Travel with a Baby or Toddler Made Easy with JetSetBabies

Want to make traveling with a baby or toddler easier? Then you need to know about JetSetBabies! Enter to win one of two $50 JetSetBabies gift certificates. Read on to find out how!

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The Birth of JetSetBabies
Necessity is the mother of all invention and Patty Opoien is a mother who invented JetSetBabies after searching for a company that could deliver baby supplies to her destination for a trip with her two young children. She says, “I was stressing a little on how I would handle all of our luggage and the kids in the airport and got the idea to shop and ship ahead my baby items. I looked on the Internet and couldn’t find any store that handled just baby supplies.” That was in 2000, and JetSetBabies has been delivering baby supplies to hotels and homes around the world ever since.

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Making Travel Easier for Families
JetSetBabies offers a wide selection of baby products for traveling parents, such as diapers, baby food and formula, toys, and bath-time necessities. Pre-made Travel Packs are available for the beach, slopes, pool, or woods. These customizable bundles make ordering supplies for a weekend or weeklong vacation easy and fun.

Customer Service is Key
It is the high level of customer service that JetSetBabies provides that Patty believes sets the company apart. JetSetBabies calls hotels to ensure every single package arrives on time. She says, “We treat every customer like our best customer. I called and verified some information for someone who had ordered one $4 item. They were shocked that we had treated them so special – like they were our best customer.”

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Patty with her two kids in Seattle (2007)

A True Travel Mama
Patty’s babies are older now but they still love to travel. Patty and her kids, Anna (age nine) and Aaron (age 15) take one big vacation and several smaller trips every year. The kids love visiting amusement parks but Patty’s favorite vacation was a trip to Seattle and Vancouver, followed by a journey home to Minnesota aboard the Canadian Rail.

Travel Advice
Patty advises parents traveling with young children to bring along favorite blankets, toys, and pacifiers as well as some undiscovered items. She says, “I’ve gotten through long waits at the airport, long plane rides and other delays by bringing out brand new items never seen….and it doesn’t have to be store bought toys. We have gotten so much mileage out of a little box filled with old key rings, cotton balls, or plastic measuring spoons.” 

She also suggests letting little ones out of the stroller to explore while traveling. Patty says, “They get more out of the trip and it tires them out so they sleep better in a strange place. My daughter has never ridden in a stroller. When she was young I carried her in a sling. She was walking by ten-months-old and she walked everywhere! She has a fabulous sense of adventure.”

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A Second Business for Babies
Patty’s second business, Baby Showers by Mail, grew out of requests from customers wanting to ship diapers as a gift to new parents. Their best-selling product is the Year Supply of Diapers. Patty says, “We ship out the new mom a welcome kit that explains how to order diapers, and then the moms call or e-mail every month with their brand and size and we ship out a case of diapers each month.”

Passion for Helping Parents
What does Patty like most about running JetSetBabies and Baby Showers by Mail? “I love the challenges of running my own business. I also love the customers. I can relate most to moms and love being able to calm their fears about traveling with a little one – and making their lives so much easier.”

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Save 10% Off Your Order
Make traveling with a little one easier on your next trip by ordering baby supplies through JetSetBabies. Be sure to enter the code “travelmamas” at check-out to receive a 10% discount off your order!

Enter to Win
Anyone can enter to win a $50 JetSetBabies gift certificate! THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. Check back in a few days to find out who won!

JetSetBabies is sponsoring a portion of my travel expenses for the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) in June 2010. One $50 JetSetBabies gift certificate will be awarded to any entrant and another will be awarded specifically to a TBEX attendee. If you are a TBEX attendee, be sure to note that in your entry below!

This contest ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, June 26, 2010. The winner will be selected at random using Random.org and will be notified by email. If no response is received within one week, the first winner will forfeit the prize and another entrant will be selected.

You can enter a maximum of four times, using each method of entry once. The first option is required for entry. For each bonus entry, you must add an additional, separate comment to this blog post.

REQUIRED ENTRY: Leave any story-related comment below. Please be specific! Generic comments like, “I want to win” will be disqualified.

• BONUS ENTRY: Follow @TravelMamas on Twitter and tweet this contest. Be sure to add a link to your tweet below! Copy and paste the following phrase into Twitter:

I want to win $50 from @JetSetBabies on @TravelMamas to make traveling with a baby or toddler easier! http://bit.ly/9pnvSs

• BONUS ENTRY: Become a Fan of Travel Mamas on Facebook. Then submit a comment on the Travel Mamas Fan Page about WHY you’d like to win a $50 JetSetBabies gift certificate. Be sure to come back here and repeat the phrase in a separate comment on this blog post!

• BONUS ENTRY: Become a Travel Mama to receive bimonthly e-newsletter updates. If you already receive the e-newsletter, that counts! Just be sure to make a comment below saying that you are on the distribution list!

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is a mom of two and the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of THE TRAVEL MAMAS' GUIDE, she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen teaches blogging classes and has given travel tips on television, radio, and as a paid video blogger. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing.

Comments

  1. Great idea for traveling. i wish I had thought of it. Hope to win to try it out!

  2. I’m going to TBEX! And I’m bring Cole (4 mo) along too. Look forward to meeting you there!

  3. we love to travel – what an awesome site, especially the beach gear

  4. Great idea… seems like it would make getting organized for a trip with children a lot easier.

  5. Awesome idea! Now all I need is a service to fly with my baby too!

  6. Monique Rizzo says:

    We travel quite a bit!! This would be wonderful.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

  7. Elizabeth Turner says:

    This would be a fantastic service for me and my husband and our new little guy! We’re moving soon, which means living farther away from my family. We’ll be traveling more, and this would ease so much stress. Thanks!

  8. we travel a lot…we live in Florida so there are so many places to go! would love to try out their stuff!

  9. Lindley A says:

    What a great idea- we are going to Florida at the end of the summer and the beach gear would be so fantastic. It is so expensive to check luggage and baby stuff takes up so much room! Thanks!

  10. Lindley A says:

    I just signed up for your newsletter- so excited to be a Travel Mama!

  11. Lindley A says:

    Liked Travel Mama on Facebook and left a comment on homepage: I’d love to win the Jet Set Babies certificate because we are travelling to Florida at the end of the summer and all the beach gear takes up so much room! One less headache to deal with!

  12. These are brilliant businesses. I’m impressed. My husband & I love to travel and are starting to dip our toes in the water of learning to travel with kids – we have a brand new baby, our first. So far, we have one weekend road trip under our belts and it went great! Kelly

  13. I am planning my first road trip with the little nomad for this summer or early fall. Would come in handy for sure. See you at TBEX!

  14. I would love the pool or beach pack! I will doing trips to both this summer! Great Ideas! Hope to win :o)

  15. Emily E. says:

    I love traveling with my young daughter and I know I could really have used Jet Set Babies a time or two. Or three. ;)

  16. Emily E. says:

    I became a facebook fan and posted on the wall.

  17. Emily E. says:

    I subscribed to the newsletter.

  18. So glad I found you – getting ready for my first jet set with baby!

  19. Susan Bywater says:

    My kids and I are attempting the 15 hour drive to Grandma and Grandpa’s, for the first time this summer. Should be interesting, I will have to look at this site more to get some ideas for things to take with me.

  20. We are taking Nyah to Disneyworld next year. She will be 17 mos. by then. I was curious about paying for her seat. I know many airlines allow free travel for younger than 2 years. Should I buy a seat anyway to make it easier? This is my first visit to Travelmamas. What a wonderful idea! I’m looking forward to reading more.

  21. I’m ALWAYS forgetting something when we travel – so I’m LOVING this idea!! The last time we traveled 10 plus hours with my son – I forgot diapers!! Not something that’s difficult to find, just a pain to have to go get them in the middle of the night when you’re traveling!!

  22. Following travel mamas on twitter as @champagnewisdom and tweeted! :)

    http://twitter.com/ChampagneWisdom/status/16717556527

  23. I would love to give a diaper gift for the next friend that has a baby! Who needs another blanket or bib? What a great idea!

  24. I receive your email updates, babytogo@aol.com

  25. I follow you on twitter, @harmskills and I tweeted http://twitter.com/harmskills/status/16728081744

  26. Jennifer C. says:

    This is such a great idea! It will help save on travel expenses and ease your mind that your little one is taken care of on your trip!

  27. This is the perfect way to get the necessary items where you need them without the stress!!! It is hard enough to get my husband, daughter and myself packed and ready to go- I look forward to using JetSetBabies for our next vacation!

  28. I subscribe to the newsletter!

  29. This gift certificate would be perfect since we are adopting a baby (don’t know which state she will be born in yet)and this would help us to easily travel and have the baby supplies we’d need.

    HEATHER
    HEATHERLBRANDT (AT) VERIZON (DOT) NET
    http://WWW.BRANDTADOPTION.WORDPRESS.COM

  30. I love the idea of bringing “undiscovered” toys on a trip. I always try to keep different toys in our diaper bag so that when we’re out and about, my daughter plays with toys she doesn’t see very often. It’s true about not needing anything fancy, as well. The lids to baby food jars are the current toy of choice!

  31. what a fantastic idea.

  32. I like the idea of a box of old keys — very resourceful and inexpensive, which is a plus! Also, good for you for abandoning the stroller and letting the little ones walk. I’m sure it makes travel more complicated at times, but what a great way for kids to explore and stay active.

  33. Kimberly says:

    This is a great idea. It should limit the number of trips to Walgreens for forgotten items!

  34. Kimberly says:

    I subscribe to the newsletter!

  35. Karen P says:

    I really like how this will end up helping you remember to bring things that you would have forgot if it wasn’t in the kits.

  36. Oh, this would be terrific for my son…a new “father-to-be” and his wife. They haven’t a clue as to what to expect when they travel with a baby! My daughter (the Mommy of two has a chuckle over that!) Right now they are in the Caribbean…in March they went to Italy. They travel all the time..footloose and fancy free, but not for long! I’d love to give them a gift card to this wonderful website!

  37. helenlam says:

    This sounds handy for vacations. I’m planning on going to visit the in-laws and my brother.

  38. Premade travel packages, how smart!

  39. Lisa G. says:

    We were traveling to visit my in lawsd many years ago and it was getting very late so we decided to stay in a hotel for the night. It took a lot of searching to finally find one with a room open and we were so relieve to be able to rest. I requested a portable crib for my son who was an infant at the time and it was brought to our room. I was horrified to find out the crib has a strange black mold growing on it legs! We didn’t use the crib and it was a long night trying to keep him safe in our bed. I learned to always travel with a portable crib and I love that Jet Set Babies carries PopATot and Cosco Funsport Play Yard on their site!
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  40. Lisa G. says:

    I’m following TravelMamas on Twitter user lisalmg and Tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/17115388661
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  41. Lisa G. says:

    I Liked Travel Mamas on FB user Lisa G. and left this comment on their wall: “I would love to win the $50 JetSetBabies GC so I can have safer and cleaner travels this summer with my new baby girl!’
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  42. Lisa G. says:

    I subscribed to the Travel Mama email newsletter.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  43. Stephanie V. says:

    We just jetted across the pond to England with our 2 yr old and if not for the tricks up our sleeve would have been toast for sure on a long haul flight. Had a bag of new toys/activities he had never seen before – Max & Ruby hide and seek book with windows to open, sticker book, funky kinetic toy, portable dvd player with new dvd’s and of course snacks, his fave pj’s and blankets and plenty of nappies.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  44. Stephanie V. says:

    Would love to win because we travel frequently and have 3 kids to entertain while doing it. – Wrote on your FB wall
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  45. Stephanie V. says:

    Get your newsletter
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  46. First big trip with our 8 week old baby. Love the idea of Jetsetbabies! Bought diapers, sunhat and a bjorn when we arrived in New York for TBEX.

  47. Going on a 4 week trip this summer with baby & will check jetsetbabies. Currently, in New York at TBEX. Cheers!

  48. This would be great for our road trips!

  49. Great idea – I hate packing baby supplies with the new charge to check bags, especially diapers as they take up a ton of room. I generally wait to purchase them until I get to my destination.

  50. I would like it for my sister who travels alot.

  51. I became a fan on facebook and left a comment.

  52. I became a travel mama.

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