Ready, Set, Let's Go!
Reduce the challenges of traveling with kids! These fab finds make flights and road trips nothing but fun for kids of every age!
For a good night's sleep
Breaking a child's sleep routine can present a big challenge for families. You're on a different schedule in a strange place… the least you can do is make sure your child is comfortable.
The MamaDoo Kids Mattress Topper is a foldable, travel-friendly lifesaver! It turns your child's hard-board portable mattress into a plush, cozy bed. Imagine getting a good night's sleep while traveling! It can be done! (MamaDooKids.com, $70)
For tablet users
Many kids (and their parents) won't go anywhere without their tablet. The flexible and convenient GoGo Pillow™ is ideal for on-the-go tablet usage. Unlike some lap pads, the GoGo Pillow™ conforms to just about any configuration, enabling your child to play games with the tablet flat on his lap or watch movies with it tilted upright.
For car travel, the pillow can be attached to the back of the front seat for hands-off viewing. And Mom can enjoy using the tablet while lounging poolside or in the hotel room bed. (GoGoPillow.com, $20)
For safer diaper changes
Changing an active toddler's diaper is a challenging feat, and many changing pads are slippery and unsafe.
Lili's Bebe Pad® makes life easier. The machine washable pad features a slip-resistant backing and a soft changing surface. Once your child is in place, the pad won't move! (LiliBebe.com, $22)
For small, busy hands
Most parents would balk at the idea of taking building blocks along for the ride, but what if they were built for travel?
"Tegu Blocks are wood with a magnet inside, so they hold together and don't slide all over," says Eileen P. Gunn, founder of FamiliesGo! The 8-piece set comes with a pouch that's perfect for travel! (Amazon, $25)
For a quieter trip
Help quiet the loud noises of travel with the Cloud B Sleep Sheep On The Go Travel Sound Machine. The travel-sized lamb attaches easily to car seats, strollers and more for a peaceful, soothed baby. (CitrusLane.com, $28)
For the kicker
Once your toddler's feet can reach the back of your seat, the value of your car decreases dramatically! Protect your investment from insistent kickers with the kickMat. It's the perfect solution for keeping the back of your seat free of footprints and scuffs. (PrinceLionheart.com, $16)
For little ones with luggage
Let's face it. Little kids need a lot of stuff. Fit everything they need in an American Tourister Colora 20-inch spinner suitcase. The bright colors will not only thrill your kiddo, but they make it easy to identify your bag among all the others at the airport.
It's small size fits most airlines' standards for carry-on luggage, but you'll be surprised at just how much you can fit into one of these sturdy bags. The spinner wheels turn 360 degrees, making it easy to get wherever you need to go. (American Tourister, $240)
For time well-spent
Ouch. One-third of kids ages 5 to 14 could not correctly identify the Atlantic Ocean. Use every trip as a teaching opportunity and supplement it with Map the World.
This free iPad app from Travelzoo has nine different puzzles teaching more than 360 countries, states, provinces, islands, oceans and seas across the seven continents. (iTunes Store, free)
Take American Tourister's simple quiz to find out what type of luggage works best for you, then enter for your chance to win a Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacation and luggage from American Tourister! Click here to get started!
For educational journeys
Whether you're traveling by car or plane, it's great to teach your kids about the destination. Cooper's Pack Travel Guides do just that, with pictures of stuffed animals (like Cooper the dog) traveling the world.
Your child will have so much fun with the games and activities that she won't even realize how much she's learning! Choose from current titles, such as Seattle, New York, London and Alaska, and upcoming destinations, such as Paris, Amsterdam, Athens and Hawaii. (CoopersPack.com, $13)
For forgetful travelers
While juggling tickets, luggage and family all at once, it's so easy for something to become lost or misplaced. Keep track of those frequently missing items — a diaper bag, a child's jacket or your teen's cell phone — with a new app.
Wallet TrackR from Phone Halo is a durable wireless device that you can attach to your child's "whatever." Via the Track® app, you can monitor the location of those oft-disappearing items. An alert prevents you from leaving behind your belongings, your phone… or even your child! (WalletTrackR.com, $30 and up)
For car seat travel
When a child loses his crayon (or binky or cookie) in the backseat, all heck breaks loose! Give him a place for everything with the Star Kids Snack and Play Travel Tray.
The washable (yay!) nylon and foam construction fits any car seat or booster seat and keeps toys, sippy cups, books and you-name-it organized and within your child's reach. (Wayfair.com, $17)
For meals away from home
Not all restaurant high chairs are created equal (and some are just disgusting). Bring your own with you every time with a compact seat that folds up to weigh no more than a bunch of bananas.
The Go Anywhere Travel Feeding Booster Seat complies with ASTM standards and features a five-point restraint harness and three adjustable straps. No high chair needed! (AParentCompany.com, $37)
For bottle-fed babes
No matter where you're going or how you're getting there, your baby will get thirsty.
Refresh-a-Baby turns water and beverage bottles into baby bottles! A patented, leak-free nipple simply pops onto a regular bottle for on-the-go water breaks. The BPA-free Refresh-a-Baby is reusable and dishwasher-safe. (RefreshABaby.com, $7)
For road trip games
Every family that travels by car knows the license plate game. Make it even more fun with a free download from artist Dave Bowman's Design Turnpike website.
Print one colorful copy for each child and start looking for those plates from different states! (DesignTurnpike.com, free)
For the crafty kid
Paper crafts without scissors or glue? Yes! Paper Punk punch-n-fold shape kits are great for long flights and car rides. Your child starts with a flat folder and ends with an impressive 3-D paper toy! (PaperPunk.com, $10 and up)
Keep your baby's food fresh until you need it with the Zoli On the Go Travel Formula and Sack Dispenser. An easy-pour spout transfers the contents without spills or mess. Pack up to four different snacks with this one dispenser! (Amazon.com, $15)
For your gamer
And we don't meet video gamer! Your kids will have a ball with mini versions of their favorites, from Candy Land to Silly Putty. Check out the entire assortment of travel games for individual and multiple players alike! (Minimus.biz, prices vary)
For flying babies
Airports are germy places. Protect your napping baby from germs — and give her a bit of privacy — with an infant car seat shade.
The Shade from Imagine Baby lets your baby nap undisturbed. The UPF 50+ fabric is soft, breathable and water resistant! (Diapers.com, $40)
Make your own flashcards with soft, flexible photo frames. Zatswho® was created by a grandmother and is perfect for babies and toddlers. Slip in photos of family or things your child might see while on the trip. He'll never tire of looking at his favorites! (Zatswho.com, $13)
For airport babies
It's a rolling suitcase! It's a car seat! No... it's the GoGo Kidz Travelmate! Attach your child's own seat to this clever dolly to navigate the airport with ease. (CitrusLane.com, $90)
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