(CNN)A new ban on most electronic devices in the cabins of certain flights to the US and UK from Middle Eastern countries is causing confusion and frustration among passengers — many of whom are parents of restless children. “We’ll be flying Emirates on Monday through Dubai with our twin 16-month-old daughters. This will be hard as I was going to have them use our iPad to keep them occupied. Also, we use our laptops for work on these long flights!” said Marissa and Adam Goldstein, who are from Boston but live in Vietnam and will be flying with daughters Eyva and Noa. Although the ban allows passengers to hold on to their smartphones, they will be required to check any tablets, laptops and other larger devices. As parents brace for long flights with kids used to electronic entertainment, experts have some tips for keeping children occupied. 1. Bring electronic-free toys or games.