Summertime Means Travel Time: 5 Must-Haves for Vacation-Bound Babies

design_3It’s finally summer time. And in our family, that means it’s travel timel! We took our first trip across the country when my son was just six weeks old to see my in-laws. I must have spent hours thinking about what I was going to pack. I was petrified to get on that plane. Of course, he was so little he slept the entire flight. Thinking back to those days, it seemed like it would have been enough to just bring some diapers, wipes, a muslin swaddle blanket, and a nursing cover.

As time has passed, travel has gotten MUCH harder. My son is three now, and since we travel quite a bit for work and family, he’s become a bit of a pro. But I’m definitely still that parent who asks the flight attendant for a third bag of animal crackers to keep him busy just a little bit longer.

As a result of our jetsetting, I’ve also tried out a lot of different baby travel gear. Here are five of my absolute favorites:

6-12 months

41fdyJM+beLRhino Toys Oball Rattle: This simple ball would keep my son entertained for hours on a flight. As soon as your baby learns to grasp, I’d recommend getting one of these.

Booginhead PaciGrip Pacifier Holder: For any baby that takes a pacifier, these are a must-have for a plane or car ride, or you’ll spend half of the time looking for their pacifier and wiping the grime off of it.

 12-24 months

Munchkin Travel Booster Seat: This is the best portable high chair! I alstravel boostero love that it has ample storage underneath for things like bibs, dishes and spoons.

Summer Infant Tiny Diner: When your baby gets to the stage where they love to eat food themselves, but haven’t mastered the art of using a plate at a restaurant, these little mats are amazing. They stick onto the table with suction cups, and catch a lot of the mess before it hits the floor. They have made many a restaurant meal with our baby significantly less stressful!

Fisher-Price Travel Doodler Pro: This is a light and great toy for the plane or car, and always keeps my son’s attention for quite awhile.

And of course, check out my Mamajamas list for a more extensive list of travel “must-haves” as well as “don’t bothers”.

Good luck with your summer travel. And just remember, it may be a bit chaotic, and it may not necessarily feel like a “vacation,” but you’ll get there eventually, and it will most likely be quite an adventure!