When my kids are at home, they have everything they possibly need from clothes to diapers and toys to snacks. But when you’re on the road, or staying at a family member’s house like Grandma’s, you don’t always have everything you need on hand. That’s why we have certain “travel friendly” items we pack up with us when we are traveling with our kids to make life easier. Here are the top three things we take to grandma’s!
Edushape Toys developed its first line of products in 1983 to provide pre-school teachers with the tools for creative play while educating their young students. Built on the strategy of seeing the world through the eyes of children, Edushape continues to create products that nurture imagination and spark creativity in the very young. Throughout the years, Edushape toys have incorporated high educational values while supporting a child’s healthy social and emotional development.
This cute indoor/outdoor mini golf game is great for traveling. It includes arches, balls, golf putters, and a backpack style bag to carry it all in. Perfect to play on the go, whether at the airport, rest stop, or a family member’s house.
Baby Change-N-Go is quickly becoming the most sought after baby shower gift for expecting parents and is revolutionizing diaper changing on the go for ALL parents!
An over-the-door portable baby changing station that folds down neatly to carry in your diaper bag or in your stroller. It comes in several color combinations, perfect for boys or girls. We have a discount code that will save 10% off your order on this Baby Change-N-Go. Simply add MR10 at checkout to receive the discount on your order.
Swado Swaddle by GoodCatch is a family company launched in 2017 by Jack and Judy (a sibling duo). But our story began years earlier, in 2011 when Jack met Jason, the inventor of the innovative GoodCatch fastening fabric that makes Swado Swaddles one-of-a-kind. GoodCatch is a revolutionary self-adhering fabric that simplifies the way you swaddle your newborn. GoodCatch makes swaddling newborns no fuss by not requiring that you learn advanced folding and tucking techniques.
A swaddle wrap that is easy and silent when it’s time to wrap and unwrap the baby, available in several patterns and designs! Includes the unique GoodCatch fabric that self-adheres and opens silently without jarring your baby awake for a diaper change.
Running daily errands with several kids in tow can be a challenge, but I pretty much remember what to grab for those trips such as diapers, a sippy cup, etc. But when we’re heading out on the road, usually several hours away from home, I have to find that balance of bringing everything we need without overloading the trunk or our carry-on bags! I normally grab three things for the kids if we’re going anywhere to help keep them happy, clean, and rested.
The Mini Golf Garden Party Game from Edushape is not only adorable, the kids can play with it indoors or out. It can be rainy, cold, or we’re simply waiting for a flight and they can use the putters to knock the balls around, trying to get them to roll through the arches. And because it all fits neatly into the included backpack, I can keep track of all the pieces and even have one of the kiddos help me carry it around on their backs! It’s simple to set up the arches in the arch holders, which they can then move around or line up, depending on their mood. We love the bright colors and nature designs which makes them feel like they are playing in an enchanted golf course somewhere in the woods.
As far as keeping the baby clean and dry when we travel, I am always surprised how many places don’t have a changing table (especially in the Men’s rooms for Dads)! But with this portable over-the-door Baby Change-N-Go, either Dad or I can change the baby almost anywhere with a door, including a bathroom stall, while keeping her off the floor or possibly a dirty surface. She buckles in safely, and it even has a few pockets to keep changing supplies handy.
This is also great for grandma’s house so she doesn’t have to bend over to change a diaper, and it easily folds up and down for storage and use.
Finally, for the sanity of ourselves along with any fellow passengers, we swaddle our baby to help her sleep better in strange places. But sometimes she gets woken up by the noise of the flaps opening and that doesn’t work for me! But the Swado Swaddles helps keep her tight and secure while she sleeps and I can easily change her diaper without waking her up. The Swado is easy to launder plus they come in several designs, color patterns, and sizes, so I can pick exactly what fits our style! It also comes with a mesh laundry bag which is great for keeping everything needed to prepare for sleeping and a place to keep a change of clothing ready when needed.
Whether you pack the three things we take to grandmas with you or keep them as a “stash” set in the trunk of your car, you can’t go wrong with any of them. They are all compact and travel easily, plus they can save you time and energy instead of running around trying to get everything packed up and together. In fact, they can all fit into a diaper bag or under the stroller, or simply kept in storage in a family member’s home for your next visit.
We’ve added the Edushape Mini Golf Game, Baby Change-N-Go, and the Swado Swaddle to our Summer Fun on MDR 2018 Gift Guide! Check it out here!