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Many parents feel anxiety when preparing to travel with an extremely active child (especially toddlers!). Questions and concerns range from:
How do we keep my toddler seated when the seatbelt sign is on? to What if she disturbs other passengers?

I think that if you prepare appropriately for your trip this will help ease any anxiety that you may have.

This week I took my 2 year old on her 8th international flight this year. This made for 24 hours of flying time (28 hours of travel time including transit.)

I suggest bringing some activities to keep your child entertained and happy.

For a few days before our flight I took out our book Airport by Byron Barton and let her look at the pictures and explored the details with her. The book is wonderful with beautiful illustrations of the airport and journey. I took this book with us on the airplane too (not pictured above) so I could explain to her a bit about the process and adventure that we are on.

Richard Scarry’s A Day at the Airport is wonderful too for kids. You too will be mezmorised by the details!

Here are a few items that I brought on my flight this week:

When it comes to apps I suggest that you download a few new apps that your child has never used before. This will make him/her more excited to get on the plane and keep her occupied for longer while she explores and learns about each new app. These are the new apps I downloaded for this weeks international flight:

  • Toca Boca Birthday – My two year old absolutely loves this app!
  • Pepi Bath –  She loved putting Pepi’s dirty clothes in the washing machine and then hanging them to dry.
  • Toca Boo – She laughed so much every time someone would get ‘scared’

For more app suggestions check out my previous post on our favorite apps: iPad For Kids: Favorite Educational Apps for toddlers preschoolers and 1, 2, 3, and 4 year olds


For a more thorough and detailed post on travel tips have a look at my previous post: Tips & Essentials For Traveling and Flying With A Baby, Toddler And Kids


Reader question: What do I do when the seatbelt sign is on and my child refuses to sit down?
My suggestion: Having activity items ready to go when the seatbelt sign is on and your kids don’t want to be seated can quickly calm a crying session. Pre-pack some play-doh in a ziplock bag, some cars, or wrapped up little toys. Snacks that your kids love are also a tantrum saver!

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