Keeping a toddler entertained on an airplane…


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In just over a week we will be hopping on a plane and spending four hours airborne on a flight to Turkey. As Little Mr is only 17 months old, he’ll be sitting / standing / jumping / climbing all over hubby and I as he doesn’t have a seat of his own. Hubby is optimistic that he’ll sit down and behave as long as we entertain him but I’m not so sure.

It won’t be his first airplane ride as I alone, took Little Mr, aged just 7 months old, to Majorca last September on a press trip with Thomson Holidays. He was brilliant on the plane on the outbound journey, he fell asleep on my lap and only woke up to his bottle as we descended into Majorca. The return flight was horrible; he was over-tired, screamed for a good half an hour, if not more and the looks from fellow passengers scowling at me to shut my baby up was just awful.


This year I’m determined to take a holdall full of treats to keep him busy. Here’s what I’ve got lined up so far for keeping a toddler entertained on an airplane;

  • Sticker books (a Fire Engine one, Peppa Pig and Spot the Dog)
  • A new story book full of short stories of his favourite Disney characters
  • Crayons and a colouring book /note pad
  • Hubby’s tablet loaded with 3 hours worth of Peppa Pig (and headphones)
  • Flash cards to play matching games with (or just look at the pictures)
  • Selection of his favourite snacks and a drink
  • A blanket – it might get chilly on the plane and he might even want a nap!
  • Finger puppets

We’re also travelling with our 6 year old nephew so I’m hoping if Little Mr sees him sitting down behaving he will copy and do the same. It’s going to be a great experience sharing this adventure with hubby. He really missed out last year and can’t wait to spend some proper family time with Little Mr and I on holiday so lets hope the journey to Turkey is a good one and we have no dramas!

Have you got any other ideas on some small things we could take in hand luggage with us for the flight? If you’ve got any top tips for coping with a toddler on the plane I’d love to hear them. 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Donna 12/07/2014 at 8:23 pm

    It sounds like you have every base covered! Nearly three years into parenting and I still dread the idea of taking children on flights. One day maybe…! x

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