I will have to admit that I am not an expert when it comes to traveling with toddlers but I did recently have an experience where we flew from San Diego, CA to Denver, CO. You can read up on our summertime fun in Colorado here but I wanted to dive deep into some tips for traveling with your littles.
This was a two hour flight, perfect first flight and nothing compared to what our flight to Miami will be (eeeeekkkk, 5 hours and 30 minutes!).
First of all since we have twins and did not purchase a seat (we carried them on our lap, aka, lap infants), Michael and I could not sit in the same row, but we were able to snag two aisle seats right next to each other so it worked out nicely.
- Bring some form of entertainment- We brought iPads and downloaded Moana and replayed the common songs to keep them entertained. We also downloaded some games that they are familiar with (first words and giggle gang are their favorites). I know other mamas prefer to keep entertainment with electronics to a minimum, and they liked to bring books and toys to keep their littles entertained, so that is another option as well.
- Snacks- a toddler’s appetite is so unpredictable. Our favorite snacks are fruit pouches, cookies, water and mum mums.
- Changing Essentials- another thing that is unpredictable is the number of blowouts your toddler will have. We brought double the number in diapers and wipes in what they would use in a day and thankfully we had enough.
- Carrier- We did not bring a baby carrier and I wish I had. Sofia threw a fit and instead of being handsfree to get her some snacks or the iPad, I had to carry her in my arms. Also, when she eventually fell asleep I had to continue to carry her instead of having her in a carrier and being handsfree.
- Diaper Bag- We have a traditional diaper bag with a shoulder strap. For our trip we brought a backpack and converted it to a diaper bag and I loved it! I loved that I didn’t have to worry about the strap falling off of my shoulders or essentials falling out of the pockets. Just something to consider.
- Patience- Be willing to adjust. I played every situation out in my head on how our flight would go but in all honesty, it was not that bad. Bring your patience and calmness. Our littles can always sense when something is off with us.
What are some tips that helped you fly with your little?
Stay free as a bird,