As a new mom, you have so many great ideas of things you want to do with your baby. You picture yourself shopping together, spending days out picnicking and eventually going on your first family holiday. While these can be really exciting, traveling with a baby or toddler can turn into a nightmare very quickly. If you are not prepared, it can turn into a trip from hell!
For such a small body, a baby needs what seems like a million different things. Just when you think you have everything you need, you either hit a snag in the road and realize you are missing something, or you read a list like this that prompts you to buy something else.
Being unprepared and hitting tough situations can teach you some valuable lessons in life, but being unprepared and hitting tough situations when a baby is involved can be down-right painful. Rather plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need before going on that family holiday you’ve arranged.
A lightweight stroller is an absolute must-have when traveling with your little one! You need a stroller that you can transport easily, that folds up small and is light to carry. You definitely don’t want to be carrying your baby or toddler around everywhere, so enjoy the site-seeing by pushing them in the stroller. Also, stash your bag and any shopping in the strollers cart, and once asleep, the stroller can recline to match your baby’s needs.
Reclines to suit baby
Has a convenient carry basket for bags
Can only hold one child
Wherever you may end up during your travels, never rely on your destination having a comfortable enough, or safe enough bed for your baby. Investing in a light, easy to use travel crib will save you some sleepless nights. Find a crib that can be carried around easily, and which doesn’t take ages to set up. You ideally want to be able to set it up as quickly as possible, but still have it be comfortable for your baby to enjoy. The Babybjorn travel crib is perfect for this. It has mesh sides, so you can keep an eye on your baby, and is safe and roomy.
Comfortable sleep when traveling
** Editors Choice **
For moms on the go, a good baby carrier can be a great help. Never mind the everyday benefits, a baby carrier is a really handy tool to have when traveling. It can fit perfectly away into a travel bag and is light enough not to over-weigh luggage. The Ergobaby baby carrier can hold your baby in different positions, front facing, back facing, and can even be used to carry baby on your back. The weight is spread across your shoulders and waist, up your back, and is super comfortable to use. The design of the carrier ensures that your baby’s thighs aren’t being squished and the material is soft, yet hardy. This is the answer to hands-free baby wearing when out and about.
Hands free baby carrying
Even though you are away on holiday, you are still going to need to change nappies and make bottles. Babies don’t take breaks, which means mom and dad don’t either. You don’t want to be lugging around a heavy, off the shoulder nappy bag when you are out exploring. A comfortable, fitted nappy bag backpack will hold everything you need for your baby, but be comfortable (and stylish) enough to keep you going. Fitting in everything you need and more, you will be able to travel knowing you have everything you need to keep baby happy. The backpack also doesn’t have the soppy baby bag look that most moms fall prey to.
Stylish and modern
Unfortunately, baths still need to happen on holiday. Motels, hotels and other holiday destinations are not always so accommodating to bathing babies. Most babies love their bath time, so it would be a shame to deprive them of this when away. Luckily, there is a new clever bath on the block. The Stokke Flexi Bath folds up and can be taken almost anywhere. You can take it away with you on holiday, and trust that it is a secure and spill-free way to bath your baby.
Lets baby bath safely away from home
Perfect for travelling, this on-the-go diaper bag holds 2-3 diapers and has space for a pack of wipes. This is ideal for quick outings, and takes up little space in a baby bag. The water-resistant liner means that there is no mess from dirty nappies, and it is easily washed either in the machine or by hand. It is also super cute!
You never want to have some sort of emergency and be unprepared. Whether it is a paper-cut or a burn, it is always a good idea to have a first aid kit nearby. A small, handy first aid kit will fit into your baby bag and contains all the emergency equipment you need. Toddlers are learning to use their bodies and explore, accidents will happen, you just need to be prepared.
Holds basic first aid tools
Kids get hungry, and more often than not we can’t just whip up some puree or kid-friendly meal out of nowhere. The travel food insulator allows you to prepare your food at home, keep the food warm if you want, and have it ready for feeding when out. It keeps the food safe and does not allow for spillage in your bag. A full baby is a happy baby!
Comes with spork for feeding
You don’t want to be shoving dirty bibs into your baby bag, forgetting about them and then finding them weeks later. Rather opt for disposable bibs for when travelling. Once your baby has finished feeding, you can simply wipe up and toss it in the bin. Don’t worry about hand washing or finding a laundromat for dirty bibs.
No need to wash
Soft packets of wet wipes can easily get lost in your baby bag, and even dry out. Rather have a solid, secure wipe dispenser. You can transfer your soft wipe container to the new travel dispenser and have them ready on the go. The wipe dispenser will keep the wipes moist and clean.
Stops wipes from drying out
This seems a bit harsh, but toddlers are little Houdini’s. They can disappear in a second. When travelling, you might find yourself in unfamiliar territory, and the last thing you want is your little one wandering off. Rather secure them to you with a kid-leash and know where they are at all times.
Allows some distance between parent and toddler
For the breastfeeding moms. You might not be able to plug in your electric pump when travelling, so having a manual pump to help express might be a lifesaver. It fits into a normal baby bag and it’s silent and discreet. It should be effective enough to express on the go.
Does not require batteries or power
If you are storing your breast milk, you will need a cooler bag to keep it in when out. The breast milk bag offers a cool and safe place for you to keep your breast milk when on the go. You can be sure that the milk will not warm and will keep insulated.
Fits multiple storage containers
Travelling with a baby does not need to be so scary. Get yourself all the gear you need and it should be a breeze. You and your new family deserve some time off – enjoy the holiday together instead of stressing yourself out!
Travel Gear Summary Table
|Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller||$$$||Lightweight and easy to carry. Carries baby so you don't have to||★★★★★
|BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light||$$$$||Easy to set up and use. Offers baby a safe and comfortable bed||★★★★★
|Baby Carrier - Editors Choice||$$$||Hands free baby carrying||★★★★
|Baby Diaper Backpack Nappy Bag||$$||A stylish and comfortable way to carry all of the essentials||★★★★
|Stokke Flexi Bath||$$||Folds up and easy to transport. Allows baby to bath safely away from home||★★★★
|Ah Goo Baby Diaper Travel Pouch||$||Holds nappies and wipes for quick outings||★★★★
|me4kidz Medipro All Purpose First Aid Kit||$||Holds all basic first aid tools for emergencies||★★★★
|Toddler Insulated Food Jar and Spork Set||$$||Keeps food insulated, ready to eat while out||★★★★
|Disposable Bibs||$$||No need to wash after use, simply throw away||★★★★
|OXO Tot On-The-Go Wipes Dispenser||$||Stops wipes from drying out||★★★★
|Child Leash Wrist Strips||$||Keeps toddler safely near parent||★★★★
|Manual Breastpump||$$||Allows for expressing on the go||★★★★
|PackIt Freezable Baby Bottle Cooler for Breastmilk and Formula||$$||Keeps milk cool when out||★★★★