Top 5 Preschooler Must Haves for a Flight

I’m about to embark on a post-holiday warm weather vacation with my two 5 year olds. I am meeting my husband and parents in Hawaii (thank goodness) but need to fly solo with my kids to get there.

I’ve been travelling with my twins since they were only a few months old but the type of gear we need changes every time we fly. For this trip I need to think ‘entertainment’.

They can easily walk through the airport (no need for my beloved GoGoKidz travelmates anymore), no car seats on board, no strollers for sight-seeing, no pack n plays to sleep in, etc.

Here are the Top 5 things you’ll find in my carry-on for this trip:

1. Nintendo DS- two of them: one pink and one blue! I love that the games for these are so small, makes it easy to pack.

2. IPOD- two of them: loaded with children’s music, podcasts from Nickleodeon and some music for Mom!

3. Usborne books 50 Things to Do on a Plane Things to do on a Plane

4. Portable DVD player: just in case the inflight television system goes down or the kids want to watch a movie.

5. Blackberry Smart Phone: my phone has gotten me out of a few sticky situations. Stuck in a line up, waiting to board the flight my kids know exactly where the games are on my phone!

Calgary Zoolights 2009

The Zoolights in Calgary are back this year and better than ever. Many of our clients that come to Calgary to visit family during the holidays take in this Calgary tradition.

Calgary Zoolights 2009

An even better way to see the over 2 Million lights at the Zoo is with a 2 for 1 coupon. Travel Alberta holiday card holders can print off a coupon online for 2 for 1 admission prices.

Looking for a set of comfy cozy wheels to get you and your little one around the Zoo? We still have a few Peg Perego Aria Strollers available for rent during the holidays. Starting from $8/day this stroller is small enough to fit in the trunk of a car and easy to maneuver with one hand.

Call us at 403-208-1167 to reserve you Stroller Rentals! www.OneTinySuitcase.ca

Calgary Stroller Rentals

Top 5 Holiday Baby Gear Rentals

We’re on the holiday travel countdown. December is one of the busiest month’s for travel and our Baby Equipment Rental business in Calgary & Edmonton, Alberta is ready for another busy holiday season.Calgary & Edmonton Crib Rentals

With so many people travelling to see family this December we often sell out of our most popular Baby Equipment Rental items. Here is a list of the Top 5 Baby Gear Rentals this holiday season:

1. GULLIVER full size cribs– our full size cribs will deck out your holiday home just like baby’s nursery. 4 solid sides, a 4 inch spring mattress and 100% cotton fitted sheet make this our most popular rental item.Baby Car Seat Rentals

2. BRITAX Roundabout car seat– part of our premium car seat rental line up, the BRITAX Roundabout includes all of the fabulous safety, quality and comfort features parents have come to expect from a BRITAX seat but this one is compact enough to sit in the back seat of Grandma’s car with mom and dad on either side.  

3. PEG PEREGO high chair– hate the idea of balancing a toddler on your lap during holiday dinners. Our PHigh Chair Rentalseg Perego Prima Pappa high chairs are full of convenient features like a full 5 point harness, recline, 7 different height positions and super comfy padded seats.

4. PEG PEREGO Aria strollers– these strollers are amazing. Light weight, comfortable and can actually fit inside the trunk of your rental car. Many of our customers are looking for a stroller for Calgary Zoo walks, the mall and just strolling around the neighborhoods checking out the holiday lights.
Calgary & Edmonton Stroller Rentals

5. FISHER PRICE healthy care booster seat– Our compact booster seats are perfect for those customers who are coming to Calgary or Edmonton but have many different houses to visit during their say. The Fisher Price booster seat folds flat, cBooster Seat Rentals for Baby Travelomes with a removable tray, 3 point harness and some even include a toy bar!

Visit our website www.OneTinySuitcase.ca for the full line up of Baby Equipment Rentals!

Baby’s First Visit

An article I wrote was recently published regarding Baby’s First Visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Here’s a link to the article in its entirety (page 20).

With some help from a local Baby Proofing company and Rhonda Tkachuk of Certified First Aid in Calgary, the article describes some of the preparations grandparents can make before the arrival of little visitors. Here’s an excerpt of the article:

“some of the hot spots she sees in Grandparent’s homes are bed side tables that have medications in them. An easily accessible bed side table with dangerous medications will need to be relocated. Also, have a look in your closet for any dry-cleaning bags that can pose a suffocation hazard. Any small objects that can become a choking hazard should also be moved (marbles, decorative beads, coins, etc.)”

With a little preparation your first visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s home can be successful. Don’t wait until you arrive to talk to them about sleeping arrangements, relocating dangerous pieces of furniture, plans for pet/baby interactions. Most grandparents today understand that things have changed and parents are much more aware of the safety precautions necessary to keep their baby safe in a new environment.

Infant Car Seat Rentals

It’s December, and that means it is our busiest month of the year for Car Seat Rentals. My favorite orders to take are from grandparents that have been asked by their son/daughter to source out the exact Car Seat Rental they want. Just the other day I had a Grandma call to ask for a Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP infant car seat rental (she didn’t know what all those names meant but wanted to ensure she got the safest seat possible). Her daughter was bringing her new baby to Calgary and she wanted to rent the exact same car seat she used at home.

Good planning- we’re delivering it to Grandma’s house tomorrow!

Mom Entrepreneurs Feature

As the owner of One Tiny Suitcase I am always looking for new ways to get the word out about my Baby Equipment Rental company.

Baby Equipment Rentals at One Tiny Suitcase

When Jill Salzman asked if she could feature the One Tiny Suitcase story on her Momtrepreneur Maven website- I jumped at the chance to connect with other like minded women.

Have a look at this feature and learn what the best (and worst) parts of running One Tiny Suitcase are. Read how excited I am to now have two locations to serve my customers in Alberta and what’s on the horizon for this growing business.

Snow Baby

Calgary & Banff are finally snowy! It happened later than usual here in Alberta. Tomorrow is the first day of December and the kids and I were still riding our bikes last week!

With the snow and winter finally here it’s time to start thinking about getting outside with baby. Many of our customers are travelling to Alberta for a winter vacation and have questions about just what kind of gear they will need.

Here is our Top 5 list of Winter Gear for Baby:

1. Leave your stroller at home and bring baby out in a sled like this one: Banff Baby Travel

2. Want to try skating with  your toddler? Bring one of these to the rink:

3. Keep warm on a winter walk with this cover for your Baby Bjorn: Winter Baby Parka

4. High winds and blowing snow are a part of winter here. You’ll need one of these: Winter car seat cover

5. If you  like to cross-country ski, this is a great way to bring your baby along:
Chariot Cross Country Ski Attachment