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Third installment of Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Younger Children (Ages 3-5) written for Goore's Insider featuring Melissa and Doug Trunki! Check it out!

Summer Travel Series: Traveling With Younger Children (3-5 years) *

Welcome to the third installment of our Summer Travel Series! Now that your children are big enough to sit in their own airplane seat and can entertain themselves for a slightly longer period of time, bring along some of their favorite items in the Melissa and Doug Ride-On Trunki Suitcase! At age 3, kids can sit on Trunki’s back and be pulled along in the airport if you would rather check your stroller than deal with gate checking it.
Trunki is big enough to hold you child's favorite blanket, sweatshirt, and big enough to hold plenty of toys to keep them busy. Some nice toys to try are Melissa and Doug's Pretend Play and Dress Up Dolls (Policeman for Boys, Princesses for girls). Another good idea is to bring along a "pet" stuffed animal for your child to take care of while flying. The responsibility of caring for a special little buddy is enough to take your child's mind off of, possible, first time flying anxiety. Have your little one talk to their pet and explain to their pet the process of security check points, the importance of seat belts on the plane, and good flying etiquette such as, "We have to use our inside voices, and we must not kick seats." This will help them process the information in an indirect way.
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Your child may be big enough for their own seat on the plane, but the restraint system was not designed with little bodies in mind, so check out the Kids Fly Safe Cares Restraint Harness. It works in conjunction with the planes safety belts and is comfortably designed just for your little flyer. Avoid carrying your bulky car seat on the plane with you, check it as luggage and use the Cares Harness instead.

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Chances are your child will need more than the small snack most airlines are serving these days, so pack a lunch in the Double Decker Meal Box. Extra snacks can be packed in the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Reusable Bags, and don't forget to bring along an empty lidded cup or water bottle if your child is not used to drinking from an open bottle or cup to fill with whatever juice or water is served on the plane.

Check back in with us for the last part in our Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Older Children (5-8 years) to see how Trunki grows with your child and more!

*Originally written for and published at Goore's Insider. I was compensated to write this post for Goore's Insider as part of goores.com staff, however, compensation will never influance my opinion.
 
 
Check out my Summer Travel Series at the Goore's Insider Blog! Mr. Cohen boy (my 19 month old son) is modeling a Skip Hop Zoo backpack and loving it so much I went and bought him one!

Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Toddlers *
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Summer is upon us! That means vacations, airplane flights, and long car rides. Goore's has the best gear for keeping your kiddos busy, safe, and happy while you travel with them. This week we are featuring the Skip Hop Zoo Backpack! This backpack has long enough straps for mom or dad to sling over a shoulder and they can be adjusted small enough for your toddler to carry "By my own self." Giving toddlers something they're "responsible" for gives gives them a sense of purpose that can distract them from the vastness of airport travel. Paired with the Munchkin Stay Close Harness and Handstrap your little runner will stay close by in the busy airport when they do not want to be confined to the stroller after a long flight on your lap.

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Don’t pull out all of your toy stash at once; keep a trick up your sleeve to rotate in for a melt down moment. Boon makes a nifty device called a GNAW that grabs onto teething toys and biscuits (think of a Chinese finger trap) that cannot be easily linked or tethered.The Gnaw clips onto baby’s clothes. Remember to keep some snacks, a sippy cup, a Sippy Pal or juice box on hand, a comfort item of choice, and a light sweater or blanket. Also, clip a quick change kit and a lunch bag on if your flight is a long one. The Double Decker Meal Box is a fun addition to your toddler's in flight lunch bag.

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Again, don’t forget some BabyGanics Grime Fighting Wipes and maybe even stash a couple of Neat Solutions Table Topper Disposable Placemats in your kit to cover that table tray for easy clean up after your messy little eater (they also make disposable bibs).The Melissa and Doug Color a Mat and Special Wipe Clean Crayons will keep your toddler busy, as will our Soft Cloth Books. Have a potty trained toddler? Use this weeks Goore'pon for the Mommy's Helper Cushie Traveler Folding Padded Potty Seat as well!

Check back in for the next installment in our Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Babies, for advice on the best airport friendly strollers and what to do about inflight pressure changes!

*Originally written for and published at Goore's Insider. I was compensated to write this post for Goore's Insider as part of goores.com staff, however, compensation will never influance my opinion. I reviewed many of these items in store, but after reviewing, ended up purchasing the majority of them for my own toddler.
 
 
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We started Friends Playgroup this month! It is a combined effort of Midtown Friends and Sacramento Friends. We meet every other Wednesday morning at Sacramento Friends in the nursery, or at a park when the weather is nice. It is open to young children and their Moms, Dads, Grandparents, or other Caregivers. On the opposite weeks, Midtown Friends hosts evening activities for Moms (Girl's night out is 2nd Wed night of the month, and is open to non-moms too; and Mom's group is 4th Wed night of the month). We let the kiddos run around while we talk about parenting and our kids among other topics and share a snack together. We also encourage bringing your lunches since Playgroup ends right about that time. It's nice to have an excuse to bust out my Bento sets and make Cohen and I cute lunches! Last meeting, one of the other kiddos decided that she had to have one, so on our trip to San Fran that weekend, we picked one up for her (and one for the only other "eater" that came). We are starting small, with about 5 or 6 families on the e-mail list, but we are hoping to outgrow the nursery by Summertime when we can meet at the park! It is a blessing to have friends who have kids too and have a place that we can hang out together without worrying about what the kids can and can't touch or that someone will be stuck cleaning up their mess afterward (we all clean up together before we leave).
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