By Aimee Heckel
We’ve all seen her: the frantic mom tearing through the airport with a snotty baby on her hip ricocheting between six overstuffed bags and a dinosaur-sized stroller. We’ve also all felt sorry for her. And, if we’re civilized human beings, we’ve opened the door for her and let her scream past us — only to be thankful that we knew where to splurge on our own baby gear.
There are plenty of baby products not worth their weight in drool, and others that you simply don’t need (read: Six stupid baby products parents don’t need to buy).
Then there are the holy grails — the indulgences worth making. And if you are a parent who’s on the road often, you know the beyond-value of getting lightweight, top-of-the-line kid travel gear that won’t break in half, or break your back, when you need it most.
You want the best for your child, and (let’s face it) yourself. That’s why we went straight to the supreme best for these recommendations: the top three travel items for kids that are worth the splurge:
1. The phil&teds Classic Bundle Stroller. We’ve tried more strollers than is sane, and phil&teds’ brand continues to rise to the top. With this version, you get the versatile, practical and sleek style that has made phil&teds the choice of many celebrities — but at a lower price.
This buggy is all you’ll need for years to come. It works with a newborn and expands to hold two toddlers (up to 6 years old). For travel, you’ll be happy to hear it only weighs 24 pounds and has a quick, one-hand fold.
Find the phil&teds classic stroller at Toys R Us for $399.99.
2. The phil&teds Lobster Clip-on High Chair, $79.99. There’s a reason this product is one of phil&teds’ best-sellers. No more bulky high chairs or balancing baby on your thigh while you try not to spill your latte — on his delicate little head.
This brilliant clip-on chair is strong, easy-to-clean, comfortable and can easily fit in your luggage without weighing in down. Your baby has a safe, clean, familiar chair wherever he goes.
3. The phil&teds Nest, a baby bed and gear all in one, $99.99. Bring it to the beach, the park, an overnight stay at Grandma’s. This super portable and lightweight baby bed pops up easily — and is built to fit in the overhead luggage compartment on the airplane. Pack your baby gear inside and you don’t have to lug around a dozen extra bags.
Kind of the best idea ever. Which explains why the Nest won an award for innovation in 2011.
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