It’s no secret that our family has traveled a lot with our baby in her first 12 months. She managed a total of 10 countries in her first year and during all of these travels I like to think that we learnt a few things along the way. There are several products that we could not have lived without when we traveled with our new infant and I wanted to share these essential items to help you plan and pack for your travels with your new family. Whenever I am packing I try to remind myself that many things you can purchase on the go so as not to stress myself if I forget them (i.e. nappies, wipes, formula, food etc.) but these items are always at the top of my packing list each time.
- Baby Carrier / Sling ~ BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One Air | In some cities and at some events, it is far more convenient to take the baby in a carrier as opposed to a pram. For example, trying to take a pram into the grand stand at the Monaco Grand Prix would have been a nightmare (read about our adventures here) or the Metro in Paris is accessible mostly only by stairs. We purchased the BabyBjorn and have been very happy with the structure and support it provides. It is easy to put on and strap the baby in as well as being fuss free to adjust and transfer between the parents (you may not have noticed, but hubby and I are not exactly the same size, ha!). Note that this specific carrier is only suitable for babies above 3.5kgs, so depending on the size of your baby, it may not be suitable for the first few weeks. I also like that this can be used as a back carrier once the baby is over 12 months and it is suitable up to 3 years old.
- Travel Pram ~ Silver Cross Jet | We have been big fans of the Silver Cross brand since becoming parents and so we were shamelessly excited when Silver Cross released their new travel pram, the Jet. Wow – I wish this had been available when Mackenzie was born as it has revolutionized our lives. This pram is suitable from birth, lies fully flat and is incredibly lightweight, meaning it is comfortable for your baby and practical for parents. And the best feature, it completely collapses down so that it fits in the overhead locker of a plane – no more checked baggage for us! It comes with a rain cover and protective cover for stowage.
- Travel Cot ~ Inovi Cocoon Folding Moses Travel Cot | The Inovi Cocoon travel crib was a fabulous investment in our household. We used this crib in our room at home for the baby for the first 6 months instead of having a moses basket (saving us money and space) and it was really easy to transport when travelling. It is lightweight and compact (less than 4kgs) and only takes a few minutes to put together. There are no sheets or mattress protector available from the brand, but the Snuz range fits perfectly. I recommend these sheets (click here) and this mattress protector (click here).
- Baby Grow ~ Bonds Wondersuit | The Wondersuits from Australian brand, Bonds, are quite possibly the best clothing option available for newborns and babies in my opinion. I will be devastated when Mackenzie is too big to wear them. The zip works from the top or bottom, making it easy for nappy changes, and the feet and hands can fold over meaning no need for socks or mittens (which are impossible to keep on!). They also come in a range of beautiful prints making them super fun for your little ones. I always receive a lot of compliments whenever Mackenzie wears hers in public and it is so much easier than trying to coordinate an outfit and then trying to pack spares in your carry on.
- Sleeping Bag ~ GroBag | These sleeping bags came highly recommended to me by many Mum friends. For some reason I resisted them for the first couple of months and I have no idea why! The babies seem to settle in these GroBags with little fuss, they are a very safe sleeping option and are so much easier than trying to perfect a swaddle in your deliriously tired state of mind. When we traveled long haul with the baby at 3 months, I put her in the newborn GroSnug and put her in the airline bassinet – she slept like a little angel for most of the flight.
- White Noise Machine ~ SoundBub by WavHello White Noise Machine | We were gifted a white noise machine for the baby at Christmas. Its not something I would have personally bought as I probably thought it was a bit of nonsense. I still don’t know whether it helps to soothe the baby, but she does sleep very well and I do think it helps to distract her from any noises outside. This machine is compact and charges via a USB cord. It is one of the first things that I pack when we are heading away and I think it helps to provide some consistency to the bedtime routine.
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