Gear for getting around when you’re traveling with baby is more than just a travel stroller or an infant carrier, although they are both essentials for your daily life and traveling life. But just as getting around is just as much about getting there as it is getting around once you’re there, you need good luggage – bags that make your life easy and are easy to tote. You also need good looking stuff, because really, just because you’re traveling with little ones, doesn’t mean you can’t travel in style. All these item we either use, have used, or else totally wish we could afford!
I was late to the umbrella stroller game, simply because I didn’t (and still don’t) believe you NEED another stroller for travel. However, depending on the amount of travel you do, and with airlines continually changing their gate-check requirements for strollers, if you can swing it – a lightweight umbrella stroller for travel makes your life pretty easy. We adored the UPPAbaby G-Luxe, and can’t recommend it enough…
Once a baby becomes a biped, it’s tough sometimes to keep them safely strapped into their
baby jail stroller. And strong-willed independent tots like mine also don’t love holding hands. This handle is an easy compromise. That’s THEIR handle, and our deal is they either ride in the stroller or hang on to it. And the nice thing about this handle is it gives them a bit of space so their feet won’t get nicked by the stroller wheels, and it’s easy to remove to pop in the diaper bag when it’s time to gate-check the stroller.
My daughter did NOT like the carrier. And Bub got carried whether he liked it or not since I had to keep up with his sister! As he was a heavy baby, I was grateful for the new style of carrier, where their weight is distributed among your hips, and the connecting shoulder strap helped alleviate some of the pressure. I wish I had THIS carrier, though – because mine you could not do forward-facing, and that would have had me carting Bub around for a lot longer. A lightweight carrier such as this is great for travel, as it gives you options when you’ve also got the stroller with you.
I am the wipes Queen. Even when I do not have a baby or toddler with me, I have wipes in my purse. I like this Swipe from Skip*Hop because I can simply clip it to my diaper bag and not have to madly dig when I need a wipe in a hurry. You could also clip one to the stroller for outings where you’re not bringing the diaper bag, or when your kids are FINALLY out of diapers. That happens, right?
I bought this diaper bag when Bub was born, and I have not regretted the expense once. It has been my daily tote for over three years now, and it has held up incredibly well. Aside from a few much-needed washes, all the pieces still work, it’s not torn anywhere (even the mesh bottle pockets are still intact), the change pad is somewhere in Quebec City but other than that it’s still fully intact.
You always need plastic grocery bags with you when you’re traveling with baby. For laundry, for atomic diapers, for pretty much any reason. And lately I’ve been forgetting my stash of bags at home, so I’m incredibly grateful to have this little lifesaver in my diaper bag. (Yes, mine weighs 20lbs. Yours?) You can *create* the size of bag you need without having a whack of them crammed in a pocket you never think to check.
As soon as they’re big enough, kids love pulling their own bag. So if the bag is light, easy to pull, and actually useful with well-placed pockets and easily accessible contents, that’s a win win. Skip*Hop’s adorable Zoo collection now includes these adorable little rolling suitcases, and the only difficulty with these is deciding which one to get.
My life’s been made so much easier with this luggage, I’m actually cross with myself for not realizing how decent bags can make your travel days so much easier. These bags are lightweight, can hold a shocking amount of stuff, and are organized in such a way you can still access your belongings from a
stuffed to the brim fully-packed bag. The carry-on makes getting through security a breeze, as there’s a special pocket just for your baggie of liquids, and the back pocket zips open to securely hold your travel documents.
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