Essential Baby Travel Gear

We have found the following products helpful when traveling with our baby:

The First Years On the Go Booster Seat

This is one of our favorite pieces of baby gear. To us it’s a must-have for any travel, especially international when high chairs may be hard to come by in restaurants or hotels. This booster seat folds up to about the size of a large hardback book but it is incredibly lightweight.

Ergo Baby Carrier

Another favorite piece of equipment, this is the only baby carrier we use at home but it is fantastic for travel. It stuffs easily into a corner in the overhead bin so it’s handy for deplaning. Grace will easily fall asleep in the Ergo even at 16 months whereas she will not nap much in the stroller, so it is helpful when we are still out and about at naptime. With the Ergo your baby can be worn on your front or back and it works up to 40 pounds, so even tired older kids can get a lift.

Mia Moda Cielo Stroller

This stroller is lightweight, folds up compact for airplane gate check or for taxi trunks but is sturdier to push on bumpy sidewalks than an umbrella stroller because of its larger wheels. It also has a nice storage basket in back and a good sunshade. Caveat: Two of these strollers have broken on us, most recently while in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We managed to fix the stroller ourselves with a screwdriver and, when we returned, the company offered to replace it for us with an upgraded model (the second replacement we’ve received). Despite the problems we’ve had with Mia Moda, we continue to recommend them because we love the product, they stand behind their strollers and they have excellent customer service.

Eddie Bauer Travel Carseat

We have mixed feelings about this product but it is the only travel car seat we know of. It’s not easy to install and, even when installed correctly, seems to be fairly loose in the seat. It is probably better than no car seat when traveling internationally but if you can rent a car seat locally that may be a better option. This car seat does meet federal safety standards for car seats and it allows you to strap your child in when a big bulky one just wouldn’t be practical. It folds up small enough to put in your carry-on luggage and fits in a backpack or stroller basket.

Note: Regardless of which car seat you use when traveling, please use some kind of car seat. In developed countries (Europe, North America, Japan, Australia) car seats are required by law but in many developing countries they are not. The temptation is to just not use one as they are indeed a hassle. Traffic fatalities are one of the leading causes of death in developing countries so please face the hassle and protect your child. We went in and out of taxis without the car seat in Buenos Aires, as parents do every day in big U.S. cities like New York since you are generally traveling slow and short distances. But on long distances and on highways we do use a car seat.

Feeding Gear

Take and Toss Sippy Cups – We do not actually toss these but reuse them many, many times. These are our favorite sippy cups and we have tried them all. Sippy cups with lots of inner parts get a sour smell easily, especially when traveling when you may not have a chance to wash a cup out really well until the end of the day. These cups don’t leak any more than any other sippy cups (just a few drops if our daughter shakes it really hard) and they are easy to clean. Since they’re cheap it’s not a big deal if one does go missing while traveling.

Neat Solutions Biodegradable Table Topper – These plastic table covers are great in restaurants. They keep us from being as mortified by the incredible mess our daughter makes (most of the mess can be cleaned up by balling up the cover at the end of the meal), plus they protect her from germs and entertain her with the pictures on them.

5 responses to “Essential Baby Travel Gear

  1. hi!
    we are doing our first trip with bub to Buenos Aires in may this year. i am really big on car safety and don’t want to do any trips without her in a car seat. does anyone out there know if we can bring our own (from australia) and install it in a remis to do short trips? or does anyone know of a remis service that may have car seats that can be installed? any help on this would be much appreciated, i am really struggling to find answers!

    • Hi Elise,

      Our trip to BA was in May of last year! It was a wonderful time to be there although got quite cold by the end of our trip, so be sure to bring clothes for all weather (it was hot the first few days!).

      As far as car seats, you can of course bring your own from home which is probably the best option. We brought a portable travel car seat for Grace which we used to and from the airport, which is a long car ride at high speeds. We didn’t use it in taxis within the city. Many of them didn’t have seat belts so it wouldn’t have been possible to use, plus for the most part we were on side streets and going fairly slowly. Of course a car seat is always best, but when taking taxis there’s also the issue of what to do with it when you get to your destination of the day. If you plan to rent a car though then having your own car seat would be a great option.

      I’m not sure what a “remis” is (even though I’ve lived in Australia for 2 1/2 years!) but if you are talking about renting a car, then hopefully the rental company could tell you if a car seat is available? Another way to find out is to get in touch with the concierge of your hotel even before you go. They should be able to help you. Or if you’re renting an apartment (as we did) many of the apartment rental companies will help you with services similar to a hotel concierge.

      I do recommend though bringing your own, simply so you have the peace of mind that you have it with you. You can either check it as checked luggage so you don’t have to haul it through the airport, or carry it on the plane (if you have a seat for your daughter) to make her plane ride even safer.

      Have a wonderful trip and be sure to revisit our blog afterwards to leave any additional tips you may have!

      Best wishes,
      Beth

  2. First of all, let me say, WOW, this is an incredibly helpful blog for parents planning on travelling with kids! Second, my wife and I spent a lot of time researching compact, quality strollers. She drives a MINI convertible and needed a stroller that fit in the trunk (yes, the MINI convertible does have a trunk, but not much of one). The Quinny Zapp is incredibly compact when collapsed. The documentation from Quinny specifically says it fits in airline overhead compartments. We have not travelled with it yet, but it has proven to be a great, sturdy, reliable stroller and is extremely compact when collapsed. It comes with a travel case as well.

  3. NeatSolutions Table Topper is definitely a must, as well as an emergency bottle of water and/or water bottle topper.

    We tried to put together an “essentials” kit for traveling with baby, as well as some other kits that have more goodies (like travel bib and/or klipiis). Please let me know if you have some suggestions for our travel kits – we’re just starting out but excited to offer a bundle of products to help parents with safety and convenience.

  4. Hey My name is Julia and I run Baby Gear BA. Our company provides a large inventory of baby equipment rentals & necessities for families traveling to Buenos Aires with babies & toddlers. We strive to make your trip a hassle-free experience!
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