Travel Activity Recommendations
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Bead Stringing Set - Compact and easy to store in the provided cloth bag.
Rattle Set - Small and packable. Great for the car or plane.
Toddler Backpack - Just the right size to empower little ones without wearing them out.
Window Cling Stickers - Can use these in the car or airplane. Stick and restick!
Triangular Crayons - No rolling away! Color without the frustration while on the go.
Flying with Babies and Toddlers Tips and Activities
Prepare a Montessori-Inspired Carry-On Bag:
When flying with a baby or toddler, having a well-prepared carry-on bag is essential. Include items that cater to your child's needs and interests. Pack a few favorite books, quiet toys, and engaging activities such as threading beads or puzzles. Consider adding a small blanket or pillow for comfort during the flight. Packing one item per hour to unwrap or rediscover - from snacks to activities - is a great goal to aim for.
Maintain a Consistent Routine:
Consistency and predictability provide a sense of security for young children. While traveling, try to maintain elements of your child's regular routine. Follow their usual nap times, meal schedules, and bedtime routines as closely as possible. This familiarity will help them feel more at ease in an unfamiliar environment.
Utilize Practical Life Skills at the Airport:
The airport can be an exciting yet overwhelming place for young children. Engage your child in practical life activities to ease their anxieties and empower them. Allow them to help with tasks like carrying their small backpack, showing their identification, or placing items in the security bins. This involvement will foster independence and a sense of responsibility.
Encourage Imaginative Play:
Flying can provide a perfect opportunity for imaginative play. Encourage your child to engage in storytelling or create imaginary scenarios during the flight. They can pretend to be pilots, flight attendants, or explorers on an adventure. Encouraging their imagination will not only keep them entertained but also enhance their creativity and cognitive skills.
Emphasize Mindfulness and Self-Regulation:
Traveling can sometimes be stressful for both children and adults. Teach your child mindfulness and self-regulation techniques to help them cope with any anxiety or restlessness during the flight. Practice deep breathing exercises together, engage in calming activities like coloring or drawing, or encourage them to express their emotions through talking or storytelling. These techniques will support their emotional well-being and help create a more peaceful travel experience.
Pack Healthy Snacks and Hydration:
In-flight snacks and hydration are essential for keeping your child comfortable and nourished during the journey. Pack a variety of healthy snacks, such as sliced fruits, cheese sticks, or homemade granola bars, in a small container. Opt for spill-proof water bottles or sippy cups to ensure your child stays hydrated throughout the flight. Providing nutritious snacks and ample hydration supports their well-being and helps maintain their energy levels during the trip.