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.
Throwing a sprinkle for a friend or family member who is expecting another baby is a fun way to celebrate the newest addition without throwing a full shower (plus...there's a built in theme so you have one less thing to worry about!) If you are in the process of planning a celebration here are some baby sprinkle theme ideas to help get you started:
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Grandparents Day will be celebrated on September 10 this year, here are some fun ideas for things to do for Grandparent's Day:
1. Photo Magnets: An easy way to bring a smile to grandma and grandpa's face is a picture of their favorite kids! Go to the local craft store and glue some snapshots onto magnets, if the kids are old enough get them in on the fun and make a few with their artwork.
2. Time: Spend time with grandparents near and far. If they are local treat them to lunch or dinner, if they are far away take some time and FaceTime them.
3. Create Brag Books: In this digital age most of our photos get stuck on our phones or digital cameras, make a brag book for grandma and grandpa so they have something to show their friends!
4. Flowers: An easy way to brighten their day whether you are near or far. If you are local a fun activity might be having the kids pick flowers and deliver them.
5. Lotus Everywhere Crib. If your kids spend a lot of time with their grandparents a Lotus might be the perfect gift. Grandma and grandpa can easily set up and take down the Lotus and take with them from room to room around the house, to the park, backyard...well, EVERYWHERE!
It seems that all my friends are pregnant, and for quite a few of them I have been tasked with planning the games for their baby shower's. I didn't want to end up with the same recycled ideas for baby shower games for all the showers so I took to Pinterest for inspiration for creative baby shower games.
B-A-B-Y S-H-O-W-E-R Guessing Game
Love this Office Baby Shower from The DeVore's, I especially love this game! Inside each bag is something for the baby that starts with that letter, the person who guesses the most correctly wins.
Blindfolded Diaper Changing Game
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Saw this image on Pinterest among ideas for baby shower games and thought it looked like it could be a fun game!
Message on Diaper
Love this idea from Urban Sky, have guests write a message (funny or sweet) on a diaper. Then you can put all these diapers in a basket for mom and dad to use for those late night diaper changes!
Baby Shower Price is Right
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Have guests guess the price of each baby item without going over, have the actual products there for guests to look at and print up a sheet like this for them to fill out, one of the best ideas for baby shower games.
Do you have any creative baby shower games?
Sunscreen is always a must have, but with summer travel season quickly approaching you are sure to be reaching for that sunscreen more often. Here are some guidelines and baby sunscreen recommendations to keep in mind when you are picking out sunscreen:
1. Stay away from the spray on sunscreen.
2. If using a chemical sunscreen make sure "avobenzone" is on the label. If you are opting for a natural sunscreen be sure it contains "zinc oxide."
3. Steer clear of sunscreen with SPF over 50.
4. Avoid products with oxybenzone and vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) on the label.
Here are our top picks for safest sunscreens for babies (and the entire family) this summer:
To check out your favorite sunscreen search it on the EWG site here.