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10 Must Have Items When Traveling With a Baby

10 Must Have Items When Traveling With a Baby

  1. HUSH Hat – HUSH Baby

The HUSH Hat is a sound-absorbing hat for babies. It’s perfect whether you’re flying or driving to your destination. In a small cabin in the airplane it can become very noisy with all the people and children crammed in a small area, as well as the loud engine.  The HUSH Hat will help your baby sleep through it all. You don’t have to worry about your baby crying and people giving you dirty looks. While driving the HUSH Hat will also help keep your baby asleep so you don’t have to constantly stop to console them.  Noisy siblings - no problem - the HUSH Hat will allow your baby to sleep through it.

  1. Lotus Everywhere Crib – Guava Family

The Lotus travel crib is easy to take with you because there is no frame, it is lightweight, and you can pack it into its carry case that also turns into a backpack. It takes 15 seconds to put together and even has a zippered side door to make it easy for your little one to get in and out.

  1. LugBug Carseat Handle - LugBug

The LugBug is a handle that clips onto your car seat carrier. It makes carrying your little one around so much easier, less painful, and offers a much more comfortable carrying position. It is lightweight and exceptionally strong.


  1. Inflatable Travel Nursing Pillow - My Brest Friend

This portable nursing pillow is easy to inflate and deflate. It lays flat and can easily fit in a diaper bag or purse. It is very lightweight and brings the familiarity of home on the go.

  1. Refresh-A-Baby Water bottle adapter – Refresh-A-Baby

Refresh-a-Baby is a universal water bottle and beverage adapter that makes any drink suitable for a baby to drink from. They offer a baby bottle top and a sippy cup version for toddlers.

  1. Flyebaby Infant Airplane Hammock – Flyebaby

The Flyebaby infant seat attaches to the seat in front of you on the airplane to create a baby hammock. It can also turn any chair into a highchair to feed your little one. It is lightweight and portable.

  1. Pronto Changing Station – Skip*Hop

This portable changing station is extra wide and easy to wipe clean. It can hold up to 4 diapers and even comes with a wipe case. It all can fold up into a convertible clutch that you can easily put inside a diaper bag or clip to your stroller.

  1. Take-Along Mobile – Tiny Love

This on-the-go mobile can attach to your baby’s car seat, pack and play, bassinet, or stroller. It plays 30 minutes of music with 5 different tunes.

  1. Simple Squeeze Kit – Infantino

The Simple squeeze kit is the perfect on-the-go baby snack. You can make your own baby food and put the puree in their convenient food pouches. The pouches are dishwasher safe and you can buy an attachable spoon to make feeding your baby while traveling even easier.

  1. Solly Baby Wrap – Solly Baby

The Solly baby wrap is an easy way to carry your baby close to you. It folds up so small and can fit easily in a diaper bag or purse and makes the perfect carrier for traveling.

How Long Should My Baby Nap Each Day

Nap time for a baby is necessary for a multitude of reasons.  When a baby is asleep, his or her brain relaxes and catalogs all of the information it took in when awake.  This daily process is a building block for how your baby sees and interacts in the world as it grows.  Nap time is also necessary for the baby's body to repair itself as simple little activities like tagging along in a car seat, having diapers changed, being carried by parents can wear out a  young baby, just like playing a basketball game can tax an older child or adult.

Let's not forget mom and dad...  Parents need rest, too.  Its not unusual for a baby to have difficulty sleeping both at night and at nap time.  This can be frustrating and can downright make parents mad because they aren't getting any downtime.  A long, solid nap is healthy for both baby and parent.

So how long should your baby sleep each day?

Experts suggest that babies up to 7 months of age should sleep at least 4 hours a day, ideally in two to four napping sessions.  As your baby gets older, he or she will likely consolidate that sleep time into 1 or 2 longer naps.

Sounds easy enough.  When your baby appears to be tired, just lay them down and kick back and relax for a few hours, right?

If you are looking for something to throw at your computer screen, please know that we fully understand that many babies simply won't sleep when you want them to sleep.  Given the importance of this napping activity, what is a parent to do?

Here are some ideas:

1.  Stating the obvious-make sure your baby has a clean diaper, is fed and placed in a comfortable environment.  If you are a little cold, your baby is very cold.  He or she is going to be more sensitive to temperature than you are.  Check the thermostat.

2.  Keep a routine.  Its unlikely that your baby will sleep easily in a bedroom at 10am, in the car at 1pm and then in the living room on a blanket at 5pm.  Try to set nap times on a repeating schedule and maintain that schedule as best you can.

3.  Moderate light.  Its not necessary for your baby to nap in total darkness, but you don't want the afternoon sun beaming through the window of the room where your baby sleeps.

4.  Quietly sing to your baby.  Its okay if you're off key.  Your baby knows your voice and hearing that voice speaking or singing quietly as he or she drifts off to sleep can be comforting and affective.

5.  How about noise levels?  This is the big one.  Have you ever gone to visit a new parent and there are notes on the door and doorbell warning you with the penalty of banishment to knock quietly?  Do you watch TV with the volume at a level so low that you become proficient at lip reading?  Do you shackle your older kids to the kitchen table so they don't make any noise and wake the sleeping baby?

Believe it or not, babies need to hear the world around them, even when napping.  But, loud noises wake them up, which defeats the purpose, right?

There is a perfect solution.  Its called The HUSH Hat, by HUSH Baby, LLC.  The HUSH Hat is a soft, comfortable baby hat that utilizes a medical grade foam sewn into the hat that filters out loud, startle noises.  It is CPSIA certified and safe for babies during nap time and when awake and participating in a busy day.

The HUSH Hat allows low decibel sounds to come through so your baby is still getting used to sleeping with some sound.  But if older brother drops and breaks a glass, or the doorbell rings, or the dog barks, your baby will sleep as if nothing happened.  Owens Corning Labs tested the foam repeatedly to ensure that the hat blocked out these startle sounds only.

Visit to learn more.  The HUSH Hat will allow your baby to sleep soundly and awaken happy without shutting down your home for those important 4 hours each day.

Autistic Children can have Extreme Hearing Sensitivity

Autistic Children can have Extreme Hearing Sensitivity

According to the Autism Society, 1 in 68 births in the United States will bring a child into the world with some degree of Autism. Incidence of autism increased 119.4% from 2000 to 2010, and is the fast growing developmental disability in America.  While these children are beautiful gifts as are all children, they come with a special list of needs that are critical to their development.

One of the most common symptoms of Autism is extreme noise sensitivity.  Autistic children can often hear things well before non autistic children or their parents can catch the sound.  Imagine your child hearing a school bus a half mile away.  Sounds like a superhero power, until you imagine what that might sound like when its 30 feet away.  Sadly, everyday noises can cause extreme pain, noise paranoia, screaming fits, and anxiety.  

Specialists have found that there are 5 common types of noise sensitivity in autistic children.  They are Hyperacusis, Hypersensitive hearing of specific frequencies, Recruitment, Phonophobia, and Misophonia.  Each has its own particular set of impacts, but they all have one thing in common-they make everyday noises traumatic for children.

Experts have traditionally recommended noise canceling headphones as the best solution available, but admit that children often become dependent on these and then have more trouble developing language skills because they are blocked out from hearing others speak.  They are unsuitable for sleeping, as well.

HUSH Baby, LLC has another solution.  The HUSH Hat is a sound absorbing Infant Hat that will soften harsh sounds. With 4 sizes available, they will fit newborns to age 2.  The HUSH Band will help children from age 2 to age 6. Both of these products utilize a medical grade specialty foam, sewn into the hat/band that, through vigorous testing with Owens Corning Labs has been engineered to allow lower decibel sounds through but to filter out louder sounds.  They are comfortable enough to wear while asleep and when out and about, and are soft and lightweight.  While The HUSH Band won't be available on our website until late April, you can find The HUSH Hat at  

HUSH Baby, LLC has a heart for these special children and has donated HUSH Hats to local Autism centers.  We want to help you, too.  When ordering, enter the coupon code GREATKIDS15  for a 15% discount off your order.

The HUSH Baby family of products offers quiet comfort in a noisy world.

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