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Baby Travel Gear: An Overview
Have Baby Will Travel has been online since 2007 and, in that time, we’ve come across some awesome, excellent, great (and sometimes not so great) baby travel gear. Whether it’s a travel crib or a travel stroller, or which is the best car seat to travel with, we’ve likely tried it out. In most cases, all the info is here. Except for the bad stuff, because my mother always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say…
Just getting started? Prepping for your first trip with baby? These baby travel gear essentials will give you an idea of what you need to bring, and what you can leave behind.
I have a bit of a stroller problem, so we’ve traveled with a number of different strollers. I don’t necessarily believe you need to purchase a separate stroller for travel, but if traveling is going to be a big part of your lives, you might want to invest in a daily stroller that travels well. Check our all our travel stroller reviews and our picks for best travel stroller.
Not everyone has the space or money to keep adding to their baby travel gear stash. If you’d like to avoid buying a second car seat for travel or a specific travel stroller but these are two items you know you might need, here are some LEGAL and SAFE car seat alternatives and stroller alternatives for travel with toddlers and small children.
Flying with a car seat is not a picnic, but for better or for worse (and for used and for not) we’ve always traveled with ours. And we’ve never regretted not having it with us.
When something is this cute, functional, and reasonably priced – you tend to shout it from the rooftops. We adore these headphones for toddlers, and think you will too.
Whether you’re visiting family or friends or jetting off on a much-deserved vacation at a swanky resort, the question of where baby will sleep is bound to arise. Even if you co-sleep at home, chances are that where you’ll be sleeping while you’re away will not have your baby’s safety as their main priority, so obviously you need to make it yours. Make sure you consider all your baby travel bed options.
The Best Toddler Travel Bed Options Sleep usually is easier to figure out once your baby becomes a toddler. EXCEPT when you’re traveling. Chances are they will outgrow their travel crib or portable cot much sooner than their crib at home. If you’re shopping for a portable toddler bed for travel, you will want it to be big enough and last long enough to justify the expense. Check out our recommendations for the Best Toddler Travel Bed.
If your baby is older with an established sleep routine, a travel crib that can be set up elsewhere as a second bed might be the right choice. Or, if your baby is older and more active, you might be better off with a more sturdy portable toddler bed instead.
But if you’re planning to travel with a newborn or young baby and/or co-sleep, a travel bassinet or portable baby bed might make the most sense and get you greater value for your money.
Shade is absolutely the most essential piece of baby beach gear required if you’re planning a family beach vacation. And if you’re not 100% sure your resort will have appropriate palapas or beach umbrellas available, your best bet is to bring your own. YES, I’m suggesting you add One. More. Thing. to your already massive pile of luggage. But if the beach is where you’re headed with a baby or toddler in tow, you NEED shade.
We road-tested 10 small and mid-sized SUVs to see which one would fit our family best… For our busy daily life in the city, and for road trips with the family.
Sometimes it’s just easier to rent, rather than ship it all with you. Check out our extensive list of baby travel equipment agencies – and please let me know if you have or know of a business that belongs here.
Depending on where you’re going, and for how long, it just might be easier to have your baby necessities shipped in advance. Here’s a list of places that will do just that.
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