Items you need to make your trips more fun and less hectic.
Picture this: you're travelling for the first time with your baby, so you make sure to pack extra bottles for feeding time and double-check you’ve got enough blankets to keep your baby warm during naps.
You feel like you're all set, however, it all comes crashing down when you find that all the bottles are too cold to give to your baby and the blankets may have kept your baby warm, but that didn’t stop the light from keeping him or her awake.
Well, actually, that's a true story – mine. So today, after much thinking and planning, I'll be helping you avoid such frustration with a list of the best 5 baby travel products you absolutely need to have fun on-the-go!
Things To Consider When Buying Baby Travel Products
Here are a few points to take into account while shopping for baby travel items:
One of your main concerns should be the weight of whatever item you're buying, especially if it's something big such as a baby chair or a cot. Make sure you're getting the lightest products possible so it's easier for you to carry and handle them.
Travel items should be storage-friendly, so choose products that are compact enough to fit inside your bag. For larger items, make sure they can be folded down to fit inside your car and be easier to manoeuvre.
Ease of Use
Another important factor for baby travel items is their ease of use. You're going away to relax and enjoy your time, not to spend most of it figuring out how to set up or use these products. So look for simple solutions requiring as few steps, straps, and cables as possible.
5 Best Baby Travel Items
The first thing you should be thinking about is where your baby going to sleep! One of the most inconvenient aspects of travelling with babies is coming up with a comfy yet safe spot for them to rest at night.
This foldable baby cot from Red Kite is an excellent on-the-go sleeping arrangement for your baby and you can also make use of it as a controlled area for your little one to play.
It comes with fully padded top rails for extra safety as well as see-through mesh sides so you can keep an eye on your child. This baby cot fits a mattress size of 95cm × 65cm, available in 4 colour options: black, grey, navy, and blueberry.
Now that you've figured out where your baby will sleep, you need to make it as comfortable as possible. But since you're going to be away from home, you can't guarantee the windows will be dimmed enough for naps during the day.
This blind from easynight will do a great job of blacking out the room for a restful sleep. It's also silvered on the outer side to reflect away heat in addition to light.
You can use it to cover windows by attaching suction cups and/or self-adhesive frame strips, both of which are included in the package. You also get a carrying bag so you can easily pack it away when not in use. It's available in 5 sizes to accommodate various window dimensions.
A child seat is one of the best ways to help you feed and interact with your baby without worrying about their safety. While it might be too big to take on a plane, if you’re travelling by car, a chair becomes even more useful as it allows you to adapt easier at restaurants and unfamiliar hotel rooms or cabins.
This seat from Summer Infant is a wonderful option for such purposes. It's made of lightweight yet sturdy plastic, with an adorable aqua/white colour theme.
It comes with a tray which folds flat underneath the seat, so it doubles as a feeding seat as well as a booster seat. It also collapses into a compact size and a built-in handle so you can carry it with one hand.
While on holiday, you probably need your hands to be as free as possible so you can shop, eat, grab some drinks, or do other activities without missing out on the fun. A baby carrier grants you such freedom while keeping your baby close at all times.
This wrap carrier from Funki Flamingo is made of durable premium-quality cotton fabric to hold your child securely without falling apart. It comes with zero straps or cords, so it's quite simple and comfortable to put on. The maximum weight it can support is 35 pounds, so keep this in mind before making a purchase
Lastly, a bottle and food warmer can really go a long way for when you're out and about with your baby. It serves to heat up milk, water, or formula for your baby's feeding time during car rides and long journeys.
This one from Tommee Tippee is very simple to work with. You just add boiling water into the insulated thermal container and close it tightly.
Then, when you need to feed your child, pour the water from the thermal container into the warming cup and place the bottle into the hot water. Remove the bottle when you feel it's warm enough and test the temperature before feeding your baby.
There you have it, my top 5 products to take while travelling with my baby. What's your favourite product? Would you add something extra? I'd love to know your thoughts so be sure to leave your answers in the comments!