How is it almost the end of the year again?? And when did our little baby become an almost ‘threenager’?? The answer to both is- no idea, but it’s reality, so we better get ready.
We thought we’d share a few of our favorites from this year, both for travel and otherwise.
This is a new addition to Baby Flyer’s carry-on, and it’s been an instant hit! The boogie board is nicely kid-sized, but also makes a great notepad for the front of the fridge for to do lists, shopping, etc. It comes with a pen, but can also be written on with a fingernail. Baby Flyer loves showing it off, drawing, and taking ‘orders’ on it. Even better – 100% mess free!
We (and Baby Flyer) LOVE this, and use it almost every day. These stainless steel bento box-style lunch boxes are perfect for young kiddos because they keep everything organized, and the compartments are a great size for this age. It’s easy to clean up, and comes with accessories like cooler packs, a carry bag, utensils, custom magnets, and containers.
For naps on the plane, in the car, or as a cover-up when nursing, this blanket now goes on all our trips. We love it because it’s lightweight and packs well. Plus we’ve washed it over and over again, and it’s holding up great.
We’re the first to admit we’re not experts on this product, which is probably why we give it a mediocre review. We don’t do a lot of screen time at home, and make it a special thing for plane or car trips. We bought this highly discounted on Amazon Prime day, so for that value it’s worth it. It comes with a year of “free time” which gives a bunch of downloadable videos, games, and books, and you set your kid’s account up so they only have access to what you want. We did find some of her favorites included like Elmo, Pete the Cat, and Todd Parr’s World. There are a few glitches though, like having to hook it up to wifi before travel to re-download content, and the home screen navigation being hard to figure out. We wouldn’t have paid iPad prices for it, which thankfully we didn’t have to.
It should be noted that the case that comes free with the Fire is pretty kid-proof for drops and whatnot, however, it doesn’t have a ‘kickstand’ feature so if you want it to stand up on a tray table, you’ll need to accessorize.
To go along with the tablet, Baby Flyer has some of these kids’ headphones. They’re decibel limited for little ears, and are the right size for a large 2 yr old and up. She’s just lately really grown into them.
What’s also a fun addition to our carry-on this year, are some favorite books. Baby Flyer is really into them lately, and sometimes a good old fashioned book is what you need to get through cranky moments on a flight. Here are some of her current favorites, travel based and otherwise.
Baby Flyer is currently loving this book. She likes Maisy in general, but this one is the most detailed and practical book about air travel we’ve found for this age. It follows Maisy through getting to the airport, checking in, and the like. It even talks about how small the bathroom is. Thorough. Especially if your kiddo has a first flight, or first flight in awhile coming up, this one could be a help.
Aptly titled, this is a simple picture book about all kinds of planes. It’s for younger kiddos, but it’s one she still picks out, and we find her quoting from when she sees planes in the air.
This was one of the earliest books that held Baby Flyer’s attention. Not entirely travel related, but a good first step in teaching road safety concepts, as well as some colors. We’ve read this MANY times, and have given it as gifts more than once.
Not travel related, but this book is definitely a favorite of Baby Flyer’s, and one we also really enjoy reading. It’s fun and interactive, and really good for talking about colors in all different ways. It’s as close to a painting activity as you’d ever want to do in a plane or a car.
This book about a crayon with a ‘Red’ label, who turns out to realize he’s blue. While talking about colors, is even more about teaching tolerance and acceptance for who you and others are. It’s a book that can grow with a child, and lead to several layers of understanding depending on their age.
For those of us who were early “Waldo” fans, you probably remember those huge hardcover books. Well, Waldo’s still very much in print, and we found an easily packable travel edition that fits well in the carry on. At two, Baby Flyer is definitely just growing into these, but she does really enjoy them (and if we’re being honest, so do we from time to time). She was even ‘Wenda,” Waldo’s friend who appears on each page, for Halloween this year.
As always, travel safely & Happy Holidays to you all!
~CET, CAR & Baby Flyer
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