9 perfect screen-free gifts for young grandkids on the go

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    Our family is big enough for the less is more, backwards and old is gold mentality, so when we recommend new products, it’s because they’re really Something. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the little one in your life (and especially if you need something that ships fast), we’ve got you covered. Check out our picks for the best screen-free gifts for toddlers, from a high chair to beach toys, a balance bike, and even a toddler-approved kitchen gadget. Nice present !

    1. Hiccapop OmniBoost Folding Portable Seat for Camping, Beach, Granny

    Buy now $39.92

    This last minute purchase for our family’s beach vacation on the Jersey Shore is hands down one of our favorite amenities. Little had just turned one and was eating very well in her high chair, which would not be available in our Airbnb.

    We used it for meals at the rental and also at the beach. Since returning home, it’s been perfect for breakfast at the farmers’ market, snacking on spring rolls at a festival (while safely seated on a picnic table!), and even for picnic-style dinners in the living room when the table is cleared. just not going to happen.

    It folds up super neatly into its carry case and slips right into the bottom of our stroller. The case also has a shoulder strap which makes it usable when the stroller doesn’t come with us, as well as a zippered pocket perfect for storing an extra bib.

    Every time we go out with our hiccups, we have parents and above all the grandparents ask us for details. A farmer’s market grandpa even took a photo so he remembered exactly what he wanted to get his grandson for Christmas.

    2. HAPIU Toddler Rain Suit Waterproof Muddy Buddy

    Buy now $34.99

    According to British fellwalker A. Wainwright, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing.”

    What is a fellwalker, you might ask? Well, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, it’s “someone who takes part in the activity of walking on hills and uplands, especially in the North West of England”, which sounds downright delightful. . And thanks to its HAPIU (happy youdo you have it?) Raincoat Muddy Buddy, our little one is well on his way to becoming a fellwalker in love with the mist and the valleys, even if we have not yet crossed the pond.

    This costume is easy to put on and take off, is super cute, and is available in sizes 12 months to 5T, plus seven color options. She is currently wearing size 18 months in pink and we already have the larger size in yellow.

    The Muddy Buddy isn’t particularly warm on its own, but if you layer it right it’s the perfect outerwear item for cooler days.

    Want a matching parent gift? Consider Wainwright Walk from coast to coastthe source of his “no bad weather” quote, or that of Scandinavian mum Linda Åkeson McGurk Bad Weather Doesn’t Exist: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets to Raising Healthy, Resilient and Confident Children.

    3. Original Bubble Tree refillable bubble system in aluminum bottles

    Buy now $21.99

    You can never have too many bubbles, but you can definitely have too much plastic. We love Bubble Tree’s refillable system made in the USA. The bright colors of the aluminum bottles are super eye-catching, and whether you buy a four-pack or a six-pack, they come in a beautiful box that will make gift wrapping easy. (Or, if you send them directly, it will make unboxing that much more enjoyable.)

    Caregivers and children will love having a bottle for the car, diaper bag, stroller, and even bath time.

    5. ForeverElla Silicone Beach Toys

    Buy now $28.99

    Beach toys are essential. But a set that can be crushed in your luggage without cracking, features adorable colors, and can be popped in the dishwasher? Perfection.

    Baby got this set for her first birthday, and we had a great time traveling and playing with it. The cotton carry bag is a particularly nice touch, and the trowel is super sturdy, so kids and children can dig!

    6. Mini Portable Stroller Fan

    Buy now $18.99

    Our baby and her grandma love this portable mini stroller fan. Little has a now discontinued forest green stroller, and before she was born I had to find a fan to match. We still use this fan (on the stroller, in our beach tent, and beyond), and it’s still going strong – so loud that after using it on a festival outing on a humid evening, big- mother decided she needed it for herself!

    7. Banana Loca Kitchen Gadget

    Buy now $28.99

    If you know a kid who loves bananas, this is the quirky kitchen gadget they’ll want to “play” with again and again. I was skeptical at first, but now Little and I like to make “stuffed” bananas with pudding, peanut butter and jelly, yogurt – you name it – a few times a week. She’s totally engrossed in the process, and we look forward to involving her more in coring, smoothing, and filling as she becomes more adept (and less fidgety!).

    Pro Tip: Watch the video tutorial and follow the instructions carefully! There is a learning curve and you may have a few puffed bananas. That’s part of the fun!

    8. Fat Brain Toys Tugl Cube

    Buy now $26.44

    If you hadn’t figured it out already, I’m pretty anti-plastic. Of course, it’s currently Little’s favorite toy, given to her by her aunt, who is a medical assistant.

    I couldn’t immediately see its value, but over the weeks it’s been a lifesaver during diaper changes (Who wants to stand still when they could be running, rolling and climbing? – Tugl to the rescue!) and more and more fun watching his master pop (easier) and shoot (much harder!) Tugl’s bubbles. Aunty won the gift game because this easy-to-wrap toy helped Little develop her fine motor skills and start learning her colors.

    Prime: This one isn’t just for toddlers! Wherever we take it, older children are also drawn to the Tugl Cube!

    9. Wish List: Banana Balance Bike

    Buy now $74.99

    We don’t own a balance bike yet, but many recommendations from parents and caregivers have put this sweet, simple, and super affordable balance bike on our wish list. It has over 1,300 reviews earning it a 4.7 star rating, and we also appreciate the nods to UK-based Banana Bike’s excellent customer service. Also a victory: The fact that you can easily buy spare parts.

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