Character Car Seats For Kids

(Disclosure: This is a compensated post. All thoughts are my own.)

My children love going places in the car but I know not all children do. I was introduced to these character car seats that I think would make traveling fun for those of you who have children who don’t normally like car rides. They have four characters to choose from: Dora, Batman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Spongebob.

The Batman one is my favorite and I know it would be the one Jacob would pick as well (I think Lucas might pick the Dora one). What I love about the Batman one is that Batman’s cape turns into a blanket for the child in the seat. It would be perfect for cold days or even hot ones when kids get cold from the air conditioner blowing. The cape can also cover the metal buckle when the child is not in the seat so it can stay cool in the hot sun.

When it comes to buying a car seat for your child, the most important factor isn’t how cute it is. Parents really want to know how safe it is. This car seat features a deeper seat and deeper wraparound head rest which provide side-impact protection. The seats are equipped with high-density EPS foam which absorbs energy in the event of a collision.

Would you buy your child a Character car seat? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Easing the Stress of Holiday Travel with Kids

For some parents, the hassle of getting to your holiday destination, coupled with the inevitable schedule disruptions, is enough to make you want to just stay home. Of course, that usually isn’t enough to allow you to cancel travel plans, especially when grandma and grandpa are waiting to spoil your kids.

Claire Haas, mom of two and Vice President of Education for Kiddie Academy offers the following tips for handling holiday travel with your kids:

• Consider traveling at off-peak hours. Start your trip at 9 p.m. instead of 9 a.m. You’ll avoid traffic, and the kids may just sleep for part of the trip. Increase the chances for sleep by an extended playground trip to burn off energy before you buckle them in the car seats.

• A dollar store cookie sheet with magnets works great as a lap desk for the car or on a plane. The raised edge can help prevent crayons and cars from landing on the floor.

• If you’re facing a long car ride with the kids, pack each a “travel activity bag” with new games and activities to keep them busy. Keep the bag in the front seat with you, and dole out a new item each hour. For example, a printed map for playing the license plate game. Or, bubbles to blow out the car window.

• Consider relaxing any restrictions on daily screen time. Video games, iPads and laptops can be true lifesavers when dealing with kids facing hours in close proximity to their siblings.

• You have two choices on bedtime disruptions during holiday travel – stick to your routine while away from home, or just accept that rules are out the window, and make the best of it. For some children, staying up past bedtime during the holidays is a special treat they’ll remember fondly. Do what you think will work best for your family, and shrug off the raised eyebrows you may get from a great aunt because you’re letting the kids stay up late or insisting they stay on schedule.

For more parenting tips, including a downloadable checklist of suggested items for your travel activity bag, visit Kiddie Academy’s Family Essentials blog.

(Disclosure: This post is not compensated. I just thought the tips would be helpful.)

Trunki Kid’s Suitcase From Melissa & Doug {Giveaway}

I told you all about Melissa & Doug’s Top Twenty List the other day and promised a giveaway of one of the great gift items on there. It was hard to make up my mind as to which one to giveaway but I really love the one I chose and I hope you will too!

GIVEAWAY:

Blue Trunki Suitcase from Melissa & Doug

This is a great suitcase for traveling on long trips or just weekends at Grandma’s. It has wheels so children can ride it while the parent pulls them around. There are also additional stickers that can be purchased so children can personalize it themselves.

HOW TO ENTER:

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1) Tell me who you want to win the Trunki for

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Giveaway ends November 25, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received a product for posting about Melissa & Doug’s toy list. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)