Baby Travel Gear Guide For Eating, Sleeping, Playing, and Getting Around…
A mule to carry it all would be nice too!
In my ’20s I traveled for 6 weeks through Europe with one backpack that I carried myself. For our week-long honeymoon, my husband and I took one large suitcase between us. Just over 2 years later, my husband, 11-month-old daughter, and I had an overflowing luggage cart that held 2 large suitcases (overweight), 2 stuffed-to-the-brim carry-ons, and a car seat. In hindsight, we should have added our playpen to the pile, since the hotel-issued crib for that trip was pretty wobbly.
My husband was mortified, but he soon realized that this wasn’t just me bringing along 10 pairs of shoes I’d never wear… we NEEDED this stuff! We were traveling to Cuba, where baby items that we deem necessities are difficult to come by, so the bags were stuffed with diapers, lotions, potions, baby food, bottles, food, etc. I’ll grant that I do tend to over-prepare and over-think things, but the point of getting away is to have a break, so with these things taken care of you can start to relax once you’re there.
In our subsequent travels with our daughter, I’ve learned that there are some things that can make your life a whole lot easier while you’re away with baby – for eating, sleeping, playing, and getting around…
I’m not talking bottles and baby food here – I’m guessing you’ll have that covered. But depending on where you’ll be staying, you’ll need to make sure there’s a safe place for baby to sit to eat (or at least allow you to eat!) Most larger hotels and resorts have high chairs, but not all local restaurants do. If there are high chairs, there may not be enough to go around. Your lap is always an option, but one-handed meals for any length of time are bound to become annoying, so if you’re not sure about the availability of high chairs, there are a number of lightweight travel booster seats on the market that can attach to most tables and/or chairs. Don’t forget to pack a couple of wipeable bibs as well, unless your tot has better table manners than mine!
Baby Travel Gear for Eating…
HandySitt by minui:
The HandySitt(tm) is a portable and fully-adjustable high chair with simple and sleek Scandinavian style. It is made of solid beech wood and steel which accents along the side.
It combines the comfort and stylishness of a full-sized booster chair with the portability and convenience of a portable booster seat. The HandySitt(tm) chair easily adjusts to fit most chairs from 12 inches to 17 3/4 inches high and folds easily for storage or use outside the home. It is the ultimate solution to your child seating needs. Installation is simple and takes just moments.
Simply place the HandySitt(tm) atop your own chair, hook it onto the chair’s back and tighten the safety strap beneath the main chair’s seat for a secure fit. The three-point safety harness keeps your child securely in place. Made in Demark, this beautiful and functional chair is perfect for both travel and a permanent position in the house. It is suitable for children 9 months to 4 1/2 years old and is available in nine different color combinations.
SnackBall by booninc:
Kids and parents love this fun, sphere-shaped snack container. The rigid form protects snacks from crushing, making the Snack Ball great for travel. Two halves unscrew for easy cleaning and the lid snaps in place to keep snacks inside.
BpA-free, Phthalate-free, and PVC-free, the Snack Ball’s lid stays attached (no more lost lids!) and all toddlers love an excuse to play with their food!
Bibagogo by IsisUnders:
The bibagogo™ is a portable, stain-resistant baby bib that travels “roll & go” style. It is a spoon, facecloth & all – a must for every Mom, Dad and Babe. The bibagogo is a perfect baby gift, school craft bib, and formal bibs for weddings, parties and special events.