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First Year Essentials

Natalie G.
NATALIE G.
Baby Gear Specialist
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As you navigate the 1st year, you must be wondering what do you REALLY need and when do you REALLY need it. With so many early milestones, turn to Tinyhood Gear Expert, Natalie, for expert advice.

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NATALIE ADDED A NEW COMMENT!
Travel!
MEGHA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD, 12 MONTH OLD

Hi! I’m taking my 8month old on his first flight in a few months... was wondering what was a great travel car seat ?
Also, I have the nuna air pack and play. It’s going to be lowered soon and was wondering if it was fine to put a mattress down there instead of using the 1inch thick pad. Do you know if they have a pack and play mattress?
Thanks !!

Natalie
NATALIE

Hi Megha,

Parents love the Cosco Scenera Next Convertible Car Seat for travel. It is very lightweight, only 9 lbs, installs easily in most cars and is even certified to be used on an airplane if you choose to.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Cosco-Scenera-Next-Convertible-Car-Seat-Boulder-II/54885365?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227056401687&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=159603853338&wl4=pla-268806365473&wl5=9004405&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=54885365&wl13=&veh=sem#read-more

For your Nuna travel crib, the mattress that came with it is the one that is intended to be used with it. They do not sell additional mattresses that can be used with the Nuna aire. This portable crib is quite heavy so they do make a wheeled travel bag to make traveling with it easier. It is listed under Shop Accessories in the link below:

https://www.nuna.eu/sena-aire

MEGHA

Thank you!
So is there anything additional I can add to it to make it more similar to his crib? He’s a picky sleeper and I’m afraid the mattress that comes with the nuna is too thin

Natalie
NATALIE

Yes, travel crib mattresses are much thinner than crib mattresses! From my experience, most parents do not find that their babies have trouble sleeping on them and from personal experience, I can tell you my daughter actually prefers her travel crib! But every baby is different of course. I would suggest that if your son hasn't slept in the Nuna before, perhaps try using it for a few nights at home to get him used to it before your trip.

MEGHA

He slept in it “pre sleep training” for short naps and did okay. Hopefully it’ll be fine! Thanks for the tips, will definitely try that before leaving!

NATALIE ADDED A NEW COMMENT!
High chair
DENNY

Do you have a recommendation for a foldable high chair for a small kitchen?

Natalie
NATALIE

Hi Denny,

Foldable, compact high chairs are very helpful for small spaces. They comes in a range of styles and prices. I have listed options below from least to most expensive.

Graco Slim Snacker

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/graco-reg-slim-snacker-trade-high-chair-in-whisk-trade/1044030377?skuId=44030377&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_baby_online&product_id=44030377&adtype=pla&product_channel=online&adpos=1o4&creative=224301862041&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&mrkgadid=3176331655&mrkgcl=609&rkg_id=h-a588685f38c8655289fa71504d08f279_t-1520873082&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI37mP3J3n2QIVl0sNCh29rACSEAQYBCABEgJSdvD_BwE

Bloom Nano

https://usa.bloombaby.com/products/nano-highchair-black-frame?variant=42698743442&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI37mP3J3n2QIVl0sNCh29rACSEAQYBSABEgJ3TfD_BwE

Baby Bjorn High Chiar

https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/babybjorn-reg-high-chair-in-white/1018574039

If you have a table in your kitchen, another option is to use a chair that clips directly onto the table. Both brands listed below make chairs that very easily and quickly attach to a kitchen table and are also great for traveling.

Inglesina Fast Table Hook-on

https://www.target.com/p/inglesina-fast-table-hook-on-high-chair/-/A-15772587

Phil and Teds Lobster

https://www.target.com/p/phil-teds-174-lobster-clip-on-high-chair-black-red/-/A-14300809?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Baby+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Baby&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9004405&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvNeC6J7n2QIVBFgNCh2bpQqREAQYASABEgKYAfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

NATALIE ADDED A NEW COMMENT!
Sippy cups that won’t leak
CINDY

We’ve tried so many cups and the water seems to leak out into my bag. Do you have any recommendations?

Natalie
NATALIE

Hi Cindy,

There is nothing worse than a leaky sippy cup, especially when the water ends up in your bag. Here are some suggestions for leak-proof sippy cups to try!

OXO Tot Sippy Cup and Straw Cups are spill proof and come with lids that also help prevent any leakage from occurring.

https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Transitions-Spout-Removable-Handles/dp/B019FZ1784/ref=sr_1_9_s_it?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1520871710&sr=1-9&keywords=sippy%2Bcup%2Bwith%2Blid&th=1

https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Transitions-Straw-Removable-Handles/dp/B01L3UJ0P6/ref=pd_bxgy_75_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01L3UJ0P6&pd_rd_r=K1KGC1MQ5WFAM6DR07F3&pd_rd_w=HINQS&pd_rd_wg=jOEQV&refRID=K1KGC1MQ5WFAM6DR07F3&th=1

Think Baby Sippy Cup is designed to be spill proof and again, comes with lid to help reinforce this.

https://thrivemarket.com/p/thinkbaby-sippy-cup-of-steel?utm_source=google&utm_medium=pla&ccode=FIRST3&ccode_force=1&utm_medium=pla&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Shopping_Baby_Toddler&utm_content=859871004521&utm_term=google-pla_na&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI077nu5nn2QIVwlqGCh198gwcEAQYAiABEgKYs_D_BwE

And lastly, Thermos is a reputable brand of water bottles that also makes kid’s leak-proof bottles.

https://www.target.com/p/thermos-10-oz-foogo-straw-bottle-blue/-/A-12289414?sid=1344S&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Baby+Shopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Baby&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9004405&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlMCN4pjn2QIVjlqGCh3IpAGVEAQYASABEgLF4vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds