The first time we traveled with our daughter Chloé, she had just turned a year old and (surprisingly!) it was pretty easy and painless. She wasn’t walking at that point, which most definitely helped with the “staying put” situation. I realized that is why many of my mom friends told me traveling with newborns or babies is much easier — basically all they do is sleep and eat.
A toddler, on the other hand, can be more challenging to travel with. I did a quick flight with Chloe last summer, which was a piece of cake! But, we recently did a five hour flight with her — not so much a piece of cake. She was great on the plane but decided not to sleep, so I quickly learned the trick was to keep her busy.
Bringing a variety of things for a toddlers to eat and do is the key to a happy flight or road trip, as well as making sure they will be comfortable. Here are a few favorites that did just that without taking up too much room in my carry on. (If anything, always remember to bring stickers!)
Hadron Epoch Notebooks, UO Sticker, Thinkbaby Thinkster of Steel, Gund Sesame Street Elmo, HDE iPad Mini Shock Proof Case for Kids, JE MANGERAIS BIEN UN ENFANT, Melissa Doug Stickers, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, Crayola Washable Crayons