Baby Travel Checklist Heather Hopson April 14, 2014 Baby 1 Comment LaToya Maddox always wanted to become a mother. But she didn’t think she could have children. About 14 years ago, she had a miscarriage and underwent a D and C surgery. Her doctor told her she would never be able to reproduce. Then in May 2012, she went to her yearly gynecologist appointment, and to her surprise, she was pregnant. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in January 2013, and six months later, she discovered she was pregnant again–this time with a baby boy. Since then, she has lived her life to the fullest. She moved from California to Georgia with her husband. She took a job as a middle school teacher and cheerleading coach. When not at school, she works as an event planner and a plus-size professional model. It’s not all work and no play for this mom on the go. LaToya loves to travel, so she’s figuring out how to navigate vacation planning for not only a couple but a family. So, I thought LaToya would be the perfect person to review Playtex™ products that make traveling with little ones a cinch. Heather: How is your pre- and post baby life different? LaToya: Before my sweet babies, I was able to get up and go! I did whatever I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. Now, I have to take along two children, baby bags, double stroller and lots of gear It usually takes an hour for us to get ready and out the house. Heather: Have you taken any trips with your children? How did you transport bottles and other supplies? LaToya: We took an overnight trip with my first baby. I just threw a bunch of bottles in a suitcase for the trip, because I wasn’t sure how many to take. My dream family vacation would be Orlando, Bahamas or Hawaii. Heather: How do you keep the little ones occupied in the car or on a plane? LaToya: My three-month-old usually goes to sleep in the car. I bring my tablet for my one-year-old, so she can watch cartoons and movies. Heather: How has the Playtex Baby® products helped make traveling with your children easier? LaToya: The Playtex™ Smart Cool On-The-Go Bottle Tote keeps bottles and cups cool for hours, so I don’t have to worry about the milk spoiling. It’s finally warming up in Atlanta. During the winter, it was cold enough to do without the insulator. I’m sure now that it’s getting warmer, I will need to use the tote to keep things cool. Heather: The tote keeps things cool for up to 14 hours. That’s an entire road trip to Grandma’s house and back! It holds up to three bottles, pacifiers and nipples. You could probably throw in other things, like teething rings. Frozen teething rings were a life saver! The tote allows you to keep everything organized in your diaper bag. LaToya: Yes! I also love the Playtex™ SmartSpace Dishwasher Basket, because it helps to keep things organized at home. It’s also small, which saves spaces in the kitchen. Heather: I wish I used a basket when my daughter was a baby. I had to dig to the back of the dishwasher when parts of bottles got tossed around during the cycle. The basket protects small parts like nipples, valves and straws. It is portable, so you can take it with you to a relative’s or an even a vacation condo. What are your other must-pack items? LaToya: I don’t leave the house without bottles, cups, formula, pacifiers, burp cloths and extra clothes Heather: Thank you LaToya for putting the Playtex™ products to the test! Diary of a First Time Mom is offering ten lucky readers a chance to do the same! We’re giving away ten sets of the Playtex™ Smart Cool On-The-Go Bottle Totes and Playtex™ Smart Cool On-The-Go Bottle Totes. a Rafflecopter giveaway Joyce Brewer I got Playtex bottles as a gift for my baby shower and they were a gem. Even though I breastfed our son for almost 2 years, I needed the bottles when I was away working a PT job or a freelance gig.