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.
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!