Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Travelin' with Baby Giveaway Hop-GoGo Kidz Travelmate


Welcome to the Travelin’ With Baby Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by So Easy Being Green and According to Jenny! This Event will run from October 10th - 24th with a Twitter Party Grand Finale on October 25th from 9-10 PM EST!

In this Hop, each blogger has a great prize, worth at least $25, to make traveling with your baby easy and fun! Don’t miss out on the fabulous Grand Prize worth over $500 featuring the best, must-have Baby Travel Products!
 
So I'm taking a break from cloth diapers and eco-friendly products to get practical. Not that that the aforementioned items aren't practical, but let's be honest, not everyone uses cloth diapers (Gasp! I know :)) and eco-friendly options are still unknown to some. So what on earth could I be talking about now?? It's the GoGo Kidz Travelmate. Hey, that's awesome Kristin...what is it? It is a wheeled cart that allows your convertible carseat to attach to it for easy hauling through the airport. It will become your new best friend when traveling this holiday season, and anytime for that matter. 

As a first time mom, I knew traveling with children could turn out to be a cumbersome task. It wasn't until I made the trek alone with B that I realized how much stuff he actually requires just to maintain some sort of normalcy on the road. (1st promise: I won't digress into traveling with cloth diapers as that's a story for another day). Airlines do not require you to purchase a seat for your child until they are 2 years old, being the ever-frugal mama that I am, I plan to get as close to that 2 year mark as possible! But, I was informed that if the flight you are on is not full, certain airlines will allow you to place your child's carseat in the empty seat for free. So what does that mean? That means I will not check B's carseat. Ever. (2nd promise: I won't digress into the multitude of damage that can and has been caused to carseats that have been "checked" with luggage on airlines) Now that B is out of his infant seat, he's in a "big-boy" convertible carseat. The Britax Boulevard 70 to be exact. If you've ever seen one of these puppies, they are not the least bit compact. They are heavy and awkward. Hauling that, and my purse, and my carry-on, and my child did not sound like an ideal way to begin a vacation. Trying to find a "rental" carseat in our destination city didn't sound appealing either, I had a friend recommend the GoGo Kidz Travelmate as an option to take our own carseat with us, so I thought I'd check it out. Go-Go Babyz, the company behind the GoGo Kidz Travelmate offered to send me a Travelmate to review and is giving away a GoGo Kidz Travelmate to one of my lucky readers!!

I'm not kidding you when I said this amazing invention is a lifesaver. The more I learned about the products offered by Go-Go Babyz, the more I wanted to learn about the company. I'll shorten it up, but basically Go-Go Babyz was founded by a mother and entrepreneur, Ms. Kerry Williams. Kerry wanted her company to be family-oriented and dedicated to developing innovative, high quality products to make life easier when you and your baby are “on the go". What I loved most about this philopshy is that every product is personally tested by mom, dad, and grandparents. ABSOLUTELY necessary in my opinion! This was just 8 short years ago that it all began and Go-Go Babyz is still family owned and operated. If there's a type of business I love to support, aside from local business, it's family owned. I love knowing where my money is going, and it's great to know it's going to a company that prides themselves on family values. 

Ok, back to the business. :)  Once I received the GoGo Kidz Travelmate, I realized there was some assembly required. The good news is, the assembly (including taking everything out of the box and searching for a screwdriver) took about 4 minutes. It was so small and compact, there was no way it was going to hold that gigantic lug of a carseat. Turns out it does! There are detailed instructions about how to attach your carseat, but if you were a child of the 80's/90's or ever wore a pair of roller blades you'll get the concept quickly. You rest the back of the carseat against the base of the Travelmate slide the ratcheting, quick-release strap through yoru carseat and ratchet it tight. That's it. No screws, ties, velcro, nothing but a quick ratchet and you're done. It has an extending handle to function like a rolling suitcase which makes wheeling around the airport a breeze! When going through security, I was wearing B in the Ergo and the security agent just wheeled the carseat around still attached to the Travelmate and swabbed it down. Although the wheels do pop-off rather easily for this exact reason, I found I didn't even need to worry about it in either airport I traveled through. Once through security, I checked in at my gate to see if the flight was full. It was; so the gate attended printed a gate check ticket. I was able to keep the carseat attached to the Travelmate the whole time. When it was gate checked, it was handled nicely and brought back up at the end of the flight. I didn't have to worry about the carseat getting knocked around on the baggage carousel, someone potentially taking it etc. It was all right there and so easy to haul! 

I really can't say enough great things about this company and this product. I will NEVER travel without my GoGo Kidz Travelmate, and I encourage all mama's to be to put this on their registry! You may not use it right away, but you definitely will soon, and you'll be glad you have it!

So, now for the fun stuff! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win your very own, brand new, GoGo Kidz Travelmate! And when you're done, be sure to hop to all of the other blogs (Especially this one to enter to win the Grand Prize!) to win even more goodies to ease your travels!

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**Thank you to GoGo Babyz for providing the items for review and giveaway. The opinions mentioned above are my own and may differ from yours. According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, and the Travelin’ With Baby participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.**

41 comments:

  1. Hopefully we'll be going to Washington DC in the not too distant future to see my parents. wouldn't it be great to have one on THAT trip!

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  2. I'd love to use it to take the family to Disney World!!

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  3. I would love this for our trip to Hawaii next spring!

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  4. I plan to travel back to the Midwest to see family!

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  5. Home to Chicago next spring. :)

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  6. We are flying across Canada next month and this would be awesome to have!

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  7. use it for trip to san diego zoo

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  8. this is for my daughter who lives in another state and I hope the most exciting place they want to visit will be Grandma's house! terri.moore30@yahoo.com

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  9. i am hoping we get to hawaii next year

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  10. we're going to Georgia for Christmas

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  11. We are planning a trip to Greece soon!

    sandysaveseveryday AT gmail DOT com

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  12. To the Airport while we travel back and forth from FL to Michigan :)

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  13. across the country to see grandma and grandpa

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  14. I'm going to Oklahoma to see my family in January. I'd love to have this for the trip!

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  15. New York so my daughter can meet her Great Grandpa.

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  16. right now we are planning to go to miami!

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  17. tailgating at sport games - - - Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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  18. I would love to take it to Mexico!

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  19. to visit my best friends from home and their kids!

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  20. This would be so useful on our trips to visits the grandparents in NM.

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  21. Not very exciting but I am going to South Carolina next week to visit friends and it would be nice to have.

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  22. Hopefully we will make it to the Outer Banks next year.

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  23. I'd like to take it MN for Christmas this year.
    Kimberlie

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  24. The he most exciting place I plan to take your GoGo Kidz Travelmate is on family vacation to texas.
    lajohnson555 at yahoo dot com

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  25. i would love to take it to hawai'i.. or to an east coast family reunion! i haven't seen those crazy folks in years!! :D thanks!

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  26. The Zoo.
    abrennan09@hotmail.com

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  27. I would love to give to my neighbor's daughter, for her baby due in March, so that she can take him with her everywhere she goes ... like when she flys to Nevada to visit her aunt and uncle.
    kaseejohnson(at)verizon(dot)net

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  28. California to see my sister and her new baby

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  29. wow that is great and i have seen the ladies in the line with the car seat and then they would love to have it

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  30. The place I would like to take our little one is to Australia to visit famiy - or to Tokyo to visit family too - maybe just make it around the world trip!

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  31. coreybrennan26@hotmail.com
    our local lankmark - Bonnechere Caves.

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