Episode 003 Show Notes – Products
With your hosts Marianne Rogerson, Keri Hedrick and Marta Correale.
Got any questions about travel products – or anything to do with travelling with kids? You can ask your question in our City Travel with Kids community here.
[2.25] Travel Strollers
Keri talks us through the essential features of a great travel stroller
- Ultra-compact strollers are best for frequent travellers.
- You will lose some features such as wheel size, and possibly seat recline and sun canopy.
- Suggested brands include Mountain Buggy Nano and the Babyzen Yoyo as great plane strollers
- Consider where you are traveling and whether a more robust stroller is needed- eg getting around in Rome
- See our full selection of compact travel strollers suggestions here
[5.40] Carriers & Slings
- A good baby carrier is ideal for places where strollers are not practical
- Also great for getting through airports
- Marta explained the advantage of using the Hug-a-bub wrap with small babies
- A more structured carrier to try as baby grows is the Baby Bjorn
- Ergo Baby Organic is a great structured carrier with many different positions including back carrier
- In hot and humid countries look for a lightweight mesh material
- Structured carriers with a frame may work better for older toddlers
- You can see all our favourite baby carriers for city breaks here.
[10.38] Car Seats
- Each country and city has different car seat laws
- Australia has strict laws, whilst many countries in Asia there are no restrictions or laws are more relaxed
- The baby capsule stage is easier as you can transport your baby everywhere in their capsule
- There are a number of good collapsible boosters available for your preschool-aged children
- Our city experts have all used the Bubble Bum travelling
- From roughly 2 to 3 years of age when they still need a full car seat, compact travel will inevitably be more difficult
- The Mifold Grab-n-Go brings the seatbelt down to the child, and is a great handbag sized solution that can be used in taxis
- Do you hire a car and bring your seats or rely just on taxis?
- We discussed using car seats on planes
- FAA rules say the safest way for infants to travel is in a car seat on the plane, the car seat needs to have a sticker and be under 19” wide
- While taxis may be exempt, Ubers are considered private cars and must follow the rules of that state/country
- You can find our curated list of the best car seats for travel here
[15.05] Diaper / Nappy / Change Bags
- Backpack style bags work best for travelling
- Look for the size of the straps and padding
- We also like our bags to have insulated pockets for bottles and snacks!
- Having a backpack that can also double as your normal day bag too – versatile gear is always important when travelling
- You can see our favourite travel change bag here
[17.40] Children’s Luggage
- The Trunki debate! Do you love it or hate it?
- What is the Trunki and tips for how to safely and happily use one
- Keri prefers backpacks and gives her tips on how to best use them and not over fill them
- Skip Hop bags with characters and reins are great for small kids
- Marianne has moved to wheelie cases for her kids
- You can see our full review on the best kids luggage here
[21.35] Sleeping gear
- Marianne loves the Baby Bjorn travel cot
- Keri recommends the lightweight Phil & Teds Traveller
- Sleeping pods for infants
- Tips for keeping toddlers safe in full sized beds – inflatable bed rails – or just use pillows!
- Blow up travel beds
- Fold up bunk beds – but will you be able to construct it!
[25.50] Kids & Electronics while travelling
- ipads and tablets for kids while travelling are seen as an essential entertainment source by most families – even if you don’t normally allow them at home
- Keri is a fan of the Amazon Kindle Fire for Kids
- Never leave home without Spare battery packs and converter plugs
- Important to have an adaptor with multiple USB charging points if you will be travelling with several devices
- It’s handy to have a powerboard with international plug points
[27.13] Headphones for kids
- Headphones are essential – you don’t want to disturb fellow passengers
- Do your research and understand why volume limiting is important
- Noise cancelling headphones are important to cut out background noise
- Marta recommends the Puro Sound Labs headphones.
- Think about the shape or they won’t keep them on
- Wireless headphones actually have better volume limiting qualities and it stops accidents with wires on planes
- Get the best you can now or they will outdated – see our recommended Kids headphone brand here.
[30.27] Kids travel pillows
- Keri explains how the Jet Kids Bed Box actually works on the plane and in transit
- Marianne loves the first-class kid travel pillow – there are lots of inflatable travel pillow options to look at.
- Not all airlines will allow these products so you should consider this before packing them in your luggage
- Trunki neck pillows are great on flights but also in the car
- Get a brand specific to kids, adult neck pillow not good for a child
- Check our favorite kids pillow here
[33.30] Portable highchairs
- My Little Travel Seat a cloth covering that can attach to any chair
- Clip on high chairs that attach to the table – but they only work with certain surfaces and up to a certain age
- When travelling you can make compromises, many restaurants might have high chairs if you ask, or you might be able to pull your child up to the table in their stroller
- A longer term holiday rental you might want to try the lobster by Phil & Teds
- You can see our full guide to travel high chairs here.
[36.00] The Little City Team’s favourites
- Marta loves the Trunki
- Keri couldn’t live without her Ergo baby carrier
- Marianne voted for the Baby Bjorn travel cot
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