Summertime, and the traveling is easy. Except for all the baby prep.
At least now there’s one less thing to worry about: cleaning and sterilizing the bottles. Steri-Bottle is a single-use plastic baby bottle that’s ready to go right out of the box — no washing or boiling required.
It’s the same concept as disposable diapers (but these are completely recyclable). Just pull one out, fill it up, feed baby, and throw it away. It minimizes mealtime hassles when you’re riding in a car, staying in a hotel room, or stuck at the airport. Just practice at home to make sure baby latches on before you hit the road. (That’s what we did.)
Made of nontoxic materials (no BPA or phthalate) in the good ole US of A, the bottles and nipples come five or ten to a box. More than enough for the requisite flight delays.
Flavors of Philly Kids Tour
What: Gather a brood of seven or more and feast on pretzels, cheesesteaks, and other Philly-centric fare at stops around the city.
Why: Work up an appetite during the architectural scavenger hunt at City Hall.
When: Bellies are rumbling.
Where: Meeting place given after reservations are made. Tickets at 215-360-1996. Adults, $39; children, $29.
Silly Swap Weekend
What: Exchange the wildly popular stretchy Bandz, collect new ones, and see an exhibit of trendy toys from the past.
Why: The first 500 kids (ages 12 and under) each day snag a free twelve-pack.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (swap sessions, 10 a.m. & noon); Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (swap sessions, noon & 2 p.m.)
Where: Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic (215-581-3181). Adults and children, $15; under 1, free.
Paddle Penn’s Landing
What: Take swan boats out for a leisurely spin on the Delaware.
Why: Little captains can man the ship with easy-to-use foot pedals.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 3-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-7 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing Marina, Columbus Blvd., at Dock St. For info, call 215-592-7020 ext. 101. Adults and children, $5.
Photo: Courtesy of Steri-Bottle