Baby Travel Gear
Essential Travel Gear for Vacations with Babies
By: kelby-carr on: Sat 19 of May, 2007 [16:53 UTC] (4441 reads)
Traveling with a baby means needing a whole host of essential gear, from being sure baby is safe to feeding to diaper changing on the go. Here is some must-have baby travel gear.
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gogo Kidz Travelmate
This is the ultimate solution to a common baby travel dilemma. This turns a car seat into a rolling one-hand-to-push airport stroller. What's great about this is that it makes it much easier when your baby has his or her own seat on the plane (much, much safer than sitting loose on the lap).
Buy it: gogo Kidz Travelmate
Phil & Teds T2 Travel Cot
Another of the most pressing issues for parents traveling with babies is where they will sleep. If you've ever used a hotel crib, you know it isn't the best solution. They are usually just portable play yards, and are often so used and abused they can be downright unsafe. This portable crib can be used in the hotel at bedtime, or with the netting at the beach as a safe play area.
Buy it: Phil & Ted's T2 Travel Cot
Carry Along Play Mat
Give your baby a space to play with this Carry Along Play Mat. The great part is, at the end of the trip you can convert it into a toy tote (it fold into a box shape that holds up to 30 pounds) to toss all those little baby items you need to pack quickly.
Buy it: Carry Along Play Mat
If you simply must fly with your baby on your lap, either do to financial constraints or simply to keep a large family on the same row, you will want to do what you can to keep baby safe. The bad part of a lap airplane ride is the issue of baby being unbuckled while adults are safely buckled. The Baby B'Air, for just around $30, provides a tether attaching baby to a parent.
Buy it: Baby B'Air
High chairs may be prolific at family restaurants, but you won't find one in your hotel room for baby's breakfast and snacks. You also very well might not have one handy at certain restaurants. It's much better to have a safe place for baby to sit during meals with you (unless you want to hold a squirmy baby in your lap for a feeding).
I love this Hi-Seat?, which is great as a place for a bored baby to play with toys as well as eat. It also grows with your baby, and can be used into the toddler years. Best of all, it folds up small for carrying. I even liked it so much during travel I switched to using this at home.
Buy it: Hi-Seat
There are certain instances in which baby food is hard to come by. On a cruise ship, for instance, you would have to pack a ton ahead of time to have enough to last the whole time or be running about port towns hunting for jars (trust me, I've been there).
With the Food Mill, you can simply take soft or cooked foods and grind them into homemade baby food. The great thing is it doesn't require power, but uses a hand crank. That means you can make baby food anywhere, even camping.
Buy it: Food Mill