Pack This! Insect repellent clothing for babies and toddlers
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Pack This! Insect repellent clothing for babies and toddlers

Last week in southwest Florida, when I decided to pull over in my rental car and take a quick photo of a glorious purple sunset over a saltwater marsh, I was quickly–and memorably!–introduced to the burning agony known locally as “the attack of the sand flies.” When I jumped back into the air conditioned car,…

Pack This! The Best Baby and Toddler Swimsuits for the Beach

Pack This! The Best Baby and Toddler Swimsuits for the Beach

As a follow-up to the Tips for Planning Great Beach Vacations with Babies and Toddlers, I’m including one of most helpful items we found for spending more worry-free time at the beach with our little ones. Sure, there are plenty of UV-protective swimsuits and rash guards available for wee swimmers–and there is, of course,waterproof sunscreen….

Pack This! Halo Sleepsack for safer, saner travel with a baby

Pack This! Halo Sleepsack for safer, saner travel with a baby

I was chatting with a mom just the other day and, before I knew it, I’d come out with at least 3 reasons I loved to use a Halo Sleepsack during travel with a baby-through-early-toddler. Here’s the top one. You might already know it as a safe solution to blankets for back-sleeping babies, but during…

Pack This! The roadtrip-ready Ciao! Baby portable high chair
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Pack This! The roadtrip-ready Ciao! Baby portable high chair

Many are the travel dining boosters and hook-on high chair options today (see some of my favorites here), but what I like about the Ciao! Baby portable high chair is that it is completely free standing. Why might this travel-worthy portable high chair be the one for you? When staying with (a crowd of) relatives, you needn’t…

Pack This! The Superyard for camping with a baby or toddler
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Pack This! The Superyard for camping with a baby or toddler

If you’ll be car camping with a baby or toddler this summer, the Superyard play yard  or “safety fence” may prove helpful in several possible ways. The 6- or 8-panel, flexible system can be used to corral your crawler and cruiser, while giving them a safe space to play with toys while you set up your…

Pack This! “Tell Me a Story” cards for travel with preschoolers

Pack This! “Tell Me a Story” cards for travel with preschoolers

Have you ever noticed your child getting grumpy and more demanding after playing games on your phone or tablet for an extended period of time (AKA during travel)? While I know that it is possible to help keep a kid quiet through a 5+ hour flight with just movies and video games alone, I know there will…