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"Ready, Set, Go!" with Baby Travel Gear

Life doesn't slow down once you have a baby! Most families spend some time on the go, and traveling with little ones brings new challenges. Make it all a bit easier by choosing the right on-the-go gear. Here's what you need for traveling with baby – whether you're going just down the street, on a day trip, or on an overnight visit.

The Right Car Seat

From a quick trip to a road trip, a safe car seat is a must. Current recommendations are to keep babies rear facing until at least 2 years of age (and beyond if possible). Infant car seats are exclusively rear-facing and include a carrier that snaps in and out of a belted-in base that stays in the car. You can carry the seat or snap it into a compatible stroller. A full baby travel system includes the base, car seat, and stroller. Convertible car seats stay put in the vehicle and are designed for various stages. They accommodate a wider range of weights and heights and can be used in both forward- and rear-facing positions as appropriate. When shopping for and using any type of car seat, pay close attention to height and weight limits.

A Diaper Bag and Travel Crib

Babies require a lot of stuff, and a good diaper bag keeps it all organized when you're on the go. Think about what exactly you'll need to bring along, and look for a bag with a spot for it all. An included changing pad makes diaper changes easier, and durable construction is key. Tote-style and messenger bags are popular, and a backpack diaper bag is a great choice if you'll be carrying it for long periods of time. While you’re away, a play yard gives kids a space to safely play or sleep, and many come with a bassinet that can be used for smaller babies. If you'll be toting it around an airport, look for an ultra-light version – sometimes called a travel crib.

Traveling with a little one takes some preparation. With the right gear, however, it doesn't have to be a hassle. In fact, you’ll soon appreciate the ability to keep your travel routine as stress-free as possible knowing you have dependable baby gear ready for your next stop.

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