Any parent will know that flying with a toddler can be a pain in the backside! The first time we went away as a threesome was quite an experience, the plan was to check in, have a peruse around duty free, grab a bite to eat and be off. Erm delusional much! It went more like join the cue to check-in the now one year old has a meltdown, go through security – meltdown, get to duty free – meltdown! I was literally apologising to people before we even boarded. Oh and that lovely, chilled bite to eat never happened, Mr H ran to the nearest place he could find a sandwich and we ate on the plane!
We’ve just arrived back from our fourth holiday with baby K and before we went he was brought his very own Trunki, so I thought I’d share with you all the
crap we’re taking which will hopefully make our journey a little easier!
I love having a nosey through Pinterest to see what other people recommend for things like keeping a toddler entertained on a plane, but I’m never going to be sitting there making a sensory paint bag for him to play with! The few times we’ve been away with baby K I went into complete overload with the amount of toys we took for the plane, but this time round I’m being a little bit more selective. I’ve already done the crazy Poundland dash to get him toys that can be lost on the plane so I’m simply recycling these, I did however pick up a great tip from Pinterest which I’ll be using probably each time we fly, which was to use zip lock food bags to oragnise toys, snacks, medicines and any other little bits.
Snacks, Snacks & Snacks
Snacks are a must for flying, usually stock up on Organix biscuits and crisps each time I go shopping as I like to throw a couple of bags in my suitcase so I have them to hand when we’re by the pool or on a day trip. I’ve also recently discovered Organix’s cinammon puffcorn which is basically kiddie popcorn. we’ll take the standard cheese sandwich and fruit snacks but it’s always good tohave back up and to be honest I’m not too bothered if he doesn’t eat ‘well’ on the plane as long as he eats something.
No nappies for us this year, we’re instead travelling with our Potette Plus Travel Potty and liners! This is the first time we’re going on a plane with no nappies, so i’m hoping we don’t have too many accidents. The Potette Plus should prove handy as you can use it as a toddler toilet seat, so I’m hoping I can sit him on to the toilet rather than using it as a potty, because as we all know aeroplane toilets are not the most spacious of loos!
How we survived before baby wipes is beyond me! So I’ll be making sure I have a pack stashed in our hand luggage ready for sticky fingers, spills and shitty bums!
I’ve officially got our Samsung tablet toddler ready. We have an abundance of In the Night Garden, Mickey Mouse, Chuggington and Hey Duggee. I’ve also downloaded some toddler friendly games which I’m hoping will keep baby K entertained for a while. A current favourite is the Puzzle for Children app and the Fisher Price Story Book collection.
I’m packing three extra pairs of clothes for the plane. My main concern would be that we may have a pee accident, but I think that’s more than enough. I usually also pack some PJ’s but as we land in Cyprus fairly early there’s really no need. Aeroplane attire is all about layering, I sometimes find the plane can be too cold or too hot so baby K will be wearing tracksuit bottoms, a t-shirt with a tracksuit jacket/cardigan.
When baby K was born a came across a Cuski Swandoodle Muslin in Kiddicare, Mr H was gobsmacked at the price, which at the time I think was around £25, but two years later we’re still using it. In my opinion it’s a definite must have item for anyone having a summer baby, we used it as a blanket, muslin, you can use it to cover up as breastfeeding, definitely a multi-purpose item.
I always make sure I have some Calpol and Nurofen sachets thrown into my hand luggage, even though you don’t want to worry about baby getting ill you can never be too prepared, especially with the change in climate, food and water.
What are your must have items when flying with a toddler/baby?