Or SuperWagon, as I like to call it.
Last month, I found the Mac Sports Folding Utility Wagon and I wish I had found it years ago! I love this thing!! In the short time we’ve owned it, we’ve already gotten our money’s worth from it.
It’s terrific! It fits into our Civic’s trunk easily and there is still plenty of room for all the stuff that will go in the wagon once it’s unfolded. It’s extremely easy to set up and take down (basically, only a one-step process) with nothing to take apart – it’s just a pull of a strap. It rolls and turns better than any wagon I’ve owned. It has outer and inner pockets to keep small items from getting lost and its super sturdy – it holds up to 150 lbs!
We’ve used it at beaches, lakes, and parks and, now, I don’t go to any of those places without it. I’ve seen other versions with a canopy (which is a definite perk) but they didn’t seem as sturdy so I opted for this brand. Even DH likes it and he rarely cares about any gear that I buy – he’s even planned out how we can rig a canopy for it!
I bought ours for about $80 and it is so worth the money!
If you have something that has made parenting easier, tell us about it. It’s another entry into the giveaway
Its stainless steel, insulated, silicon straw, doesn’t leak, easy-to-clean and travels. It’s by Thermos so that means something.
I decided to ditch Boe’s plastic travel cups when I took a sip from one of them one day. The water in it tasted awful! Really chemically (that’s not a word)! So, I began to research. I wanted something that would insulate, that had a straw that could be closed when not in use, and that was BPA Free. Foogo was it!
I’ve since purchased some Thermos Funtainers, too.
And for those with kids in the early stages, the Foogo is interchangeable and grows with your child from sippy to straw.
I wish I had known about these when he was younger b/c they would have been our sippy cups.
Love this thing!!
Thermos Foogo Phases Leak Proof Stainless Steel Straw Bottle, 10 Ounce, Blue/Yellow
Then, the EIO cup is your answer. We have 3 of these. I found them as I began trying to reduce the amount of plastics in our lives (thanks Smart Mama!). I also had a hard time getting juice out of the complicated contraptions of the sippy straws but I wasn’t willing to go topless yet.
I knew we couldn’t go straight to glass cups b/c I’d be cleaning up ALOT if spilled juice and/or broken glass. So, I was thrilled to find these. They are a bit on the high end but with the amount of times that I would have cleaned up juice off the floor if using an ordinary cup and the amount of time I spent cleaning juice remains out of sippy straw contraptions, they have paid for themselves. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I put his cups away from the edge of the table, they always end up there just before he knocks them with his elbow or some other body part; which I’m sure someone is researching – How Many Positions A Child Can Master While Sitting At The Table In Order To Knock Objects To The Ground. Really, add up the $$ lost to juice on the floor and your time cleaning it and these look really good.
They’re not leak -proof which is intentional. Some liquid will spill out if they fall to the floor but again, liquid doesn’t go everywhere and clean up is minute.
According to the EIO site, they, also, help with speech development. That sounds great but no plastic and no messes are kind of tied for first place for me.
EIO Glass Kids Cup (8oz) (Orange)
As with the Kidishes unbreakable plates, these are not really on-the-go but I like them so much, I thought I’d share
We have two portable potty seats. The foldable seat that I carry it in my purse to use on public potties and this one -Potette Plus 2-in-1 potty seat by Kalencom – that we use when there is no potty. Being that we are on the road for long stretches of time (our average commute is 45 minutes) and those roads are in the middle of nowhere, I knew that potty training time would be even more difficult without a portable potty.
This thing is terrific! It can be used as it’s own freestanding potty or on toilet seat. I keep it in the trunk, ready for use.
Newbies to the potty world just can’t hold it like professionals so when Boe says he has to go, he means now! And, “now” is usually not when we’re near a public potty. Even though he’s potty trained, he’s still not good at gauging his need for pit stops so we will have this with us for some time. They have other on-the-go potty items, as well. Thanks Kalencom!
Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus Green
I have had this travel tray for about a year and it has held up. We use it so much on our hour-long trips each week. Boe uses it mostly when playing with his trains. He has also used for snack (he makes trains with his graham sticks). I think it will be perfect when he takes an interest in drawing. The side pockets come in handy, also (Boe uses them for train storage). The lapboard is rigid enough to write on but soft enough not to hurt little tummies. It’s perfect if you plan to take long road trips this summer.
Star Kids Snack and Play Travel Tray
In my never-ending quest to lighten the chemicals in our lives, I’ve found some great sun and insect protection. It took a few tries to find a natural insect repellent that we liked. Most either didn’t do the job or smelled awful. Burt’s Bees was effective but the spray bottle was way too messy (so I had to keep it in a plastic bag) and the odor was a bit noxious. Because of the mess, I kept trying. We, also, tried Buzz Away Extreme but couldn’t handle the smell. This year, I found BabyGanics Natural Insect Repellent. It’s DEET-free, petroleum-free, and the bottle stays clean. The herbal smell is low key so Boe doesn’t mind getting sprayed with it.
For sunscreen, I was looking for something that was fragrance-free and without sodium benzoate (which can be a problem for some people and we think this is true for Boe). This was proving impossible; as I’ve been looking for this since Boe was a baby. Finally, I found Nature’s Gate kid’s block. It’s fragrance-free and paraben-free so I don’t feel bad about slathering it on him. I always have it on hand.
Rest UpRight Travel Pillow
This is such a great travel pillow! When Boe was a baby, we used those around-the-back-of-the-neck pillows and they worked (because he was reclined). I tried that neck type again when he outgrew his infant pillow but his head still hung forward when he fell asleep. This design works so well because it props his head from the front. And I can place it after he’s asleep much easier than the neck pillows.
It’s extremely comfy – I know b/c I’ve used it on occasion. The body of it is foam and the neck rest is cushy stuff. It is adjustable in size so little ones up to adults can use this pillow.
I purchased ours on Amazon but they don’t carry it anymore so when I order another one, I’ll use the RestUpRight site.
And, yes, we have the pink one.
This was Boe's first attempt at Wikki Stix
I learned about Wikki Stix from a post on waddleahchaa.com. These things are terrific! They are great for a special toy while traveling, for quiet time at home or when you can’t find a Real Kid-Friendly restaurant. They can be used again and again. Boe thinks they’re great, too. I can get at least 15 minutes of “sit time” with him when we play with these. We bought the bulk pack – that should get us through the summer.
I got one of these from a friend who thought it was the greatest thing. She was right. It’s small (it folds up – I keep ours in a resealable plastic bag in my Boe Bag) and immensely helpful (no little tushie falling into the big potty).
You know the whole pooping-with-a-kid-in-a-public-restroom scene? He HAS to go now! Rush to the nearest restroom, find an open stall (thank goodness), straddle yourself over him and the potty, holding, holding, arms getting tired, he’s singing or talking about what other people are doing in their stalls, “Jr., do you think you’re almost finished, sweetie?”, more talking about the other bathroom attendees, arms hurting more, “Jr., go ahead and hold yourself up for a minute” (put your hands on the potty – ugh), “Oh, wait! Don’t let go! Ohhhhhhh”. Ring a bell?
That’s why I love this thing. We don’t have that scenario.
I plop it down. I plop him down. And we have a nice conversation about, what else, what the other attendees are doing in their stalls. My arms aren’t hurting and he hasn’t fallen into the potty.
We’ve used this enough to make it waaaaay worth the $ (if I’d had to buy it). Graco did good