Holiday travel is beginning to enter our minds as Spooky Season comes to a close. Traveling with toddlers can be a unique level of stress when you imagine your squirrely mover strapped to their plane seat for multiple hours. Here are three pro tips for how to survive when screen time just won’t hold their interest for long enough
- Snack time. Go to the Dollar Store and buy a few different weekly pill dispensers- varied sizes are a bonus! Fill each dispenser with your baby’s favorite snacks. Cheerios, goldfish, Fruit Loops. Each individual container will slow them down and if you’re lucky they will find great amusement in opening and closing each day’s pill section. This could buy you 15 minutes of fun!
- Painter’s tape. After wiping down the tray table, arm rests, and seats with the on the go Clorox wipes you so responsibly packed…whip out the painters tape. When I flew with an 2 year old and 6 month old solo, this was a hit! They loved watching me put tape across the window and they excitedly peeled it off only to want to do it again. I don’t know why this works, but it does! Just remember to clean up the pieces and don’t leave a mess for the unsuspecting flight attendant when you leave!
- Remote controls. If you have any old remotes that go to broken TVs or devices you no longer use, throw them in your diaper bag. Your toddler spends so much time hearing DO NOT TOUCH, they might really enjoy getting to hit all of the buttons even if it doesn’t do anything.
And when all else fails, remember to breathe. It is ok if they get fussy. We were all babies one day and any stare you might get is ideally someone mentally sending you peace that it is all going to be ok! When you are back to Omaha, remember to prioritize family reset time, use Swishboom to book a babysitter, and schedule a date night. When parents are relaxed and in sync, the whole family runs happier and more efficiently!
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