Moms do know best when it comes to their babies and quite a few of them have put that know-how into product development. If you’re planning a trip with your baby, across the country or to the other side of town, pack these travel goods. Made especially with the littlest travelers (and their oft harried parents) in mind, they’ll make travel with Baby more comfortable, cleaner and safer — stylish, too.
LET SLEEPING BABES LIE
The SnoozeShade Original ($34.99), designed and developed by mom Cara Sayer, is a breathable blackout blind that fits any stroller or car seat and allows Baby to sleep and rest on-the-go. Compact and packable, it creates a dark and cozy environment, helping to establish proper sleep patterns and habits even when — or perhaps especially when — you’re on the road. SnoozeShade shields babies from the weather, insects and nearly 95 percent of light. Additionally, this award-winning, easy-to-assemble travel essential is rated UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) 50-plus.
The SnoozeShade family of products also includes the SnoozeShade Plus and, available for fall, the SnoozeShade for Playards ($99.99). Ideal for road trips, SnoozeShade for Playards is made from stretchy, breathable and air-permeable fabric and creates several comfy environments for Baby — eliminating distractions or overhead light or creating partial shade or full blackout. Like the Original, it has “sneak-a-peek” front access to check on Baby without disturbing his or her nap.
PORTABLE SURFACE REPELS HEAT
New mom Ginelle Mills invented the Cool Wazoo(TM) ($64.95) after her baby was burned on a hot swing seat. In fact, Mills noted that seats can get scorching hot when temps creep upward. Her solution? A versatile five-in-one cover with a high-tech inner core that directs heat back to its source — and away from Baby’s tender skin. Oh, and it’s durable and washable, too.
Besides a safe swing seat cover, Cool Wazoo can be pressed into service as a diaper changing pad, restaurant high chair cover and car seat or shopping cart cover. It compacts down to pouch size — big enough to hold a diaper and wipes but small enough to tuck into purse, diaper bag or tote. And it’s pretty, in on-trend colors and sophisticated patterns with names like Springtime in Paris.
EASY TO GO ON THE ROAD
The next time you’re zipping along to your family vacation and you hear that familiar litany — “I need to go potty!” — you’ll be ready. The Potette Plus by Kalencom ($16) is a portable potty for toddlers and a sanity saver for parents who know that by the time kids sound the alarm, there’s no time to hold it.
The perfect potty to keep in your car, boat, camper or RV, the Potette Plus is clean, sturdy and contoured for comfort. Keeping it handy takes suspect gas station bathrooms out of the quandary of where to stop — quickly! — when nature calls. It comes with drawstring carrying bag. Disposable liners, lightly scented and leak-proof, are sold separately.
ROAD TESTED AND RARIN’ TO GO
Several other excellent products for traveling parents and babies are the Totseat by TrendyKid ($34.99), a washable, squashable and portable “high chair” that packs tidily into purse, diaper bag, backpack or carry-on; The Origami ($849.99), a power-folding stroller developed by 4moms with input from real moms; and the Natural-Feel Baby Bottle by Comotomo ($13.99-$15.99), BPA-free and with a shape, texture and silicone material designed to look and feel natural.