Now onto the specifics. The specifics of specifically what saved our asses on the flight with our toddler. Also some shit that didn’t fly (pun totally intended). One thing I will tell you: save some toy budget for when you get there for the trip home. Otherwise the toys you bought are going to be so yesterday so yesterday. You need some of the freshness for the ride home. TRUST ME YOU DO.
Here’s what happens before every trip. Like 3 days before I’m like SHIT I NEED TO BUY EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD. And because I’m lazy and a big BIG Amazon fan, I order it all and pray it gets here in time. Usually like half of it does. I’m just going to show you everything I ordered and if it worked out or not. Again, this was a panic order so I prob went a bit overboard.
Many of you said things like “get dollar store crap” or “get tiny stupid toys and wrap them”. G is either too young for that or too smart. The little shit toys he looks at, smells and throws. We needed some real deal entertainment to get through the flight.
This was the first toy I opened up with G during takeoff and it was a huge hit. It was easy to pack because it’s soft and we put the pigs in the houses, in the chimney, on the seat, all in one house, none in one house. Then the wolf was like BAAAH I’M A WOLF AND I’M GOING TO KILL YOU PIGS. And because G is at a good age for inappropriate humor, he liked that. This was one of the toys that was good on both the way there and the way home. Totally recommend.
Dudes, did you have this when you were little? I didn’t. Probably because it’s terrifying. But for some reason G loves terrifying things. You take turns pushing down the teeth until the croc bites you. And it kind of hurts. But he loved it. B was more afraid than G. We had a good time with this bad boy. Wasn’t the top of the list, but good because no batteries, no sounds, small and easy to pack. Also on the box it says “Elegant in fashion and style”. Which I appreciate.
Ok this was purchased during my SHIT HOW WILL HE SLEEP panic phase. Answer: probably not with a neck pillow. But they totally got me with their options. It comes in like a million adorable animals. But he did think it was funny to put it on his neck. However, I don’t recommend this for a 17 month old. Takes up space and is pretty dumb.
When this arrived I was like, this thing is too big and has to go back. Somehow I fit it and thank jesus I did. This was the best toy of the trip. He searched for it everyday on our actual trip as well. It entertained him forever. I think mostly because it came with these little stamping shapes that were really easy for him to use. Don’t get the travel one, get the real deal. It’s worth it.
Again, they got me with their options. This thing comes in a bunch of cute animals. I was like, maybe G will want to walk and it won’t really be like a harness since it’s more like a backpack with a long tail. He ended up loving the frog but HATING it on his back. So this became a glorified stuffed animal in our house. Stroller is easier and this is dumb.
Yep. These are winners. We put them on daddy’s face, on the seat, on G’s foot. Monkeys are a hit. They come in a million different kind of weird styles and shapes. We are monkey fans in our house. Also serve as emergency first aid. Use that to justify your purchase to your annoyed husband.
So I read on some blog to get these. Don’t listen to blogs. Just kidding. Listen to blogs. But these bite. They are like wax molding things and are sticky and gross. G tried to eat them 39 times and I don’t blame him. They look like melted twizzlers. HATE. And I threw them out when we got there.
This is a cute book, only I wish I bought it before the trip and was reading it to him so he knew what to expect. Once we were on the plane he was like, eh about books. But it would have been cool to have him understand what was going on in his baby brain.
This was one of those toys we bought at Target for the ride home. HUGE HIT. The tater survives another generation. It’s so hard to find a toy that isn’t flashing in your face or screaming obscenities at you. I swear there was a cat there that said pussy one too many times for me. The old school toys are where it’s at. G loved this. Still does. Good plane purchase.
So this is the one dollar store toy that worked. He loved popping the brush in and out and brushing everyone’s hair and looking in the mirror. Didn’t last for hours, but great for a cheap toy. Also his is yellow with Hello Kitty. Thank you.
Ok this one is more for the trip than the plane, but it’s worth mentioning. On lots of trips we take, people have Pack and Play’s for us to use for G’s naps. We always bring this sheet with us. Those things are basically cardboard in a box. This sheet is washable and super plush and comfy. It’s like putting a featherbed on the thing. Love love love it. We never forget it.
Some more shit I bought that didn’t work. Looks like a lot of stuff was bad. Well you can benefit from my stupidity.
The magnet board didn’t work. F that.
I read that kids dig this on planes on a blog. G was like “what the shit is this? Tape? Please.”
The other thing that we did do was iPad apps and shows. G is so active that this didn’t really work too well. You can’t hear anything on planes and the day he lets me put headphones on him is the day I can put a hat/sunglasses/anything ever on him (never).
But if you’re looking for app recommendations, I like The Monster at the End of the Book, anything by Duck Duck Moose, Art Maker, Elmo alphabet, Yo Gabba Gabba shows and Peek a Boo Barn.
Now, I hope this helps you out a little. In return, I’m hoping you can help me. For those of you out there with 2 or more kids close together in age, please tell me the stuff you like to make your life easier. i.e. double strollers, stuff for the car, or just really anything that will make me sort of feel like a sane person. I thank you.
Good luck in your travels. And I’m glad I’m not you.