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Parents @ Play: Hit the road, baby

If you've got little ones, you know how much gear you need, whether you're planning a walk around the block or a road trip. And it's not just any gear, you're always thinking about cost, size, durability, safety, ease of use, and more. Here are some solid options to consider – we're confident that you'll find them useful.

– DualFit Harness-2-Booster seat (Britax)

One of the first and most important things to decide on is a car seat. And this seat from Britax is a safe, solid, and reasonably priced option for when your baby outgrows his or her carrier "snap-and-go" seat. It easily transitions from a three-point harness seat (that accommodates kids from 25 – 65 pounds) to a booster (that goes up to 100 pounds), so the seat will grow right along with your child. According to the company, Britax's "patented system of safety components work together to transfer energy away from your child and 2 layers of Side Impact Protection shield your child in the event of a crash." With it's easy-on and easy-off lower connectors that lock into place with a click and are released with the push of a button, installation (and removal) is a breeze. About $170. This one and many others are available at https://us.britax.com

– Lively Double Stroller (Britax)

Britax's B-Lively Double Stroller has a lightweight aluminum frame, folds quickly and easily (a necessity for packing up and getting into the car), and provides a nice, smooth ride for two. And since Britax knows how much moms and dads have to schlepp around, it comes with six storage pockets and a large under-seat storage basket, so there's plenty of space for everything. The stroller itself is easy to push and maneuver and is also compatible with your infant car seat (when paired with an infant car seat adapter kit, sold separately). Under $400. https://us.britax.com

– Natural Flow Options+ Anti-Colic Bottles (Dr. Brown's)

Nothing brings a tear to a parent's eye quicker than when their own children are crying. Fortunately, if some of that crying is caused by colic, Dr. Brown's has a number of cool, innovative options that can help. Dr. Brown's bottles have been clinically proven to reduce colic, decrease spit-up, burping, and gas. Plus, they better preserve nutrients in breast milk and formula, and aid in digestion for a better night's sleep. All that goes a long way toward explaining why Dr. Brown's are the No. 1 pediatrician recommended- and No. 1 selling bottles in America. Both the Options+ and Anti-Colic bottles (which are available in both wide- and narrow-neck styles) are designed to make feeding easy, and let baby go from breast to bottle and back as needed with no troubles. According to the Company, the breast-like nipples on these bottles "provide a correctly contoured shape that's flexible at the top and gradually firms, encouraging a proper latch and more natural bottle-feeding experience. They are available at https://www.drbrownsbaby.com

(Armin and Samantha are the authors of the popular parenting blogs: http://www.mrdad.com and http://www.havesippywilltravel.com.

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