We are here!
Fierce and I walked the city a bit and stopped in a few toy stores. The Lego store was Fierce’s favorite. He even asked/motioned for me to take his picture in front of the Lego wall! This is a first!
To back up a bit, Fierce did great on the first two flights. I let him run around/play during the layovers and since it was a night flight for us he slept most of the time. During the first layover, he met three sisters that just thought he was the best. The oldest gave him a ride in their stroller and the middle sister was giving him hugs. They all had a lot of fun. The 3rd flight he did cry a bit, but thankfully, it was only a 2 hour flight.
Flight tips for traveling with a toddler:
- Bring small toys that don’t make noise like cars, stickers, paper books.
- Pack his favorite snacks. Fierce loves fruit snacks and granola bars. I can’t tell you how many times the excitement over a fruit snack saved fellow travelers from a crying baby.
- Pack light. I brought 7 days of clothes for 3 weeks and picked hotels that had a laundry service available. You don’t want to have to lug around a huge suitcase. I literally brought my purse, a small diaper bag and a small suitcase.
- Dress your kiddo up cute. The more positive attention you can drum up, the better. People love to play or help entertain a cute baby.
- Bring an umbrella stroller. I almost decided to go without and just use a baby back pack carrier and it turned out that Fierce refused to go in it during the trip! Plus, you don’t want to have to carry that much weight and your bags for very long. Make sure the stroller is SMALL. The European sidewalks are great, but very narrow. You can just hang your bags on the handles and your baby can sleep on the go whenever he wants.