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So friends, it is totally official, we leave tomorrow on our journey back to Ghana, and get to come home with our daughter!
We are totally excited and feel ready to be parents, but are a bit intimidated by having our toddler (17months old) having to travel for basically 24 hours... (some is layover time, some is flights, but total, it is a whole day).
Before we finish packing and leave tomorrow, I was wondering if any of you who have traveled with toddlers would be willing to share your wisdom on how to best keep them happy and occupied when they are awake during traveling.
IPAD- if you don't have one see if you can borrow one possibly someone that already has kids so it has all the good stuff on it. Load it with music, sesame street, movies, yo gabba gabba. Crayons & paper. Hand sanitizer- since the like to touch everything then put their hands in their mouth.
The most important tip is some candy/snacks for take off and arrival. It can be very hard to to get a toddler to sit down for the 15- 20 mins while they want you in your seat. Give her a pile of candy that she can't resist makes is much easier. Congrats!!!
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I'd say make sure you have plenty of snacks for her. You don't want to have a hungry cooped up toddler on your hands. If you have one download some toddler apps onto your tablet for her to play. MY 23 month old loves to play with my tablet, you just have to be willing to let them play with it. .
We tackled a 16 hour drive with my dss when he was a couple of months over 3. It wasn't a plane, but we found that having movies available helped a lot. Toys were okay but he had a habit of dropping them over the edge of his car seat and no one could reach them until we stopped. Colouring books were nice, and he absolutely loved the sticker book that Grandma gave him for the trip. Tablets are definitely an easy way to occupy time (we didn't use the tablet on the drive at all, but he plays with it at home) or, if you don't have one, they can be more apt than you'd expect with a smartphone, if you can get child-friendly games or apps.
And to echo everyone else, SNACKS. Lots and lots of snacks. We tried to bring more protein-laden ones, but they also had fruit, crackers, etc.
Yeah I like everyone's suggestions! Also she needs o drink or eat when the plane is going up and landing to help her ears pop. Also bring color books and books to read to her once they make you "turn off all electronic devices". In the end...just remember you will never see those people again so oh well if goes horrible lol!! They also should give her a certificate for her first flight if you ask for it which is fun to have. We survived with the DVD player and Ipad games. Lots and lots of snacks too!
My kids could play with. Travel magma doodle for hours on the plane. They also like switching he ice cubes between all the different cups. A small doll with a hair brush.
Post it notes. They are fun to pull off, put all over, color, and move around.
Lots of snack and different types.
Lots of walks on the airplane too.
go to the dollar store, or buy some cheap little toys that are safe for her age and bring out a new one every once in a while.. make sure she doesn't see the bag and bug you for them all right away. Also, keep a favorite snack or two for the really rough moments..... a roll of masking tape would probably keep your toddler busy for awhile too.
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offspring a reward from him. Psalm 127:3
I feel bad for you, I got one of my adopted babies at two and a half and it was rough. I think I had him for two weeks before going on a long car ride. Not kidding he screamed for 12 hours straight and puked a few time too.
Remember she doesn't know you and may not even know what you are saying to her. You aren't' t used to her either and she might be a runner, a Houdini or a climber. She hasn't trained you to keep your eyes on her every second.
Whatever you do know you are doing advanced parenting under very difficult circumstances.