Travelling with a baby requires a bit of preparation. There are a few things that I usually make sure I pack.
They say that no two babies are the same and that’s definitely true with my two mini-explorers. My first, Nova, was pretty chilled out, whereas my recent newborn, Kit, has colic so she pretty much cries all the time when she’s awake.
It’s hard work to say the least, but it hasn’t put us off travelling with a baby. However, my travel essentials for Kit are slightly different.
We didn’t bother with a bouncer for the first time round and initially we didn’t with Kit. However, once we realised she had colic we splashed the cash on this one. It was personally recommended to us. Not only are all of the reviews great (from parents in a similar situation), but it folds flat and is super lightweight. It’s perfect for carting from room to room and ideal for taking on our travels. It also looks a lot more stylish than some of the garish ones.
It’s not quite the miracle cure we were hoping for, but it often soothes her enough to give us a bit of light relief.
Nuna SENA Travel Cot
This travel cot came on all of our baby adventures with Nova and will do with Kit. It’s stylish and practical. We used it loads with Nova and it’s still as sturdy as ever, which is testament to the design. I won’t say much more as you can read my Nuna SENA review here.
Joolz Essentials Blanket
A homely blanket in an unfamiliar hotel room makes all the difference. Babies are so receptive to smells and textures, so we always travel with at least one blanket. The Joolz Essentials Blanket is a great one because it helps with regulating temperatures and absorbs moisture. It’s a good one for travels as it can be used for both stroller naps and sleeping through the night.
We used a PacaPod changing bag the first time round and loved it. The main bag contains two smaller pods – we used one for nappy stuff and one for milk/snacks. It means that you can just grab the relevant pod, rather than lugging the whole bag – perfect for tiny cabin toilets on planes.
Our bag was used to death and split, so this time round we’re just using the pods (which are made from more durable material) in a different bag.
As much as handbag style changing bags are cute, I don’t find them practical when I’m on my travels (or at home). I wholeheartedly recommend a backpack as you can just shove it on and forget about it. The straps are usually padded and you tend to get more space than a handbag one. The latter usually fall off my arm when I’m trying to hold a million and one things – so annoying.
Mamas & Papas Travel Changing Mat
This portable changing mat is so soft, plump and pretty. Rather than the cold, shiny wipe clean sorts, this one is more like a cushion. I find it’s less startling for my little one and I like that I can shove it in the washing machine and drier.
Mini-Explorer Milestone Cards
I’m beyond excited to use these with Kit! I came up with the idea when Nova was a few months old and we’d already travelled quite a bit by then. This time round I’m going to use the full set of Mini-Explorer Milestone Cards.
They’re photo props – basically like the monthly milestone cards you commonly get for babies, but these ones celebrate all those exciting travel firsts – first flight, passport, train ride etc. The reverse is a postcard so I’ll be capturing all the precious details of the trips too. You can read more about them and see lots of pics Shop Mini-Explorer Milestone Cards.
We Made Me Pao Papoose Carrier
This carrier seems to have the longest name in the world and the most buckles! It’s not the prettiest of carriers, but it’s the only one that I seem to get on with (and I tried a lot). Most importantly for me, it feels sturdy and secure. I don’t worry that I’ve put it on the wrong way or that baby isn’t correctly positioned.
You can carry baby in three different positions, but with a newborn it’s just front-parent-facing. A carrier is a lifesaver at home, but especially when you’re travelling (and for a colicky baby).
Lascal Maxi BuggyBoard
We’ve shunned a double buggy as Nova hasn’t been that fussed in going in his for a while now. However, on our travels we tend to walk a lot and it’s a bit too much for his little legs so we’ve gone for a BuggyBoard. He absolutely loves it.
We pretend it’s the bus and he rings an imaginary bell when he wants to get off it – usually to splash in a muddle puddle! It comes in a mini and maxi version. We went for the maxi one as it fits both our travel system stroller (Egg) and our holiday stroller (Nuna PEPP Luxx).
So aside from nappies etc, these are my newborn travel essentials. What are yours? X