Now that you’ve gotten to the airport, checked-in and have boarded, how do you then keep your child entertained? Of course, there is always the ipad and the mobile phones that can play hours after hours of video to entertain your child. We’ve seen many parents successfully occupy their kids with these gadgets on many flights that we’ve been on.
Jeremy and I however have shied away from letting Liam watch videos on electronic devices while inflight because knowing Liam, we think that this may overstimulate him to the point that he will have a hard time falling asleep and getting the rest he needs. So instead, we’ve turned to the following travel toys to entertain him.
The one we show here is the 10.5” tablet. There is also another that is an 8.5” but we recommend this larger sized one because of one critical feature — the batteries are replaceable on this one. The 8.5” tablet does not have a replaceable battery.
I must warn you though that you are bound to lose some of these cards in between the gaps in the seats or under the chairs etc… So it might be a good idea to stock up on a few of these.
7 Nesting Cups, Plastic Cups
Alternatively, you could do what we did — we didn’t bring our own nesting cups. Instead, we’d wash & dry the cups we’re served water with on a flight and hand them over to Liam to play with! That worked perfectly well too!
Not just because it’s a great book to read with your child but especially because you can sign (as in sign language) while reading the book to your child! I learnt how to sign the entire book (simple to learn) and believe me, when you’re reading and doing all the gestures and facial expressions, you will have your child’s attention!
He has also picked up on the signs, so Liam knows how to sign bear, blue, bird, frog, fish etc… It’s a lot of fun for both parents and child! There are many Youtube videos you can learn the signs from if you want to. This is just one Youtube example here.
Its another versatile toy that grows with your child. When he was an infant, he’d chew on this throughout the flight, then as he gained control of his fingers, he loved to hold and shake the linked rings and now that he’s a toddler, he loves to link and unlink the rings, identify the colors of the rings and shake the links like it’s a rattle etc…
Well, the above are our top 10 items we recommend as travel toys for your infant/young toddler.
Do know that we were not compensated or given these to try for free by companies. These were personally researched, chosen and bought on our own. We’ve personally tried and tested these on our trips and are the ones we’d personally recommend to our friends and family.
We hope you find this list useful!