[twitter]We’re coming up to peak travel season for families. Sure, summer vacation is busy, but you can do that one in a car camping within a reasonable radius of your home. When the winter holidays hit, that means quality family time, no matter how far away the family may be.
If you’re traveling with a toddler and you’re looking for ways to keep your baby quiet for the long trip … good luck. Some recommend a bag of new and fresh toys you think your child will like (one for each hour of the trip). Others try to plan their travel to coincide with the nap schedule your child is on. Still others slip their kids “a little something” to help them sleep.
For our trip to France with our baby, we took a few different approaches:
1. We broke the trip up into segments, including a long layover so we wouldn’t be cooped up for a long period of time.
2. We brought along some puppets to entertain him.
3. We planned our longer flight as an overnight segment.
4. We took a humourous approach to break the ice with our seatmates should all our planning fail.
So we picked up a Congratulations! You Get to Sit Near Me tshirt from Milkbomb to try and bring a smile. It worked. It was a kind of admission that we knew the flight had a chance to no go perfectly, and we were going to try our best to make sure everyone was happy. The people around us smirked and chipped in to help entertain Zacharie and while he didnt necessarily sleep the entire trip, he did provide entertainment as opposed to stress to those around us.