Welcome to the [3rd Annual] Travelin’ with Baby Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.
Do you like to travel with your little ones along for the ride? I do - planning trips is one of my favorite things ever, and after our Branson adventure this summer, we're already itching for another family getaway. To inspire some traveling spirit, we have a fabulous group of bloggers that have come together to offer giveaways on the best products that make traveling with baby a success - so be sure to hop around to them all. Don't miss out on the amazing new stroller from Combi USA - the F2 Stroller which is the ultimate lightweight stroller that makes traveling with baby a breeze and a fabulous set of reusable snack pouches and bags from Yummi Pouch! You can enter the Grand Prize Giveaway Here.
If you've never traveled with a little one, you may think it will be a daunting experience. The honest truth is that yeah - sometimes, it's crazy. But you'll find a groove before long, and if you bring along some gear to keep the kids entertained while on the road or in the air, chances are you'll have a splendid time. (If your kids freak out on you during your entire vacation, don't blame me. That's totally possibly too, friends.)
These are a few of the things we have loved having along on our family vacations the last few years!
ERGObaby Carrier. The one time I forgot my baby carrier on a trip, I was miserable. Strollers are great for hauling stuff, but a hands-free way to carry a tired baby or toddler is a must, especially if you're going to be in an airport, or anywhere that requires a lot of walking. The ERGO is my go-to carrier and I even wore Lincoln as recently as this summer.
Sophie the Giraffe. Babies love Sophie. If you're bringing a teething toy, this one will entertain far longer than some other models.
Lamaze Dog Take-Along Toy. My kids have always been fond of having a little animal or lovey to hold while riding in the car. Just make sure this isn't hooked on your infant car seat above their head while driving - it could be a safety hazard in an accident.
Handheld DVD Player. This is geared more toward the toddlers in your family. We try to limit screen time around here, but there is really a time and a place for it. Let me tell you: the fifth hour of a road trip is DEFINITELY the time and place to use a movie to placate your child and save everyone from unbearable whining and fussing. Not that I know this from experience or anything.
AppleCheeks Storage Sac. Whether you use cloth diapers or not, having a wet bag along on the journey can be a lifesaver. Kids don't care where you are when they decide they need to pee or vomit or have an explosive diaper situation - so if you find yourself twenty miles from a rest stop when they surprise you with something like this, you'll want to have somewhere to stick that mess until you can properly clean it up. These are also great to keep wet swimwear in, or to use as a day bag on a longer trip. You could even use one as an ice pack if someone gets injured! I can't say enough good things about these bags!
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes. My kids both loved this little musical toy! It's really simple - just one button to press and it plays a variety of classical tunes. Just bring extra batteries, because it sounds really wonky when they get low!
Skip Hop Backpack. We actually don't have one of these, but I think they're so cute! Having a spot to keep all of the stuff JUST for each kid makes traveling easier. Example: pack an extra set of clothing and enough diapers to get through that day's travel in this bag, and bring your stash for the full trip in a larger suitcase. You'll save time if you don't have to dig through everything just to find the baby gear.
Sound off, mamas - what did I miss? What do you take along when you travel with little ones?
One Director Jewels reader will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! This giveaway will end on October 21 at 11:59pm EST. This giveaway is open worldwide (prize will be awarded in USD).
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Once you've entered my giveaway and the grand prize, make sure you hop around to all the other participating blogs for more chances to win everything you could ever need to travel with kids!
Disclosure: So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Travelin' with Baby participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. No compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Giveaway Policy and my Disclosure Policy.