We’ve done a huge amount of travelling with Ameli. By her first birthday, she’d been to 13 countries, and we’ve managed to get together a good few tips for travelling with a baby.
Today’s giveaway is a very interesting concept in travel preparation and according to its manufacturers is everything you need to make travel easier.
Little Jet Setters Grab And Go comes in a self-contained package â€“ one of those where once you’ve taken everything out you’re not entirely sure how you they fit it all in in the first place. It is convenient forÂ travel, packs quite flat so it won’t take up a huge amount of space in the nappy bag, for instance, and contains quite a lot.
The Grab and Go Pack really does contain a mountain of stuff.
There’s a soft toy which is small enough to be something to play with and cuddle up to without needing to book an extra seat. There’s also a travel toy clip, which is very useful little gadget if you don’t want to be bending down and crawling around under seats to find lost toys for your whole flight or journey.
There’s a reusable sticker play set and a reusable magnet play set. I was really surprised by these, and they definitely made the pack a winner for me. We’ve saved the sticker set for our next trip, but the magnet set went down really well. I didn’t expect my 18/19 month old to really care for it much, but it kept her entertained for ages. We actually just keep it in the car now for regular trips, and she loves it. The only down side is that the stickers themselves can get lost, but on the up side, the magnetic pad is travel toy clip ready.
For more â€˜traditional’ entertainment, there are crayons and a doodle area â€“ the actual â€˜packaging’ of this set turns over to be a colouring in page, which I thought was pretty inventive. The five crayons are thin though, so weren’t ideal for Ameli, but then the packaging says it’s for children 3 and up, so maybe it’s fine.
For practical use, there are three disposable bibs. Â Although I’m not much a fan of disposable items, environmentally speaking, these are definitely very useful on longer journeys. They are soft but very strong, and plenty absorbent. And way better than a wet or dirty top after a bit of turbulence or a bump in the road.
There are also disposable change pads â€“ again, very useful â€“ assuming you don’t have a change pad in your nappy bag already. Still, they make nice little ground covers, and are very good quality.
And then, there are all-natural baby wipes â€“ ideal for travel, this smaller sized wet wipe bag is really useful too. They do say there’s no alcohol, parabens or SLS ‘s, which was a relief because companies tend to go for the cheaper things sometimes, and here they obviously haven’t. There are 20 wipes in the pack.
And finally, the After Mess Gel â€“ while we don’t normally use sterilisers and sanitisers, I did find this really useful on a flight where getting up to go to the bathroom to wash hands wasn’t always possible. Of course, that’s what the wipes are for too, but as I say, I found this to be a good substitute for water.
So there you have it -Â a bag, jam packed for adventure. Depending on the mode and length of your transport, you’ll definitely need to add a few more things, and it doesn’t replace all of your nappy bag â€“ most notably the nappies â€“ but IÂ think it’s compact size makes it perfect for specifically flying, as you have such cramped quarters, and can’t keep your nappy bag on the floor near you. This just slots in next to you on the seat.Â Fantastic.
Available at Little Jet Setters for Â£19.99, you also have the opportunity to win one today. Just leave a comment below telling me what you like most about the set, and a winner will be drawn at random using Random.org. The competition closes on the 6th of June.
And the winner is Sue McCarthy
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