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More Sun/Less Stress: The Top Five Travel Products that Keep this Mama Sane

Summer is just about here, and that means family vacation time is upon us! We’ve done a fair amount of traveling since Maddie was born- mostly by car, and some by air. I don’t claim to be an expert, but through trial and error, we’ve found a few products that are key to making our trips a little bit less stressful. So whether you’re a new parents, or a parents with a LO with special needs, here are a few of our favorite thing.

Note: I have not received any type of reimbursements for these reviews. These products are just too helpful not to share.

81ZhhCbwIiL._SX522_Problem: Your little one has sensitivities to temperature and refuses to eat anything if it’s not warm, but you don’t always have easy access to an outlet for a bottle warmer and/or a microwave.

Solution: Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer

Find it here

Reason to love it:      

  • Does not require an electric source. All you need is hot water.
  • Keeps water hot for 8+ hours.
  • Works with any size bottle, sippy cup, etc. I even heated a container of Chef Boy R D ravioli in it- although that took some doing.
  • Note: This may be my favorite product of all time.



UnknownProblem: Your little one doesn’t have the skill or muscle necessary to sit up in a standard restaurant high chair or other ‘standard’ seating options.

Solution: Summer Infant Pop ‘N Sit Portable Booster Seat

Find here

Reasons to love it:

  • Use it anywhere: Restaurants, hotel rooms, outdoors, visiting a friend’s home, etc.
  • Comfortable for little ones with low muscle tone. The seat cradles them just a bit, and has enough support that they can sit up and feel as though they are part of things.
  • May be placed on a chair or booth safely.


41INldxMUsLProblem: Washing bottles on the go is a pain in the rear end, as is remembering to collect all your tools before you leave home.

Solution: OXO Tot On-the-Go Travel Drying Rack with Bottle Brush

Find it here

 Reason to love it:

  • Brush and convenient drying area all stored within a small box that easy to store and takes up a small amount of space in your luggage.
  • Once closed it locks all water inside, so you don’t have to worry about leaking water while traveling.
  • A sample size dishwasher detergent will also fit in the box if you arrange things properly.


71QoAzw5FhL._SL1000_Problem: Your little one likes to be outdoors, but is sensitive to the sun and wind.

Solution: Pacific Play Tents Lil Nursery- Portable Play Tent and Sun Shelter

Find it here

Reasons to love it:

  • Super easy to put up (this coming from a person who has very limited mechanical abilities). I can put it up in 2-3 minutes, and take it down in even less time.
  • When I was desperate for a little pool time last summer I packed up this tent, a Boppy and a small fan. Mads slept in it for hours.
  • Offers a little bit of privacy if you need to nurse at the pool, beach, etc.


71j0YD15n3L._SL1500_Problem: Flights, restaurants and other activities on vacation may require your little one to sit in one place for long periods of time.

Solution: Melissa & Doug Bead Maze with suction cups

Find it here

Reasons to love it:

  • Suctions to hard surfaces such as airline drop-down trays or a table at a restaurant
  • Compact compared to a lot of toys
  • Quiet: No loud noises or flashing lights

1 thought on “More Sun/Less Stress: The Top Five Travel Products that Keep this Mama Sane”

  1. So inspiring .you are a great writer & both of you great parents .Maddie is such a beautiful little girl-can’t help loving her. (Like your smart helpful travel recommended products too.).I’m sure lots of mama’s will find them helpful. Love


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