I’m thinking of cutting images out of magazines like they do at daycare)
- Dress the kid in a costume so people think she’s cute, like a bunny or something
- Their own backpack with supplies
- Rescue remedy- good for Moms and neighbors too!
- Double sided tape, pipe cleaners, fun goo, Play-Doh, stickers
Clearly the art of distraction is key with an under two.
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I think it’s smart to check with your child’s doctor who may recommend testing the medication before you are actually in the air because with some children it can cause the opposite effect. No one wants a sleep deprived, wired toddler running around in a tin can- it’s a flight not a rave.
Please note: I’m not a medical professional, a professional parent or a professional anything. I’m just willing to keep an open mind while attempting to straddle two countries, and two lives the best way I know how. Preparation!
Anyone else out there have more suggestions to add to the list?