Traveling with a toddler.

I don’t know what big mouth thought it was a good idea to write this post (hint: it was me), but my most recent family trip to Cancun started off anything but calm.

I thought I was so prepared for the flight. I pre-packed my 17-month-old’s favorite snacks. I surveyed other Apple Vacationers for their favorite iPad apps for toddlers and had them downloaded and ready to go. I even had two in-case-of-emergency bottles of milk on hand, just in case.

What I didn’t anticipate was that an approaching thunderstorm would keep us stuck on the tarmac at O’Hare for an hour and a half. All of the passengers aboard were antsy. We were tired of sitting and anxious to get to the beach.

My daughter felt the same way times 10. She was sick of being strapped in her car seat (because we had pushed back from the gate, everyone needed to be in their seat belts). She was tired of me pushing snacks on her, and because we weren’t at the gate anymore, the iPad had to stay off, so no Elmo allowed. The few books and non-electronic toys we had kept her occupied for a few minutes at a time, but all she really wanted was up, up, up.

While there wasn’t much crying, there certainly was lots of whining. The guy in front of me turned around and said “that’s exactly how I feel”.

So, Juice readers, what’s your secret to handling unexpected travel delays with a toddler?  Please leave your hints in the comments below, and I’ll compile them for an upcoming post.

One thought on “Traveling with a toddler.

  1. You did great! Seriously, there’s really not much else you can do if you need to remain seated. Stickers seem to be our new fave, that actually have mileage AND the new ones are easy to remove.

    I’m surprised they wouldn’t let you use the iPad, though, when you were just sitting there. Our last flights they made a point of saying you could use tablets and smartphones so long as they were in Airplane mode and the WiFi was turned off.

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