Flights with young kids

Travelling on an airplane with kids can be completely overwhelming. The biggest dream is having them sleep on a plane. You will need to figure out how your toddler is going to sleep best. It is recommended to take night flights because there is less stimulation that can keep your child alert. Sometimes your chosen accommodation may not offer ideal crib, hence you may want to consider carrying your own portable toddler travel bed airplane.


Child aviation restraint system (CARES) harness

This is the restraining of a forward-facing car seat without an actual seat. CARES is an FAA-approved harness type kid safety device which is attached to the back of an airplane seat. It is a safety harness specifically designed for aviation travel. CARES is lightweight- weighs about one pound, portable and easy to install- less than one minute. If you don’t like carrying your car seat on a plane, CARES is the best option to select. It is designed for kids who are one year old and older and weigh 22-44 pounds.

Cosco scenera NEXT

This is an awesome travel seat and incredibly lightweight. It has a slim width and fits in the narrow seats of an airplane since the tray tables are stored in the arm rests. Cosco Scenera can only support a maximum weight of forty pounds. It is used for rear-facing or forward-facing. It is relatively cheap and weighs less than 11 pounds.

The brica fold n’go travel bassinet

This bassinet is suitable for kids from birth to fifteen pounds. It is lightweight and a great option for the first trip with a child. The firm mattress is removable with sheets that are machine washable, has a lock system for security and safety, breathable fabric and a locking frame that provides peace and comfort. This bassinet weighs 2.45 pounds.

Phil and Teds travel bed

It is a portable bed and a travel bag for kids, multi-functional, safe and lightweight. You can carry this travel bed on a train or plane as part of your hand luggage since it just weighs 5.5 pounds. You can also store all the essentials for your child in one place. It has a contoured and vented base with a comfortable mattress. It is suitable for kids who weigh between five to twenty pounds.

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This the ultimate travel gadget for children from zero years up to six to seven years. It’s a ride-on suitcase and an inflight bed. Ride on suitcases is one of the popular travel gadgets made for kids. This is because they provide solutions to some hassles experienced when travelling with kids. Riding through the airports on a ride on suitcase is a fun for kids and solves that part of the travel. The suitcases have enough space that allows kids to carry their favorite items onboard.

BedBox is designed as a ride on suitcase that can be converted into an aircraft bed when in an aircraft.  BedBox is perfect travel gadget for kids between 0-7 years. The bed feature can be used onboard airplanes and trains. Its maximum user weight is 35 kg and weighs 3kg including the mattress.

Shopping For A Toddler Bed In A Thrift Market

If you have not shopped in a thrift market, you are missing it all. Thrift markets have all we need for both our personal and our family’s needs. We may think that all that is there is old and gray but shock onus when we find things that are next to new, in very stable condition and very friendly prices. The temptation will be not to buy as much as you see because everything will be calling out to you.

Finding toddler beds at the thrift market

We are all at different stops in life, some are giving birth, and others are retiring from raising up kids because they are now grown-ups. It is for this reason that there are varieties of goods being sold at the market.

Shopping For A Toddler Bed In A Thrift Market
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Toddler beds at the thrift market are very affordable, you might not really find the design you want but you would find a good toddler bed for your child.

To get the most out the thrift market:

• Plan your shopping list before – this helps you stay focused on what exactly you require from the market. It also helps you know the amount of money you intend to spend to avoid impulse buying.
• Be open minded – keep your eyes open for any surprising deals. It’s a hit or miss with thrift stores so sometimes you can really hit a jackpot or miss anything at all.
• Look for quality brands – you will be surprised about the amount of well-made, expensive brands being offered at very affordable prices.
• Try out new brands – Keep in mind that there might be some quality pieces in brands that you have never heard of that you can also experiment with. Some brands are high-end European brands well worth their money.
• Don’t go with the kids – though the toddler bed we are going to shop for belongs to the child, leave them at home for easier shopping. Thrift shops are usually high trafficked and your toddler will not enjoy the ride and you too will not.
• Plan to spend enough time – Do not be in a rush to shop, thrift markets are pretty large and if you don’t visit some places you might miss out on the best. Plan to spend more hours window shopping around before you can make a final decision. Plan to go out early before there is heavy traffic or before the sun is out.
• Wear comfortable shoes – you will be walking a lot so invest in a very comfy pair of shoes for easier movement and to avoid getting tired easily.

Reused toddler beds are very helpful in terms of pricing and availability. You get an opportunity to see many options and only settle on the best that you want. You also get a chance to buy items that you can repurpose into any other child furniture.

When you visit the thrift market, don’t be too strict on yourself, just be easy on yourself and on the things in the market. Go ready to have fun as you see both new and old creation.

Take time and look out for thrift markets around your area, they have different days so ensure you know the days they operate and the places they are set in.

You can also find the thrift stores online – those that sell second hand items online. They include:

• Ebay: Ebay sells just about anything, you will be surprised at the extensive collection you will find ranging from furniture to bedding to clothes to decorations etc. The Ebay handy search feature allows you to search for exactly the brand that you require and how many pieces you can choose.
• Baby Outfitter: This is a site that now sells secondhand everything from classic books to swaddling blankets and clothes, ships them at a flat rate all over the world.
• Swap baby goods: Is set up for parents to list items in their families that are finished using for sale or for swap. Posters assign each item a value and offer other site owners the option of purchasing it or trading for something they need. The listings are organized by categories like bedding, bouncers, swings furniture strollers, beds, beddings etc. and allows you to navigate the hundreds of items without missing out on what you really need.