Recommended baby items for travel

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Hey baby, wanna hop in my ride?

Running around with a little one in tow can be taxing at any time of the year.  However, it can be especially tiring around the holidays.  The constant leaning over to strap your baby in the car seat/stroller, only to drag them out again five minutes later, can really be a pain.  However, just because YOU are uncomfortable doesn’t mean that your kiddo has to be.  After all, discomfort and fatigue is just a part of being a mom, right?  Below are some of my recommendations for more easily transporting your child around.

Stroller/Travel Systems/Car Seats

    •  Britax B-Safe Base Kit, Black– Remember that ideally you will need a base for each car that you will be driving baby in.  Otherwise, you are going to be moving that base from one car to another all the time, which will get old, like……..yesterday.  We have two of these bases and are very happy.
    • BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller, Black– Yes, it’s expensive for a jogging stroller.  However, I can’t recommend this enough.  It is awesome for running, jogging, or just plain old walking.  It is an incredibly smooth ride for baby.  Also, these strollers really hold their value well.  They are essentially the Hondas of jogging strollers.  Therefore, when it is time for baby #2, and you need to upgrade to a BOB 2016 Ironman Duallie Stroller, Yellow  , you should be able to easily sell your BOB and make a tidy sum.  This would make a great group gift, or perhaps a suggestion for a generous grandparent or other family member.
    •  Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat, Black – We have this one and love it.  Super safe.  You will only need one car seat, as you can move from car to car and insert into the base.
    •  BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Britax & BOB – One downside to the BOB….you do need to invest in the adapter.  The adapter is used to help attach the car seat into the jogging stroller.  That way, you can bring your little one on walks when they are too little to actually sit in the stroller.
    • UPPAbaby G-LITE Stroller, Jake (Black)– I have this one and love it.  Very smooth ride for an umbrella stroller.  However, it is priced a little high, so it might be a deterrent.  You can definitely find a more affordable option if this is cost-prohibitive.  We do NOT use this one for airline travel, though. (see next bullet)
    • Disney Umbrella Stroller with Canopy, My Hunny Stripes– DEFINITELY buy a cheapie umbrella stroller for travel, particularly airline travel.  We learned that the hard way, after our first umbrella stroller was destroyed after flying.  That thing is banged and tossed around quite a bit.  We use this one for flying, and actually really like it.  No frills, but hey, frills are overrated sometimes
    •  Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller, Black – Another great and super affordable umbrella stroller.  (This was actually the first one that we loved, which got messed up while flying).  After that, we upgraded to the Uppa baby.
    •  Baby Trend Snap N Go EX Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier – Okay, here is the truth.  Somehow, with all of my 3 showers, and the excessive amount of gifts I received, I was never given this.  Because I did not register.  Because I had no idea this existed.  By the time I heard about this product, Gavin was about five months old, and just about ready to transition to an umbrella stroller.  Snap N Gos are terrific for running errands when babies are still infants.  I did not get out as much as I wanted, simply because I did not want to drag a massive jogging stroller around, or lug a car seat.  Gavin was also too young to sit in an umbrella stroller.  Had I known, I could have just popped his car seat in the Snap N Go, and been on my way.  Easy-peasy.  This is a must have, which I will invest in if I have another child. This particular product is affordable, and works with all car seats.
    •  Graco Snugrider Elite Stroller and Car Seat Carrier, Black 2015 – Snap N Go compatible with Graco car seat.
    • Chicco Keyfit Caddy Stroller Frame  – Snap N Go compatible with Chicco car seats
    • Britax Marathon G4.1 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx– Somehow, I forgot that when babies become toddlers, they transition into a convertible car seat.  We decided to go with this one, for safety purposes.  Then, we decided to go with it again, because unlike the infant car seat, you do need one of these for each car in your family.  Unless you have a burning desire to lug a car seat around everywhere you go.  Trust me, you won’t want to.  If you can get one of these gifted to you at a shower, it won’t be so painful when you have to buy another, as these bad boys are pricey.  **Piece of advice…..don’t transition them into this car seat until you are really ready.  It is SO much easier to take them out and about when they are confined in the infant car seat.  Once Gavin started sitting in high chairs in restaurants, it was game-on.  (And I am pretty sure I could feel my hair start to turn grey by the minute).
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Any car seat that knocks a baby out is a good investment!

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