Travelling with a baby can seem like a mammoth task. I remember travelling with Maxi and Mini when they were babies. I always over packed. So what are the top five products that you need when you are travelling with a baby.
I think that it is a mother’s instinct to pack for every eventuality when you are traveling with a baby or toddlers. I have been there and done that. In fact we even got a bigger car to take all the paraphernalia that comes with babies. Gosh all you used to need to do was get me near a baby shop and I would have spent a fortune.
But what do you really need to have with you and what is a nice addition or good to have just in case!
Top five products for traveling with a baby
Lay flat pram, carry cot or travel cot – I know that a lot of parents co sleep, but I always took a travel cot with us whenever we traveled. When both the boys were tiny, they slept in the carry cot on their pram when we visited family and friends. But when they got bigger I found a travel cot was invaluable.
Gro anywhere blind – Now these were not around when my boys were younger, but pretty much everyone I asked said that these were invaluable. “They really block the sunshine out so regardless of where in the world you are or the time differences you can get a decent night’s sleep” says Emma from The Mini’s and Me.
Muslins – These were permanently by my side when both my boys were babies. Maxi had a tongue-tie and was a very messy eater, so these saved the day a lot, then they became his comforter and I know that a lot of people use the larger muslins as bedding, to cover themselves when breastfeeding, instead of a bib and as burp cloths.
Baby carrier/Sling – They are great for in airports and getting to and from the plane. Plus they are perfect for soothing angsty babies when they refuse to sleep.
Comforter – Whether it be a Sophie the Giraffe, dummy or a bear (like Mini had). You should make sure you always travel with it and if possible a spare. Yes we had bear bear and spare bear!
So these are my top five products for travelling with a baby, but there are many, many more. I still travel with calpol and wine!
Also I would never travel anywhere without my child’s car seat, but that goes without saying in my book!
I asked some other Mum’s what they thought you needed when travelling with babies.
Wipes! They are a must! Muslins, a sling or other carrier for when they want a cuddle but you’re on the move, a spare set of clothes and a change – Parenthood highs and lows
Calpol! One of those inflatable booster seat high chair things, cheapy room thermometer (cardboard one from grobags), baby snacks if they’re over 6 months (organix etc) and my dodgy old secondhand out and about buggy which could survive anything. Or wine. Youngest often refuses to sleep on holidays and my nerves aren’t what they used to be. – Crafts on Sea
From when they were little an ergo. Perfect for front and back carries and also great for in airports and getting to and from the plane. With my daughter we also had a fabric tot seat which turned a chair into a high chair for her. Great in a country that didn’t have high hairs in restaurants! – Being Mrs C
It’s so easy to overpack with babies (and children) I think it’s because we feel the need to cover every eventuality. I know I didn’t travel much when my boy was a baby – couldn’t afford to :/
We always packed wipes and a special bag for toys and other pacifiers. I would take the travel cot of we were driving but not if any other mode of transport was involved!
Very shortly I will have this all to look forward to again! Hopefully I haven’t forgotten too much from first time around! Great tips! 🙂
Baby wipes would be top of my list, don’t go anywhere without them 🙂
I wouldn’t have any idea where to start with travelling with a baby so these sound like great tips 🙂
They are very good suggestions. Breastfeeding and co-sleeping did make it so I needed less. Yes to the sling & muslins most definitely.
Great top 5, think you covered the essentials!
For me, it’s always going to be a sling. Can get by without almost anything else!
Your list is invaluable for new mums.
My Daughter is now Three and we still travel with plenty of Muslins. The over sized ones are great for bibs, spillages and even blankets!
Great post Jen, really useful for those with bubbas. For us it was always muslins (or muzzies as they’re affectionately known). POD used to spill up all the time but since then has adopted a muzzy as a comforter.
a sling would be my top product for sure! it was a lifesaver traveling on train with Wilf when he was little! x
My top travel product with babies is a mirror that fits on the back of the seat. Not only does it mean baby can see themselves but you can see them too
I still travel with calpol too. Baby wipes are good for travel too, although I don’t carry them as often now.
I was guilty of the everything but the kitchen sink approach when mine were babies – then most of it wasn’t needed!
oh all that endless packing, see ive just packed my hospital bag for having my son in few weeks time and even that seemed a nightmare x
I no longer have babies but baby wipes are still a must!
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