When I first became a parent, I was certain I was going to limit her screen time to an hour a week of highly educational programming that would stimulate and instruct. Then I remembered that I’m a television producer with a great love of garbage reality television. Truthfully, the TV is on A LOT in our house.
But even though my kids are no stranger to screens, when we fly they are immediately attracted to the seat-back entertainment. In the olden days we lugged along our portable DVD player and new DVDs, as well as a few old favourites. Nowadays, tablets definitely make our lives easier (and lighter) in terms of keeping our kids’ attention. And this bodes well for those of you who actually do rigorously limit your kids’ screen time. You’ll likely have a captive audience (pun intended) to whichever show or movie you let them watch.
When my kids were really little, they were happy enough to just watch the screen. But the time soon comes where they want to listen as well. And not everyone, including yourself, wants to listen to Dora. Or Paw Patrol. Or Mickey. (Actually, I don’t mind Mickey, but I’m not certain my fellow passengers want to listen to the “Hot Dawg” song for the trillionth time). So you need headphones for toddlers.
We have two pairs of these adorable headphones from Califone: Panda ones and Tiger ones. They fit little heads and have a separate volume adjustment on the cord, so you can be certain the noise levels aren’t too loud for their ears. And they adjust to fit grown-up heads to watch a real movie if your kids fall asleep on the plane. (A girl can dream, can’t she?)
You can order these adorable (and inexpensive!) headphones via Amazon:
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