I don’t know about you, but the amount of stuff I pack for a vacation with a baby is comical. I mean, just to go to Target we take the amount of bags most people would take on a weekend away, so when we travel, we look like we’ve just loaded up all of our worldly possessions and moved out of our house. That being said, while there are definitely times that we’ve over packed when traveling with a little one, there are other times when I’ve said a silent prayer of thanks that I remembered to bring something that turned out to be a lifesaver. We’ve tried a lot of baby travel products out there, and there are some that we loved so much, we’ll never travel without them again. There are also products that I’ve seen other parents use and had to stop and ask them where they got it! Take a look at my list of the top 10 baby travel products on the market.
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1. Summer Infant Pop N Sit Portable Booster
I saw someone use this on a day out recently, and thought what a marvelous product it was to travel with. My baby is 10-months old and eating meals in a high chair, but it’s not always convenient to stop and find a restaurant or a coffee shop while we’re away. This would be such a wonderful way to be able to sit a little one down for a snack or a quick meal, no matter where you were. It also struck me as a wonderful product for camping, since it’s lightweight and waterproof, and such an easy way to set a baby or toddler up with something to eat or an activity.
This is a 3-in-1 diaper bag, travel crib, and portable changing station; in other words, pretty much everything you need when traveling with a baby! The lightweight diaper bag folds out to make a four-sided padded bassinet, and then one of the four sides folds down to make a changing table. Honestly, whoever invented this was a genius! Trying to find somewhere for little one to sleep, and a clean, convenient place to change them, are two of the biggest challenges we face when traveling with our little one. The bassinet could be used on a plane, in a hotel room, in a tent, pretty much anywhere where you might be looking for baby to sleep. Having a hygienic and convenient place to change a diaper is also a huge plus! Out of all of the baby travel products on the market right now, this is the one I find myself recommending over and over.
This is basically a fabric chair cover with straps to make any chair into a high chair. The back of the seat goes over a chair and ties on, and then baby can be strapped in the front securely. This works wonders for eating in a restaurant that doesn’t have high chairs, or if you don’t feel like the high chairs offered are particularly clean or safe (this has been the case for us sometimes in foreign restaurants). It’s also washable for when your little one inevitably spills something on it!
We’ve used this since my first son was a baby, and the one we have is still going strong four years later! It is an absolute lifesaver if you need to warm a bottle or a pouch of baby food on the go. You simply fill the thermos with boiling water before you leave the house, and then when you need to heat something up, pour the hot water into the plastic heat-proof lid. This is so much easier than trying to ask for a bowl of hot water in a restaurant, and if you’re out and about, this is something you can pretty much use anywhere. The thermos keeps the water hot for hours, and it doesn’t take a bottle long to warm up. This is something we never take trips without, even if just going out for the day.
I’ve talked about how much we love our Trunki in the past, and that love is still going strong! We’ve had our first Trunki for four years now, and it still looks as good as the day we bought it. It’s a hard-sided suitcase that is the perfect carry-on size, holding kid travel essentials like changes of clothes, blankets, books, and toys. It has wheels and a strap so that it can be pulled along, and my favorite feature is that it is shaped perfectly for kids to hitch a ride – and any traveling parent knows that pulling a kid through an airport is an awful lot quicker than trying to make them walk! We bought a second Trunki not long after my second baby was born, and now we take the two Trunkis everywhere we go!
This is something I’ve ordered for an upcoming road trip we have, and I think it will save so much whining from the backseat! It’s a great way to organize toys, games, coloring books, snacks, and drinks, without things ending up all over the floor – and everything is within reaching distance! It’s easy for the passenger to reach behind to pass over something new when you little one gets bored. This would also be great for using in a hotel room; hang it from a door handle and it will keep everything in one place.
This is a really great product for older babies already drinking water, but not quite up to a sippy cup yet. Taking bottles can use up valuable luggage space, especially in hand luggage, and these adapters screw on to any water bottle to allow your baby or toddler to drink from your water bottle. It also saves taking a sippy cup on days out or excursions, since you can just use one of these on a regular water bottle instead.
Many a time we have checked into a hotel room only to find that the bathroom had a shower, but no bath tub. Trying to shower with a wet, squirmy, slippery baby is a nightmare, only made worse when a baby is crawling or walking and wants to ‘play’ in the shower or eat the shampoo. This inflatable bath tub can be filled up with warm water from the taps in the sink, and used to give little one a quick bath safely. Once deflated, it folds up small and takes up very little luggage space. It also doubles up as a fantastic beach tool; fill it with some salt water, and baby has their own make shift paddling pool right there in the sand.
I love refillable baby food pouches; it’s so easy to make a big batch of baby food and simply transfer it to multiple pouches for a trip. I love that these pouches are clear; we’ve had a few issues recently while flying with TSA Agents giving us trouble with baby food pouches, and the ones we have that were clear required less special screening. These pouches also get bonus points for coming with a spoon that can be screwed on to the pouch where the lid would go, making feeding little ones on the go even easier.
These are the only snack cups I use for both my 4-year old and my 10-month old. They hold the snacks securely, even when the cups are waved around or dropped/thrown on the floor. They are dishwasher safe, but it’s equally easy to just wipe them clean.
What are your absolute must-have baby travel products? Let me know in the comments below!