Our youngest daughter Avie has been on more flights and trips than we can count.
When you travel with a baby as often as we do, you manage to weed through all the travel gear for baby to work out which travel gear for babies are truly worth the money.
As a result, we have written many reviews & guides on our family travel blog to help you find the best baby travel gear for your situation.
In this article, I want to provide you with a comprehensive list of all, in our opinion, the best baby travel accessories that you will need to help make your trip a success.
Our Pick of Best Baby Travel Products in 2023
Find below a handy table to give you a quick overview of our top baby travel products. Keep reading further to read more about why we love each of these products so much.
In our opinion, the best travel crib. It is a lightweight (2.45 lbs) pop-up crib and it folds down to compact size. (You can even fit it in your suitcase)
A fabulous lightweight crib for smaller babies who still wake up a lot. The Lotus crib weighs only 11 lbs and comes with a handy backpack style carry case.
The sack will regulate the body temperature and can be used with external temperatures as low as 60°F (16°C) to as high as 77°F (25°C).
Take along a video baby monitor to keep an eye on your baby whilst they nap.
You never know how noisy your hotel room (or hotel room neighbors) will be. This white noise machine is small and easy to pack - just for in case!
These travel blackout curtains are brilliant as they come with suction cups. Not only do they create a darker room, but they also block harmful UV rays and reduces outside noise.
Our favorite travel stroller. The stroller is super compact (folds down to 12 x 22 x 20"). It meets regulations for airline carry-on luggage and it is lightweight (13 lbs). It also comes with a travel bag!
In our opinion, the best baby carrier for travels. The carrier has 4 different carry positions. It can also be used from birth with the special newborn insert! We never leave home without it.
In our opinion, the best travel car seat for babies. It is FAA approved, it is lightweight (14 lbs) and slim enough (18") to fit on the airplane seats. It works as a rear and forward-facing seat.
For those who can't afford the extra plane seat, this belt is fabulous to keep baby secure whilst you get some sleep as well.
It is also great for eating as well.
In our opinion, the best travel diaper bag. It has big pockets to pack plenty of bottles. It is large enough to fit all your diaper needs for long-haul flights and it is comfy to carry around.
We use packing cubes for almost everything. To sort all our baby food in one cube, to sort baby toys into another, to have a small grab-and-go diaper cube etc. They are so handy!
In our opinion, the best portable travel high chair. It is very easy to use, folds up with a carry handle, and it does not take up much space at all.
Super lightweight and compact bath for your little one. Simply inflate and pop it in the bath.
A fabulous 7 pound portable activity center that comes with a carry bag. It has 4 heights, 5 nylon loops for toys and a drink and snack holder.
This handy gadget can sterilize pacifiers and bottle nipples in 6 minutes - nifty!
An inflatable nursing pillow that deflates and fold up so small that you can pop it in your handbag.
The Best Baby Travel Gear That we Currently Use!
The right gear is key to making a trip with a baby a truly enjoyable one. It will also ensure that your trip is stress-free (or as much as a trip with a baby can be anyways).
No matter where you are heading, or how long you are going for, the travel essentials for babies that you will definitely need all revolve around eating, getting around, diapering and sleeping.
I wanted to point out that I do not recommend that you purchase all of these items. You should find the age appropriate items that will make your holiday easier (not harder).
1. Best Travel Baby Gear for Sleeping
We all know just how hard it can be to travel with a baby that is not getting enough good sleep. It can be horrible. And that is why it is absolutely essential to have the best baby travel gear for sleeping!
a) Portable and Lightweight Travel Cribs
Most hotels will provide you with a baby crib. Some will charge you a small fee for this, but most of the time they will offer it for free.
We have had so many issues with hotel issues cribs - some were ridiculously tiny and our baby was uncomfortable in the tiny space, some weren't secure and would disassemble when she pressed on the sides (YIKES!), many were just simply 'gross' and really needed to be replaced.
Read our comprehensive guide to help you find the best travel crib for your next trip.
1. KidCo Peapod
So! The simplest way of ensuring that your baby will have a safe, comfortable and clean space to sleep in, is to simply take along your own travel crib.
We used the KidCo Peapod throughout all our travels in Japan. It is a great option as you can fold it up and pop it in your luggage (if you space). You open it up and it simply pops-up. The crib is super lightweight and weighs a small 2.45 lbs. It is perfect for small hotel rooms.
We did find the velcro and zip slightly annoying for night-time feeds, but they were small annoyances considering how easy the crib was to carry, unpack and pack pack up.
2. Lotus Travel Crib
For those after more of a 'crib' option, I recommend you check out the Lotus Travel Crib. They are slightly bulkier to tag along, but I love that it can double up as a travel playpen for a baby and of course it is easier to pop baby in and out for those night-time feeds.
It is the better option for babies who are still little and who wake up regularly at night. It is 11 lbs which is a lot heavier than the 2.45 lbs Kidco Peapod, but at least it comes with a handy backpack style carry bag.
b) Sleep Sack or Sleeping Bag
We find that a sleep sack is truly invaluable on trips.
Firstly, we use a sleep sack at home, so it helps to keep baby in her normal sleep routine.
Secondly, we find that airplanes are either too hot or too cold, so it is a handy product to have in your baby carry-on bag.
Thirdly, hotel rooms are always cold! And many don't allow you much flexibility when it comes to the aircon settings. And we have NEVER been provided with blankets for the hotel baby crib.
Fourth, it means you can leave your baby blankets at home, which helps to keep luggage weight down.
We love the Woolino Baby Sleep Bag. The sack will regulate the body temperature and can be used with external temperatures as low as 60°F (16°C) to as high as 77°F (25°C).
The sack is 100% natural and made from the soft Australian merino wool!
c) Baby Monitor
We always take our baby monitor with on our trips with our baby. Our baby monitor has a video screen so we can watch her sleep.
We find it invaluable when we are away - for peace of mind mostly, but it is also handy when you are staying in a private villa that has a pool - so you can be outside in the sun whilst your baby is napping.
We simply tag along our home monitor. We love the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor.
d) White Noise Machine
A white noise machine is also a good idea, espesially if your baby is a light sleeper. Many hotel rooms are noisy, even more so when you are trying to get your baby to have a nap in the day (and kids in the next rooms are busy running, playing and shouting).
We love this small baby white noise machine, they don't take up much room and do an excellent job at blocking out distracting noise.
You never know who is going to be your neighbour! Better be safe than sorry.
e) Baby Blackout Curtains with Suction Cups
I don't know about you, but our baby wakes up with the sun. Which means that if we can keep the room darker for longer - we can get more sleep. It is also super helpful to have a dark room in countries where the sun only goes down at 9 or 10 pm.
These travel blackout curtains are brilliant as they come with suction cups. Not only do they create a darker room, but they also block harmful UV rays and reduces outside noise.
Measurements: 78 x 50"
We love staying in Airbnb's and this is an absolute lifesaver for us.
2. Best Travel Items for Baby for Getting Around
Getting around with a baby overseas can be stressful for many parents. You might not know what to expect - will there be a car seat for my baby? Will the terrain be stroller-friendly? Figuring out which travel with baby gear you should take along can be pretty tough.
Here are some tips to help you decide what to take and what to leave behind.
a) Travel Strollers
We always take a travel stroller along, every single time. It doesn't mean we always use it, I think we barely touched our stroller in Bali, but I always take it along for peace of mind.
A stroller has many benefits (in comparison to a baby carrier):
- Your baby might fall asleep easier in a stroller
- The stroller will have a shade roof to keep the sun out of baby's eyes
- You don't have to struggle under the weight of your baby (so true when they are older and weight more!)
- You won't get as sweaty - hot destinations + baby carrier = sweaty combination for both you and your baby.
It is important thought o find a stroller that folds up small and that is fairly lightweight and easy to take along.
1. Mountain Buggy Nano
One of the most compact travel strollers that we have used is the Mountain Buggy Nano. It folds up so small that you can take it as a carry-on and stow it away in the overhead lockers. This is a MASSIVE bonus because I still remember carrying my sleeping baby through massive airports - talk about dead arms! Having your stroller at your side is a big win!
This stroller is not only compact but it is also lightweight (11 lbs). It also works with most universal car seat adaptars so that you can add on your infant capsule if your baby is still too small to sit upright in the stroller.
It has a sunhood, can recline and comSummer Infant 3DLitees with a travel bag.
2. GB Pockit+ Lightweight Baby Stroller
Another popular stroller for travel purposes, is this GP Pockit+ Stroller. This is a great option for older babies from 6 months +. It also folds up really small (you can pop it in the overhead locked), it is only 9.5 lbs, and has a recline for nap time.
b) Baby Carriers
Baby carriers are brilliant and again we always take one along.
Here are the reasons why we love them:
- Even though we have a lightweight compact stroller, many airlines request that we check ours in to the oversize luggage counter. Which means that we are stroller-less for the duration of the airport. A carrier is a lifesaver whilst you deal with scanning your luggage, handing over tickets and passports etc.
- When you get stuck on an overnight flight where the baby bassinets are all taken, a carrier is a lifesaver to allow both you and your baby to get some sleep.
- So many tourist sights and attractions have stairs, making exploration by stroller unpractical.
- They allow you to enjoy hikes out in nature.
1. ErgoBaby Carrier
We personally use and love our Ergo Carrier. We use the ErgoBaby 360 which is great for babies from birth (you will need to purchase the newborn insert for babies under 4 months) to 36 months.
We love this carrier because you can have baby facing in our out. When Avie got to around 1 years she hated the carrier when she had to face in as the wanted to see what was happening in the world. You can also use it on the front, the hip or on your back.
Helpful that you can breastfeed whilst baby stays in the pouch. We have also made good use out of the tuckaway baby hood as well.
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2. Baby Hiking Carrier
If you are planning on doing a lot of hiking, you might want to invest in proper baby hiking gear.
In that case, I would suggest that you leave the ErgoBaby behind and that you invest in a comfy good quality hiking carrier instead.
We highly recommend the Clevr Cross Country Baby Backpack Carrier. This is one of the most popular baby backpack hiking carries that we have seen.
They are great for babies who are 6 months and older (up to 4 years). They are lightweight at only 5 lbs. Has a canopy to protect your baby from both rain and sun and they are comfy to carry with their thick padded shoulder straps.
c) Travel Car Seats
The American FAA strongly recommends that you use an approved child restraint device when travelling with infants less than 2-years old. Ultimately car seats are the safest and most comfortable way for infants to travel on a plane. But it also means that you need to pay for that extra seat ticket!
The bonus of tagging along the car seat for the airplane is of course that you will also have a car seat to use in your transfers and taxi's during your holiday. So whilst it is a bit of a pain to take a car seat along, it really comes down to simply keeping your baby safe on both the plane as well during holiday transfers.
We highly recommend the Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat for babies as the seat offers enough padding to keep baby comfy. It is FAA approved, it is lightweight and slim enough to fit on the airplane seats. It works as a rear seat for infants or a forward-facing seat for older babies and toddlers.
Don't forget to grab a great travel seat carrier as well. We love using this car seat travel bag.
d) Primo LapBaby
For those who can't afford the extra seat for the car seat, this is a great alternative to keep your little one safe. It will also allow you to get some shut eye as well. You can also use it whilst eating as well.
It isn't as friendly for breastfeeding which is a bit frustrating and you can't use it during take-of and landing, but it is great for peace of mind.
3. Best Infant Travel Gear for Diapering
a) Travel Diaper Bag
Forget about a shoulder diaper bag when you are traveling. Diaper backpacks are so much better as they allow you to have two free hands when traveling.
Look for a diaper bag bag backpack that has loads of pockets and compartments. Ensure it has enough space to fit all your bottles! I've shared the video here to show you how much we can pack in our favorite diaper bag: DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag. We can fit 4 bottles in the side bottle pockets. Love this bag, it has been to many many countries with us!
b) Clean Hands Changing Pad
There is nothing worse than changing your baby in a space that just doesn't feel very hygienic. Even worse when they get to that age where they reach for everything and start rolling around.
These changing pads are brilliant for travel. The sides fold up and create a barrier that you can use for attaching hanging toys to keep your child’s hands occupied whilst you go about changing them. It folds down to a small small clutch size which is great for those tiny plane cubicles.
c) Booster Diaper Pads
Another fabulous trick is to use booster diaper pads. These pads will help you get more bang out of your diaper buck. These long-wearing extra-absorbency disposable pads increase absorbency of your diapers by 8 fl oz.
Hooray for diapers lasting longer whilst traveling!
d) Packing Cubes
We LOVE packing cubes and use them to sort and organize all our families luggage items. I love using the smaller sized packing cubes in my diaper bag as I find them so handy.
- You could use a small cube for a set of spare baby clothes.
- Also handy to hold all of your babies food and snacks for the flight.
- Once baby is older, you could use the cube for all the baby toys. Handy because you can easily keep this cube with you during the flight.
- We also use a cube for a quick-to-grab diapering cube - it has the changing pad, 2 x diapers and a small container of wipes. So handy for those insanely small airplane toilet cubicles!
We use two different brands at home and my favorite is the PRO Packing Cubes.
4. Best Baby Travel Gadgets for Eating
Here are some of the most essential baby travel items for mealtimes:
a) Inflatable Travel Nursing Pillow
For my breastfeeding mums, this pillow will be worth the weight in gold. We know how important good posture and support is when we breastfeed. How incredible is this inflatable nursing pillow!? Obviously it won't be as good as your decent pillow at home, but I reckon it is a good compromise.
The nursing pillow deflates and folds up so small that you can pop it in your handbag.
b) Travel High Chairs
Once baby is eating solids, you will also need to think about dragging along a travel high chair. We find that it can be rare to find baby high chairs in restaurants in various destinations overseas.
You really want something that is lightweight and easy to pack. We love the First Years On-The-Go Booster Seat. It is very easy to use, fold up with a carry handle, and it does not take up much space at all.
Further Reading: Here is our guide on the best travel high chairs.
c) Other Eating Accessories
1. Silicone Bibs
Leave the wipe-able bibs at home as they will get grotty and you won't have any easy way to wash them. Instead pack in some silicone bibs. Silicone bibs are great as they have a handy lip to catch any food.
You ca also give them a quick wash in your hotel or restaurant bathroom sink after use. We love the amazing silicone bibs by Happy Healthy Parents. You should definitely add those to your list of travel accessories for babies.
2. Bottle Babies
If your baby is drinking from a bottle, you will have to pack some bottle feeding supplies as well. We always take a tub or two of the formula that we use at home. And take 2-3 bottles, so that you always have a clean one on hand.
You also have to think about how you will be warming the milk as well as how you will be sterilizing the bottles.
Click here to grab a handy baby warmer that you can take on the plane.
3. Babies on Solids
If your baby is eating solids, we also highly recommend that you pack in loads of food jars and snacks that they are used to eating. If your baby is a fussy eater, you might also like to invest in a portable insulated food jar.
The Foogo Thermos will keep food warm for hours whilst you are out and about exploring. So the food will be warm and ready for whenever baby gets hungry.
Also a great idea to always have a nice soft little spoon on you as well. We love this On-the-Go travel spoon.
5. Best Bath-Time Baby Travel Items
Next problem is having to give your little one a bath. We often try to shower our baby, but man add a bit of soap and your little one really turns into a slippery squirmy baby. Our youngest really loves to bath but hates showering, so to keep the peace we travel with this awesome item.
a) Sink Bath (0 - 6 Months)
Find it hard to shower your little baby? This is such a brilliant product. The Lotus Bath works in all sinks. The plush, soft, flower creates a wonderful way to safely cradle and clean your baby. What's better is that it lays flat when not in use and only weighs 1.1 pounds!
b) Inflatable Baby Bath (6 Months +)
This is a great option for little ones aged 6 - 24 months. You inflate it and pop it in the bath. It is lightweight (1 pound) and just so easy to use and pack away. What a fabulous baby travel item to pack in if your hotel or Airbnb will have a bath.
6. Best Playtime Portable Baby Travel Equipment
Another item you might need to think about taking along is an activity station. Our daughter got super frustrated on the ground from around 3 months of age, so a portable activity station was a lifesaver (until she started crawling at 7 months).
a) Portable Baby Activity Station
This KidCo portable light weight 7 pound activity station is designed to fold and go. It also includes a carry bag!
It has 4 adjustable heights and includes a snack and drink holder. It has 5 nylon loops where you can attach your little one's favorite toys.
7. Best Baby Accessories for the Plane
And lastly, I think it is the plane bit that normally seems the scariest when we book that holiday. So here are some items to make your life on the plane that little bit easier.
a) Baby Banz Earmuffs
If your little one is sensitive to noise or tends to wake up with every noise in the house, these earmuffs might just save you a lot of frustration. Airplanes are noisy, people moving about, announcements going off or food being served.
These earmuffs are perfect for little ones from 0 months to 2 years. They are cushioned with foam and the headband is covered with high quality, soft leather. They do a fabulous job at cutting out loud noises.
b) Baby Portable UV Sterilizer
If your little one uses pacifiers or bottles, you will need to sterilize the nipples at some point. This can be tricky whilst you are flying or stuck on an airport. This UV sterilizer can be a real lifesaver. It safely eliminates 99.99% of E. coli and other viruses and bacteria in 6 minutes.
It uses batteries so perfect for travel. It is small and lightweight and something you simply should have in your plane diaper bag.
c) Spill-Proof Snack Container
Once your little one is eating solids, we also suggest you grab some of these spill-proof snack containers ... and fill them with food that takes forever to eat. Your little one will enjoy digging them out and it will keep them busy for a while.
Snacks that work well is things such as dried fruit - raisins, yogurt coated berries, baby biscuits etc.
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Other Handy Baby Travel Accessories
A travel playpen or Pack 'n Play is also handy to have once baby is mobile and moves around a lot. If we know that we will be spending loads of time in a car, I also often take a baby car mirror with. And when we head to countries (especially in Asia), that we know will be steaming hot, we always take a fan for the stroller too - although you can often buy these on the streets in those destinations as well.
Another item that is fairly important to have on hand is a digital temperature reader. I don't like playing guessing games when it comes to temperature, so I love to have an accurate reader on hand. I love the Anthsania Forehead Thermometer.
And of course once you start toilet training your toddler, you will also want to take along your own travel potty as well.
We would love to know if you love using any baby products for your travels that we have not included in our list? What do you think are the best baby travel products?
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