Have a travel-loving soon-to-be mom in your group of friends or family? Grab the cutest garb, decor and resources to help her get out the door and on the road to adventure with her little one. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that will have your playgroup talking and asking “where did you get that?!”
I’m not sure I can gush enough about the new destination-inspired Tea Collection. The latest dresses and shirts in the Moroccan collection include beautiful prints and patterns that add a bit of pizazz to your child’s wardrobe. The China collection T-shirts featuring pandas were a welcome addition to my son’s closet over Christmas and we can’t wait to see what new destination they feature next.
Show your city pride with one of these adorable one pieces by Maptote, a locally owned and operated company run by a Brooklyn, NY-based husband and wife team. Choose from cities across the country and around the globe. Tote bags, reusable grocery bags, beach bags, toddler tees and travel pouches are available to round out your look.
Sir Bubbadoo blankets
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love our Sir Bubbadoo blanket. I was gifted one after my second son was born and it has traveled the world with us. It is small enough to throw in a backpack, but warm enough to use in the stroller on a fall day. Our blanket has world icons all over it, but Kristina — the mom behind this custom line — is constantly changing out her fabrics, finding fabulous new patterns and experimenting with designs that compliment the modern parent’s style.
Goodnight Globe night light
No child’s room is complete without a night light. Why not inspire a few travel dreams with this beautiful Land of Nod Goodnight Globe Night Light that will have your baby running off to Africa, Costa Rica, Japan and more? Once your child gets older you can chat about where you should explore next as you create bedtime stories based on each new destination.
Inspire creative play from the start with these beautifully crafted People of the World toys by Kidsonroof. Use the figures as baby room décor while your baby is little, and then bring them off the shelf to have some make-believe fun.
Oh the places you’ll go map
Dr. Seuss sure had it right when he wrote Oh the Places You’ll Go. Why not encourage your child to push past what they think is possible from the get go? This beautiful poster found on Etsy features a map with overlaid text and comes in a multitude of colors that will fit any nursery décor — sounds like the perfect baby shower gift.
Teach your little one their ABCs and about the world at the same time with the Maptote Alphabet poster. The simple illustrations will capture your baby’s attention while on the changing table, and start more than a few conversations as they grow and get curious about soccer in Brazil, Australia’s kangaroos and the vikings of Denmark.
It is never too early to prep your child for air travel. Barton’s Planes board book would make a great baby shower gift, and includes simple illustrations and text that walks your baby and toddler through all types of air travel. His other book, Airport, is the perfect complement, and one that is sure to get worn out as your child marvels over all the steps it takes to get from the outside of the airport and up in the air and on their way.
Leave it to a travel veteran to write a practical and informative guide to traveling with kids. Mara Gorman mixes easy tips and ideas for family trips with real-life examples of travel with her own kids in her Family Traveler’s Handbook. She also highlights tips and stories from other traveling parents to balance out her own advice and show that she isn’t the only one hopping across the globe. Gorman covers travels with babies on up to teens. By the end of the story you feel like you know her and her family, but also feel prepared to take that first step and get out the door with your own kids. The best part is that this book isn’t some long manual you will never make it through; it is a short and sweet guide to not letting fear stop you from showing your child the world, no matter how near or far you take them.
What travel-inspired baby shower gifts would you give?
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