Flying with our 17-month-old for the first time was a learning experience. Some of what we tried worked. And some of it didn’t. Apple juice in a sippy cup during the ascent and descent? Awesome. No popping ears, no crying. One point for the parents! Turkey and cheese sandwich cut into small pieces for lunch? Total bust. Cookies, crackers, and Ella’s Kitchen pouches were the saviors when our daughter refused to eat a real meal. An episode of Sesame Street on my husband’s iPad worked wonders when she got overtired. But she watched Elmo in silence. While the Kidz Gear headphones we brought along looked super cute, they were useless because she wouldn’t keep them on her ears. In the end, a small stuffed animal, baby doll, and our daughter’s lovie were the real solutions when we needed her to calm down.
In addition to old standbys, a friend had suggested that I pack some new surprises to distract our daughter when she got fussy. Stickers, board books, a moveable robot… each one worked for a few minutes. But none held her attention for too long. Except these magnetic blocks in a pouch from Tegu (photo above). They take the prize for the best travel toy I’ve found so far. They were terrific to have in our hotel room and at restaurants while we were waiting for food to arrive. What are your favorite toys and tricks for air travel?