suggestions for toddler toys for airplane ride

Janelle - posted on 01/23/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I'm going to be flying with my daughter when she's 16 months old. I'm wondering if anyone has advice on good toys for the airplane for toddlers of this age? She's pretty advanced. We've flown several times before, so no general flying advice needed. Thanks!

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Nicole - posted on 01/23/2009

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whatever you do bring - wrap up each item - in a diaper cloth, wash cloth, blanket ... having to unwrap each item before playing with it is a lot of fun :-)

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Janette - posted on 01/25/2009

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We did a "goodie bag", you put fun little toys, snacks, ect. in the bag and let them put their hand in, take out a goodie and it's always a suprise:)  Can be pretty fun, we've always enjoyed doing this and even do it on long car rides....Hope that helps a little.

Tiffany - posted on 01/25/2009

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My daughter always enjoys her magna-doodle/doodle pro(whatever you call those things-haha). Walmart, Target, Toys R US, etc. all carry travel size ones now that make it that much better. Also Crayola makes the color wonder sets where you can get the "magic" coloring book & marker. They have tons to choose from, some have a few markers but when we travel I buy my daughter the ones that have one marker that produces a rainbow of colors that way you don't have to worry about hunting down alot of crayons or anything.



If your daughter enjoys books I'd also suggest buying a few new ones to suprise her with. Good luck with your trip.

Kristi - posted on 01/24/2009

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travel sized magna doosles work well. dolls, clothes in baggies. coloring books, colors in baggie. favoite books. when we flew we packed a special bag for each of our three kids.

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2009

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We travel alot with our girls and have since they were infants. The portable DVD player is a life saver. We also pack the travel size magna doodle and small coloring books and crayons. And don't forget to pack lollipops or a sippy cup for take off and landing. It helps clear the ears.

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We regularly travel 3-4 hours by car, and my kids (ages 4 and 2) love magna doodle. You can find small, travel sized ones at Target.

Paige - posted on 01/23/2009

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Also - me again - I know you're an experienced traveler but I am not kidding - we got these wheels for our son's carseat before our last plane ride - AMAZING. http://www.amazon.com/GoGo-Babyz-Travelm... Cannot recommend enough! They attach to your car seat and can stay on all the time - for wheeling through the airport, you can leave them on when you put the car seat in the plane seat, etc. We were stopped in the airport by liek 20 people asking where we got them. THEN once at your destination - can act as a stroller. My son LOVED this.

Charissa - posted on 01/23/2009

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When we're travelling for long periods of time...I would usually carry a toy box (a bag will do) of their favourite portable toys...puzzles, toy cars, etc. My son also has a portable toy laptop -- he loves it! If you're daughter is advanced then she would love the laptop idea -- it helps quite a bit with concentration....It also gets you involved...some of the games are interesting.

Johanna - posted on 01/23/2009

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Snacks and wrapped "presents" always worked for me. I would wrap toys so they would have fun unwrapping. Also remember whatever you buy has to be big enough so that when it falls to the ground you can grab it easily.

Think about what she loves. Does she love Music?? Bring your IPOD or whatever you use to listen to music with her favorite tunes. Also I am all about the DVD player. You can get a very inexpensive one and let her watch a movie. We didn't have that luxury when they where young since now they are teens. But I have flown with enough parents nowdays that bring the DVD player.

If you can afford the extra seat, have her have her own seat. Also check to make sure your car seat WILL fit in the airplane. I have seen many car seats tried to be jammed into the seat only to find out it doesn't fit. Of course during take off and landing if you are more comfortable to hold her.....do so. But during the flight, it will be good for her to have her own seat.

Good Luck!!!!!

Stacey - posted on 01/23/2009

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A friend loaned us a portable battery operated DVD player (GODSEND)-- don't forget headphones. We also had my daughter pick out a special "suitcase" with Dora, and for a week before she packed it with fave snacks and toys, crayons, everything she could think of. As each hour of the flight unfolded she could take something else/new out. And by the way travel days are for treats--rewards are a must when a little person is stuck on a plane all day.

Paige - posted on 01/23/2009

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We went to Florida last summer - at the time my son was just at 15 months. We took a couple of his favorite books - which we knew he'd love us to read to him over and over (and over and over). He also had a little 'laptop' that very easily fit in our carry-on for him. We also took a couple of sippie cups and a little bag of Cheerios. That's really all it took.

Chrissy - posted on 01/23/2009

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My toddler loves these chewable photo albums.  We make up stories about the people in the pictures and she loves seeing herself!  It really helped entertain her on flights! :)  Good luck and God Bless!

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