Category: Travel Essentials

Keep your baby in the dark. Literally.

I’ve got to be honest, the Snooze Shade is the kind of product I dream of being able to use more. Because, well, my babies don’t generally start sleeping in the first place. But for anyone with a baby who actually does sleep, the Snooze Shade could be a lifesaver. It comes in two sizes –to fit an infant car seat or a stroller– and is made from black, breathable UPF50+ fabric. Anytime baby is ready for shut-eye you can just pop it on and create a dark, comfy environment for baby, even on the sunniest of days. Yes,...

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7 two-piece bathing suits that don’t make little girls look like teenage girls

I’ll say it: the bathing suit choices for little girls are abhorrent these days–teeny string bikinis, plunging v-necks, high cut briefs, ruching at the “cleavage” presumably to create more of it. It’s making me crazy. To say nothing of a certain retailer (ahem Abercrombie) that recently introduced–then backpedaled on–padded bras for 8 year-olds. Still, I do like two-pieces for girls. They’re cute and make changes easy, especially when you’re in the diaper phase.  So I’ve spent a little time tracking down a few picks for summer that will let your little girl look like your little girl for a...

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Vintage upcycled luggage makes travel fun again

We all know that any time you go on the road with kids, it’s not really a vacation, it’s a trip — but that doesn’t mean you can’t pack in style. In fact, the right suitcase can really get you in the vacay state of mind. Even if you are filling it with sensible shoes and kid clothes. I’m smitten with GetReadySetGO’s upcycled vintage luggage. Rachel Demsick takes classic pieces — train cases, messenger bags, suitcases — and embellishes them with beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork. The pieces themselves are in impeccable condition, and come in stunning shades (no more black...

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Hit the road with pint-sized travel guides

My 4-year-old-any-second-now daughter is at the age where she’s learned there’s more to the world than just home, store, and school. She’s asking about the places she can visit after a plane ride or two, and while most of them involve the beach (she’s convinced she already knows how to surf) or Japan (what can I say? She’s into veggie sushi), I’m getting really excited about the prospect of introducing her to the rest of the world. CMP went nuts over Look Out World, Here I Come! New York Adventure Kit last summer, and it’s a San Francisco treat...

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Cuter than the average pic-a-nic basket

I don’t care if Toronto hasn’t quite gotten the spring memo yet– I’m already dreaming about park visits and picnic lunches. And when I spotted this adorable insulated picnic lunch bag at ModCloth, I fell in love. And I knew right away that I wouldn’t be handing it over to any of my kids. Oh, no. That sweet thing will be all mine. The Blueberry lunch bag is cute, but I think my heart belongs to the Watermelon one. (Gosh, even the color names are adorable.) The red checkered pattern on the Watermelon lunch bag reminds me of a...

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The sporty convertible that won’t mess up your hair.

It’s sleek, sporty, and goes from backpack to messenger bag in less than thirty seconds. But, unlike those $60,000 convertibles, it won’t mess up your hair, and you probably won’t swallow a bug while using it. Oh, and it’s called Annie. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] If you’re looking for something stylish to take you from the playground to the airplane to the hiking trails, the cool Annie bag from Ellington is just the ticket. Made of easy-to-clean nylon, Annie is the right size for someone who’s done with the gigantic diaper bag but still needs...

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The Nordic Carrier – Well played, baby-snuggling Vikings.

There’s a hot new baby carrier that just might exceed all your baby carrying dreams. Except for the one where you’re carrying a baby while riding a magical unicorn with Ashton Kutcher. It’s called the Nordic Carrier, made by our friends at Lillebaby. And it’s got the same multi-tasking, simply elegant design that we’ve come to expect from the mighty Vikings, inventors of Ikea and Swedish meatballs. First of all, the sturdy Nordic Carrier is made to work in six different carrying positions, including front, back, and hip. Your baby can face inward or outward, and the seat can...

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Gourmet organic meals for the teething set

Finding a meal that satisfies all members of my families is a mission impossible these days. Add a baby just starting solids into the mix and that spells H-E-A-D-A-C-H-E. But there’s a new line of organic baby foods that just might do the trick. Sprout Organic Baby Food was co-founded by celebrity chef and dad of three Tyler Florence, and they already have a stage 1 and stage 2 meals for six and seven-month-olds. Now they add a line of new Stage 3 Advanced Foods for babies 8 months and up, offering chunkier textures, larger portions and fuller flavors...

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Diaper bag chic, minus the diapers. Nice.

Over the course of a mama’s diaper bag carrying years, there will be times she may curse that heavy bag and long for the carefree and fabulous purses of her youth. But as time goes by, that longing to be rid of the diaper bag turns into–or at least it has for me–a wistful longing to keep it around forever. Diaper bags aren’t only practical and convenient, but if you’re buying the right ones (of course you are, you’re reading CMP, after all!)  they’re also beautiful. Never fear diaper bag loving mamas! Petunia Pickle Bottom has come to your...

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Modern art for the road

Now that my nineteen month old has officially reached the dreaded “dropsy stage,” I try to attach everything I can to her stroller and high chair, from her sippy cup to her toys. So, when I found the MoMA Shapes and Colors Stroller Cards, I was intrigued. Five cards, each in a different shape, feature bold, contemporary photos one one side and an interesting texture on the other. Think: a photo of a heart-shaped cookie backed by a sticky heart on the other side. I love that they’re not only educational, but very well designed. Not that I would...

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Hello Kitty the water bottle, inspired by Hello Kitty the now retro-cool icon

I’ve been a fan of Hello Kitty since long before she was retro. Which, now that I write it down, makes me feel kind of old. But truly, that Hello Kitty watch I wore so proudly back in the day would be totally amazing to have now that she’s all cool again. Until someone invents a way for me to shrink my wrist to fit a kid-sized watch, though, I figure I’ll just go with something equally cute. Like this SIGG Hello Kitty water bottle. It just so happens to be on sale right now at one of our...

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Kids water bottles get cuter by the second

We’ve been such fans of Beatrix NY over the years (you might know them as Dante Beatrix), because everything they make is pretty much awesome. Their motley little menagerie of creatures range from robots to bunnies to not-particularly-scary dinosaurs, and are now gracing quality backpacks, lunch boxes, and even wheelie suitcases for kids. Now they’ve got one more line to add to the mix: Yippee! It’s adorable water bottles. The new stainless steel kids’ water bottles will be shipping March 1, but if you can’t wait (like me) you can order them now from their site. All are BPA...

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Oh the places you’ll go, looking cute

I’m a big believer in traveling with kids. It’s never too early to expose them to other cities, other cultures, other foods, and hopefully, the ability to behave on an airplane. (Oh please oh please!) I’m always looking for travel goodies that help them get excited for travel, from maps, to kids books about different cities, and even their own suitcases and travel gear. So I am just smitten with these lovely handmade passport holders. While kids don’t need their own passport covers, these from Noei kind of makes me want them. A lot. All 7 styles are handmade...

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The peas are touching my carrots!

My daughter used to be the kid who would try anything. She liked broccoli. She ate eggs. She even liked horseradish. My husband and I would brag about it. Well, now she’s a typical, picky three-year-old and she has a few eating quirks. One of them is she won’t allow her food to touch. A lot of time that means touch her mouth, but she also doesn’t like her peas to touch her pasta. The LunchBots Trio is the new line extension from CMP fave LunchBots, makers of really marvelous stainless steel food storage containers. No plastic means no...

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Drink in the coolness with Paul Frank

If your resolution includes cutting back on plastic water bottles, and doing it with style (what? that could be a resolution) then we have an awesome new option for you. Café Press has teamed up with Paul Frank to create a design-your-own SIGG water bottle, and not only are they super cute, designing the bottle is surprisingly fun. Do you like your Julius rocking out on the guitar? How about a pink and purple Julius with hearts and skulls, or a punk rock Julius with sunglasses? There are so many fun choices for your  custom Paul Frank water bottle,...

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Welcome CBS Early Show viewers!

We’re so glad you caught our Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner this morning on the CBS Early Show highlighting some of our favorite picks for making road trips safe and sane. Who couldn’t use a little extra sanity over the holidays, especially when you’re cooped up in a car with kids! Here’s a list of all the great items that were featured on the show: Making the kids comfortableEvenflo Momentum car seat, Diggity Kids Keester booster seat cushion (pictured)Feeding them snacksElla’s Kitchen Baby Food , Dwink juice box holder, No Squeeze juice box holderStaying organizedWisey car bag Keeping them entertained Squiggle On-The-Go,...

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Waste not. Want.

I’m definitely an eco-minded person, but I don’t think I’m alone when I admit that sometimes convenience wins out over conscience. For years I’ve stuffed my son’s lunch box with pre-packaged snacks or plastic snack bags, but I think I’ve found an even better solution. Munchboxes are the perfect way to send snack portions for your child with zero waste. Each one is made from 100% dishwasher-safe stainless steel (no BPA here), and has a main compartment with a small sealable side container to keep the cheese from touching the grapes, or the meatballs from touching the spaghetti. While...

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Oshi Mat: Don’t go to baby music class without it

Looking back to my baby’s first music class, I see a woman in sweats, no make-up and a silly grin on her face. I was just so happy to be, finally, out of the house! New to my neighborhood, I was also convinced I was going to meet all my new best friends that day. Every time my baby clapped to the music, I burst into hysterical laughter. (No wonder I didn’t meet any friends in that class.) But, I stopped laughing when I noticed how my daughter was crawling around on a dirty looking carpet and how the...

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New luggage for child-free getaway? Reader Q&A

My husband and I are taking our first real vacation since our honeymoon without any of our three children! I’m in desperate need of some new luggage and I’m wondering if you have any recommendations. Thanks, Rhonda First, congratulations on your upcoming getaway! I have three kids as well and still remember how special it was to go away without them for the first time. While we’re fans of packing light and using carry-on bags as much as possible, keep in mind all these brands make both larger and smaller pieces. –Christina. If you’re looking for something really special, I...

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New York City for kids. And their suburban parents.

The first time I took my daughter New York City, she spent so much time swiveling her head in every direction, I was afraid she’d tip over. I could have done a better job planning New York City for kids, and prepping my little suburban dweller for the “big city”, but I was too busy trying not to forget to pack her bedtime lovey. Little travelers nowadays have a cool new way of learning about their destination in a way that is much more relevant than mommy pointing to the globe and talk, talk, talking. [don’t miss our giveaway...

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Buy buy birdie

I’m a self-confessed bag junkie so it’s no big surprise that I flipped when I saw the Stack of Birds tote from Spur Stor. It’s oversized enough to fit all my beach stuff and cute enough for me to use for every day stuff. And, of course it’s perfect for grocery shopping, because who doesn’t use reusable bags nowadays, right? [don’t miss the great offer after the jump] The totes are only $24 and are printed in orange (my fave) and aqua on 100% natural cotton. And, I don’t know why, but the funky retro bird design just makes...

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The picnic blanket you’ll actually use… I promise

I’m always kind of envious of those other more-prepared-than-I-am moms. You know the ones: They have an extra sippy cup when one falls on the ground, they carry Band-Aids everywhere, and they’re never without an extra snack or two. Ah, but do they have a picnic blanket in that bag of theirs? Because now I do. (Hmmm, I wonder if that makes me one of them?) Either way, the Central Park Picnic Blanket from Skip*Hop has been making my spring and summer much easier (and way more fun!) ever since we received one to check out. From trips to...

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Easy Summer Travel Week pick: Beco Baby Carrier

Remember, today is the last day to enter to win ALL of the travel items seen here and on Pregnancy + Newborn Magazine this week! Strollers are great, except when you try to maneuver one through throngs of tourists or push one along a sandy beach. For those times, smart mamas know using a great baby carrier instead can be a lifesaver. And you won’t have to apologize for the 25th time for running into a sightseer’s ankles. [see the amazing giveaway after the jump] The Beco Baby Carrier is just the kind of carrier I would use if my...

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5 stylish must-haves for traveling with kids

If you’re looking for some cool gear for your family’s summer travels, we’ve got you covered, from you cool mamas of babies, to kids old enough to walk four feet in front of you in the museum and pretend they don’t know you. Click over to the See Jane Fly blog right now (one of our favorite sites ever) and see 5 of our ideas for super chic, must-have gear for traveling with kids. We feel like, if we can keep you just two degrees cooler as you’re stuck in summer Friday tunnel traffic, or navigating the airport metal...

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Being on the go with kids just got a little more educational

I kind of love that my children love my iPhone, because their love of my iPhone means that I have one more tool for distracting them when we’re traveling, or even just making a run to the grocery store, because, seriously, there are only so many times that one can hear are we there yet before one goes completely insane. Well here’s an app that won’t have you wringing your hands over the question of whether you’re exposing your kids to too many video games. [see our giveaway after the jump] Tales2Go is basically good old fashioned storytelling, made...

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Baby sunscreen lotion grows up a little bit

I had a May baby and a July baby and as such, I still remember those panicky early days of taking the baby out into the (gasp) sun. I don’t think I could have had enough muslin swaddling blankets and floppy brimmed sunhats to put me at ease. So I love that there are so many choices of gentle baby sunscreen lotion now with more natural ingredients and lighter scents, like the new SPF 30+ Mineral Sunscreen from Little Twig. The formula is now “extra mild,” which I can only imagine is a step up from the ordinary “mild”...

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Snack, wash, dry, repeat

I’ll never be the eco-mama who reuses plastic wrap or gives up the soft toilet paper for the stuff that feels like newspaper. Mostly I look for small changes I can live with, and one of those has been cutting down on my reliance on disposable plastic snack bags. There are just so many good alternatives out there, like the reusable snack bags from Itzy Ritzy. I’ve learned I much prefer the zipper close here to velcro ones elsewhere, to keep those pretzels and raisins put. And the waterproof (but PVC-free) lining means you can use it for apple...

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Car games. Remember those?

Long ago when my parents would drag us on a 10 hour family road trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina, my brother and I would occupy ourselves with all sorts of fun travel-friendly activities, none of which included a DVD player. Imagine that! While I definitely pack our player whenever we attempt a long road trip, I’m all for finding alternative ways of in-car entertainment other than the shiny bright screen. Take this adorable handmade car bingo game from pi’lo. The owner, a Toronto-based artist, originally created this game for a magazine shoot and is now actually making it...

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3floz.com – Globetrotter and glamour girl approved

There are so many reasons to love the webshop 3floz.com where every single luxury bath and body product is guaranteed to fit the TSA’s three fluid ounces rule. 1. You’re sick of traveling with your posh, organic moisturizer in a sandwich baggie.2. You’ve ever cried when the TSA confiscated your full-sized bottle of pricey shampoo.3. You don’t want to commit to a big bottle of anything until you know it works.4. You love cute, teeny tiny things in brightly colored tubes. You’ve heard about all the bath and beauty brands at the shop, because they’re celebrity faves and hard...

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Hot diggity, that’s comfortable

It started with two brothers complaining that their booster seats were uncomfortable; five years later, their parents run Diggity Kids, proud purveyor of American-made comfort travel systems for kids who need more cushy digs in the car. All three pieces–seat belt cover, neck pillow, and wedge seat cushion–are designed to make travel in even a hard plastic booster seat more comfortable. I’ve got a secret to tell you, though. The Keester booster seat cushion is nothing short of a miracle for those of us whose kids are really too big for a booster but still juuuuust a little too...

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