11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travel With A Baby

11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travel With A Baby

With the holidays fast approaching, we thought we’d help you out by sharing some holiday gift ideas for someone who’s pregnant or planning a vacation with a baby.

We’ve learned quite a bit this year traveling with Baby B. We’ve taken him on short trips, long trips, airplanes, boats and trains. Each experience has taught us something new and each trip has allowed us to become more comfortable traveling with a baby.

Traveling with a baby doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. You just need to take extra time planning and pack baby travel items that will make your life easier.

So, whether you’re shopping for a friend or family member (or yourself), below are a few items that every traveling family should consider.

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1) Phil & Ted’s Lobster Highchair

This travel high chair is lightweight and portable (plus, it’s built by Phil & Teds so you know it’s good quality). The Lobster Highchair only weighs a couple pounds and is a must for anyone traveling to Europe with a baby (read why we don’t think Paris is very baby friendly). An added bonus is that this durable item can also be used at home.

 

2) My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair

The My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair is another perfect travel companion for parents. It fits easily over a standard seat so it can be used virtually everywhere. It has a 5 point harness, cleans easily and folds up in a convenient little storage bag. You’ll be thankful you have this handy product when dining out at a restaurant.

3) Ergo Baby Carrier

We love our Ergo Baby Carrier and can’t say enough good things about it. Baby B gets cranky after being in his stroller after about 20 minutes and trying to hold a squirmy baby is not an easy task. Ever since he was born, we’ve carried Baby B around in this Ergo Baby Carrier. It’s lightweight, easy to clean, and most importantly, it doesn’t hurt our backs.

4) Balboa Baby Nursing Cover

If you breastfeed then you’re likely aware that a good nursing cover is essential, especially when traveling in unfamiliar places. This Balboa Baby Nursing Cover is not only is stylish, but fully covers momma’s body and creates a cocoon for baby. I love the reinforced neckline that holds the fabric away from the body, so Baby B and I can see each other while feeding.

5) Infant Bath Seat

This Infant Bath Seat is one of the items we always travel with. It’s solid plastic, so it’s not the most compact, but we just pack around it. It’s an awkward travel item but it’s lightweight and fits easily in our suitcase – it actually helps protect liquid / breakable items. Most importantly, Baby B loves this chair, which means he takes longer baths and stays calm before bedtime (critical when you’re sharing a room with baby).6) Traveller Crib

We are fans of the PeaPod Travel bed but there has been some controversy surrounding it lately (Note: if you have one it is not recommended for infants less than a year old). A great alternative is the Phil & Teds Traveller Crib. It weighs less than 7 pounds and although doesn’t fit in a suitcase, it can fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane.

7) Phil & Teds Nest

The Phil & Teds Nest is perfect for infants 6 months and under (the website says 9 months, but Baby B grew out of it before that time). It provides a safe sleeping environment for infants and weighs only 5 pounds.

8) All-Purpose Blanket

A good blanket is mandatory when traveling. It can be used in so many ways. We use ours as a stroller cover to block out sunlight while Baby B naps. We also use it for changing, sleeping and playtime outdoors. We use the JJ Cole Collections All-Purpose Blanket because it’s thick, durable and comfortable (and Baby B likes the colourful stripes).

9) Bottle Warmer

Preparing baby food is always a struggle when traveling, especially when you have to heat up bottles. That’s why the Prince Lionheart On-the-Go Bottle Warmer is a must have travel companion. With the push of a button, it provides instant heat to all baby bottles without the need for batteries or an electrical supply. Once heated, it remains warm for hours.

10) DEX Products Sound Sleeper

If you’ve been following along, you know that we’ve had trouble with Baby B’s sleeping. And when we travel, sleeping in the same room makes things more challenging. That’s where items like the DEX Products Sound Sleeper come in handy. Unlike other sounds machines, it has the option to go all night long and has 24 different sound combinations. Not only does it help Baby B sleep, it drowns out other sounds in the room so we don’t worry about waking him. This is also a good item to use at home when you’re not traveling.

11) Play N’ Change Mat

Unlike North America, we’ve found that it’s not common to have changing stations in many countries. Therefore, traveling with a good change pad becomes essential. We like the Play N’ Change Mat because it is easy to clean and large enough to also be used as a play pad.

 

Hopefully one of these items have inspired a holiday gift for someone special!

Want more holiday travel gift ideas? Check out our 2013 Holiday Gift Ideas for travel with a baby.

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Do you have any baby travel items that you never leave home without?
Share your baby travel items in the comments section below, we’d love to read about it!


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12 Responses to “11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travel With A Baby”

  • I’m a huge fan of the sound machine as well – makes ours feel like he’s home when he’s not. Definitely makes sleeping a whole lot easier (for all of us).
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  • A travel highchair was a must for us in restaurants in Spain. Children get a really warm welcome in restaurants there, but they aren’t all well equipped when it comes to high chairs. If they have them, your child is often put on the end of the table or in the way of the waiters carrying hot food over them, or they don’t have safety straps on. Better to take your own. Ones like the one you have above are great, as you can roll them up and take them anywhere.
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  • Might have to email this around to family as a hint! lol
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  • LOVE my Ergo. Maybe the best $ I spent on baby gear. You always end up byuing all sorts of things you never use or don’t like after you use them, but this carrier is also one of my favs! Haven’t tried it with a newborn/young infant yet since I didn’t discover it until my DD was 7 mos. old, but would like to try the newborn insert with #2!

  • We are HUGE fans of a sound machine at home and when we travel. Its the one constant for all of us that helps us sleep through the night, drown out a noisy hotel (or parents trying to tip toe around the room and then stubbing a toe somewhere) and keeps everyone happy.
    And like you I can never say enough about my Ergo. It got the toddler through many a country’s historic sites and now it’s carrying his little brother around on our travels. Just hope it lasts another 2 years!
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  • Just wanted to say you have some great suggestions (and i already have quite a few of them!)
    We actually managed to fit our Phil and Teds Traveller crib into our suitcase when we went to Europe, it can be done!

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