My husband and I took our children on their first holiday when they were just 12 weeks old. Our first trip as a family of 3 back in 2014 was to Morocco. 4 years later, our first holiday as a family of 4 was to Dubai. The idea of travelling with a baby was initially daunting. On both holidays we had to consider the hot weather, Morocco was hot, but Dubai was even hotter, reaching highs of 38°C (100°F). There were mosquitos to consider in both countries. We were unsure as to how easy it would be to get the items we might need in both destinations, so made sure we carried our baby essentials from home. Somehow with the right products and the right mindset it all came together very well.
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My Best Products When Travelling With a Baby
Travelling with a baby so young is, to be honest, fairly easy. They eat, sleep and repeat, taking in some of the views on the way. As easy as they are at this age, they also come with a lot of belongings and there are so many factors to consider when staying in a hotel. The baby facilities, sterilising of bottles, nappies that weigh a tonne in your case. With some good products behind you, your trip can be a breeze.
I love to find great products for kids and babies. Anything that will make our lives easier and reduce stress levels is a must for me. I compiled a list below of my absolute must have baby items that made travelling with a baby that little bit easier for us.
Mosquito patches are the perfect for babies and children. Not only are they DEET free, they don’t contain harsh chemicals. The best part about mosquito patches though, is that they do not have to be applied to the skin! You can attach them to clothing, pushchairs or cots or anywhere your baby will be and they will provide protection from mosquitos. They last up to 12 hours so be sure to carry a few in your bag if heading out for longer days. They are also lightweight compared mosquito repellant creams and sprays.
If you’re heading somewhere hot, or you just live somewhere hot (lucky you!) then this is a must for keeping the little ones comfortable on your travels. They clip on to the pushchair and stay put. They’re brilliant as they’re rechargeable and last for hours! On our trip to Dubai, we would head out for the day and it would last until the evening. We’d usually be going for dinner by then so it was no issue. If the fan did run out (we had some pretty long days), we each had one of these handheld fans that could be put on a table directed at the baby.
We used this sun tent when travelling to hot destinations. It meant we didn’t have to worry about finding adequate shade for a baby at the beach or by the pool. It has a large sun cover, a bug net, soft toys, and a mattress. Our baby would nap in the tent at the beach or pool. It’s also a good way to keep your baby sand free. We were able to take this on days out without any fuss as the tent bag has a loop which you can pop over a pushchair handle. The best part about this tent is that it’s incredibly lightweight and folds away easily to pack in a suitcase.
The Skybaby Travel Mattress provides a comfortable option to allow your infant to sleep on your lap during flights in a comfortable way. Although many airlines offer bassinet seats, the seats are limited. If you don’t have a seat with bassinet access, or your baby prefers to nap on you, this is a comfortable option for them. The mattress is great when nursing or feeding too. The airline infant seatbelt passes through the mattress allowing your baby to sleep on your lap without disturbing them. The mattress folds away into the little bag provided, clips on to your hand luggage or pushchair for ease of use.
A good baby carrier is a must for me when travelling. I feel it makes the chaos in the airport a bit smoother. Not only does it allow me to to breastfeed on the go, I can use the pushchair to carry the hand luggage. It’s a win, win. I travelled alone to Dubai with my 12 week old and 4 year old as my husband had gone out a few days earlier for business. The baby carrier was a life saver! The great part about this Baby Carrier is that it has a mesh panel which can be unzipped to allow for airflow keeping the baby cooler, which is a bonus in hot destinations.
Graco Travel Cots are pretty much all singing and dancing. They come with changing tables, cot mobiles, night lights, vibration and bassinet mattresses suitable for use from birth. Graco Travel Cots really have all that you would need when travelling with a baby. They folds away easily, have wheels and the bags have handles making it easy to travel with. We have loved our Graco Travel Cot, it’s definitely long lasting. We’ve had ours for over 5 year now and our youngest is still getting a lot of use out of it.
These items have made our holidays that much easier when travelling with a baby. If the baby is happy, it’s it a lot easier on the parents. If you’re travelling with children, have a look at My In-Flight Activity Bag Ideas for Kids, it has some great tips to keeping them entertained on flights.
Do you have any items that have made travelling with a baby easier for you? Let me know in the comments as I love trying new products!