8 Must-Haves for Traveling With Baby
Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean your traveling days are behind you. But let’s face it—journeys with a little one aren’t always easy. Simply gathering the essentials can feel overwhelming, much less figuring out how you can possibly get it all into your car or on a plane. Luckily, you can eliminate half the hassle by investing in the right portable and versatile baby gear. Here are eight supersmart items to add to your travel arsenal so you can relax and enjoy summer getaways with your new plus-one.
1. A multipurpose car seat cover
Multifunctional products are your best friend when traveling with baby. This soft and stretchy cover from Itzy Ritzy checks not one but four boxes. For starters, the cover fits over the handles of a shopping cart and over any standard infant car seat. When used with a car seat, it’s the perfect solution to making naptime happen—even in a crowded airport or a noisy restaurant. Wear it as an infinity scarf, and use it as a nursing cover on a plane, train or just out for a day of shopping. Bonus: It’s an instant shade-maker.
Buy it: Itzy Ritzy Mom Boss 4 in 1 Multi Use Cover, $25 (or as low as $5 per month with Easy Pay*), QVC.com
2. A compact changing station
Public bathroom diaper changes are just a way of life with baby in tow. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee the provided changing station will be even close to clean. Maxi Cosi’s Clutch Changing Pad offers the perfect solution with an extra thick pad that easily unrolls for on-the-spot diaper changing. It also features an exterior pocket for wipes and a removable interior organizer to hold diapers, diaper cream and extra clothes. Rather than rummaging through a bulky diaper bag in close quarters, simply grab this clutch stocked with everything you need.
Buy it: Maxi Cosi Clutch Changing Pad, $35 (or as low as $7 per month with Easy Pay*), QVC.com
3. An all-purpose diaper bag
Spacious and stylish, the Axis backpack is the perfect all-purpose baby travel bag. The large upper compartment is a great place to stash extra clothes, diapers, wipes and toys, while the insulated bottom compartment is big enough to store a breast pump or snacks and milk. An insulated side pocket, meanwhile, offers easy access to a bottle while you’re on the go. And with its comfy padded straps, the Axis backpack is easy to wear all day long, wherever your adventures may take you.
Buy it: Petunia Pickle Bottom Axis Backpack, $146 (or as low as $29 per month with Easy Pay*), QVC.com
4. A sturdy beach chair
A baby beach chair that doubles as a meal-munching spot? Yes, please! This lightweight camp-style chair can be taken just about anywhere baby needs a seat. The five-point harness keeps little ones secure and comfortable as they sit upright with an overhead canopy for shade. The detachable snack tray also makes for easy mealtimes. Even better? The chair is rated for kids between 3 months and 10 years and up to 75 pounds, which means it can grow (and travel) with your child for many trips to come.
Buy it: Baby Delight Go With Me Venture Deluxe Portable Chair, $85 (or as low as $17 per month with Easy Pay*), QVC.com
5. A convertible wagon
If you’ve got more than one kid (or plenty of stuff to tow) skip the traditional stroller. Instead, a wagon is perfect for packing up the kids—and supplies—for a day at the beach or a walk into town for ice cream. Radio Flyer’s Stroller Wagon takes things a step further by converting from a double stroller into a traditional pull wagon and can be used with kids as young as 1. A canopy, four cup holders, quilted seatbacks and mesh storage pockets make it comfortable and practical for all-day use, plus your little ones can be buckled in for optimal safety. And when you’re done, simply fold it up and set it aside for your next outing.
Buy it: Radio Flyer Odyssey Stroller Wagon, $484 (or as low as $97 per month with Easy Pay*), QVC.com
6. A portable play space
Having a safe place for baby to play or lay both indoors and outdoors can be tough when you’re away from home. That’s especially true if you’ve got a crawler on your hands. This sturdy, portable play yard is full-size, but folds up compactly enough to make it a realistic travel option. It also offers a detachable bassinet (for babies up to 25 pounds) and a diaper-changing station. Translation: You won’t have to pack as much gear. Plus, the play yard’s two wheels make it a snap to move from room to room.
Buy it: Delta Children LX Deluxe Portable Baby Play Yard, $135 (or as low as $27 per month with Easy Pay*), QVC.com
7. A pack-and-play specifically designed for travel
Traveling with a portable crib or pack-and-play isn’t always possible. Enter: An infant sleeper that folds in half for easy travel and is suitable for babies up to 5 months old. The Baby Delight Snuggle Nest is a simple, compact option for sleeping or just a safe place to lay baby down on the go. Plus, both the included sheet and cover are removable and machine washable.
Buy it: Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Organic Portable Infant Sleeper, $95 (or as low as $19 per month with Easy Pay*), QVC.com
8. A two-in-one sound machine and nightlight
If baby has a hard time adjusting to a new place, the Yogasleep adjustable sound machine is a must-have. The compact design won’t take up much room in your suitcase and it comes preloaded with a whopping 20 sounds, ranging from rain and white noise to womb sounds and shushing, to help keep baby snoozing even if you’re staying somewhere with noisy neighbors (or chatty morning birds). Meanwhile, the built-in dimmable night-light is perfect for nighttime feedings.
Buy it: Yogasleep Nod Sound Machine and Nightlight, $32 (or as low as $6 per month with Easy Pay*), QVC.com
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