Let’s be honest- most people would rather have a root canal than fly on an airplane with a toddler. And I think that goes for the parents as well as fellow travelers! But, it doesn’t have to be that way!
With the right toddler toys and preparation, flights can actually be fun.
Of course, when I look for great toddler toys for airline travel I always keep in mind weight/size. After all, I’ll be the one hauling it around. I also make sure the toys don’t have too many detachable (easy to lose) parts. However, the biggest thing I check is the volume control. Many people feel the only thing worse that a toddler on an airplane, is a toddler with an obnoxiously loud toy!
New things aren’t necessary, but I do have a recommendation if you’re using things from your current stash. Put the toy away for as long as possible before the flight. That way, it’s a novel and exciting thing when the toy is pulled out in the airport or on an airplane.
It doesn’t hurt to have something new too. A “surprise” can be just the right item to keep a toddler quiet. Don’t forget about the return flight. You may want to keep some of the toddler toys unavailable on the first leg.
Here are a few of of my current favorite toddler toys for airline travel:
Of course, these toddler toys are just in addition to some good old coloring books and snacks!
I also recommend bringing headphones so toddlers can enjoy any inflight entertainment options. (My children have never been big fans of the earbuds provided by airlines.) Our favorite brand for toddlers is Kidz Gear Headphones. In addition to having fantastic ratings, they are also comfortable and affordable!
What are your favorite tips and toddler toys for airline travel?
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