My Secret Weapon For Taming My Toddler On Our Plane Trip

by Susan

Okay Girls, this is Susan here… and I have to tell you how excited I am about my new secret weapon for entertaining Julia during our marathon plane trip to Italy…

First, let me say… I’ve been stressing about this trip since before she was born.

I hate airplanes and taking a fussy toddler on a nine-hour plane ride is far from my idea of fun. The entire journey usually takes about eighteen hours in total with getting to and from the airports, waiting forever for security, customs and all that jazz, transferring planes etc.

(By the way, if you’re curious why I’d take on such a trip… my husband’s family ALL lives in Italy. That’s right… mom, dad, sisters, brothers, cousins the whole gang lives in Northern Italy.)

I’ve been trying to figure out how to take enough toys to keep her occupied but yet still have room in my carry on for all her extra food since I’m sure the airline food will be even less thrilling for her than it is for me.

So as I was calculating quantities of playdoh and crayons, I had a brilliant idea…

MP3 PlayerI’m going to mesmorize her with a fancy little MP3 player stuffed full of her favorite video friends!!!

I’m going to wait to unveil the little treasure to her until we’re on board and the boredom begins.

This Insignia 4GB player should work well. It’s got enough memory for up to 14 videos and we can even get an extra memory card if we want more space. I really like that it is small and light weight so we can easily have it on hand to whip out as soon as she needs serious distraction.

Now, I realize that many of you may be thinking that I’m succumbing to the babysitting boob-tube… and perhaps I am… But I hate to say it but at that altitude, trapped in coach with an overtired and under stimulated 2 year old, I will be desperate!

So what do you think of my plan?

Have you ever taken a 2 year old on a long plane ride? How did you survive? What did you bring? What did you wish you brought?

Please girls, I need all the help I can get… I think my secret weapon is going to help, but I still need all your suggestions.

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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