Congrats to our winner Gena!!
When my daughter was a 12 month old- I distinctly remember getting into an all-out war ofÂ words with my husband- when upon reaching our destination (after a three hour car ride that involved endless spit-ups andÂ a baby who would NOT stop crying) all the baby gear he’d promised he’dÂ reserved for our hotel room wasn’t there. In other words- he’d forgotten to reserve all the accessories we’d need to make vacation with aÂ baby( which is hardly a vacation) more palatable.
Fast forward 12 years and I am utterly amazed at all the cute and nifty items- a baby toting mama can pack up and bring with her, so that she NEVER ever has to rely on her husband or the kindness of strangers or for that mater shell out big bucks at a beach front resort whose inflated prices for aÂ cribÂ which would give any person a small heart attack.
So here dear mamas are a few of my favorite must haves if you find yourself BRAVELY traveling with your tot in tow.
#1 The Joovy Room has elevated the playard to a new level. This premier, full-feature nursery center is a bassinet, changing station and playard, all in one. The Joovy Room has exceptional good looks while offering supreme functionality. Parents love its convenience and multi-purpose usability.
#2 The Friendly Pacifier from First Friends is the newest â€œmust-haveâ€ in pacifiers, which combines a soothing pacifier with a plush toy to maximize security and comfort for baby.Â With its problem solving 2-in-1 design, Friendly Pacifier eliminates the need for multiple pacifiers by offering a simple solutionâ€”a pacifier that attaches to a plush friend â€“preventing the pacifier from being misplaced or lost.Â The Friendly Pacifier comes in a wide range of colors and characters including a monkey, lamb, pig, horse, bunny, bear, and puppy.Â Available at Babiesâ€˜Râ€™Us.Â Recommended for ages 0-6 months. MSRP $12.99.Â http://myfirstfriend.com/
#3 The Tidy Table Tray + Flexi DinerÂ by bambinos Make meal time easier when you’re on-the-go withThe Tidy Table Tray + Flexi DinerÂ by bambinos,Â theÂ first of its kind newÂ portable table tray. Offering a large eating space and rounded rims to keep spills off the table, itâ€™s easy to use and attaches to most tables via a rubber coated clip, keeping it securely locked in place. Â It is also BPA free, phthalate free and dishwasher safe.Â The Tidy Table Tray + Flexi-Diner features an easy on/off insert which can easilyÂ turn meal time into play time at anytime! MSRP $39.99 atÂ www.bambinoschild.com. Available at TARGET stores.
#4 The Wipebox by Uber Mom:Â The new Wipebox by UberMom is a super-convenientÂ and inexpensive travel-size wipe container — equal parts stylish and durable. Â Featuring a bright and colorful European-inspired design with whimsical bold graphics, this reusable container is the perfect “accessory” to compliment your diaper bag. For the eco-minded parent, The Wipebox is helping to make a “greener” environmentÂ by eliminating the need for disposable packages and containers.Â For boys or girls, Spring 2013 designs include: Green Football, Pink Crown, Aqua Bow, Orange Owl, and Blue Turtle. MSRP $6.99. NOW available at Burlington Coat Factory for the first time ever! http://www.
#5 Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover: Need to nurse on the go- but don’t want everyone ogling your baby suckling? Well this veritable hooter-hider is a pretty stylish and discreet way to nurse, wherever and whenever and is actually a pretty cute fashion accessory to boot!
And one lucky reader will win a Joovy Room Playard $269.99!!Â to win leave a comment with your number one must haveÂ item when traveling with a tot in tow. For aÂ second entry you can follow Melissa Chapman on Pinterest For a third entry you can Like The Staten Island Family on facebook for a fourth entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for a fifth entry you can Follow @MelissasChapman on Twitter. Good luck! Giveaway ends October 31st