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Vacationing with a baby doesn’t have to be complicated, and you don’t have to bring along every outfit and all their toys to have a good time. Pack light and only travel with the baby travel essentials, and re-stock on things like diapers, wipes, and baby food when you need to, rather than bringing enough for a long vacation in your suitcase – those overweight bag fees are no joke! If you’re traveling by car, be prepared for more stops than in your pre-baby days, and enjoy the excuse to stop and explore.
Deal with the inevitable messes on the go with ease with a wipe-clean surface. The wristlet strap and zippered compartment make this a functional clutch that’s easy to keep close at hand while on the go. Holds about four disposable or cotton flat diapers, or about two pocket style cloth diapers.More: 7 Best Travel Pillows for Staying Comfy On The Go
Cover the miles with LÍLLÉbaby’s famous carrier. Easy for wearing your little one on trains or subways, avoiding the hassle of installing and uninstalling a car seat in a taxi. Great for exploring museums, parks, and famous historical sites that are difficult to navigate with a bulky stroller, you’ll find yourself using this top baby carrier for everyday errand running too. Quick pops into the grocery store with both hands-free and no need for a cart? Magical.
Keep the whole family’s travel documents organized and secure, because babies need passports too! With room for five passports as well as cards, cash, and keys, this multi-function wallet organizer can keep all the essentials in one place.
There are a lot of options out there for portable cribs and play yards, but the Babybjorn nudges out the competition in several categories. It’s lightweight for a travel crib or play-yard, and easy to operate, and has one of the most comfortable travel mattresses available. The mesh wall fabric makes it easy to keep an eye on your little one and encourages air to circulate through the crib, keeping them more comfortable.
Plan for convenience at home or while on the go with this three-piece travel system by Chicco. The car seat base fits securely in place for easy removal and installation of the cozy carrier, so there’s never an interruption during naptime. The carrier fits snugly in place with the stroller, so young babies can face mom or dad while on the go. When they’ve outgrown the carrier, simply put them front-facing in the stroller, which holds children up to 50 lbs.
If you’ll be mixing formula on the road, bring along your own hot water to avoid trudging through restaurants, gas stations, and rest stops looking for hot water or a microwave. Bonus; since most travel baby bottle warmers are just thermoses full of hot water, this works great for warming bottles of expressed milk too, and is less expensive than those specialty warmers, with more water capacity to boot.
No parent can endure the Sisyphean delight of picking up a pacifier, returning it to their baby, and watching them throw it again forever. Pacifier clips keep them clean and in easy reach for fast retrieval.
With babies on board, it’s almost impossible to avoid stopping to smell the roses – or some smells that are distinctly un-rosy. While you’re dealing with messes, let your little one air out and explore on this oversized muslin blanket. Perfect for some much-needed tummy time after an extended period buckled into a car seat.
This insulated organizer has space for bottles, a cooler section, and a tablet holder. We’re not advocating for tossing out the no screen time under two rule, but we suspect if questioned, most pediatricians with small children will admit to facing the same struggles as every other parent, and maybe even caving occasionally on those “rules”. When deployed in an emergency, the right Baby Einstein video can go a long way towards buying just enough patience to press the last few miles to your destination.
Babies love those shiny, jangly, dangly car keys, so get them their own pair! These are gel-filled, perfect for chilling in the fridge before use, so baby gets all the benefits of chewing them while also numbing those painful gums during teething.
Because things always crop up at the worst time, of course your little one will get their first runny nose while on the road. This starter kit of baby essentials ensures that whether they’re gassy, rashy, or just griping, you’ll have everything you need to soothe and comfort them.
If you’ll be flying with milk you’re allowed more than the usual 3 oz of liquids, but it certainly doesn’t cut down on the time you’ll spend in the security line. Frozen milk secured tightly in a cooler in your checked bags undergoes a lot less scrutiny but hey, kids gotta eat. This four bottle cooler by Medela fits their bottles perfectly, and the contoured ice pack keeps them chilled for hours.
Three AAA batteries or a USB plug-in is all it takes to keep kids cool and comfortable while on the go. Perfect for strolling around those tourist traps, car rides down the coast, or even clipping on to the beach umbrella, this little lion fan loves coming along on summer adventures.
It’s always easy to run through a phone’s battery while traveling, whether looking for directions, reviews, or just keeping in touch with family at home, but with a baby in tow, it becomes even harder to keep charged. Whether you burn through your phone battery playing lullabies, taking adorable baby videos and photos, or powering that travel fan, with a top-rated travel battery pack you can replenish on the go and keep enjoying that hard-earned vacation.
If you’ll be traveling with a baby that is big enough to sit up on their own, it’s convenient for meal times to have a high chair for them while traveling. Sitting with the family for meals encourages kids to take an interest in food and try new things, and this lightweight and easy to use high chair is portable enough for restaurants, family holidays, and vacations. If you’ll be picnicking outdoors frequently, this one has a sunshade, and may be better suited to your needs.