Baby Flyer’s 2018 Gift Guide

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Baby Flyer this Summer in Prague – Showing off one of her favorites.

How is it almost the end of the year again??  And when did our little baby become an almost ‘threenager’??  The answer to both is- no idea, but it’s reality, so we better get ready.

We thought we’d share a few of our favorites from this year, both for travel and otherwise.

Boogie Board:

Boogie Board

This is a new addition to Baby Flyer’s carry-on, and it’s been an instant hit!  The boogie board is nicely kid-sized, but also makes a great notepad for the front of the fridge for to do lists, shopping, etc.  It comes with a pen, but can also be written on with a fingernail.  Baby Flyer loves showing it off, drawing, and taking ‘orders’ on it.  Even better – 100% mess free!

PlanetBox

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We (and Baby Flyer) LOVE this, and use it almost every day.  These stainless steel bento box-style lunch boxes are perfect for young kiddos because they keep everything organized, and the compartments are a great size for this age.  It’s easy to clean up, and comes with accessories like cooler packs, a carry bag, utensils, custom magnets, and containers.

KicKee Pants Stroller Blanket:

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For naps on the plane, in the car, or as a cover-up when nursing, this blanket now goes on all our trips.  We love it because it’s lightweight and packs well.  Plus we’ve washed it over and over again, and it’s holding up great.

Kids’ Kindle Fire

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We’re the first to admit we’re not experts on this product, which is probably why we give it a mediocre review.  We don’t do a lot of screen time at home, and make it a special thing for plane or car trips.  We bought this highly discounted on Amazon Prime day, so for that value it’s worth it.  It comes with a year of “free time” which gives a bunch of downloadable videos, games, and books, and you set your kid’s account up so they only have access to what you want.  We did find some of her favorites included like Elmo, Pete the Cat, and Todd Parr’s World.  There are a few glitches though, like having to hook it up to wifi before travel to re-download content, and the home screen navigation being hard to figure out.  We wouldn’t have paid iPad prices for it, which thankfully we didn’t have to.

Menzo Case

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It should be noted that the case that comes free with the Fire is pretty kid-proof for drops and whatnot, however, it doesn’t have a ‘kickstand’ feature so if you want it to stand up on a tray table, you’ll need to accessorize.

Nenos Headphones

Kid Headphones

To go along with the tablet, Baby Flyer has some of these kids’ headphones.  They’re decibel limited for little ears, and are the right size for a large 2 yr old and up.  She’s just lately really grown into them.

Books:

What’s also a fun addition to our carry-on this year, are some favorite books.  Baby Flyer is really into them lately, and sometimes a good old fashioned book is what you need to get through cranky moments on a flight.  Here are some of her current favorites, travel based and otherwise.

Maisy Goes on a Plane

Maisy Goes On A Plane

Baby Flyer is currently loving this book.  She likes Maisy in general, but this one is the most detailed and practical book about air travel we’ve found for this age.  It follows Maisy through getting to the airport, checking in, and the like.  It even talks about how small the bathroom is.  Thorough.  Especially if your kiddo has a first flight, or first flight in awhile coming up, this one could be a help.

Planes

Planes

Aptly titled, this is a simple picture book about all kinds of planes.  It’s for younger kiddos, but it’s one she still picks out, and we find her quoting from when she sees planes in the air.

Go Go Go, Stop!

Go Go Go Stop

This was one of the earliest books that held Baby Flyer’s attention.  Not entirely travel related, but a good first step in teaching road safety concepts, as well as some colors.  We’ve read this MANY times, and have given it as gifts more than once.

Mix It Up

Mix It Up

Not travel related, but this book is definitely a favorite of Baby Flyer’s, and one we also really enjoy reading.  It’s fun and interactive, and really good for talking about colors in all different ways.  It’s as close to a painting activity as you’d ever want to do in a plane or a car.

Red: A Crayon’s Story

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This book about a crayon with a ‘Red’ label, who turns out to realize he’s blue.  While talking about colors, is even more about teaching tolerance and acceptance for who you and others are.  It’s a book that can grow with a child, and lead to several layers of understanding depending on their age.

Where’s Waldo Travel Edition

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For those of us who were early “Waldo” fans, you probably remember those huge hardcover books.  Well, Waldo’s still very much in print, and we found an easily packable travel edition that fits well in the carry on.  At two, Baby Flyer is definitely just growing into these, but she does really enjoy them (and if we’re being honest, so do we from time to time).  She was even ‘Wenda,” Waldo’s friend who appears on each page, for Halloween this year.

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As always, travel safely & Happy Holidays to you all!

~CET, CAR & Baby Flyer

 

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Friday Favorites- Part 2

It’s Friiiiiiiday!  Even better, it’s Friday of a long weekend.  Believe it or not, we’re actually keeping it local this weekend, and are really truly looking forward to some downtime at home to get things done, and enjoy our local neighborhood for a change.

So, without further ado, some of our current favorites:

Phil and Ted’s Travel Crib

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This crib we recently discussed in our Europe trip report (so far).  It’s easily one of our favorite buys to make travel with our little one easier.  We can’t overstate how much nicer it is to travel with than a full size pack n’ play, and Baby Flyer seems to sleep as well in it as she ever did the pack n’ play or hotel cribs.  Honestly, some of the only (!!) times she really slept though the night this summer was in this crib.  We woke up one morning on our Europe trip and had to check on her to make sure she was still okay since she hadn’t been up at her usual 3am that night!

It only weighs about 8-9 pounds, and disassembles into a bag you can easily put over your shoulder, or even zip into a car seat bag (along with the car seat).  We hauled it though Europe to three cities, and it was no worse for wear, even being checked through on some of our flights.   Plus, it’s smaller than the alternatives- such as the Baby Bjorn crib, and is priced competitively.

Bambo Nature Diapers 

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Okay, so when we first had Baby Flyer we were entirely sure that when she wasn’t wearing her washable and oh-so-trendy cloth diapers, she’d DEFINITELY be sporting these eco-friendly, bleach free ones.   Spoiler- it didn’t entirely go that way for awhile.  Honestly as brand new parents, some things just seem easier than others, and we’ve been through plenty of Huggies.  For the tiny ones, the Bambo just didn’t seem as snug, and we chickened out.  However, on our recent trip to Copenhagen, we needed to replenish our our supplies and they were one of the only options.  What’s more, everything there was biodegradable, and green approved (the Danes are better people than us, let’s just face it).

As it turned out, they were great!  They lasted a totally respectable amount of time between changes, and fit well.  We had to buy a sizable pack, so we are still using them in our day to day, and yes, we do feel just a little less guilty on trash day.

Ittikid Scandinavian

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Baby Flyer walking the streets of Helsinki in her “Raddish Dress”

Ittikid is a US online retailer of fun Scandinavian designed baby and kid clothes.  Their catalog is full of bright patterns and soft fabrics.  Baby Flyer has several outfits from their collection, and we love how she looks in them!  They’re also pretty unique, and so we get some compliments on her ‘look,’ both at home, and on our travels.

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Her Ittikid ‘house dress,’ leggings from Tea, and Keen baby sandals

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Trying out the local transportation in Copenhagen.  Stylin’ sweatshirt from Ittikid

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Playing in Tallinn, Estonia – Romper from Ittikid

Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee

CARAMEL-copyWe’ve been just a little obsessed with this stuff this summer….maybe.  It’s a great treat when it’s hot out, and comes in a bunch of flavors.  Our current favorite is the caramel.  It’s concentrated, so it lasts awhile and mixes well with milk or water.  We’ve recently been adding a splash of it into regular brewed iced coffee as a treat for a little flavor.

Bonus Favorite, Baby Flyer’s Pick: Douglas Toys ‘Sassy Sak’ Puppy

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This toy is a little silly, but she loves it so, so much.  She’s also currently learning to say dog (pronounced ‘Dogdo’), so that makes it just a bit extra cute.  ‘Dogdo’ has been out on the town lately traveling well in it’s bag, usually along with Baby Flyer’s cell phone (a permanently dead iphone4), and any number of small trinkets.   The perfect accessory for a Baby Flyer on the go….

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Have a great weekend & let us know some of your current favorites!!

~CAR, CET & Baby Flyer