Travelling with babies is hard work, but these baby travel accessories can make the experience a little easier.
Whilst different cultures and a change of scenery can ignite your kid’s curiosity and become an invaluable classroom, family travel is hectic. And little ones require a lot of gear.
To lighten your load, it’s important to source accessories designed for travel; baby gear that’s useful, portable and lightweight. Sure, you want to bring the essentials; but packing too much stuff only becomes restrictive and stressful. Affordability is also key. You don’t want to spend a ton of money on baby accessories that aren’t often used.
After you choose a destination your kids will engage with, pre-pack and prepare early for a smooth landing.
Here’s how to make your getaway easier with the smart travel accessories for babies.
1. Hands-Free Baby Carrier
Wearing your baby can be much easier for many parents.
You can move around easily or navigate stairs and keep them secure in tight spaces like planes. Plus, your baby prefers to be close to you. Baby carriers will keep your hands free, take up little space and are cost-effective to buy.
Look for one that distributes weight evenly across your shoulders and hips for better back support. Some also come with a travel pouch for extra convenience.
2. Almost Weightless Travel Stroller
If you’re taking a stroller, make sure it’s light enough to meet the airport weight restrictions.
A good travel stroller is one of the best investments you can make if you plan to travel a lot, but it’s also an expense many new parents can do without. Families who travel a lot should find one that’s suitable for older toddlers too.
This travel stroller fits in the overhead cabin luggage and is suitable for babies up to 15kg. Travelling parents would also benefit from the 3Dlite stroller, which is one of the lightest (6kg) options on the market. It can almost flatten to encourage on-the-go naps with a multi-position recline.
3. Buggy Bagrider
Fun and useful travel wheels for the adventurous ones!
Mountain Buggy Bagriders cater for children from 9 months up to 3 years old, combining a carry on suitcase with a travelling seat. It simplifies travel for parents. Use it to replace the need for an airport stroller or maximise carry-on luggage.
Your child is safely strapped into the 5-point harness. However, it can’t be used with newborns as your child must be able to sit upright unaided. Read reviews from parents here.
4. Backpack Diaper Bag
Diaper changing can be a daunting task for travellers.
Backpack diaper bags can keep all the essentials organised and are lightweight enough for travel. To ensure you choose the best option make sure it includes:
- Enough storage pockets to hold diapers and bottles
- Zipped and easy-to-access compartments
- Handles and adjustable straps with shoulder pads
- A change mat or has enough room to tuck a small one in
- Wipe-clean material for convenience
Pack the bag with travel items such as baby wipes, wet-dry bags, and zip lock bag to help store away mess. These Planet Wise wet diaper bags are small enough and a great alternative for green-conscious parents.
5. Travel-Size White Noise Machine
To block out neighbours, hotel noise or other disturbances, white noise can help give your baby some peace and quiet.
The healing power of sound is effective to aid sleep for babies and children. To use whilst you’re away, choose a travel-size machine with a compact design that can be USB powered. Here are a few top picks to get started.
First time using white noise for your baby? Read these tips.
Whether you’re travelling by car or plane, it’s important to choose baby travel accessories to make holiday life, without packing a lot of stuff.
What are your baby travel essentials? Share them in the comments below.