Best Baby Travel Tips | 2020

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Out & About
By Baby Village on 02 December 2019

When it comes to travel, having a baby in the family doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself, you can explore the world together, conveniently & easily, with a few key items & a bit of forward planning!

β€œPack for the journey, not just the arrival! Be prepared for anything from travel sickness to rain!”

Things to consider when travelling with a baby or small children include: 

  • Age of your Bub or children (often infants can travel/stay for free)
  • Length & mode of transportation - think scheduled breaks, entertainment & food on-the-go
  • Duration of your stay (overnight vs long vacay)
  • Are you best off taking your own gear or hiring when you get there (travel cot, car seat, high chair, pram or stroller)
  • Weather at your destination
  • Any restrictions or requirements you need to meet (think airline limits, hotel room inclusions).
Top Tips + Travel Gear Must Haves

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Make sure there is somewhere to Sleep
From overnight stays, to a long vacation, your Bub will need somewhere safe, secure, comfortable & age-appropriate to sleep so you all get a good night's rest. Whether you decide to take a travel cot (or other sleep space) with you, or hire one when you get there, it's a good idea to take your own linen (including mattress protector); that way at least Bub is comforted by familiar smells & feels as they nod off.

Our top picks for safe sleep solutions on-the-go are the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Easy Go for it's lightweight, compact & easy-to-assemble design; the Phil & Teds Traveller Bundle with it's ability to convert from Bassinet to Cot for greater longevity of use & easy portability; Dreambaby's Phoenix Bed Rail is perfect for older kids using a standard bed, and the Sweet Dreams My Little Bed is ideal for use with infants on any safe surface.
BabyBjΓΆrn Travel Cot Easy Go
Phil & Teds Traveller Bassinet Mode

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Be prepared for Strolling Around
Travel strollers have come a long way since the umbrella stroller debuted in 1965! You now have the added convenience of choosing a lightweight stroller you can take on board a plane and stow in the overhead compartment (please check with your airline first). Plus there's plenty of additional features & accessories to make your wheeled vacation a pleasure for all including parasols, mosquito nets, rain covers, footmuffs, leg rests & extra storage so you can be sure rain, hail or shine you can stroll on!
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Travel Without Wheels with a Carrier
There are so many benefits to babywearing, but specific to travel it gives you back the ability to use both hands - which is critical when you're checking-in and transiting through airports, especially if you have a toddler in tow! Plus there’s so many more places you can go when you don’t have to worry about a stroller - even just being able to use the stairs! Whether you choose a wrap for your newborn or put Bub straight into a structured carrier, you still get all the benefits of babywearing! Our top picks for everyday carriers come from Ergobaby whose signature Omni 360 Mesh Baby Carrier and new Omni Breeze are suitable from newborn to walking toddler (approx 3.2-20kgs) without the need for a cushion insert and provides an ergonomic carry position for both you & Bub; and the MOBY Fit Wrap (suitable for newborn to approx 13kg) which is a hybrid combining the closeness of a wrap with the ease of a carrier and the snugness of your favourite tight t-shirt; but if your family is into hiking or longer day trips check out the Phil & Teds Escape or Thule Sapling Carrier for serious adventures!

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Make sure you've got everything you need for Safe Travels
Whether you're packing up the car for an Aussie driving holiday, or you're off to an exotic destination, if you've got little ones under the age of 8, you're going to need a car seat. Our top tip if you're travelling mid-long haul with a toddler or younger, taking your 0-4 Convertible Car Seat or Infant Capsule is a great way to go - if you're happy to pay for the extra seat. Of the many benefits, your Bub has a comfortable journey in their own familiar seat where they're more likely to have longer naps, and you don't have a squirming toddler on your lap. Plus when you arrive at your destination you're not relying on the car company or a family member to supply a safe & compliant car seat.

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Prepare for Feeding On-The-Go
Ensuring your Bub or small child has somewhere to refuel is key! Taking your high chair from home isn't really practical and relying on your destination to have something available *and clean* is dubious. We recommend taking a portable booster seat with you (for Bubs able sit unaided) such as the Yummi Go Booster  - these can be strapped onto just about any chair, and some even come with a compartment to store your feeding gear - bonus! For younger Bubs, a portable mat you can lay on the floor anywhere is a good idea. Bumkins Travel Mat is generously sized (1m/sq) and made from an easy-wipe, waterproof fabric, providing the perfect barrier between your baby and any surface! 
Yummi Go Booster
Bumkins Travel Mat

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Gather any other Travel Essentials
Changing time-zones can wreak havoc on your little ones sleep habits, so ensuring you can black-out a room quickly & easily for undisturbed sleep can be a lifesaver! The Gro Anywhere Blind  is designed to 'go' anywhere with you and can be used this again & again thanks to the suction-cup design.

With greater freedom to travel with little ones, innovations in this space continue to make the journey more comfortable & less stressful for all. Check out the Jetkids by Stokke BedBox - a perfect on-the-go sleep solution for little ones on long-haul planes.

Bathing Bub away from home can be a dauting thought, but we've got a few tips to make bathtime just as fun! For infants the Puj Travel Baby Bath is both lighweight and compact, and can be used in literally any sink! If you've got a little more room to play with, or a slightly bigger travel partner, the Stokke Flexi Bath makes bathtime just as fun as at home!

You'll also want to keep your little ones entertained in-transit so we recommend you check out this great range of travel toys to keep kids amused on-the-go.
Stokke Jetkids BedBox
gro anywhere blind

From getting out & about each day with your baby to travelling the world, it should be fun and easy!

This list is by no means exhaustive, if you've got a travel tip you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below and enjoy your travels BV x

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