While traveling with a baby is no picnic, it doesn’t have to be a juggling act, either — because babies don’t need a whole lot of stuff when traveling. The key to a successful trip is bringing along the right gear, not the most gear. Save your sanity and keep your baby comfortable by bringing these three products along.
SwaddleDesigns Swaddle Blankets
A healthy baby can travel soon after he’s born. In fact, babies tend to travel well, considering they sleep so much. The loud white noise of the car ride or plane typically doesn’t rattle them, because it’s reminiscent of the volume in the womb.
The super soft, premium fabric of SwaddleDesigns swaddle blankets are perfect for traveling babies for several reasons. First, they are lightweight and easily roll up to fit in a diaper bag. Second, they have a multitude of uses. Do you desire some privacy for breastfeeding on a crowded plane? Simply tuck a corner of the swaddle blanket under your bra strap and drape the rest across yourself and baby Voila, you have a privacy throw. Is the air temp on the plane a little cool? Tuck the generously sized blanket over you and babe and ride in comfort. Need to take a rest stop during the car ride? Tuck the blanket around baby in the baby carrier while you stretch your legs. Have you arrived at your destination and ready for bed? Swaddle baby in their familiar blanket for a better night’s sleep in a new place.
They come in a variety of fabrics such as muslin, marquisette or flannel and a variety of colors and patterns so you can travel in style. Available online at SwaddleDesigns.com.
Mountain Buggy Nano Travel Stroller
Compact and lightweight for travel, the Mountain Buggy Nano Travel Stroller was a 2015 Red Dot Product Design Award winner. Evaluation criteria for the award included: innovation, ergonomics, durability, quality, functionality and ecological compatibility.
This portable stroller weighs 13 pounds. Press two buttons and the Nano Travel Stroller easily folds down to 56cm x 31cm – perfect for many overhead luggage compartments in airplanes and trains. Utilize the custom-fit travel bag with carry handle or the shoulder strap for hands-free carrying.
The dual function travel system offers car seat compatibility making it easy to go from compact fold to fuss-free urban stroller ready to roll through the streets of your travel destination with ease.
Other features include:
- Sun canopy with sun visor
- Rear wheel suspension
- Lockable 4 x 6” EVA tires
- Pedal brake
- Built-in safety gear to add car seat with ease
- Adjustable leg rest
- Under-seat gear tray
Phil&Teds Lobster Highchair
Winner of the 2011 Junior Magazine’s Best Travel Product and Mom Trends Must-Haves 2014 Winner, Phil&Teds Lobster Highchair is the cure for all of your hygiene fears, because it eliminates the need for using those grimy restaurant high chairs. This portable seat features durable fabric that can easily be wiped clean. The convenient legless travel high chair weighs 3.8 pounds, folds down to 14 x 13 x 3 inches and slides into its own compact carry case.
A unique feature of this product is that it clips on to almost any table or bench. The strong rubber gripped ‘lobster claws’ (hence the name Lobster Highchair) secure to the table using a twist clamp, and the four-point safety harness with padded shoulder straps keep even the most active baby secure. The deep, padded seat offers baby ergonomic back support. The maximum weight is 45 pounds.