We flew, we survived, we conquered!
So our family honeymoon to Italy was our maiden voyage with our son Noah, and I was a little bit nervous because let’s face it, toddlers can be unpredictable!
But Noah was a DREAM!
I do hope it wasn’t just a flukey one off, but whatever the case we flew and it was great.
I promised I’d do a post on what I packed for him and how we coped, so here you go!
I used our much loved Pacapod backpack to get all Noah’s bit in. The Pacapods are amazing as they come with separate changing and food pods. We’ve had two from birth and I honestly wouldn’t use another changing bag now.
In Noah’s changing pod I packed 4 nappies, 2 packs of wipes (because you can NEVER have enough wipes!) the Pacapod changing mat, Nurofen and a syringe and a toothbrush and paste.
To be honest I’m not sure why I packed his toothbrush! And I forgot to put the toothpaste in the clear plastic bag at security and got a telling off – oops!
These were the snacks that I packed for the flight and was MORE than enough for two hours! We ate in the airport lounge before leaving so the breadsticks were really just for distraction. Lots of people recommended that we gave Noah a bottle or dummy on take off to help his ears – but as he doesn’t have either we just offered him his water bottle which has a straw and he seemed to be absolutely fine.
These Greek yoghurts from Ella’s are great by the way as they’re not refrigerated when you buy them so you can carry them around without worrying about them going off.
Another tip I was given was to pack some little cheap toys for Noah to entertain him on the flight. This was a great tip! He’s currently obsessed with trains (doesn’t get it from me!) and I’m not kidding all we needed was Percy and Thomas! They kept him happy the whole journey.
I got Noah; stickers, Peppa Pig figures, two trains, two cars, a Peppa colouring set and a light up ball. He was so taken with the trains and stickers that was all we opened on the flight! In fact the ball and one of the cars are still wrapped up somewhere. Please note these were all from the pound shop or Wilkinsons and Hema, so very very cheap.
His little presents all wrapped up ready to be packed.
I also managed to fit in a tablet with his favourite shows on, a change of clothes, some mini books, tissues and a sun hat for when we arrived the other end.
Everything easily packed in the Pacapod.
Please excuse the stains – it’s much loved!
Noah on the plane. I did also get him some baby ear plugs that I wear on every flight. They help regulate pressure and ease pain. On the way there he happily wore them but refused on the way back. To be honest I don’t think he needed them as he was fine without – it was just a trial really.
Keeping the passengers behind us entertained!
Another little tip I wanted to mention was about how we took two prams! We checked our new Icandy Strawberry 2 into the oversized baggage but kept our Mothercare XSS Pockit Stroller for the airport. It worked out perfectly! Because the Pockit Stroller folds down to the size of a hand luggage bag, we just popped it into the overhead locker. We had a car for the whole trip, otherwise we would have only taken one pushchair.
A full review video of the Icandy Strawberry 2 coming soon!
Thanks for reading! Would love to know if you’ve done any of these? How have you survived flights with toddlers?