Pantone has named "Ultra'Violet" the color of the year for 2018, and we LOVE it! Here are a few of our favorite items for baby in the 'color of the year.'
As I prepare for yet another flight with my kids I wanted to share some of my tried and true toddler travel tips. Here's how to travel with a toddler:
1. Pack reusable water bottles in your carry-on bag, this way you can fill at a water fountain once you make it through security.
2. Pack the stroller. With my kids I found that letting them walk through the airport and finding an empty gate for them to play in was a great way to get them ready to nap on the plane. Having a stroller is a top tip for traveling with toddlers.
3. One of my toddler travel tips involves the Lotus. Bring along your Lotus as a carry-on, flight delays happen and they are stressful. It is really nice to have a spot where the kids can rest.
4. DVD coloring case, this is an idea I found on Pinterest and fell in love. It is perfect for keeping the crayons in 1 place while the kids color and not rolling around the floor of the plane. It is also a lot less bulky than a coloring book and box of crayons.
5. 5. When traveling with toddlers bring snacks, and plenty of them. I bring along more snacks than I think I should because the last thing I want to do is run out. And I also keep a stash of super special snacks in case they start to get really antsy.
6. Surprise toys are a huge hit with my kids. I pack a few of their favorite toys, but head to the dollar store or dollar bi at Target a few weeks before the trip and stock up on small surprise toys for them to play with. The kids love getting something new and, since I am not spending a fortune on toys for toddlers on a plane, if they get lost or broken it is not a big deal.
7. A fully stocked first aid kit is a must when traveling with toddlers. I of course bring the regular first aid ointment, band aids, fever reducer etc. But I also like to make sure that I bring along meds that I don't use on a regular basis in case of an emergency. We travel out of the country a lot and in some locations overseas they do not have drugstores like we do here and we don't have access to many over the counter meds that we use.
8. Plastic wrap to prevent leaks. For both my checked bag and carry on I like to seal liquids with plastic wrap. I place a small piece over the opined and then put the lid back on.
9. Press n seal. This is a trick I saw another mom doing at the airport and I thought it was genius. Carry press n seal to turn any cup into a spill proof cup.
10. Last, but certainly not least for my toddler travel tips, I stash a couple of my favorite green tea bags in my carry on so I can treat myself on the flight.
*Guest Post by Guava Family Ambassador Natasha Pleis
Motherhood is hard, yet rewarding journey. There is just something magical about those first few months as a new mom to the sweetest, newborn baby. Everything the baby does is absolutely amazing and hilarious. It truly leaves you in awe. Along with the precious moments, comes a slough of hardships. With half a year down with my first born, here are six things I’ve learned along the way.
1. Motherhood Can Be Isolating
Between the breastfeeding, the lack of sleep, and the healing — there’s a lot going on those first few weeks and months. Leaving the house started to seem like a luxury. Getting the baby situated and figuring out the feeding times were stressful, let alone managing to get myself together. I learned to ask for the help and ask for company as I realized it was beneficial to my overall demeanor. And I soon realized people, especially family were more than willing to help. It takes a village, right?
2. Self-Care is Important
Mothers spend all day and night caring for their families. I started to feel an immense pressure to have everything perfectly in its place and dinner on the table every day. While there is nothing wrong with that notion, it started to become an unnecessary stressor and I began neglecting myself in the process. I realized I needed to start doing things for myself, or else I would not be able to give to my family. I had to learn that taking a little time for myself was not selfish, it was actually incredibly healthy.
3. My Husband is a Parent Too
Someone once told me that my husband may have his own way of parenting and that I should trust his style too — I soon figured out what that person meant. For the most part, I knew what my baby needed. After all, I had been bonding with her 24/7 for the last few months, right? It was so easy for me to jump right in and soothe my daughter if she was fussy. However, it started to leave my husband in the dust. He needed to figure out his way of doing things with his daughter too. What works for me, may not work for him. And that is okay.
4. Every Baby is Different
I received so much advice during my pregnancy and those first few months, whether it was solicited or not. I could hop online and within seconds I could see five different moms posting about how well their baby ate, slept, etc. I began to think, “what is wrong with my baby?” How sad was it that I started to compare my baby to someone else’s? Every single baby is different. And there is no such thing as a bulletproof solution to any issue. I began to listen to that “mama instinct” and we slowly figured each other out. While the process was tiresome, it was also beautiful.
5. Schedules Changed the Game
When my daughter turned three and a half months old, everything changed. She hit the fourth month sleep regression early and from there, everything was all out of sorts. I am a planner by nature and this lack of schedule was starting to affect all aspects of our lives. We decided it was time to start her on a routine. Not only did this improve mine and my husband’s wellbeing, but we also noticed that our daughter thrived being on a schedule. It took a lot of diligence but the outcome was worth it for us.
6. The Love is Indescribable
I was nervous about meeting our daughter for the first time and bringing her home. What would our life be like? Would we love her? I don’t even know her yet. When they placed her on my chest for the first time, everything changed. She manages to make all of the hardships and sleepless nights worth it with just one look. The love and joy she brings to our lives is almost impossible to put into words.
Everyone’s birth and parenting story is vastly different. However, one common factor remains — no matter what the story is, it is absolutely beautiful. While I have only been on this journey for six months, it is without a doubt, the most rewarding experience thus far.
I recently took a long overseas trip with my kids and stocked up on tons of travel toddler toys before I left. These toys came in handy on the plane, in the airport and in the car during the trip. After the trip they were great to carry in my purse for waiting rooms and to keep in the backseat of the car. Here is my list of the toys for traveling with toddlers for keeping kids entertained on the go (these toddler travel toys are even a blast to play with at home).
1. Tegu Blocks
I had as much fun with these as the kids, building blocks are good toddler travel toys that won't get lost because they all stick together.
This small travel white board was the perfect place for my younger son to draw and my older son to practice writing words. I also brought along some ABC magnets for them to play with on this board as well.
This board with magnets provided endless hours of entertainment for my kids as they made up different stories for all the characters on the board.
These are some of the best toys for traveling with toddlers, I even keep a few in my pocket to keep the kids entertained while we are waiting in lines.
This guest post is from Laci Hill. Laci is a mom and an avid traveler. See her travel tips below. You can follow Laci's journey on Instagram (@globalmotherhood).
I remember two conflicting emotions when we found out we were pregnant with our first baby, our son, Anchor. I was ecstatic, as we had tried for three years to conceive after a miscarriage. The accompanying strong feeling, however, was uncertainty. We had spent two years living in Asia already, flying internationally every six weeks or more, driving, sailing, or even walking to very remote villages in extreme climates; the idea of doing this with a baby had me instantly overwhelmed. Would literally everything change about our life after welcoming our greatly expected little one?
As the holidays approach you may be thinking about taking your little one on their first trip. The idea of a road trip or flight with baby can seem overwhelming. We asked our Guava Family Brand Ambassadors to share what has worked for them:
We are very excited to introduce you to our very first Guava Family Brand Ambassadors! See a little about them below and look for their adventures with their Lotus' on our blog and social feeds over the next few months.
Annie B. (@prettypleasemrsb)
Hello! My name is Annie and this is my son Kai (9 months). We are very excited to welcome the Lotus into our home as our portable crib and play yard. With another one on the way this spring, I'm excited to be able to move the Lotus to different rooms with ease. Most of all, I look forward to the side access door to avoid leaning as my belly grows! Please tag along on our adventures in San Francisco, and the Bay Area. We look forward to many outings (okay, probably more cozy stay-ins) where Kai will be able to explore, rest, and play safely.
Hannah F. (@hgwinnfran)
Hi! My name is Hannah and I am a former Pediatric ICU nurse turned SAHM to two kids (girls, ages 3 & 19 months) and a third (another girl) due to arrive any day now! My husband (of almost 5 years) & I are raising our sweet family in WV, where we love swimming & boating in the summer, playing in the snow in the winter, and going to church on Sundays. In my spare time (it occasionally happens!), I enjoy cooking & baking and being an MVP Contributor for Guidance Guide. And thank goodness for coffee and babywearing!
Ashley A. (@ashley_aamot)
My name is Ashley, I am the proud mama bear to Bodhi. We live in Long Beach. We love to go walking by the beach, take our dog Uzi to the dog beach and dog park, we love to go visit family and especially shopping...but that’s more for me than it is Bodhi! We cannot wait to share our experiences with you!
Kristianna H. (@lifewithkristiannajade)
My name is Kristianna and we are a military family who is constantly on the move! Our baby HAR has tons of energy and the lotus is going to help us a ton with traveling back in forth these next few weeks! Thank you guava for choosing us to be a part of the guava family!
Nancy G. (@spiffykerms)
Nancy is a Canadian living in sunny California and her little family of 3 (counting the sweet big brother/pup!) And after many years she's finally expecting her first born, due in February. We're a super active family who not only travels frequently back and fourth to Canada to visit home, but also love to take everyone in tow for rock climbing (me), and Ironman triathlons (the hubs), so we know the Lotus will be a great piece in our travels.
Natasha P. (@natashapleis)
Natasha and her husband, Jacob, live in Northern California where they are currently renovating their 1925 bungalow and raising their five month old daughter, Lina. They enjoy a good sushi roll, the outdoors, fall, and continuously dreaming of traveling the world as a family.
|Traditional Playard||Lotus Travel Crib|
|Total Packed Weight|
|Total Packed Weight||25-35+ lbs||13 lbs
|Packed Size (W x L x H)|
|Packed Size (W x L x H)||12.5" x 12.5" x 31.0"||24" x 12" x 8.5”
|Traditional Carry Style|
|Traditional Carry Style|
|Hands-Free Backpack Carry|
|Hands-Free Backpack Carry||–|
GreenGuard™ Gold Certification
No Fire Retardants
No Heavy Metals
Additional Safety Features
Breathable ClearView Mesh
No Weight Limit
Organic Sheet Options
#1 - Easier bedtimes
Side door access allows you to dreamfeed and co sleep with your baby as they fall asleep.
#2 - Comfortable sleep
The insulated, thicker cushion stays quiet as your little one moves while sleeping or play.
#3 - No weight limit
With no weight limit even a large toddler can crawl in and out without problem.