The first time I traveled with my daughter on an airplane, I was, let's say, less than prepared. She was 10 months old and I tried to carry her one of those baby carriers that I failed to ever figure out. I carried her, my suitcase, a purse, her diaper bag, and a backpack. For lack of better words, I was doing the absolute most. As she got older and traveled more with her on airplanes, the more difficult it became. She’s able to walk and would take off running, throw herself on the floor, and be a normal, stubborn two-year-old. Most of the time I was by myself, but on other occasions, I had the help of her grandmothers to help me chase her and keep her focused.
Here are some tips I learned from trial and error on traveling with a toddler:
Always keep snacks on deck
Food tends to keep a toddler quiet even if it’s only for a little while. Also, with long travel times, obviously they get hungry. Going through security, you’re not able to keep your water bottle, but they let babies keep their bottles. They just test the liquid in the bottle when you’re going through TSA.
Keep their Leap Pad or other electronics charged with pre-downloaded videos/games
I learned this the hard way. My 2-year-old is obsessed with Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly, kids reviewing toys, and opening eggs on YouTube. I have the YouTube Kids app downloaded on my phone, but once you’re on the airplane, WiFi doesn’t tend to work. So I have her LeapPad with pre-downloaded games and videos she can watch on the airplane. Before we had her LeapPad, a flight attended let us use her phone to watch Frozen. She was God-send! Also, I let her have her binky even though I’m trying to wean her off to keep her content.
Airlines don’t usually count diaper bags and purses against you, but it gets difficult carrying so many bags when you’re just trying to get through the airport with a toddler. Try to put as much as you can in your suit case and everything you need for you and baby in your diaper bag. Also, with TSA Pre-Check, you can get through TSA quicker and without emptying all of your bags.
Make sure you have enough diapers, wipes, and an extra set of clothing in her carry-on diaper bag
Babies and toddlers are unpredictable. They may get dirty, leak through their diapers, spill food all over. It’s always safe even if you aren’t traveling far to pack an extra set of accessible clothing in your diaper bag. It may take too long to get your suitcase back.
These are just a few tips I learned traveling with a toddler. Here is the link to her LeapPad and YouTube Kids:
What are your traveling do’s and don’ts?