The Best Apps for Toddlers: The ULTIMATE List of What to Download Before Your Travel

phone sat on the table showing a range of the best toddler apps

There’s nothing better than a week or two in the sun. That is of course once you’ve got to your destination after a battling 24 hours with the kids. Because let’s be honest, even if you’re only taking a two hour flight to one of the Costas, all that time spent travelling to the airport, in the airport, on the tarmac and in the airport at your destination, totally adds up to a lot of hours.

As Mums, there’s some sort of horrible guilt feeling when we think of giving our children tablets to keep them busy during long flights or car journeys. I don’t know where this judgement on ourselves comes from, but I remember being given a Game Boy for those long waits at the airport and I LOVED playing the challenging games and it kept me busy for hours giving my Mum and Dad some much deserved peace and quiet. I like to think I turned out alright! (Apart from having an unhealthy obsession for buying Nintendo consoles just so I can play the latest version of Zelda)

So here I’ve compiled a list of the best apps for toddlers you just HAVE to download before your next long car journey or plane trip to keep the kids occupied, making sure the other passengers aren’t disturbed and making your holiday as stress free as possible. After all, you deserve a holiday too!

BBC iPlayer Kids App

An absolute must for access to all of your toddler’s favourite CBeebies shows. The best bit? You can download them in advance if your flight so they’re there, ready and waiting when you’re airborne! Download here.

Toilet Finder

An absolute life saver when abroad and you need to find a public loo or a cafe you can try and sneak into undetected (naughty but sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do!) Download here.


The Netflix app is another one where you can pre download TV shows and films to keep little ones occupied during long car trips and flights. What’s better than curling up on a flight and watching Frozen? Download here.


The Kidloland app is hugely popular among parents of toddlers and it’s easy to see why from Vicki’s review. It’s a great learning tool for pre schoolers helping them to learn colours, vegetables, numbers and nursery rhymes whilst being fun and stimulating too! Download here.

Disney Jr Play

This app has lots of different games meaning little travellers don’t get bored quickly. Emmy attributes the app to giving her son lots of new skills which is amazing. Download here.

CBeebies Playtime

This app comes with lots of learning games featuring your little one’s favourite CBeebies characters like the Tellytubbies and the Twirlywoos. Lots of fun to be had and many hours to be whiled away. Download here.

Of course the tablet and all the apps that come with it wouldn’t be complete without a few other extras.

Batteries don’t last forever, especially when streaming movies and TV shows so a powerbank (and probably additional powerbanks too!) are vital to make sure the iPad doesn’t run out of juice at 40,000 feet at the crucial moment!

Any Mum worth her salt knows that snacks are absolutely essential to any trip longer than two minutes outside the house. Pack your baby bag to the max with rice cakes, veggie crisps, fruit and whatever else you can lay your hands on to keep hungry stomachs focused on the task at hand.

Last, but not least, a pair of headphones are absolutely vital to save your kids disturbing other passengers. I absolutely adore the Snuggly Racals set. The fun looking headphones are worn around the head like a headband meaning they are comfortable and silky soft. They come in a range of funky designs and are machine washable too! (Who knows when somebody is gonna be sick when you’re on a big trip?!)

If these apps don’t get you through the stressful hours of travelling, then try not to worry, we’ve all been there Mama! You will be at your destination soon enough! Happy travelling!

Thank you to Victoria, Rachael, Sam, Beth, Nicola, Emmy, Éva and Lyndsey for your help writing this post.

The best apps to download for your toddler or preschooler before embarking on a long road trip or air travel. These apps will come in useful at the airport or on arduous car journeys. #momhacks #newmom #toddlertech #musthaveapps #appsforkids

Disclaimer: We were gifted a set of headphones in return for a mention in this post.

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  • Reply Emily Nellist / Babies and Beauty

    I am downloading all of these, they look AMAZING! The toilet finder app is genius and I know will come massively in handy for us.

    16th February 2018 at 2:04 pm
    • Reply mummytodex

      Toilet finder is the best thing I found out about this week!

      17th February 2018 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    CBeebies is great, it’s perfect for my girls. Those headphones look great and comfortable!

    17th February 2018 at 2:07 pm
    • Reply mummytodex

      They really are! Dexter is a little young for them yet but they’ll come in so useful over the next few years.

      17th February 2018 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply EssexKate | Counting To Ten

    There are some of our favourite apps in this list, but one peace of advice I would give is to not connect to wifi when you get to your destination as it can cause problems for apps that want to be uk only eg I have had iplayer stop working after it was opened in France while connected to wifi. We had downloaded apps on Disney Life too and that stopped working as well so the flight home was rather long

    18th February 2018 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Devon Mama

    We are BBC iplayer addicts here – it’s so good! That and a bit of Netflix downloaded has saved us on many a trip, and a Tesco shop!!

    19th February 2018 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Lyndsay

    These are some great tips, Netflix has saved us on a few long car journeys recently but I hadn’t seen the other ones, I’ll have to download them too!

    19th February 2018 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Becky @ Educating Roversi

    This is so helpful! We go to Kefalonia in July & our 3yo got a Kindle Fire Kids fir xmas so i will definitely be looking into these apps!

    19th February 2018 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Emma Me and B Make Tea

    oh i need to get some of these! we have netflix but never got the app! #KCACOLS

    22nd February 2018 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Claire | The ladybirds' adventures

    we love the CBeebies app. snacks are definitely needed too!#kcacols

    23rd February 2018 at 5:58 am
  • Reply farenexus nexus

    I am downloading all of these, they look AMAZING! The toilet finder app is genius and I know will come massively in handy for us.

    23rd February 2018 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Frankie _ TMG

    We’re past the toddler stage with our grandsons now but we don’t go anywhere on long journeys in the car without their tablets! Although we do also have a lot of fun playing eye spy in the car now that they are older ☺️

    24th February 2018 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Nigel William

    What shows do you recommend on Netflix? My kids tend to look for hectic shows and then they become all electric kicking the seats.

    1st March 2018 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply Tracey Bowden

    We always have a load of app and powerbanks at the ready for all the kids when we travel as a family. The older ones now prefer to have pens and paper but these app are great for younger nieces and my nephew #kcacols

    2nd March 2018 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Beth Owen

    Great apps. Will jot some of these down for next time we travel! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    2nd March 2018 at 11:52 am
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