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Hit the road safely and in style with the latest from celeb fave Orbit Baby. Designed to meet the maximum rear-facing weight limit (for babies between 15 and 35 lbs.), the certified eco-friendly Toddler Car Seat G2 features a five-point safety harness, top-of-the-line Side Impact Braces for added stability and a belt keeper to ensure the harness doesn't get tangled. Plus, the added base lets parents rotate the seat for loading and unloading, and allows the car seat to be docked from almost any angle.
Buy It Now! Orbit Toddler Car Seat G2, $380, orbitbaby.com
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After a long day of fun in the sun, let baby kick back and relax (and sleep!) in the GoCrib by Guava Family. Perfect for summers at the shore or family camping trips, the portable crib inflates in seconds, leaving your traveling tot with a sturdy sleeping space, complete with a foam air mattress, breathable mesh sides, easy-access side door and all-around safe place to play. When you’re ready to head home, open the air valves, watch the crib deflate and stuff it into the included compact backpack.
Buy It Now! GoCrib by Guava Family, $200, guavafamily.com
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Whether traveling cross-country or going to Grandma's, spending hours in the backseat can quickly become a pain in the neck for your toddler. He'll be less squirmy with Skip Hop's Zoo Neckrests. The adorable travel buddies from Skip Hop's signature animal series are cozy thanks to the snuggable plush fabric and are perfectly sized for your babe's neck needs. Naptime is looking good!
Buy It Now! Skip Hop Zoo Neckrest, $13, skiphop.com
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When it comes to keeping her daughters entertained during downtime, mom of two Soleil Moon Frye turns to Target Electronics's LeapFrog Tag Junior, an easy-to-grip device that encourages a child's desire to read. The kid-friendly handheld gives your busy bookworm the ability to touch the text and immediately hear it read out loud. "[The] travel-sized book pal [is] full of fun educational activities," Frye, Target's mommy ambassador, adds.
Buy It Now! Target Electronics LeapFrog Tag Junior, $30, target.com
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Pack 'em up and pull 'em out! Not only can your lil' roadster store all his mini must-haves in Melissa amp Doug's roomy Trunki, but once his legs get tired, he'll be happy to hitch a ride on this set of wheels. Equipped with two sturdy handles and a strap for parent-led steering, everyone from Naomi Watts's son Sasha to Salma Hayek's daughter Valentina have hopped on the Trunki train.
Buy It Now! Melissa amp Doug Trunki, $40, melissaanddoug.com
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BABY ON BOARD
Have safe car seat, will travel! Pack your bags because Britax's latest – the Advocate 70-G3 – is all about keeping your pint-size passenger secure. With its new EZ-Buckle System (which saves you from fishing for the straps), innovative SafeCell Technology (which provides resistance and prevents head injury should you crash), side-impact cushion technology, and Click amp Safe Snug Harness Indicator, the seat (suitable for babies from 5 to 70 lbs.) easily transitions from the rear-facing to the forward-facing phase.
Buy It Now! Britax Advocate 70-G3, $380, britaxusa.com
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Spice up their basic block collection with Tegu's cool Pocket Pouch Prism. The travel-friendly set, made of six wooden magnetic blocks, comes in a felt carrying case, making it ideal for on-the-go fun. And with the endless block-building possibilities, kids’ creativity will soar.
Buy It Now! Tegu Pocket Pouch Prism, $30, tegu.com
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Homeschooling? This is more like road-schooling! Teach tots the alphabet on the go with Backseat A-B-See, a fun look book all about learning letters through common street signs. From airport and bike route to fire station and library, your road reader will know his way around town (and his ABCs!) in no time.
Buy It Now! Backseat A-B-See, $15, chroniclebooks.com
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Gone are the days of searching for crayons lost underneath seats. Equip your backseat driver with TrayKit, an all-in-one storage space filled with tons of pockets for her prized possessions. The carryall, which doubles as an adorable backpack, even includes a foldout tray with raised edges (no more tumbling toys!), giving her plenty of room to play.
Buy It Now! TrayKit, $40, onestepahead.com
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Traffic or no traffic, when your potty-training toddler's gotta go, she's gotta go! Before you speed to the nearest rest stop, give her some relief with My Carry Potty, a portable case that swiftly turns into a tiny toilet. Super convenient for long car trips, the potty's leak-proof design ensures that odors stay in.
Buy It Now! My Carry Potty, $30, mycarrypotty.com
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TOY WITH ME
Beat your babe's backseat boredom with Lamaze's colorful collection of car-seat toys. From farmyard friends to cute sea creatures, the soft playthings – which link on to car seats and strollers – stimulate baby with pretty patterns and tons of textures.
Buy It Now! Lamaze Huey the Hedgehog, $15, toysrus.com
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Staycation or vacation, documenting your days of family fun is all part of the experience. With i get around's journal+scrapbook, parents and kids can spend time jotting down their journey and pasting in sweet snapshots from their trip. If they can't yet read and write, your little ones can still track their travels by filling the pages with fun drawings and cool stickers.
Buy It Now! i get around journal+scrapbook, $11, i-get-around.com
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Adult road trips involve enough gear as it is, but add a baby to the mix and you're left pulling and pushing their luggage into the backseat of your car. Fortunately, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Pack 'n Play, Graco has released a new play yard with a reversible napper and changer. Dirty diaper? No worries. Sleepy sweetie? Not a problem. The easy-to-use all-in-one switches duties in seconds, making it great for on-the-go parents gearing up for summer travels.
Buy It Now! Graco Pack 'n Play, $100, toysrus.com
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STATE OF THE ART
Pint-size Picassos rejoice: While Mom and Dad are manning the roads, make them a mini masterpiece with P'kolino's Artist Travel Set. The crafty and creative kit includes 12 triangle crayons, 12 vibrant markers and a pad of paper so adorable artists can show off their true talents.
Buy It Now! P'kolino Artist Travel Set, $35, giggle.com
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Headed down to the beach with the whole family? Once you've reached the final destination, switching your child's car seat between vehicles can quickly get old. Luckily, for children over age 4 and weighing at least 40 lbs., BubbleBum's Booster Seat is an easy alternative. Using the car's seatbelt to secure your child, the light and portable ride inflates in a flash and can be stored almost anywhere.
Buy It Now! BubbleBum Booster Seat, $40, bubblebum.us
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