Stuff We Like: For Traveling with Kids
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From Fidgety to Focused
Who but the Museum of Modern Art stocks such a wide array of toys that appeal to kids as well as their parents? This portable GeoForm puzzle(ages 4 and older; $48) opens a world of creative possibility for on-the-go preschoolers, who can carry the sleek case on any trip—or you can pull it out when you hope to replace their fidgeting with focus (imagine that!). A deck of 24 cards offers inspiration with shapes to create on the magnetic playing surface.
Pack It Up!
Let’s admit it: We carry around a fair share of tech gear these days. A good option when traveling together as a family? Put one member of your brood in charge of all the electronic equipment you’re taking on your trip, and pack it safely in the Pack Backpack ($99.99), which has quite a few pockets and padded stowaways (including a secret strap pocket to secure a phone, batteries, or MP3 player). And, thanks to well-placed magnets, the gravity-defying front flap stays open while you look for your stuff.
Fold 'n Go Crib
Lightweight (really—it’s less than 12 lbs.), waterproof, and machine-washable—can you believe we’re describing a travel crib? JourneyBee cribs(for children up to 35 inches tall; $169) from ParentLab fold up easily—no tools or constant referring to a product manual to figure it out!—and fits into a carrying bag with two strap options, so it can be carted to and from the car in one trip. There’s even an iPhone pocket for lulling baby to sleep with mobile lullabies.
A Doll of a Distraction
Your real-life doll will feel a lot more independent when she’s playing “mommy” to her own little ward. She’ll buckle the My Little Nenuco Travel with Me (ages 3 and older; $24.99) baby into her car seat, which secures in your car just like the real thing and keeps baby safe with Velcro. If your child gets fidgety during an extended trip, remind her that baby needs tending—feeding and changing her (or his) dolly will surely help pass the time.