We learned quite a few things on our first excursion to NY with a toddler. Although this wasn't the first time Little Mr. has traveled afar, this is the first time he hasn't been portable (i.e. strap him in the Ergo and go).
The 5 hour flight
- toddler headphones (they're smaller and don't get as loud as regular ones)
- portable DVD player and fun shows he likes but has never seen (Curious George, Thomas the train). We actually didn't use this nearly as much as I thought we would; just a couple of 15 min episodes during his groggy after nap period.
- stickers! (my favorite)
- color wonder coloring book (this didn't work, maybe when he's a little older)
- a few favorite books (Right now we can't go far without bringing If You Give a Pig a Pancake)
- lots of snacks (fruit bars, cheesy rabbits - the whole foods version of goldfish)
That's it. Some things worked better than others, most notably snacks and stickers. The coloring was a nonstarter. One thing we were quite excited to discover was that the pressure change didn't seem to bother him. I was a serious water pusher the entire flight especially takeoff and landing, but on the flight back he wasn't interested in anything that would encourage swallowing and didn't seem any worse for wear.
Out and About in the City
We didn't bring a car seat and I'm sooooo glad! To and from the airport we reserved a car through a service that provides car seats and once we were safely at our destination, we were all subway, all the time.
We brought the cheapest umbrella stroller we could find - and it worked great. It cost about $20 at Babies r Us, folds up in a flash (which was important given the subway travel), was extremely lightweight and we didn't worry about whether or not it got messed up (which it didn't).
Naps happened whenever and where ever although he never really slept enough during the day...but does anyone sleep enough when they go to NY?
We'd hoped to keep him on his 'regular' schedule just 3 hours ahead - no such luck. The sun was shining bright and he was up at 7am that first morning and his regular 6am every morning thereafter.
We didn't get to see Fela! like we'd hoped - I'll just have to wait until they go on tour. And most evening dining consisted of take out, but we had some great brunch and amazing lunches thanks to my sister's appreciation of delicious food!
All in all it was a great trip, with great people and good weather. We even got to take a requisite Central Park picture during a marathon walk through the park after which we rewarded ourselves with cookies from Levain.
- Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas with tomatillo salsa
- Fall Projects