Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled?
What is your number one tip for disabled families to make their travels easier?
What are some ways the baby product industry can help disabled families?
Must-have baby product for accessible travel?
When traveling with a disability, there are many more factors to consider and things to pack - a shower chair, medication, bathing and toileting supplies all make for additional luggage that abled people do not have to think about. As fellow parents we don't need to tell you that traveling with children also comes with its own set of additional items to take from car seats, strollers, play yards, and more. With regards to traveling as a disabled parent, my approach is to minimize the number of items I need to take for the children. That's what makes Doona such a great product for us as we travel through the airport: gone are the days of attaching and detaching an infant car seat from a stroller and ensuring both parts - as well as a wheelchair - make it safely to our destination. I love the convenience of collapsing the stroller conveniently into car seat mode and, as an added bonus, the collapsible handle height makes it the perfect height for pushing from a wheelchair or even for a helpful and proud big brother to push.
Tips for new parents who want to travel?
Make hotel crib accommodations whenever possible. We've already mentioned the importance of minimizing additional luggage items and this is one of the most obvious ways to do so. Getting a crib from your resort or hotel will save the headache of carrying extra weight around on your trip - and since playards don’t fly free of charge, leaving it behind could help you save some money, too!
What features do you look for when choosing baby products?
When it comes to big-ticket items like furniture, strollers, and car seats, I pay special attention to specs like height and weight. Tall, bulky items are much harder for me to access independently. With small items, like clothing and diapers, I tend to look for items that are easy for me to manage in spite of my decreased hand function. Magnetic onesies, pull-on diapers vs. diapers with tabs that require a pincer grasp, and an easy-to-clip baby lap carrier have all been game-changers for our family.