Here is a Baby Travel site that I have found to be a great resource for the latest and greatest Gear. There are always new travel products coming on the market and this site seems to have them all.
Baby Safe Travel was started by a new mom after her first travel experience. Here is a very familiar story that led to the creation of this website,
“It all started with a bad experience at a hotel chain. We brought our baby with us on one of my husband’s business trips. We brought all of the essentials and wanted to use the hotels “crib” or “pack n play” for our baby to sleep in.
The hotel brought us a foul smelling and beat up bed for our baby. I was disgusted as a mother to have my baby sleep in this filthy play-yard.
So I called the front desk and requested another more suitable play-yard. The hotel staff brought us another one that was in worse condition and they said they only had two. We were also given a king sized sheet for this tiny baby crib, a strangulation hazard!”
Have a look at the Disney themed harnesses (I haven’t seen these anywhere else!)
A few months ago I wrote a post about an ‘antique’ highchair I saw being offered at a fancy Calgary restaurant. Prior to that you can read my post about the unsafe playpen I found at a Banff Hotel. Well it hasn’t stopped…
Last week I had the chance to be in one of the fanciest hotels in Banff. There was a playpen the hotel had supplied in the room. I decided to get a closer look at the playpen… It was not a brand I recognized and was an unusual bright blue color (I am often updating our inventory and I am sure I have not seen this pack n play in any store in the last 3 years). The netting was in-tack but the warning labels were hanging off both sides of it. This loose fabric not only looked pretty rag-tag, it was not necessarily safe.
Why do hotels offer sub-standard baby equipment for their guests? If you paid a couple of hundred dollars per night for a room wouldn’t you expect a certain level of quality (and safety) with the equipment they supplied?
Speaking of playpens…Have you seen the ‘cadillac’ of all playpens featured yesterday on Breakfast Television (www.btcalgary.ca) ? Make sure you know what you are getting next time you travel.
I remember one of my first visits to Winnipeg with the twins. My parents had borrowed a playpen from a friend who had grandchildren. The instructions didn’t accompany the unit so my father and I were tasked with trying to figure out how to set it up and take it down on our own. A seemingly simple task turned into a very frustrating 1/2 hour.
Have a look at this video from Kiddicare in the UK http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=KEy__O1t3Qw it might save you some time…and your sanity.
After you’ve mastered the art of the travel cot it is really pretty simple. Everything needs to happen in a sequence (from locking the sides into place first, then pushing the floor down). All of these ‘steps’ ensure the playpen is set up safely and that there is no risk of a side collapsing.
We (www.onetinysuitcase.ca) carry the EDDIE BAUER pack n plays by DOREL ($8/day or $48/week). They come with a lot of bells and whistles (bassinet, change table, canopy, etc.) but the basic pack n play is great option if you are looking for a comfortable, portable bed for baby when you are travelling.