Last Updated on January 23, 2022 by admin
Welcome to the world of traveling with a baby! We’ve found that travel has only gotten better since our daughter was born. We travel more intentionally, often spending more time in one location than we would have before kids. This has allowed us to really deepen our connection to a place, instead of seeing the main sights and moving on. The places we visit now have extra significance to us. There are certainly challenges that come with traveling with a baby or a toddler, but honestly, the benefits more than make up for them.
One thing that we have learned is that the right travel products can really help alleviate a lot of stress. There’s no getting around the fact that we need to carry more things around when we travel, but the products that help our baby sleep better and are easy to use have really made a difference for us! Whether you’re preparing for your first trip with a baby, or whether you’re a seasoned family traveler, we have compiled our list of the best baby travel products.
We know it can be overwhelming to search for the best stroller, car seat, and crib when you’re having a baby. (Just creating a baby registry was time consuming!) I remember being overwhelmed as I looked through the lists of options and read all the reviews. We hope to save you the time, because we’ve personally used almost all of the baby travel products listed below for our own travels with our baby, and we are excited to share them with other parents that are embarking on a family trip! We drove 3,590 miles with our toddler on our last road trip, and we’ve flown with her as a baby as well. This list is made up of the products that have helped us the most.
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Top 11 Best Baby Travel Products
1. Doona Stroller and Carseat
If we could only recommend one baby travel product, it would be the Doona stroller! This is a stroller that also doubles as a car seat, which will save you so much time and energy. You won’t have to lug both a carseat and a stroller through the airport and around your destination. It’s seriously life changing. We tell everyone we know that’s expecting a baby to go get one.
The Doona is super easy to use. With the push of one button, the wheels extend, and you have a stroller ready to go. It’s approved for air travel or you can check it at the gate (which is what we did).
One of the best aspects of this product is that there’s no need to take the baby out while you’re switching from the stroller mode to carseat mode. If the baby is sleeping, there’s no need to wake the baby up and unbuckle them to transfer to a stroller. You just push the button and the wheels extend.
If you’re using public transportation, it’s super easy to install in a vehicle. When we spent two weeks in San Diego with our 6-month-old daughter, we were able to easily install the Doona in a taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
Another bonus is that this product saves space. If you’re going on a road trip, there’s no need to pack a stroller in the trunk, because it doubles as the carseat. (Hello trunk space!)
Another thing we loved about this stroller is its small turn radius. It was perfect for being in the city or navigating crowded markets.
The only downsides we can see to this product is that it’s a little heavier than some other carseats. However, that was hardly an issue because we never had to carry it around. We’d always release the wheels and use it as a stroller if it wasn’t in the car.
We highly recommend purchasing the Doona if you’re planning on traveling with a baby. It made such a big difference for our trips! You can purchase it here.
2. Phil&Teds Travel Crib
The second key item you’ll need when traveling is a travel crib. The advantage of having your own travel crib is that you won’t need to rely on hotels having them available, and you won’t need to worry if they are clean. When you bring your own travel crib, you also have the advantage that your baby is familiar with their sleep setting, which might make it easier for them to fall asleep. (And that would be totally worth it in-and-of itself!)
We were gifted the travel crib from Phil&Teds, and it’s been one of our favorite products. It weighs less than 7 pounds, so we were able to pack it inside our checked luggage for our flights. And on road trips, it was very easy to pack it in the car. We really appreciated that it was light enough to comfortably carry it into hotels, up stairs, and across large properties.
Because this travel crib is so light, we were also able to easily carry it around the hotel. If we felt like heading to the pool, we could carry it down to the pool and our daughter would use it as a playpen.
This has been another one of our very favorite travel products. You can purchase it here.
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3. Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier
Baby-wearing is just the best for traveling. It’s so easy to move around, and you get to snuggle with your baby all day. If you’re traveling, you will likely be on your feet a lot. Make sure that you have a good product that feels comfortable for you and the baby. We loved the Ergobaby 360 because it was easy to use (no complicated wraps!) and super comfortable. If you have a newborn, be sure to purchase the infant insert so you can use it right away. We used our Ergo 360 on hikes, at Disney, and exploring cities. (If you have a standing desk at home, it’s also a great way to be able to work hands-free!) You can purchase the Ergo 360 here and the infant insert here.
4. SnoozeShade Crib Canopy
This is the product we wish we would have had from the beginning. It’s helped our daughter sleep so much better when we travel! Before we had the SnoozeShade, we’d put our daughter to bed in her crib and she would be too distracted by a new hotel room (and our presence) to fall asleep. This canopy covers the crib so it’s dark and distraction-free. (This is especially helpful when staying in a hotel and there are no other bedrooms!) Once we started using it, our daughter would fall asleep a lot faster. That meant that we all got better rest and we had more energy to spend enjoying our destination. This is easily one of the best baby travel products! We were gifted the Snoozeshade. You can purchase it here on Amazon. Or you can purchase it on the SnoozeShade website and use my code WRITETRAVEL10 for a discount on a single product!
5. SnoozeShade Stroller Canopy
Thankfully Snoozeshade also gifted us a similar product for strollers. It fits over most strollers, and it protects from up to 99% of UV rays. We used this product all the time while we were visiting Arizona and Utah. We had a trip planned to visit several national parks, and we wanted to make sure that we could keep our daughter safe from sun exposure. This product helped us to feel a lot better because we always had a safe place from the sun with us. We just snapped it on over the stroller and it provided instant shade.
We also really liked this product because it helped us have naps on the go. We knew that on some days we wouldn’t be able to make it back to the hotel midday for a nap. This product kept the stroller nice and dark, which helped our daughter fall asleep more easily. You can purchase it here on Amazon. Or you can purchase it on their website and use my code WRITETRAVEL10 for a discount on a single product!
6. White Noise Machine
We use a white noise machine to help our baby fall asleep both at home and while traveling. We like this white noise machine because it’s small, compact, and is easy to charge. Because our daughter was sleep-trained with this noise, she found it very soothing. We would easily turn it on in the car for road trips, or use it at the hotel. You can purchase it here.
7. Packing Cubes
We never used packing cubes until we had a baby. Using packing cubes was such a game changer. Baby clothes are small, and the last thing you want to do is dig through your entire suitcase trying to find a missing sock or onesie. We put all of our daughter’s clothes in one cube, and it made it so much easier to find her outfits. You can purchase them here.
8. Silicone Bibs
These bibs are so helpful for meals out at restaurants. They’re easy to wipe down and clean, so you only need to bring one with you for your travels. We use them at home too! We’ve used them for hundreds of meals, and we’ve had no issues with them. You can purchase them here.
9. Jogging Stroller
We recommend a jogging stroller only if you’re planning on using trails or roads that are unpaved, such as crushed gravel. For cities, we definitely prefer using the Doona. But if we’re out on the trails, like at Zion National Park, we prefer to use the Thule Urban Glide. This jogger has been so easy and convenient. We use it for exercise, but we’ve also taken it with us when we’ve traveled. (We even had one passerby stop us and call it the Cadillac of strollers!) We’ve logged hundreds of miles on our Thule, and it’s in great shape. If you’re a runner, we highly recommend this stroller! The one downside is that it is bulky. If you’re tight on space, you might want to consider an alternative. But if you have the space and plan on spending a lot of time out on trails, this is an excellent stroller! You can purchase it here.
10. New Toys
Finally, be sure to pack some new toys for your baby. When you’re on a flight or on a road trip, you’ll want to have a bag with toys that the baby has never seen before. A new toy will keep the baby occupied and hopefully give you a moment to rest. You can purchase these toys here.
11. Hiking Child Carrier
If you’re a hiker, you’ll definitely need a child carrier. We used the Ergo when our daughter was young, and then switched to the ClevrPlus model when she was a toddler. We’ve gone on several hikes using this product. We like that it has a sun shade and rain flap. There’s a surprising amount of storage as well to carry water bottles, wipes, and diapers. Just be cautious when loading your child in and out of it. It’s possible for a toddler to tip it over if they push against something. We carried our daughter up to Delicate Arch using this carrier, and we found it to be easy to use and comfortable.
We hope this post was helpful in finding the best baby travel products that will help you have a hassle-free and stress-free trip!
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