Post by Jessica R.
A good friend of mine is heading to Hawaii in a few weeks. She’d be looking forward to her time on the beach if she could stop worrying about actually getting there. Right now she’s wondering whether or not she should lug her toddler’s car seat onto the plane or just hold her in her lap during take off. Once she’s figured that out I know she’s going to start thinking of ways to keep her daughter entertained during the flight.
I’ve tried every technique while flying with my girls – baby on lap, baby in sling, baby in Baby Bjorn, car seat, no car seat, on a transatlantic flight we even got to try the airplane supplied bassinet. Each option has it’s pros and cons. Anything with a harness is good for a particularly wriggly toddlers, though it does make it hard to lower the tray table, severely limiting the available activities.
Speaking of activities, I’ve also tried pretty much everything I could think of to keep my daughters entertained on planes. Crayons and markers are great until you hit turbulence and they roll off down the aisle. Same with small portable toys. Books are only fun for one or two read throughs. Movies are a pretty safe bet as long as you have enough battery life in your laptop or DVD player to last through at least one showing. It almost goes without saying that the toys that keep them entertained the longest are things the airline gives out. No, not little airplanes and badges, just cups, spoons and sugar packets.
We’re not due to get on a plane as a family again until this summer, but what advice do you have for my friend? Should she pack her car seat, splurge on a harness or just use her lap? And what in flight entertainment should she plan? What has worked for you in the past?