Although it's been a cooler July than we are used to here in Los Angeles, where I live, it's still pushing 95° most days. Each time we get into the hot car, there's an entire dramatic ritual that my kids enact. "Aaaarrrrgghhh! It's sooooo HOT!" "My legs are SWEATY!" "I'm going to melt!" I'm fairly certain they are not in danger of melting. And yet, I'm willing to put together this car seat cooler just to avoid the next performance.
Traveling with babies and toddlers can seem incredibly daunting, but luckily there are a lot of great products on the market today to make the journey go smoother. From safety to entertainment to sleep, there's a gadget for just about every aspect of your trip.
Sometimes theatrics help at the table. Some parents opt for imitating a choo choo train, but the airplane feeding maneuver is the classic. No, you don't need an airplane-shaped spoon to have success with this feeding gambit, but, hey, it's fun.
If my BabyBjorn and Ergo had a baby, I'm pretty sure it would look like this. Stokke's 3-in-1 carrier is comfortable for baby and parents from newborn to the toddler years. The "Cool" version is made from a breathable mesh fabric for better cooling during the hot months.
Soon after my son was born a friend included a very small "bar" cutting board in a gift. New parents can definitely use a cocktail, but I couldn't figure out why she gave this to me or what I would do with it. Five years later I'll tell you that I use it daily for slicing an apple for my son or chopping fruit for his school snack. It's small - 5" x 7" - and perfect for quick, little jobs.