Baby Travel Essentials For 0-12 Month-Old Babies That Will Save Your Vacation

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Baby Travel Must-Haves

Here is a list of our must-have baby travel essentials for babies that are 01-12 months old! These baby travel items have saved our vacations and made them enjoyable for the entire family. So before you take your next family travel vacation, make sure you have some of these travel products packed and on your list!

This article will continually be updated as Briggs continues to grow and travel. At the time of this article, he is 6 months old.

Baby Bed By Baby Delight

When Briggs was 5 months and under, instead of using a travel crib, we used a travel bassinet. We bought a snuggle nest when he took his first trip across state lines at 2 months old and it was awesome! The Dream portable infant sleeper and it’s been a game-changer once we get to our destination and even during the travels.

We love that it folds up compact and has a handle, the fact that we could lay it down on the floor in our hotel room and he had a safe place to sleep, and that it was pretty inexpensive!

He was able to fit in this until he was 5 months old. This has been one of our favorite baby travel gear items that we’ve owned!

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The next item on my baby packing list is the Slumberpod (Discount code-BRIGGS). I don’t go anywhere without it! I always wondered how I was going to let my baby sleep while I still get some work done while sharing the same hotel room. Enter the Slumberpod!

This is a bottomless portable privacy pod that provides babies a perfect place to sleep while traveling! It gets so dark in there, trust me, I’ve climbed in and checked, so it allows him to sleep deeply without the light waking him up.

It folds up pretty tightly so I can fit it in my large, checked bag when I fly. I also love that the setup is easy, I’ve done it by myself before!

Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib

After Briggs outgrew his travel bassinet (around 5 months old) I started searching for a portable crib that was a lot lighter and smaller than my pack n play. This is when I stumbled onto the Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family! I love this crib because it’s a lot lighter than most travel cribs, has a zippered door, can come with a sunshade, and you can wear it like a backpack!

Merino Wool Outdoor Clothes

I love the baby clothing from Iksplor. They use merino wool that is of the highest quality. If you’re new to that type of material (like I was) just know that it works great it both warm and cold weather! The material is moisture-wicking so during the summer is will wick the sweat away. It also does a fantastic job as a base layer during cold weather adventures because of its’ insulating abilities.

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Halo Swaddles

We tried quite a few swaddles when Briggs was under 4 months but the ones that worked the best for him were the Halo Swaddles. We found that trying to recreate the same sleep conditions that he had from home while we were traveling helped him so much! I also made sure to have these when I started packing for a trip!

Merlin Sleep Suit

Babies are so much fun…unless they haven’t gotten enough sleep. Once Briggs started showing signs of rolling, we needed to take him out of the swaddles. We were really worry that it was going to throw off his good sleeping skills but that’s when we introduced him to Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. While it’s comical to see them in what appears to be a snowsuit, it helped him sleep after being so used to the swaddle. We made sure to pack this with us every time we traveled!

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Baby Earmuffs

Before Briggs turned 4.5 months old, he did a great job at sleeping on a plane. Sure, the occasional noisy eater or loud cougher would startle him but he was able to go right back to sleep. However, after he passed that sleepy newborn stage, EVERY noise on the flight was wake him up. He’d get so annoyed and frustrated that it made sleep really difficult.

This is where the these baby earmuffs from Banz totally saved the day! It helped fiter out those annoying noises and allowed him to actually take a decent nap on the flight.

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Portable Sound Machines

A sound machine was a must on our travel products list! There are two different options that you can choose from. If it’s just an overnight trip or a day trip, I like to bring a portable sound machine that doesn’t require me to plug into the wall like this one. My recommended portable sound machine is from Snooz.

I’d recommend going with either the Snooz Baby or the Snooz Go. I love these because they don’t use batteries nor need to be plugged into the wall in order to work. The Snooz Baby also has a light integrated into it. I also love that you can use it while it’s plugged into the wall! Meaning that you can charge it and use it at the same time.

However, if you want to pack one that you can just plug into the wall when you get to your destination I’d recommend this one. It’s small enough to throw into your checked bag, doesn’t use batteries, and has a small light integrated into the machine.

Baby Sleeping Bag

This baby sleeping bag from Morrison Outdoors worked great! What I loved about this product is that baby can grow into it as it lasts from 6 months to 24 months old. I choose the Little Mo 40 degree sleeping bag but they also have a Little Mo 20 degree sleeping bag if you know you’ll be adventuring in temperatures that are colder.

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Baby Carrier

The next item on my baby packing list is a baby carrier! When he was a newborn, I really enjoyed the Baby K’tan. I liked the material of this wrap and it kept him close to me.

When he was a little older, I preferred the Ergobaby Omni Breeze Carrier. This carrier was great for day hikes on the trails because it has been rated number 1 in airflow so it kept both of us nice and cool despite hiking in warm weather.

Baby Lounger

The baby lounger was great to have when we got to our destination as a comfortable place for Briggs to play and relax, not necessarily sleep as these are not deemed safe for overnight stays.

The two most popular loungers are Dock a Tot and Snuggle Me. However, we were gifted this one from Amazon and it worked great for what we needed. I will say this is not a necessity on my baby travel essentials list, but, if you’re taking a road trip and have extra space this is always nice to bring along.

Baby Jogger Travel System

There are so many amazing travel systems out there but I’ve really loved our City Select Travel System by Baby Jogger. While Briggs still couldn’t sit up on his own, it was perfect because the car seat would just snap into the stroller making it easy to go from car to stroller.

When we travel I gate check both the stroller and car seat and then when I get to my destination I simply buckle the car seat into the car (you don’t need the base for it to work) and throw the stroller into the trunk. I leave the base of the car seat in my own car and don’t travel with it.

I’m so impressed with how versatile it is and the smooth ride that it provides. Even if you don’t go with this specific brand or model, I definitely recommend a travel system!

Baby Hats

There is nothing cuter than a baby in a hat! It is so critical to make sure babies’ heads are covered while they are young. In our cold-weather vacations, we really loved Slouch headwear and Cash & co beanies for Briggs. If we traveled where there was going to be sun, we always brought his Binkybro straw hat!

Hotel Robe for Baby

This is obviously not a necessity but whenever we would travel to hotels they always provided comfy robes for Steve and me and I wanted Briggs to enjoy that luxury, too! haha So I found this baby robe from Carter’s and it’s been so fun to travel with!

Baby travel can be so much fun and rewarding, especially when trips go smoothly thanks to these baby travel essentials!

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