Toddler Travel Entertainment
A large part of travelling with babies and toddlers requires some form of entertainment or distraction when they aren't napping. We have twins so it was even more challenging and important to keep them entertained so that it was less distraction for the driver. We often traveled 8-9 hours to see family so I found a few items can make this much easier to do. I've used Amazon links to find the products easier as well as make sure they are items still available. Teaching Tiny Tots is an Amazon Associate so we do get a small commission if something is purchased through the link.
These rings were lifesavers...we'd attach it to loveys, books and toys and then slip onto the strap on a baby seat cover (not the seat belt) to keep from slipping onto the floor of the car or the ground. Keeps it cleaner and no crying for dropped toys or kids trying to get out of seats to pick up toys. Make sure to latch to a safe place that won't interfere with the straps holding the child in.
If your baby seems to be getting attached to their lovey...buy one or two more because they are constantly changing them. This particular one we could add a couple
links to Pooh's arms and slip it onto the carseat straps which made it secure for car and plane rides. This was probably the most soothing item for travel when they were babies.
Soft puppets or animals
These are for ages 2+.
Soft Toys Made for Babies
Soft books or toys with loops make it easy to attach links. Attach the links to the straps or your car seat to keep from falling to the floor.
Helpful in cars when you are the one driving to keep baby from dropping items as well as on the airplane where you don't want items to drop on the floor.
Especially helpful for items your baby puts in their mouth.
Entertainment for Toddlers
Crayons with three flat sides. Perfect for airplane rides or if you have a activity valet for your vehicle. These crayons lay flat and will not roll. But they
can be dropped so give your child one at a time.
I used to find inexpensive notepads from the Dollar Tree. Some were made from colorful newsprint but you can also find sketch pads on Amazon.
We used these to fill with favorite pictures of people, pets and even cut outs of favorite pictures from magazines. You could print out letters and numbers and insert into the photo pages as well. Since the pictures are protected you can simply wipe down if needed.
Mini Board Books
These provided lots of entertainment for our girls and with a collection, easy to store, carry and variety as well.
Great for dark car rides and nice to have something familiar when they reach their destination when going to sleep.
We loved this valet...girls really enjoyed this in the car and it kept things together and easy reach. This was the exact one we used.
This was another favorite and easy to bring. We had really small ones that I'd bring to restaurants as well.
Mini Color and Sticker Books
Great fine moto skill activity.
These are great for long car trips or on airplane rides for older kids>
Small Craft Books
This would befor older kids but we used to find a bunch at the Dollar Tree. We used to joke that it was the best spent dollar ever! They had sticker crafts, small games, and small art projects that didn't require a lot of space or mess.
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