It’s a cozy rainy day in Arizona today. Although we haven’t had the warm 75 degree weather I was hoping for, it’s still 30 degrees warmer than home! J has loved being able to play outside, running in the grass, playing in the dirt in the garden! It’s crazy to think that the last time he played outside he wasn’t even walking!
J was a trooper during the 3 hour flight from MN to AZ. I was armed with a wide array of toys, books, snacks and distractions. He didn’t sleep a minute and was busy little guy! Aside from the occasional toy falling on our neighbors lap he was so good! Praise Jesus!!
We had a lovely couple sit next to us who had grandchildren of their own. They were so wonderful in helping entertain J and so patient when he would drop his toys. Great flight neighbors are a blessing with a busy toddler.
At 16 months, this was J’s third airplane trip, but unlike the first two (one at 3 months old and one at 6 months old) this one was different for two reasons:
1. He was totally mobile.
2. I was flying with him by myself. (No back-up support from Daddy)
I carried on my purse, his backpack full of toys and snacks, and the diaper bag. For the return flight I am condensing the bags down to two. The most challenging part of the flight was getting on and off the plane with the three bags, a stroller, and a baby.
We flew with Southwest and I really like their “open seating” policy. I boarded during the family boarding and was able to find our seat before the plane was packed. This allowed me time to get settled-in, but it also helped ensure our neighbor passenger was aware that they would be sitting next to a toddler.
My plan was to pack enough toys and books to bring something new out of J’s bag every few minutes or as soon as he lost interest in what he was playing with. I had a mix of new toys and old favorites. He loved the window clings and spent 45 minutes sticking them on the window and pulling them off. The Crayola finger paint was a bit ambitious, but he enjoyed dipping his fingers in the “mess free” paint and watching the colors on the magic paper. I kept a bag of diaper wipes in close reach at all times. J also loved the Dum-Dums Sucker; I gave him one during takeoff to help with his ears.
We took a break halfway into the flight by walking to the bathroom and back and then enjoyed a few snacks. Here is the full list of all the items I packed. I had no problems going through security with the juice boxes and a full bottle of milk (they did ask to test the milk).
Touch and Feel Book
Open & Close Flap Book
Crayola Magic Finger Paint
2 Mini Race Cars
DIY Tub & Foam blocks