Our Best Travel Toys For Tots Under Two
When it comes to air travel, adding a baby to the equation can make things complicated and daunting. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying for 2 hours or 12, it’s a hard gig and having the right gear and toys can make it a whole lot easier. Ready to pack your carryon? Here are our airplane-friendly toy picks for under twos.
Getting ready to fly with a baby?
In a perfect world – they’d fall asleep shortly after take off, wake up before landing and giggle and coo at the smiling flight attendant while passengers commend you for having such a well-behaved baby.
In reality – they’ll probably be teething, over-tired and already in their second change of clothing before you even have a chance to buckle your seat belt. To help keep both you and your baby cool, calm and collected while in the terminal and in the air, it’s a good idea to pack a few airplane-friendly toys.
In this article, we’ll go over:
- Materials to avoid in baby toys
- The best types of travel toys for under babies under the age of two
- Our non-toxic baby toy picks
Scroll down to learn more.
Materials to avoid in baby toys
At The Tot, we are incredibly mindful about what could be potentially lurking in the toys our babies play with, the clothes our family wears, our kitchen items and of course, our personal care products.
Even though the U.S. has regulations to help keep us safe, many overseas toys come in and remain highly unregulated and worse, untested. That’s why we created The Tot Safety Test. Every product on our site has been reviewed by a Green Living Expert who dives deep into third-party testing, certifications and composition.
Here’s a list of materials/ ingredients we avoid in baby toys:
PVC, also known as polyvinyl chloride, or vinyl, is an incredibly toxic chemical that is harmful to our bodies and to the environment right from the production phase through to disposal. It contains additives like phthalates, lead, cadmium, organotin that are quite toxic and have been linked to asthma, allergies, reproductive problems and cancer.
Many phthalates are known endocrine disruptors associated with asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.
BPA + BPS (bisphenols)
Bisphenols mimic the hormone estrogen and have been linked to prostate cancer, breast cancer, female infertility, and obesity. BPA is an especially dangerous endocrine disruptor since even small amounts of this chemical have been shown to cause serious reproductive damage, especially when the exposure occurs in utero.
Lead and other heavy metals
Exposure to heavy metals can cause nerve damage, learning and behavioral problems, reproductive damage and irreversible brain damage.
The best travel toys for babies under two
When it comes to choosing airplane-friendly travel toys for your baby, it’s important to make sure they’re compact, easy to clean, and versatile.
It’s also wise to opt for toys that have magnetic pieces and are easy to store. The last thing you need is to be digging in your bag for a stray puzzle piece when your 18-month-old is emotionally invested in a puzzle and just needs the last two pieces. Or worse – asking a stranger in 54D to please pass back your child’s purple chalk.
After years of trying every toy under the sun, we’ve found the the below types of toys are total winners:
- Stacking rainbow
- Ring rattles
- Toy keys
- Comfort toy
- Pretend phone
- Soft book
- Shape sorter (one piece)
- Sensory tumblers
- Activity pad
- Pacifier holder (if your tot uses a pacifier)
- Chunky puzzles
- Stacking cups
- Flash cards on a ring
- Toy plane
- Baby doll
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