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We’ve already covered your registry basics for your newborns and what to register for to equip the nursery, so the final list for you to consider for your baby registry is the travel gear. Travel can mean everything from a trip out to the grocery store or a trip around the world. These are all the things you may need to get around safely and comfortably with your little one in order of importance.
Your first basic travel necessity whether you’re going out to the park or a cross-country flight is a diaper bag. Even if you’re going to carry your baby in your arms or if they’re already walking, you’ll need a way to hold the diapers, wipes, pacifiers, snacks, change of clothes etc… All those little things that you and your child rely on are going to have to come with you when you leave the house. You may find one bag that works for you for all occasions, you may discover that you need different sized bags for trips of varying lengths of time, or you may even want diaper bags to coordinate with whatever outfit you’re wearing. At a minimum, you’ll need one. At our house I had one and my husband had his own. This worked perfectly for us but you’ll figure out what works for you. Babylist has a great guide, How to Choose a Diaper Bag, that can help you get started.
Pictured: Skip Hop Duo Special Edition Diaper Bag
The next thing I highly recommend you have with you when you leave the house is a baby carrier. You can’t always carry baby in your arms– sometimes you just need your hands free– and not every baby will be content to sit in their car seat or stroller all the time. A carrier keeps baby moving with you while being an easy way for you to get around and still keep them close and secure. We don’t cover carriers here on the blog because it’s not just about what they look like and which is the most modern, it’s about finding the carrier that’s most comfortable and easy for you to use. Babylist has their list of The Best Baby Carriers of 2015, which is a great place to start your search for the perfect carrier. You may want a few different styles for different occasions or to better accommodate your child as they grow.
Pictured: Boba 4G Baby Carrier
The next item to be sure to have on your registry is the all-important stroller. I put this after a carrier, but whenever you’re on the move and want a break from carrying your little one– after all, they might get too heavy for you before they start walking– you’re going to want a stroller. Choosing your stroller might be one of the most difficult registry choices you’ll have to make. You have to consider the features you need that will support your lifestyle, the way you travel, where you go, how many children you have, etc.. Sometimes covering all your needs requires more than one stroller. We had one that worked perfectly well for us for both our children, but then I’m the only person I know who only had just one stroller, so that may be something to think about. Of course, Babylist has a guide for The Best Strollers of 2015 that includes a lot of advice about what to look for in your ideal stroller(s) and some parent favorites.
Pictured: Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller
If your travels take you away overnight or even if you’re staying at someone else’s house through naptime, I highly recommend a travel crib. There are so many great travel cribs that are easy to set up, easy to transport, and can become baby’s safe and comfortable home away from home. Babylist’s guide to The Best Playards of 2015 includes most of my favorite travel cribs. Just pick the one that you like best!
Pictured: BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light
Once you’ve got the travel basics, there are tons of additional accessories and items that might make your trips easier. Babylist’s Ultimate Stroller Accessories Guide can give you an idea of what else is out there for travel, and you can decide what you think you might need. Remember that less is more, especially when it comes to traveling and packing, so don’t just buy everything on the list. Carefully pick what makes sense for the traveling that you do. If you’re going to walk around in the rain, by all means, get a rain cover for your stroller. We picked up a cup holder to add to our stroller because it was easier than carrying our own drinks around.
So in order of importance, these are the items that will make traveling with baby a breeze…
Don’t forget, no matter what travel gear you choose, you can add it to your Babylist Registry! Get started creating your perfect registry with their Diaper Bag, Carrier, Stroller, Playard and Stroller Accessories guides.
Thanks to Babylist for sponsoring this informative series. I hope we’ve helped you prioritize what you really need for baby and helped you create the perfect modern baby registry! For your complete registry list, refer back to our newborn registry basics and our list of registry basics for the nursery.
The collection features a complete Bugaboo Buffalo by Diesel with a blue anodized chassis, an all-over denim fabric with paint splatters, a leather-look handlebar, carrycot handle and many other blue jean details.
There’s also a Tailored Fabric Set for the Bugaboo Donkey and a denim and leather diaper bag to go with it all.
The Bugaboo Buffalo by Diesel Denim is $1,490, the Tailored Fabric Set for the Bugaboo Donkey is $185, the Sun Canopy for the Bugaboo Donkey is $120 and the Bugaboo by Diesel changing bag is $160.
This latest collection collection will be available at selected retailers and online starting in November.
Iconic designer Orla Kiely has created a bold floral print with playful colors and artistic detailing making the Quest Stroller unique in its sophisticated appearance. The orange wheels and harness straps create a striking contrast to the navy blue quilted seat and the entire stroller stands out with style.
Mid-century modern-inspired prints pair beautifully with sleek, modern technology. The stroller features a five-point harness, fully reclining back, adjustable footrest, compact fold, foot brake, handle, shopping basket, and ID tag. A coordinating raincover with storage pouch is included.
The gorgeous, washable, quilted fabric shows off embroidered details and includes a head-hugger, padded shoulder strap covers, all snug and cozy for ages newborn through 55 pounds.
Authentic Orla Kiely materials and detailing are used to make this stroller a true Object of Design.
You can buy the Orla Kiely Maclaren Quest Stroller ($375) with free shipping and returns at Maclaren. Coordinating accessories will be available soon. If you love all things Orla Kiely, check out her most recent collaboration with aden + anais at Target. This is one designer that is a must-have for this year!
All good things must come to an end, and while they’ve been around for more than 15 minutes, the Andy Warhol + Bugaboo collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation is coming to an end. The grand finale, the Retrospective Collection, is this set of four sun canopy prints (with free matching tote).
The four designs are “Globetrotter”,
Coming to select retailers in November, the canopies will retail for about $170 and will work for all existing Bugaboo models. You’ll also be able to find them at bugaboo.com starting in December.
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I looked for the perfect, reasonably priced, lightweight stroller for years, and now that I don’t need it anymore, I finally found the one I’ve always wanted (and lots more) at Mamas & Papas.
The Armadillo is an award winning stroller that is big on function but folds up small. I’m a fan, but now with the Armadillo Flip that can go forward or rear facing, I am 100% sold!
The Armadillo City is even lighter (about 15 lbs) and extra slim. This is the lightweight no-nonsense version.
The Special Edition Mamas & Papas strollers really caught my eye as well. This Urbo2 is a limited edition with a great triangle print.
The Mamas & Papas Signature Edition features a cute doodle fabric and a fun yellow handle.
The Special Edition Donna Wilson strollers aren’t new, but they’re still among my favorites. You can get an Urbo2 or Mylo2. Scroll down to see the matching diaper bag and you can purchase a matching toy as well!
This is another chic fabric coming out for the Urbo2– gotta love the tweed, and look out for other color options.
I’m glad they’ve got a new neutral color for the Baby Bud Booster Seat…
…and their Babyplay 4-in-1 Tummy Time Play & Explore Playmat was one of my favorite infant playmats at the show.
There are plenty of cute diaper bags from Mamas & Papas including ones that match the special edition strollers, but my favorites are the solid bags that unfortunately aren’t in the photo.
Overall, a great showing from Mamas & Papas.
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I don’t understand why parents insist on carrying infant car seats around. They’re heavy, and when you add a baby, it’s just not a great way to tote around your little one. When not wearing baby or if your infant has fallen asleep in the car, a stroller base that accepts a car seat is a no brainer… but what if your car seat turned into the stroller? That’s the magic of Doona. The infant car seat that converts into a stroller is coming this December.
As a car seat, the Doona snaps right into its base, but once you remove it, popping it into stroller form is as easy as opening a basic stroller.
Doona has also designed diaper bags especially to maximize the functionality of your Doona.
There’s a bag made to hang from the handle and one made to fit perfectly across the back.
While I wouldn’t use a Doona as my only stroller, it’s a great solution for the little errands where you might otherwise resort to just carrying around the car seat.
The Doona Infant Seat accommodates babies from 4 to 35 lbs and up to 32 inches. It will retail for about $350.
Since their US debut at the ABC Kids Expo in 2013, Mima has really taken the baby gear market by storm. With a style that is part space pod and part luxury car interior Mima is becoming the new “it” brand for stylish urban moms.
Mima’s current US product line includes three strollers, the Xari, the Kobi and the Bo, and the Mima Moon high chair.
The Xari looks sleek with its leatherette fabric and high sitting position. It transforms easily from bassinet to seat and is easy to fold and unfold. The stroller starts at $1200.
You can learn more about it in the Mima Xari Demo Video on youtube.
If it’s not cool enough for you as it is, the Black and White limited edition Xari should push it over the top! Right on trend, the black and white edition is pretty hard to get your hands on. In Canada, try here. Ask your local retailer about it.
The Kobi is Mima’s double stroller. With the same high-end look as the Xari, it can be configured as a buggy, a single forward facing stroller, a rear facing stroller, or a double with any combination of seats and bassinet.
The Kobi starts at $1350.
Mima’s lightweight stroller is the Bo. Mima’s leatherette fabric elevates the look of this 15.5 pound stroller.
It starts at $300.
Finally, the Mima Moon is one of the hottest looking new high chairs out there right now. A seat pad, tray and booster are included and the Moon comes in six colors.
It retails for $500.
The third installment of the Andy Warhol + Bugaboo partnership is inspired by his iconic banana image from The Velvet Underground and Nico album. The Banana Collection is available for all Bugaboo strollers. The star of the collection is the bright yellow Andy Warhol + Bugaboo Cameleon³ Banana. It’s an all over print on the canopy, bassinet and seat back fabric with a black chassis. There are foot muffs and seat liners to customize existing Bugaboos.
The Banana Collection will be available beginning May 1st, 2014.