Momsessed: Supermodel Coco Rocha's Parenting Essentials

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Supermodel meets supermom — it’s an apt way to describe Coco Rocha. The 34-year-old Canadian-born fashion muse began her career in the early 2000s and is still an in-demand model today; in fact, when we talked, Rocha had just returned from Paris Fashion Week, and New York Fashion Week before that. She’s also an advocate for young models and the founder of the Coco Rocha Model Camp, and mom to three children — Ioni, 7, Iver, 4, and Iley, 2 — who frequently join her on work trips.

It’s no surprise, then, that Rocha has picked up a few pro tips when it comes to traveling with kids, so we were eager to hear what products she trusts to make being on planes and in hotels with little ones easier. Tip number one: Bring out new toys and activities at the airport — “anything that they’ve never seen before,” she says. “Like a Mary Poppins bag, I just start pulling things out and they get so excited that usually, I get 30 minutes or an hour of their attention.”

At age 2, daughter Iley “is the one that’s the hardest right now traveling, because I cannot keep her attention on an iPad,” Rocha admits. “She’s the one that we buy the new goodies for, really, and then the other two are always like, ‘Well, what does she have? I need it!’”

One favorite goodie: Melissa & Doug reusable sticker activity books, which her kids love to peel and stick on airplane windows. “They think it’s hilarious to put them where they shouldn’t,” she says (adding that it’s okay — they come off!).

Beyond travel tips, Rocha shared more of her must-have parenting essentials with SheKnows, including the one snack her kids all eat and the books they gobble up. Keep reading!

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The books my kids are currently obsessed with…

“Ioni recently started bringing home and reading The Baby-Sitters Club series from her school library. I used to read them as a child too, and it was so fun to see her get into them. Iver makes me read Captain Underpants quite literally every night, and Iley just enjoys sitting in my lap and listening to me read basically anything.”

The snacks I always keep on hand for my kids

“Pirate’s Booty, Goldfish Crackers, and Mini Babybel cheese are always on hand. Recently I discovered that Trader Joe’s organic roasted seaweed is the only snack all three of my kids love equally.”

 The beauty product I never leave the house without 

“I’ll usually take some sort of foundation or concealer — right now I’m using Dior Forever Skin Glow. If I’m heading out for a long day or a journey, I love the Pluto POD travel pillow and try to have it with me wherever I go. I actually brought it to New York Fashion Week and it helped me take quick catnaps between shows.”

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