Travel Gear We Use: Abiie Huggs baby carrier review

Reviewed by our baby and toddler gear tester, Karyssa Booth.  Time for a baby carrier review! I received the Abiie Huggs carrier in the mail a couple months before my daughter could fit into it. I waited until she was about five months old before I used it. On initial inspection, I was a little overwhelmed by how many buttons, clips, and snaps it had. I am still figuring out new functions of the … [Read more...]

Joovy Qool review: travel-ready stroller

UPDATED FOR 2018 The Joovy Qool lives up to its name. With a sleek design and luxury features that mirror those of the most expensive brands on the market, the Qool makes it look easy. Which is definitely the point, for those of us wanting our strollers to go the distance while traveling.   Our baby gear tester Karyssa tested to Qool in 2014 with her son, and is back with an updated … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Travel-friendly Rags to Raches children’s clothing review

Rags to Raches are all about easy on, easy off children's wear. Started by a mom out of necessity, this brand is now known for comfortable, functional and cute clothes for toddlers. Since Rags are one piece, we thought they'd be good for travel days, so we had our littlest gear tester put them through the test. Rags to Raches children's clothing review: I had heard about Rags clothing from a … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Best diaper bag for active families

Today on Travel Gear We Use, we're excited to showcase the best diaper bag we've seen in a long time. The Timbuk2 Stork looks and acts like a rugged messenger bag, but has everything families with babies need while on the go. When my kids were babies, this bag was not yet available, but ironically, I used a standard Timbuk2 bag as a diaper bag, because it was tough enough for our travels and … [Read more...]

Joovy Caboose VaryLight Graphite Stand-on Tandem Stroller review

It has a long name, but that's because it serves a lot of travel needs: the Joovy Caboose VaryLight Graphite Stand-on Tandem Stroller can expand from a single to a double like a Transformer, utilizes the lightest materials possible, has room for two kids to sit, stand, recline, or remain in a car seat, and still doesn't skimp on extras like canopies, cup holders, and oversized baskets. We put … [Read more...]

Car seat safety reminder and convertible car seat review

It's road trip season! Early summer is a great time to make sure your kids' car seats are installed correctly, and don't need to be replaced. Pit Stops for Kids got the latest scoop in car seat safety and car seat requirements from Safety1st Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese. Even those of us who are not new parents could use some reminders as we head into road trip season! The three most … [Read more...]

Summer travel gear pick: Trunki PaddlePak review

Now that's summer's underway, you're getting a good feel for what travel gear is working for you...and what's not. If you've been carting your pool and beach gear around in a standard backpack that A) your kids leave on the pool deck and B) allows wet swimsuits to leak through, leaving wet spots in your car, we have a solution. We recently reviewed the PaddlePak backpack, the latest offering … [Read more...]

BubbleBum travel booster seat product review

It's not too often that I am presented with something completely new in the travel with kids product line. When I received the new BubbleBum booster seat for review, however, I was surprised: how could a small, lightweight, bright purple cinch bag contain a child's car booster seat? And yet it does. The BubbleBum is the first (to me, anyway) completely portable, travel booster seat for … [Read more...]

Camping with babies and toddlers: gear up!

The first time my family and I took our eldest son out camping, it was a three-day backpacking trek into Oregon's Columbia Gorge near Multnomah Falls, and he was 13-months old. Were we crazy? Well, yes, but we had a great time introducing baby Nate to the outdoors we loved, and I believe the experience (and others that followed) helped him acclimate at a young age to the idea of roughing it. Is … [Read more...]