No matter where you’re going or where you’re staying, you need to focus on four main aspects of travel with a baby–Eating, Sleeping, Playing, and Getting Around.
This list of baby travel gear essentials will help you keep baby safe and comfortable no matter your trip.
Baby Travel Gear – Eating
A wipeable bib is a must for feeding baby on the go. This way, baby keeps (mostly) clean, and all you have to do is wipe and fold back into the diaper bag.
Not every restaurant will have a high chair, and sometimes you might just want to feed baby in your room. To keep baby safe for mealtimes (and off your lap) this chair harness adapts to most any style of chair, and folds down into a little travel case not much bigger than an iPhone.
When you’re on the go, it helps to know baby’s food and/or drinks are being kept cool in a well-insulated bag. That this insulated lunch bag is super cute is a total bonus 🙂
Baby Travel Gear – Sleeping
Hotel cribs are not always reliable and, if you’re staying with family, that 20-year-old crib storing paint cans in the garage may no longer be up to today’s safety standards. This baby travel bed by Baby Bjorn is probably the easiest one to set up.
If baby’s outgrown their travel cot but are not quite ready for a twin (or you want to keep them out of your bed) this inflatable toddler travel bed for kids aged two and up is made from phthalates-safe, BPA-safe, and lead-safe PVC and uses standard-size crib sheets.
So they’re still at the falling-out-of-bed stage and a pillow or extra blanket rolled under the sheet beside them isn’t doing the trick? These inflatable travel bed rails will keep them safe and snug in that twin bed and don’t take up much room in your luggage. Plus, they’re made of the same phthalates-safe, BPA-safe, and lead-safe PVC as the inflateable bed. Win win!
Baby Travel Gear – Playing
Remember way back when, when your carry-on bag was full of books, a dvd player and dvds, games, puzzles, and so on, and so on? Now you can just bring this. Of course you can always let baby play with your iPad, but why not treat yourself to a new one and save the old one for the kids?
So here’s the thing with toddlers and iPads, they can break. Easily. That’s why it’s worth splurging on a super-duper indestructible iPad case, so not even baby’s mucky fingers can wreck it 🙂
So thanks to the iPad our carry-on luggage is much lighter. But that doesn’t mean we want to listen to Dora all the livelong day (or flight). These adorable baby headphones will keep the noise to a minimum, and the volume-limiting controls will keep baby’s ears safe. Plus, they’re pretty cute!
Baby Travel Gear – Getting Around
So you spent the bomb on a car seat that weighs close to 80lbs and took all day to install. Think you want to travel with that? Nope. For travel, this car seat is less than 10lbs, and the ease of transport and use means you’re more likely to bring it and use it. It’s worth the effort.
If you’re not buying baby a seat on the plane, please don’t check your car seat as luggage. This car seat travel bag has wheels to roll through the airport, and is padded to help protect it when gate checking. Most airlines will let you gate check a car seat at no cost. It’s worth the effort.
The ideal travel stroller is lightweight, easy to fold, easy to push, and is comfortable for baby to ride and sleep in. The Baby Jogger City Mini totally fits the bill, and the GT version has all-terrain wheels that will sail over cobblestones and uneven pavement. Yup, I definitely have stroller envy.
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