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5 travel-ready toys for holiday trips

Going to see Grandma? These five toys will help keep the trip on track.

5 travel-ready toys for holiday trips

Hit the road with happy little ones in tow this season! We’ve rounded up five perfect toys for road trips, flying the friendly skies, and spending a night or two out of the house. ? ✈️ ?


1. Perfect for soothing on the go: Oball Grasp & Teethe Teether

When your baby’s schedule is disrupted, you could all use a little help chilling out. The solution? The Oball Grasp & Teethe Teether. Your baby will love the colorful design and variety of textures perfect for soothing achy gums, and you’ll love how easy it is for your little one to hold onto thanks to the Oball core (because no one wants to give their baby back a toy after it has been dropped on the airport floor).

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Pro tip: When you’re ready to clean it after a day of gumming, simply wipe the toy clean with a damp cloth.

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2. Perfect for getting them excited for the flight to Grandma’s: Go Grippers Cargo Jet

Got a first-time flier? Give your toddler a toy that encourages her imagination to take flight! We love the Go Grippers Cargo Jet, made from the same Oball material your child loved as a baby because it’s easy to grip and carry. The set includes one jet and a compatible Go Gripper car to load into the plane’s cargo bay before taking off.

Pro tip: When playtime is over, keep the jet and car clean by wiping with a damp cloth and mild soap.

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3. Perfect for long road trips: Oball Go Grippers Custom Rides

Traveling to see family is great, but the long car rides aren’t always so enjoyable. For car-time entertaining, babies 18 months and up will love the Oball Go Grippers Custom Rides with their easy-to-grasp design and eye-catching collection of colors and patterns. Plus, the compact design makes this is the perfect toy to throw in your diaper bag for entertainment on the go.

Pro tip: More than one kid to keep entertained? The set comes with six cars, meaning you can split up the fun on the way to Grandma’s.

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4. Perfect for distracting little ones in the TSA line: Oball Rattle

Long waits in line are every parent’s nemesis. But you can fend off impatient baby fussing with a little preparation—and a great toy. The Oball Rattle shakes, rattles, and rolls, thanks to colorful shaker beads that encourage motor skills. The 29 finger holes and flexible, patented shape are easy for tiny hands to hold onto, and the bright color options will make this a fast favorite for your baby.

Pro tip: Purchase a few balls to keep in the nursery, diaper bag, and car so you always have one on hand.

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5. Perfect for playtime at their cousin’s house: Go Grippers Adventure Park Playset

You can’t bring every toy when you travel, so opt for a play system that packs in multiple modes of play. The Go Grippers Adventure Park Playset features easy-to-grip cars (they’re made with the same tech as your favorite Oballs!) that drive on tracks, scoot up and over hills, and spin around on their own Merry-Go-Round. Plus, having multiple cars will make it easier to thwart any meltdowns over sharing with new relatives.

Pro tip: Once playtime is over, clean the toys with a damp cloth and mild soap so they’re ready to roll another day.

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My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

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Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

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When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

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Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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