Any ideas on how to keep a 23-month old entertained on a plane?

Lina - posted on 03/05/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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We are going on a trip in the next couple of weeks and I am really concerned about keeping my toddler from "fussing" on the plane. She is quite energetic and seems to get bored easy. We have flown before, but she was 9-months old then, and was a perfect baby.

Can anyone offer suggestions?
Thanks!
Lina

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Heather - posted on 03/05/2009

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I recommend coloring books, snacks, and a personal dvd player.  We just flew before my daughter was two and did our last on the lap trip.  If you can try to get a window seat...my daughter loved watching landing and take off this time.

Kine - posted on 03/05/2009

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It is short so bring some of books, crayons and just let her walk and say hi to other passengers. Bring also some snacks. I always try to only keep her seated for take off and landings otherwise I just let her "decide" on what she wants to do. It is easier if you are travelling with your husband but I did 3 trips to Europe with Awa-Susan alone and it wasn't to hard. Hope this help :)

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Helen - posted on 03/06/2009

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I have flowen with my son just a few months ago he was 18 months at the time and very energetic also, we took snacks, a portable DVD player and his favorite movie/cartoon. we would let him watch the take off, and look out the window, then when there was nothing happening outside the window we would turn the DVD player on and let him watch his movie with some snacks, this worked for the Flights and we did a total of 4 flights there was 2 legs to each trip. Hope it works foryou.

Itsamystery - posted on 03/06/2009

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Do you breastfeed? It's a great weapon for times like these! We just had a two hour flight with my 21 month old. A coloring book was good, as was walking up and down the isle (but only as a last resort as they then don't want to return to the seat!), some interesting snacks took up about 15 minute and take off and landing were interesting enough for him. Whenever he got fussy I offered the breast. On the way up he fell asleep which was handy as that halved the work of keeping him quiet, so if you can, book the fight to coincide with nap time. DVDs and playdoh could also be good. Bring something to suck on for take off and landing if you're not breastfeeding.

Jamie - posted on 03/05/2009

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I fly with my 2 year old quite a bit and each flight is different, bcause it really just depends on her mood at the time.  But i have found that having snacks is the key!  Little thngs that will keep her busy and happy but not too filling.  Also watching a movie on the laptop has helped for a little while.  Always have a little supprise in your bag to keep her mind off the fact that she can't walk around.  Crayons, books, snacks, etc. but dont show them to her untill you need a distraction.  Good luck!

Beth - posted on 03/05/2009

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I recently took a 4 hour flight with my little guy who was 2 1/2 at the time.  I don't know if it's a option for you, but I booked out flight for around nap time and after takeoff he fell asleep and stayed that was for 3 hours.  The last hour he was perfectly happy to watch the Backyardigans and some Kung Fu Panda on the little tvs on the backs of the seat in front of us.  Morgan is a very energetic, load kid, but my theory about flying during nap time happened to work out perfectly for us.  Hope that helps and enjoy your trip.

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