How to Keep Small Babies Entertained On A Plane

There’s honestly nothing better in this world than taking a family vacation somewhere new. There’s just one problem. Many mothers worry about taking their babies on a flight. If you’ve never flown before with your child, this is a legitimate worry. After all, you can’t be sure how they will behave or what they will do, right?

We have taken all of our children, Ava and the twins Ella & Rose, on long-haul flights around the world as babies. The smartest thing that you can do is keep your little one occupied. If your baby is bored, they will kick up a fuss. That is so not what you need on a plane! Here are some ways that you may wish to entertain them along the way.

Invest in finger puppets

Young babies are fascinated by puppets, which means that you have an easy way to keep their attention in no time. Most craft stores actually sell finger puppets that you can slip onto your hands. It’s not just about waving the puppets around in front of your baby’s face. You can make the puppets talk and even make up stories for them.

Take a game-loaded tablet

Once your baby is old enough to play games on the tablet, you can use this to your advantage. Make sure that you load a tablet full of games before the flight so your baby has something to play with.

Tip: Check that the games are actually available offline! Obviously, you won’t have WiFi in the air, and so you need to get games that your baby can play without being online.

Read to your baby

Sometimes, you just need to keep things simple. Reading to your baby is a positive thing to do anyhow. It helps boost their communication skills, and so is a great habit to start early.

Take a few children’s books (or your e-reader) on the flight with you. When your baby wants attention, take the pressure off by reading to them and enjoying some good old-fashioned bonding.

Take a mirror in your bag

This one may sound a little odd but stay with me here. There’s nothing more exciting to your child than the sight of their own reflection. If you’ve ever held a mirror up to your baby’s face, you will know just what I’m talking about.

Pop a hand mirror in your bag before you set off. When your baby is getting fussy or upset, hold the mirror up to them and watch how they react. That frown will be turned upside down in no time.

Play hide and seek

Of course, you can’t play a full game of hide and seek on the plane, but you can hide your face for a mere second. Pop your hands over your face and then peek out! Your baby will adore this level of interaction and will likely start giggling away in no time.

With any luck, these tips will help you when it comes to spending time with your baby on a flight! Try them for yourself and have an awesome journey with your family.

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Jeenu Pillai
5 years ago

This is very interesting. I will definitely try all of these whenever I have a baby around. Thank you so much for sharing this. Finger puppets excite me the most…

5 years ago

I have a couple of years to travel with kids by plane. Of course the flights we had, were short , so there was not that huge problem to create a list for activities. Books and painting and we had fun! Thank you for the tips, I will keep them for the next trip 🙂

5 years ago

My kids are teenagers now but I remember very well how difficult sometimes is to entertain kids when they are bored. Luckily my husband is better at this then I am. He is like a funny big teddy bear

5 years ago

Interesting find on how to keep kids entertained on the plane, it is a much needed itinerary for keeping kids quiet in the flight.

The Panicked Foodie
5 years ago

There are a lot of great ideas here! While I don’t have any children of my own, I’ve seen a lot of parents struggle to entertain their children, especially on longer flights. It’s also hard because there’s literally no space to do anything either.

angela milnes
5 years ago

Wow! this is so interesting and nothing to worry about the baby on the plane, Haven’t try to travel with my baby. Glad you share

5 years ago

I like the idea of finger puppets. I tried the mirror trick before and it does keep them entertained. I will share this post with my friends and family. My kids are all grown now so they are more or less “behaved” when we go on long haul flights.

Dee Lukasik
5 years ago

My kids are teenagers now so they can entertain themselves however I remember when they were little we had some problems. Solution was always happy daddy who always played with them. Your list is so good, people with young kids can really benefit from it.

London Mumma
5 years ago

I love this and wish I had found this post when my daughter was smaller, it can be easy to forget that little ones need entertaining be it on short or long haul flights.

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