Chloe just completed her 21st flight in under 15 months… I know what you’re thinking, that’s more than some people have flown in their whole lifetime. We’ve bought nearly every product on the market for travel and only needed a few essentials to get us from Point A to Point B those 21 times. Whether you’re traveling with a baby or a toddler, these are some products that have made our lives much easier navigating the airlines with our little one.
Here are the 6 Must Have Products for Traveling with a Baby:
1.Baby leg warmers: These make diaper changes SO much easier because you don’t have to take them off to change a diaper. This is the easiest no hassle way to change baby’s diaper anywhere, including the tiny changing tables in airplane bathrooms. Affiliate link: Wrapables Colorful Baby Leg Warmers, Chevron Gray and White,Chevron Gray and White,12 x 3.5 inches
2. J.L. Childress Gate Check Bag For Standard and Double Strollers: This is a must as I mentioned in my previous post, Baby’s First Year: Top 12 Products for the First 12 Months (embedded link). It keeps baby’s stroller and/or car seat clean, and it also helps make sure you don’t lose any pieces. Plus, it makes your stroller the easiest to find when you’re picking it up from the gate check.
3. Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser: Chances are, baby is going to poop en route to your final destination. These bags make sure you and fellow travelers don’t have to smell it en route to the garbage. These bags mask any smell and they are super sturdy so you don’t need to run to a garbage can the minute you get the stinky diaper off your baby.
4. Hand Sanitizer: You can’t keep yours and baby’s hands clean enough when you’re traveling through airports and on airplanes. Make sure you have easy access to hand sanitizer or hand sanitizing wipes (Affiliate link: Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizing Wipes) when you’re on the go. The best kinds for baby are fragrance-free and alcohol free like in this affiliate link: BabyGanics Alchohol Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer. Like the link, make sure any liquid sanitizer is 3oz size or less!
5. Pacifier: As I mentioned in 8 Tips for Traveling with an Infant, baby might have a hard time equalizing the pressure on take off and landing. One way to help this is a pacifier or a bottle. You can also nurse baby — anything that will help them swallow will help make sure take off and landing don’t hurt their little ears.
6. Boppy Travel Pillow: If you are going to nurse while traveling I highly recommend this easy-to-transport nursing pillow. It folds up and has a strap so you can carry it like a bag. It also has a little pocket in the front big enough for a small burp cloth. It’s not as firm as a regular nursing pillow, which is how it can fold up for easy transport, but it does the trick to give the extra padding and comfort for baby and mom.