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Scroll down to see innovative accessories to help keep your child happier and more comfortable in her car seat or booster--making road trips and long flights better for all of you.


Star Kids Snack & Play

Travel Tray

Why Shelly recommends it:

We like this tray because it's large enough to accommodate coloring books and drawing paper, and the extra-high edges help keep toys and crayons from escaping--even if the tray is at an angle (from the sloping car seat). The side pockets are helpful, but a small toddler may not be able to reach much in them. Since it's soft, you can roll or fold it to stuff beneath your stroller, too hands free for the luggage cart, your child's stroller, too.

Find it online at:   Amazon.com

Infantino Extra Car Seat Cover for Convertible and Forward-Facing Car Seats

Why Shelly recommends it:

We could write a sonnet on the many times a back up car seat cover may have helped in our own travels, but we'll stick with this simple list: seatbelt signs that never turn off during a bumpy flight, road trips through bear country, car sickness, potty training, baby food on an overseas flight, and the rental agency's car seat waiting for you on the other end. With the exception of that last point, we recommend you start your travels with this layer on, then take off for cleaning (or food locker storage!) when needed. This cover is adjustable and fits most convertible and forward-facing car seats up to the Britax Frontier. 

Find it online at:    Amazon.com

Car Seat Head & Cheek Cradler

Why Shelly recommends it:

Especially great for older children who no longer benefit from a recline in forward-facing car seats, though it's designed to grow with children from infancy up to 5 years old. This clever cushion lends support where it's needed most at nap time, preventing head from slumping forward and only slightly to the side. 

Find it online at:   Baby Earth

Taby Tray

Why Shelly recommends it:

While on the road or on the airplane, car seats often have to serve double duty when dinner time rolls around. This tray helps keep meals, snacks, and cups within easy reach, and can also be helpful for reading, coloring, and other activities during long flights. It will NOT work on car seats with armrests that slope downward or boosters with chest protector shields. It WILL work with nearly all car seats with regular armrests or overhead shields (when shield is lowered in front of the child), and with booster seats that have normal armrests or no armrests. Meets safety requirements for use in moving car. 19"L x 15.5"W.

Find it online at:  Amazon.com  

The PiddlePad

Why Shelly recommends it:  

Long hours spent in the car seat only increase the risk of diaper leaks and blowouts (especially during potty training). Not to worry. This car seat liner can help contain accidents using a quilted terry liner to wick away moisture from your child. A waterproof vinyl shell protects the car seat. You may want one for your stroller, too! Machine washable. Available in blue or black.

Find it online at:   Amazon.com     Right Start

Sit-Rite Rear-facing

Car Seat Leveler

Why Shelly recommends it:

It's so simple, it's so basic, it's so much easier than rolling and folding up towels or blankets--especially as you travel. The Sit-Rite helps all infant and rear-facing car seats achieve the proper angle while adding stability in any range of vehicle seats. LATCH-compatible, works with infant carrier bases as well.

Find it online at:   Amazon.com

The Snuzzler Infant Support Cushion

Why Shelly recommends it:

Most infants are so small they almost get "lost" in their car seats. This award-winning infant cushion is ideal for newborns, giving them total support where they need it on those early rides in the car seat--and also in the stroller. It continues to give babies added comfort as they grow, with its height-adjustable head support. The Snuzzler also works marvelously in jogging strollers. Height adjustable head support. Designed to work with all types of seat harnesses without rethreading straps. Machine washable.

Find it online at:   Amazon.com   Baby Earth  


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