by Amy Patterson

Sami O’Connell is no stranger to the wild and crazy rodeo life. Wife of two-time world champion bareback rider Tim O’Connell, and having rodeoed herself, she has spent plenty of time chasing white lines. Nowadays, Sami is doing a different kind of chasing – with their son, Hazen. So what’s it like toting a little boy out of successful rodeo blood? With the right tools, Sami says it’s a cake walk!

Mrs. O’Connell gave us the inside scoop. Here are her Top 10 Necessities for surviving rodeo life with a kiddo…

Sami says: “When we can bring it, our Rock N Play has been Hazen’s favorite nap spot…”

SO: “The first toy that he liked and still plays with is the SmartNoggin NogginStik.”

SO: “Sometimes we are places where a trash can is not easily accessible…I can just throw his diapers in these and they are scented so they don’t stink everything up.”

SO: “This is nice because if I ever did forget to grab some toys, I always have this…”

SO: “This summer we traveled to a lot of hot places and having a fan for Hazen was a must have!”Baby O'Connell at the Rodeo

SO: “We went to quite a few rainy rodeos this summer… it has been awesome.”

SO: “A Nursing breastfeeding cover has come in handy for nursing Hazen when we fly, when I am pumping, and to throw over the car seat…”

SO: “I breastfeed and supplement with formula when needed so I started to travel with these a lot!”

SO: “The Fridababy NoseFrida is my must have whether I am at home or on the road… Seriously this thing is a LIFE SAVER.”The O'Connells with Baby Hazen

  • Gripe Water/Gas Drops

SO: “I do not go anywhere without Gripe water and Gas drops.”

SO: “Baby Banz Earmuffs are the best! These were super helpful at Hazen’s first rodeo in Kissimmee, FL at Ram Finals…”

SO: “As Hazen has started eating foods the OXO Tot Waterproof Silicone Roll Up Bibs are my favorite and are so easy to travel with…”

Bonus tip: Sami says: “If you are flying with Southwest airlines you can check to see if the plane is full. If it is not full you can bring your car seat on the plane with no extra charge. This has been super nice when Tim and I are flying together with Hazen…”