The first thought that typically comes to new parents traveling with babies is “what gear will I need!?” The caricature of the traveling mom is a sweating mess lugging around a baby carrier, stroller, car seat and more. As you, our dear readers know, we here at Bebe Voyage are always striving to make the lives of traveling parents easier by looking for the best new products hitting the market!
This year, we are excited to announce our partnership with Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, better known as JPMA, as they head into their annual event, The JPMA Show: Built for Baby! JPMA is a great partner for us in part because of their work to advocate for product safety and also as a comprehensive source for education and product safety information. In fact, if you look around at your most-loved baby gear, you’ll most likely see a JPMA Certification Seal – I just noticed mine on our Graco Pack N Play during our recent road trip through Ireland – which lets you know a product meets the strictest safety standards in the U.S. marketplace.
The JPMA Show: Built for Baby is an annual four day event, which this year will be held in Orlando, April 10-13. The conference showcases the newest innovations in baby products, and it will also offer unique educational sessions for parents and parents-to-be. We are offering an exclusive 50% discount code to all our readers! If you are interested in going to this awesome event for moms, register here and use our code BEBEVOYAGE50 to get the discount!
Naturally, we want to take a peek into what’s coming in 2019 for the traveling family sector! Let’s take a look at some of the amazing products of 2019 from companies that will be at the show!
SOLUTION 1: BREAST MILK ON THE GO
Does your freezer look like a real estate war between your frozen meat and your frozen milk? We hear you. And we also know how hard it is to conveniently pack away said stashes in a compact way during travel prep. Enter the Freeze It Flat, a fantastic invention by MAMMAWAY. They’re in their freshman season with The JMPA Show, and they’re tackling the age old problem of liquid gold freezer storage in a fresh, space-saving way. Use it with your favorite storage bags and bathe in the glory of a well-organized stockpile. You won’t be disappointed!
Freezing is one thing; hauling a breast pump is a whole other beast. Enter the JL Childress line of super pretty, 6 piece jay elle breast pump bags. A sleek design paired with their multi-functionality make for a great investment compared to many of the other options out there. As a bonus, the lifespan far outlasts the stage of life where we moms may be required to haul around our machinery. You can remove any or all of the interior pieces to have a nice tote bag when you need it.
SOLUTION 2: TRAVEL CAR SEATS
There are so many options on the market for travel safety seating for our Littles. It is a constant thread on our social media pages and always a high priority for our reviews and gift lists. This year, MiFold is looking to make waves in the world of travel booster seats with their Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat! 10 times smaller than a regular booster seat (just close your eyes and savor that stat for a minute), the seat is designed to pull seat belts down instead of lifting children up to achieve safety standards. For children between 40”-57” and 40-100lbs, the design meets or exceeds global safety standards for safe tiny person car travel.
Also, WayB is a new brand you’ll want to keep your eye on. Founded by the former CEO of Patagonia and outdoor experts, they are hyper-focused on solving travel problems, starting with their innovative Pico Travel Seat. Weighing in at 8lbs and foldable to overhead bin sizing, the aluminum frame seat can accommodate children over the age of 1 who are at least 30” tall and between 22-50lbs. It provides a forward facing 5-point harness and has passed both FAA and NHTSA standards. Bonus round: it comes in really fashionable colors!
SOLUTION 3: WHEN OUR KIDS REFUSE TO WALK
We all know the Boppy brand and so many people love their products for good reason! This year they are at it again with a new lightweight, ergonomic carrier solution designed to promote comfort while still allowing for our spines to remain intact after a day of baby wearing. The award winning ComfyFit Baby Carrier is inspired by yogawear (hello, athleisure!), and makes quick work of becoming a multitask-master. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute gives the carrier its endorsement as a “hip-healthy” product and MommyMDGuides.com recommends it for its developmental benefits.
Also showcasing this year is Chicco’s new SmartSupport Backpack. A lightweight aluminum frame, lumbar padding, and padded shoulder straps will have parents rejoicing across the globe while the height adjustable seat keeps our kids comfy at any stage of their development. If you are up for exploring the great outdoors, this carrier is a fantastic choice across the board!
SOLUTION 4: STORING ALL THE THINGS
Baby K’tan is hitting the bag market with their new Weekender Bag and you absolutely should be excited. With many of the features we traveling parents have come to demand, such as antibacterial fabrics, a sleek design, and instant access to wipes, they’re also tackling the snack game with an extra-large cooler pocket. From pouches to yogurts, to bottles and juice, this bag lets you haul the holy grail of travel solutions to keep the littles full and happy.
The JL Childress company focuses on family travel solutions and just keeps getting better. From their gate check car seat and stroller bags to sleek breast pump bags, I’m almost certain they’ve thought of a way to organize the world on a molecular level. For road warrior families, check out their Backseat Butler. It’s like a little house elf that keeps your car tidy trip after trip. Involve your kids with packing! Motivate them to keep it organized for themselves and utilize all 10 of the included pockets to make sure every single thing has its place. The floor under your seats with thank you.
SOLUTION 5: GO TO SLEEP, KID
Alright guys, listen up. Your life is about to be FOREVER CHANGED. Do you dread accommodations without blackout curtains? Quake at the thought of an extra bright sunrise? Fear for your sanity if the slightest flicker of light in the night wakes your little darling? Your prayers have been answered! Meet the SlumberPod. It is a ventilated privacy canopy that fits standard play yards and travel cribs, plus it has a zippered pocket to hold a baby monitor if you need that extra little peace of mind. Easy to take along at a whopping 5lbs, this makes a great addition to any traveling family’s roster of solutions.
Seeing what will be on display at The JPMA Show is enough to get all of us here at Bebe Voyage excited! We look forward to the coming year of inventive solutions to our greatest travel challenges as globe-trotting families. We hope to connect with many of you in Orlando April 12-13th during the New Parent Days of the show. To learn more, hop over to JPMA’s Conference FAQs and Exhibitors pages to get a sneak peek at all of the amazing companies on board for this year’s show. Register now and we will see you there!