10 Travel Essentials for Baby

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10 Travel Essentials for Baby

Traveling with baby can feel like a daunting task–especially for first time parents. You feel like you pretty much have to bring everything and the kitchen sink with you just in case you or baby might need it. In actuality, you’ll find yourself not touching half of the things you brought and instead feeling more stressed from carrying everything there and back. I’ve traveled with families before with their little ones and you really don’t need that much to have a successful trip with baby.

There are baby items that you’ll need that go without saying. For example, diapers, wipes, clothes, pajamas/sleep sacks, breast pump, and food (breast milk, formula, bottles or snacks). But there are some not so obvious items that I honestly could not travel without. They helped make our last trip across the country with with our son (who was 7 months old at the time) so much easier, less stressful, and more relaxing! Here are my 10 travel essentials for baby. Hopefully this will help you during your next trip!

Travel Essentials for Baby

1. DockATot

10 Travel Essentials for Baby - DockATot | Baby Chick

Liam loves his DockATot. He has slept in his Deluxe DockATot since he was born and he recently upgraded to the Grand since he’s outgrown the Deluxe. He sleeps in his DockATot at home for every nap and every night. This made it an easy, no-brainer option for us for travel.

DockATot | Baby Chick

I love that the DockATot is portable so no matter where you go, whether you’re going down the street or across the world, you can bring baby’s bed with you. They even have a travel bag so you can easily check it at the airport or store it in the car and it won’t get dirty.

Nina holding a DockATot | Baby Chick

Nina holding a DockATot | Baby Chick

I recommend that you bring with you an extra cover just incase. Accidents happen!

10 Travel Essentials for Baby | Baby Chick

Sleeping somewhere new can be stressful to a child, but having their bed that has familiar scents and familiar touch helps baby calm down and feel right at home. Liam had no problem taking naps or sleeping overnight with his DockATot in a hotel and at my aunt and uncle’s house. It’s honestly a must!!

DockATot | Baby Chick

2. Fawn Design (Diaper Backpack)

Fawn Design (Diaper Backpack)

While traveling with baby you need as many hands as you can get. A diaper bag is obviously an essential as a parent, but a backpack diaper bag is even more of an essential especially when you are traveling. The Fawn Design backpack is a favorite of ours since it is large enough to store everything we need for baby, it’s all faux-leather so it’s completely wipeable if anything spills, the gold zippers are nice and sturdy, the bag is well made, and I love the overall design.

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10 Travel Essentials for Baby - Fawn Design (Diaper Backpack)

Fawn Design (Diaper Backpack) - Baby Chick

Yes, I have a boy, but I chose pink because I’m the one that’s going to be wearing this thing. Might as well get my pink fix. And it’s so cute! How could I not?!

Fawn Design (Diaper Backpack) - 10 Travel Essentials for Baby | Baby Chick

3. Toys and Pacifier

Whether you are traveling in the car or in a plane, you need things that will keep baby busy, distracted, and happy. Bring some of your little one’s favorite age appropriate toys with you. We brought some books, musical toys, teethers, and his pacifier. An iPad or smartphone can also help in a pinch when you need the big guns! Liam actually did well on his first flight, but he refused to nap. A pacifier really helped him settle  down and remain calm. We all know that babies cry, but I always try to make the traveling experience enjoyable for everyone on the flight–minimizing the crying as much as possible. Most people just appreciate it when they see you’re trying. 🙂 These toys can help!

4. Travel Sound Machine

4. Travel Sound Machine

Hotel rooms, bed and breakfasts, and new houses can make different noises during the day and night and can sometimes even be noisy. A portable sound machine will help lull your baby straight to sleep. It’s great to use in the car, wherever you and baby are when it’s time to go to sleep. You’ll be so grateful!!

5. Baby Change-N-Go

Baby Change-N-Go - 10 Travel Essentials for Baby | Baby Chick

Baby Change-N-Go | Baby Chick

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been somewhere and wasn’t able to find a place to change my baby’s diaper, and that’s including the women’s restroom! Some of the places that do have changing stations, the foldable changing tables are filthy. A test conducted on 100 public diaper changing stations actually showed that 92% of the public diaper changing stations tested positive for cocaine residue. Terrifying! I don’t even want to know what else is on there. I mean, can it get worse? I would hope not. This is why I was thrilled to find another option for changing my baby on-the-go — the Baby Change-N-Go.

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Baby Change-N-Go - 10 Travel Essentials for Baby | Baby Chick

10 Travel Essentials for Baby | Baby Chick

The Baby Change-N-Go is a portable diaper changing station that hangs from public bathroom stall doors or walls and then folds up to fit in your diaper backpack. I was able to use it in many different places while we were out and about. It was nice to know that I wasn’t laying a mat somewhere, potentially having it touch a dirty surface and then have it folded back up into my diaper bag. This solved this problem.

Baby Change-N-Go | Baby Chick

10 Travel Essentials for Baby | Baby Chick

Also, men’s restrooms rarely have changing tables and I’m not the only parent this baby has! My husband has also found this portable changing station helpful so that he can help with his parenting dooty-s no matter where we are with baby..

6. Wet Bags

10 Travel Essentials for Baby - Wet Bags | Baby Chick

Baby’s spill things, spit up, and have accidents–that’s just a day in the life of baby. Normally I have a wet bag with me in my diaper bag, but when I’m traveling, I recommend a larger wet bag that can hold all of your baby’s soiled and dirty clothes during your whole trip. You might not have access to a washer and dryer and not be able to wash your clothes while traveling, so this wet bag will at least separate baby’s clean clothes from the worn and dirty clothes in baby’s bag.

7. Doona

10 Travel Essentials for Baby | Baby Chick

I’ve known about the Doona car seat/ stroller for years and always thought it looked very cool, but once we tried it, then used it during our last trip with baby, I was hooked! I can’t imagine traveling any other way with baby. Rather than having to bring a car seat and a stroller to travel safely with baby, Doona has made it even easier and more convenient for all of us parents. They combined them both together!

10 Travel Essentials for Baby

I cannot tell you how many times I had people ooo-ing and ahhh-ing at it as we passed by. Even my own family we were visiting thought it was the coolest thing and needed the details about it.

10 Travel Essentials for Baby | Baby Chick

This product took a lot of stress off of me because I knew that we would be safe with baby in any car we rode in, and we could easily grab the Doona car seat and begin strolling him around in a stroller. It’s amazing when one product has dual purposes and does an amazing job at both. Two major thumbs up!

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Doona car seat/ stroller

Doona car seat/ stroller

10 Travel Essentials for Baby - Doona car seat/ stroller | Baby Chick

8. Disinfecting Wipes

10 Travel Essentials for Baby | Baby Chick

Airports and airplanes are filled with germs. It’s very common for people to get sick when traveling, and that is the last thing you or your baby want to experience. If your plane seats are leather, I recommend wiping it down with a disinfecting wipe. Honestly, anything your baby comes in contact at the airport or airplane, I recommend wiping down. You will be surprised by how dirty everything is. Keep those germs at bay and have baby feeling healthy all trip long.

9. Snot Sucker

My son’s little nose is used to the humid air in Houston, TX, so when we landed in Minneapolis, MN his nose dried right up and needed constant relief. Poor baby. Luckily I brought his saline spray and Nosefrida with us. I had to use it every day during our tip and I’m so glad that I did.

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Your baby may experience allergies or different reactions in new places. We all want our babies to breathe and sleep comfortably, so be sure to pack your snot sucker with you.

10. Travel Drying-Rack and Baby-Safe Dish Soap

Travel Drying-Rack and Baby-Safe Dish Soap | Baby Chick

If you’re exclusively breastfeeding, then this is something that you won’t need to worry about. But if you’re bottle-feeding (either pumped breast milk or formula), then you need to think about how you are going to clean those baby bottles that you brought. This travel drying-rack and baby-safe dish soap kit is the best! It compactly folds and holds the bottle brushes that you need to properly scrub those bottles, and this travel size baby-safe dish soap is the perfect size. It really came in handy for us!

Is there anything that you would add to the list? Please share in the comments!

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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1️⃣ Get outside when possible.⁠
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