It’s a fact: When there’s a baby or toddler around, you need a lot of stuff. Instead of having your kids load up the car and lug everything with them every time they come to visit you, outfit your house with the essentials. We asked One Step Ahead, the makers of ingenious products for babies, toddlers and kids, for their top gear suggestions for grandparents >>
Sleepovers are a snap and kids can have their very own place to sleep at your house with this inflatable bed. The perfect size for kids, the Tuck-Me-In Travel Bed has built-in bumpers, a removable mattress for easier linen changes, and folds up so you can store it in the closet after kids leave.
A stroller for walks with your grandkids (and to get the baby to nap!) is a must-have. What to look for? One that is lightweight, easy to open, and sturdy. The Ulti-Mite Lightweight Umbrella Stroller also has durable wheels and can hold children up to 50 pounds.
One of everyone’s biggest fears? Bathroom hard surfaces. You need a tub with lots of cushioning that’s also safe and comfortable for your grandchild. The Secure Transitions Inflatable Baby Tub has lots of space for baby, and comes with pockets to stow shampoo and toys. And when you're done, fold it up and stow it in a cabinet. So easy!
You want to give kids space but don’t want to worry about their safety. This new take on the old-fashioned play-pen does just that. The Deluxe Secure Surround Play Yard gives kids lots of room and also has a pushbutton gate so you don’t have to climb over the side to get in.
Big kids like to sit at the table. But you want to make sure the seat doesn’t slip, stays put and is comfortable. The Stay-Put Soft Foam Booster Seat has a higher back for better support, and a longer, wider seat. Best of all it has a suction base that better grips chairs.
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