Flying with toddlers is often a worry for first-time parents. Toddler meltdowns can be a real nightmare on the flight when everyone is shooting dirty looks your way. Mumtrepreneur Jacinth shares about how she makes the plane ride for her children more than just watching movies or tv shows.
Jacinth is the founder of Our Little Play Nest and her main mission is to help parents become actively involved in their children’s early years. She is also a proud stay-at-home mum of 2 and travels with her family at least once a year. She has been to many places around the world with them, such as Australia, Hong Kong and even New York (with just her son!). Therefore she has a lot of great mum hacks for making the plane ride more fun and enjoyable!
It is very important to prepare your children for the trip. Here are 2 simple things you can do:
Read more: Packing for a Trip with Toddlers.
In addition to your children’s favourite toys, Jacinth shares about other items you can bring along with you on your trip to keep your children entertained. All these items can be placed in different bags so that you can bring out only what you need instead of everything at the same time. This comes in handy when you’re on a flight with limited space! Avoid bringing out all the items at once if your child is happy. Only when they start to get fussy, you can bring out the different items one at a time to distract them.
Jacinth recommends bringing an A4 File with pockets with you on your trip. This way you can print anything you know your children would like and put it in the file. You can find many free resources on the Internet to do this. The plastic pockets also allow your child to do the activities and erase subsequently for reuse.
What you can put in the file:
Another thing Jacinth does for every trip is to put together a travel journal for her children. Not only will it keep them occupied on the plane, but they also get to learn about the places they are travelling to and serve as precious memories of their travels.
What is in the Journal:
Here’s Jacinth’s quick guide on some things you should and should not do with regards to entertaining your child on a flight.
“It is very different to travel with children when compared to travelling with adult companions. The memories you create and build with them become meaningful as they grow up.”
– Jacinth Liew
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