Recently we flew to Greece with our three mini travellers, who are 3.5 and 2.5 (twins) and we survived. So how did we do it? We followed our 10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers!
Tip 1 for Flying with Toddlers:
We packed a breakfast picnic the night before for the girls. A bag of Grab 2 go cheerios and a bottle of apple juice so the girls felt like they were having crisps and a fruit shoot but the reality was a much healthier breakfast. The healthiness theme does not continue!
Tip 2 for Flying with Toddlers:
I laid out all their clothes and made sure they were comfortable and easy to pull on, no buttons. So in the morning they were in their clothes and in the car in minutes sitting eating their breakfast picnic.
Tip 3 for Flying with Toddlers:
Tip 4 for Flying with Toddlers:
A bag of treats. On this day of the year (my view only) rules on treats go out of the window. If the kids are quiet/good/don’t scream they get chocolate/crisps/juice whatever they want really. If a chocolate button works to get you through a tricky situation. Just hand one over.
Tip 5 for Flying with Toddlers:
Fill their backpacks with a few new goodies. Mine had a colouring book and pack of crayons. A new reading book. Sticker book. Favourite teddy. These got us through check in, security and take off.
Tip 6 for Flying with Toddlers:
Watching or reading Peppa Pig goes on holiday before you set off. “Peppa goes on a plane mummy. They are exciting mummy. Planes aren’t scary mummy”. Worked for us anyway.
Tip 7 for Flying with Toddlers:
A tablet filled up with favourite episodes of television programmes. Cbeebies on the I-player is fantastic for this as all the downloads are free. We also took headphones for all 3 to keep them quiet.
10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers
Tip 8 for Flying with Toddlers:
Food, food and more food. Another picnic this time for the plane/lunch. You can’t believe how hard it is to buy plain sandwiches for kids in the airport or on the plane. Depends how fussy yours are, but mine like just ham or just cheese. They don’t want a BLT or a steak wrap as nice as these may be.
Tip 9 for Flying with Toddlers:
Pull ups over knickers for all three even my big girl who has been trained for over a year. That time after the last wee, boarding the place, taxiing to take off and the seatbelt sign actually being switched off can be a lifetime to a toddler.
Tip 10 for Flying with Toddlers:
Enthusiasm and patience. It would help if they sold it in duty free. More useful than some cheap perfume. Fundamentally you need to stay calm and have fun. If you are relaxed then they are more likely to be. Were we? Not really, but the kids had a ball and smiled happily at everyone around us.
If anyone has any other tips to add to our 10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers we would love to hear from you.
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