I am getting ready for a family trip with my husband, 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter to France in September. The biggest challenge so far has been figuring out what we need to bring with us. Things are different in Europe like for instance restaurants often don't have booster seats or high chairs. One of my friends said that often her daughter would sit in her stroller in the restaurants, but that they had to be careful to choose a restaurant with enough space for the stroller. We're travelling with our kids to spend time with them and enjoy their company not because we HAVE to bring them. Having my daughter sit in a stroller so that she's not really part of the dining experience really bothered me. So I started looking around for an alternative and I found...
The Kaboost. It's a portable chair booster that snaps onto the bottom of the chair and boosts the whole chair up. It fold down small enough that we can bring it with us and fits on most chairs. When I saw it I ordered it right away. (Check out the website for a video demo - www.kaboost.com) My 3 year old son tried it and loved it (even though he's tall enough without a booster he had to try it). My daughter is a little younger than the 20 month recommendation but she tried it and now REFUSES to sit in her high chair! This booster has 2 height possibilities and is good to 300lbs so even the elderly or vertically challenged people could use it. Plus it has rubber feet so it doesn't slip around and it makes the chair base wider so the chair is more stable. Whoever invented this thing was a genius in my books! We will use this for years. I'll let you know if it's good on our trip.
If you want to buy one you can buy on-line from one of these sites: www.dearbornbaby.com; www.momandbabyworks.com; www.babyproofingplus.com or e-children should be getting their first shipment in any time now. (I just couldn't wait!)They sell for about $50. A great investment that will last for years.
I'd really love to hear if anyone else has tried the Kaboost or has any other kid gadgets that would help me out on my trip. I'm still looking for smart kid things to take with us.