8 products that make summer travel with kids easier ✈️

Get ready to hit the road, mama.

8 products that make summer travel with kids easier ✈️

They say the fun is in the journey, but let’s face it: Traveling with kids can be challenging.

If you’re like us and will do anything to make getting to the destination easier, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few of our favorite tips, tricks, and tools to make from-home-to-hotel a little less tense, and a little more fun in the sun ?—

1. A breathable travel stroller for hot weather: Mios Stroller from Cybex

Hot summer days can make usually mobile kids wear out quick. Whether strolling down the boardwalk or sightseeing a historic site, your kiddo will get ancy quick in an uncomfortable umbrella stroller and get sweaty in one with more cushioning. That is until you discover the innovative and amazing new comfort of Cybex’s magical new Mios stroller. The Mios is more stable than a typical lightweight stroller, narrow enough to maneuver through crowds, has a reversible seat and huge sun canopy, and is foldable with one hand. But here’s the real summer kicker – the back cushion of the seat easily pulls out revealing a breathable mesh back. It’s seriously like nothing we’ve seen, and the added air flow is sure to give some extra smiles.


Pro tip: The Mios can also work as your full 3-in-1 stroller system by popping in the bassinet or infant car seat. That kind of flexibility will take you well past summer. Mios stroller


2. A booster seat that fits in your carry-on: mifold

Once your kiddo hits that magical 4 and 40 pounds mark and can be in a booster, it seems travel will be easier. But then you realize even those boosters are clunky to carry. Bring in the mifold, the first truly innovative concept in boosters in years. Instead of lifting a child up to be in the right position, this design safely lowers the seat belt to meet your child. Small enough to fit in your purse (10” x 5”) and weighing under two pounds, even your child can carry it in their backpack.

Pro tip: Store one in your trunk for those times you’re doing a friend a favor and carpooling an extra kid.


3. A safer way to keep them sitting on the plane: CARES Airplane Safety Harness

Too small for an airplane seat and too big for a clunky full carseat, you still want your in-betweener kids to be safe when flying. The CARES Airplane Safety Harness makes it super easy to keep your kid safe in the air with a compact (under one pound), quick install belt-and-buckle. It works on any size airplane seat, and is the only harness-style device certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Pro tip: If you’re not hopping multiple flights a year, get one and share it with your friends.


4. A suitcase for independent kids: Lassig Trolley

When “me do it” becomes a regular phrase in your house, it’s a good time to take advantage and start handing over some responsibility to your toddler. A good start? Letting them literally push themselves further with the adorable Lassig Trolley in their new ‘About Friends’ pattern. This pint-sized suitcase is just right for little kiddos in size and weight. Complete with straps to hold items in place, shoe bag to keep the dirt away, and outer pockets for their most prized lovies, pacifiers, or iPad, they’ll feel oh-so-big strolling through security with their own bag in tow.

Pro tip: Start giving kids a little responsibility by having them lay out each days outfit on the floor with every component—shirt, pants, undies, socks. They’ll love being part of the packing. (And then go back after they sleep and shove in all the things they forgot.)


5. For better naps on the road: Bubblebum’s Sneck

How many times have you turned around in the front seat to see a child slumped over in what looks egregiously uncomfortable to their neck? BubbleBum’s Sneck is a cozy travel pillow that straps easily to the headrest giving head and neck support. Filled with comfy micro beads, kids will rest more comfortably, which may just translate to longer – something that’s good for everyone.

Pro tip: Built to fit seats from cars to trains to planes, you might find yourself grabbing it for your next work trip, too.


6. Because accidents happen (even on vacation): Oh Baby Bags

Accidents happen. A lot. And they inevitably happen with the most inconvenient location and timing. That’s where Oh Baby Bags are life savers. This handle little roll of disposable plastic bags clips to a stroller or bag, and even looks pretty cute in the process. They’re perfect for dirty diapers, spit-up-on onesies, snack trash, or anything else you or your kids can think to mess up.

Pro tip: Throw an extra in your glove box. No way you won’t find a need for them one day soon.


7. Earphones made for tiny ears: Kidz Gear

Ah the iPad. There’s nothing sweeter than settling into your seat in the train, plane, or automobile and hear the silence of your child hooked on a favorite show. That is until the earphones fall off or the wires get tangled in their feet. Here comes Kidz Gear to the rescue. Coming in both wired and wireless versions, these headphones made just for kids so they fit. Plus, they have volume control, so there’s no way to accidentally turn up the volume to unsafe levels.

Pro tip: Check out all those streaming services like Amazon and Netflix. Most are now offering up shows and movies that you can download for free. No more fear of onboard wifi breaking out or paying a boatload for shows you normally get for free.


8. Hand sanitizer, because obviously: Babyganics Alcohol Free Sanitizer

Do we even need to explain why this one is such a must have? Let’s just say we’ve tried a bunch and we like Babyganics Alcohol Free Sanitizer a lot. It doesn’t have that icky smell that will drive you and your kids nuts, not to mention taint the taste of their next snack. It also is foaming, so it won’t just run straight through little fingers and pool on their lap.

Pro tip: If you’re a little bit extra germaphobe, grab a couple napkins and use the sanitizer to wipe down airplane seats and trays.


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These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

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It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

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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.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

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

Comforts electrolyte drink

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

Comforts training pants

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

comforts nite pants

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.

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

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Errands and showers are not self-care for moms

Thinking they are is what's burning moms out.

A friend and I bump into each other at Target nearly every time we go. We don't pre-plan this; we must just be on the same paper towel use cycle or something. Really, I think there was a stretch where I saw her at Target five times in a row.

We've turned it into a bit of a running joke. "Yeah," I say sarcastically, "We needed paper towels so you know, I had to come to Target… for two hours of alone time."

She'll laugh and reply, "Oh yes, we were out of… um… paper clips. So here I am, shopping without the kids. Heaven!"

Now don't get me wrong. I adore my trips to Target (and based on the fullness of my cart when I leave, I am pretty sure Target adores my trips there, too).

But my little running joke with my friend is actually a big problem. Because why is the absence of paper towels the thing that prompts me to get a break? And why on earth is buying paper towels considered a break for moms?

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