I thought about making a big entry with a lot of tips. But then I actually flew home to New York from Florida with my 16-month-old and realized at this age, there is really only one thing that works: snacks.
Lots and lots of snacks. The go-to favorite snacks. The snacks he’s never had before. The snacks he could eat on his own and the snacks I had to feed him with a spoon. There were really healthy snacks and also the snacks that are the baby version of Cheetos. The hell with it. Flying is stressful with a little one and if keeping the peace meant letting him eat his heart out, so be it. The toys only kept him busy for a few minutes. He wouldn’t keep the brand new baby headphones I bought him on. He had no interest in my I-pad and the people behind us got tired of peek-a-boo real quick. So let me say this one little magic word again: SNACKS.