Thinking about a flight with a toddler all of a sudden puts me in a cold sweat…the particular toddler I’m referring to barely sits long enough to watch a ten minute episode of Blippi never mind a short haul flight. The last time we travelled abroad he was only 6 months old, a very lazy baby infact so all we had to do was top him off with some milk and he fell fast asleep.
This time we are competing with the child who I believe is crossed with a mountain goat, he acts most days like he has ants in his pants. And now he’s talking, he likes to voice everything he feels, witnesses or wants. Usually getting louder if his need is not met instantaneously. A typical toddler in everyway. The thought of him throwing his voice across an aircraft or better still wailing makes me feel frankly…a bit red in the face.
I had done a bit of research before we left and thought I would enlighten you all as to what kept him sitting on my knee for 80% of the flight. To begin with I made sure both of us where appropriately dressed, by that I mean comfortable and warm..I always find flights really cold. I also thought maybe if I make him really warm..he’ll perhaps nap?!? Who am I kidding!
Here’s a list of things I packed for the flight-
- His Teddy, a very important counterpart
- Nappies & Wipes
- A change of clothes, actually Pyjamas so it wasn’t too bulky
- a blanket
- Books, the personalised books are his favourite
- Snacks, I included little things that take him a while to eat-raisins, popcorn, carrot sticks & I used this snack organiser
- A water bottle
- A wrapped gift, a new toy he had never seen-this little farm animal set was perfect
- Calpol-Just in case he fell sick! Paranoid much!
- Ipad-with Some of his favourite shows downloaded
The flight went relatively well. We thankfully got a window seat, so he spent a good amount of time looking out. When he got fed up with that we used all our other forms of entertainment. Books, followed by the small toys and then food. Eventually he got out of the seat and did a bit of what I call ‘greeting’ the other traveller’s. I’m not sure its the common type of greeting you would expect but the other passengers enjoyed it all the same.
A successful flight in my eyes. We got there and back in one piece with minimum crying! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Note: none of the pictures where taken on the flight…it was all hands on deck 😂
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