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Calvin’s Birthday Bash: Day 2 (Tuesday Travels)

tuesday-travelsWelcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.  I am excited about sharing some local day trips and field trip ideas for families with little ones.  This weekly series also features travel tips for families with kids-in-tow and related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

In addition to Tuesday Travels, this is also the week for Calvin’s 2nd Birthday Bash!

Packing for travel with small children can get cumbersome.  Baby Safe Travel offers some fantastic travel tips for babies and toddlers. From diapers to snacks and changes of clothing, small children need a lot of stuff to get from point A to point B.  It’s comforting to little ones to have a familiar item from home when they venture to new places.

Fortunately, Zoobie Pets had traveling parents and small children in mind when they designed the versatile and lovable Zoobie pet collection.


A triad of warmth and amusement:

  1. It’s an imaginative and entertaining plush animal friend during playtime.
  2. It’s a squishy and cuddly pillow.
  3. It’s a warm and snuggly fleece blanket.

Ellema nap

179.catalogMy son loves his soft and cuddly Ellema Elephant.  He enjoys transforming it from a four-legged elephant to a squishy pillow with the ease of velcro.  When I help him unzip the belly to release the 34 inch x 53 inch fleece blanket, he enjoys burying underneath it for warmth.

Calvin’s Zoobie Pet is a a nap time staple–we don’t leave home without it.209.catalog

I love that it’s a well-constructed toy that’s made to last.  It’s simple to unzip the blanket for removal so that I can wash it and keep it smelling fresh.  Instead of packing 3 separate items for travel, it’s a fantastic 3-in-1 option that keeps my son entertained and comforted.

Khimba Koala and Baby KaiZoobie recently introduced a jumbo pet line that features 59 inch x 91 inch blankets, and they also have a baby pet line with smaller blankets sized 29 inches x 23 inches–great for small babies.145.catalog

You can adopt a Zoobie Pet at an official Zoobie retailer.  In Charlottesville, you can find them at Shenanigans Toy Store.  They’re also available for purchase on Amazon.com.  They retail starting at $29.99 for a regular-sized Zoobie Pet to $89.95 for the Jumbo Zoobies.



zoobie pets logoOne winner will receive a Zoobie pet of choice (excluding the jumbo Zoobies).

To enter, leave a comment stating which Zoobie pet you would choose on this post before Sunday, November 5th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the contest rules all generic comments are ineligible.).  At $29.95, Zoobie pets are a great gift for baby showers or birthdays.prizeypick

For more in-the-know fun on Zoobies contests and new available pets…you can follow Zoobies on Twitter, and become a Zoobies fan on Facebook.

Thank you to Zoobies for providing an Ellema Elephant Zoobie Pet for the purpose of this review.


Congrats to the winner: #4, Rachel.

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Tuesday Travels: Get Hydrated

traveWelcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.  This season, my son and I are excited about sharing some local day trips and field trip ideas for families with little ones.  This weekly series will also feature travel tips for families with kids-in-tow and related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

Drink Water

So, how much water do you really need?  The very general formula that I share with my patients is this:

Take your weight in pounds and divide it in half.  That’s the amount of fluid ounces you should drink in water throughout the day.

For example, a 100 pound person should drink 50 fluid ounces of water per day.  Since there are 8 fluid ounces in 1 cup, that means a 100-pound person should drink about 6 1/4 cups of water per day.  That’s equivalent to about 2 of the .75 Liter (or 24 oz.) capacity Camelbak Better Bottles per day.

However, a pregnant or breastfeeding mom, someone living at high altitudes, in extreme climates, someone who exercises several times a week…these are all factors for how much water you should drink.

So, check out the Hydration Calculator on About.com.  Nine quick questions will tell you how much water you should drink.  But, the answer will probably run pretty close to half of your body weight in fluid ounces.

Take a sip of water every 15 minutes throughout the day, and you’ll easily get there.  It’s that simple!

Nay for BPA

The information available about BPA in plastics is so in-your-face that you’ve probably heard about it.  In fact, you don’t have to turn to mom blogs and PBS to hear about it, the BPA news has gone mainstream.  There was an article about the dangers of BPA in plastics in Time magazine, and more recently, the Washington Post.

Instead of worrying about whether or not a product is BPA-free, I’d prefer to stick to companies that have a long track record of producing safe, BPA-free, pthalate-free containers for food or beverage consumption.  Camelbak is one of those companies that maintains a high level of integrity and quality in their products–those are traits that make sense to me as a doctor mom.

camelbak-corporate-logoLast fall, I reviewed Camelbak’s Better Bottle.  For the record, I still take that purple bottle with me EVERYWHERE.  It has endured numerous road trips, bounces on tile, and a toddler who’s perfecting his spiral pass.  I love it.

New and Improved

This year, Camelbak released new products that are appropriate for small children and they beefed up their bottle line for big kids and adults: stainless and insulated stainless.  No more slightly strange water taste if it’s been sitting in there for, oh–say camelbak-stainless-steel-bottlea couple days in the car under the blazing sun.  Also, cool water stays quite cool with the insulated stainless bottle.

So, if you drop it on your bare toes, you might feel a little regret.  But, if you’re not clumsy with your water bottle, then you’ll probably love it more than any water bottle you’ve ever had.  EVER.  Not only is it uber-practical, but you can get one for everyone in the family and not get them mixed up since there’s really run and rad designs available.  Try to pick just one–not easy!

The Camelbak 0.5 Liter Insulated Stainless Steel Better Bottle is available for $26 – $30 on Amazon.

For the Kids

Camelbak 12 oz. Kids Bottles

For the little ones, you get spill-proof design with the incredible bite valve that comes apart for easy cleaning and re-assembly.  But, you don’t have to worry about choking hazards since the parts are kid-friendly.  Did I mention that the style options are super cute, too?

Camelbak sent us the kids’ stainless in butterflies, and the kids’ plastic Fire Pirate bottle.  It holds 12 ounces of water (0.4L), and for a boost in vitamin C, I’ll throw in a wedge of lemon.

Instead of snagging MY Better Bottle, my son is totally content to have his own.  I’m content to have a cleaner, and spill-proof drinking solution that travels well in the car.

IMG_7636Camelbak Stainless Better Bottle I love the safe and hazard-free Big Bite Valve on the kids bottle.  The bite valve is slightly different on the 0.5 liter insulated stainless.  All parts are easy to disassemble and clean by hand or dishwasher.

Get your BPA-Free Camelbak 0.4 liter Kids Bottle for $12-$14, or the 0.4 liter Kids Stainless Steel Bottle for $18.50 – $23 on Amazon.  If you live in Virginia, you can also find them at your local Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.

bottles n bagsThe next time I’m on a trip to a museum or park with my son, I think I might want to stowe my Camelbak bottles in this cool Bottles ‘n Bags Stroller Organizer by J.L. Childress–among other baby gear designed for travel, you can find it at BabySafeTravel.com.

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