Travel Essentials for Babies + Tips on How to Keep Your Sanity

Leaving the house with a baby ( or babies)  seems like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be! Sure, it will be a tad bit more effort than grabbing your purse and running out the door, but it doesn’t have to be a big and stressful hassle either. Since my 10-month-old was born I have flown to the other side of the country, moved to a different state, and stayed in many hotels. From quick trips to the grocery store to long week-long travels, I feel like a pro at traveling with a baby. Here’s the best advice that I can give to new (or seasoned) parents for relieving the stress of travel:

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1. Buy good gear!
This one is by far the most important!
• Start by reading this post on items to have in the car, then read this one on how to put your diaper bag together.

• When my son was a newborn I didn’t want to constantly take him in and out of his car seat. I bought this travel set and it’s been a great investment! I would pull the easy to open stroller out of the trunk, then snap the car seat into it. I pushed the stroller around the neighborhood, grocery stores, malls, and wherever else I needed to go. I love that with this stroller it grows with my child, so once he was too big for the infant car seat I could still use the stroller without it. The diaper bag that I mentioned in my earlier post clipped right on to the stroller handles so I didn’t have to carry it around. For grocery shopping I purchased this stroller hook and used it to hold the grocery bags while I shopped and worked my way back to the car after checking out.

• There were times when I wanted my son closer to me, or when there wasn’t space for the stroller, such as riding on a subway or going up and down stairs. That’s when my Tula came into play. This baby wearing carrier was truly amazing. It freed my hands to do anything, and kept my baby close to me so I knew he was safe. I even used it around the house so that I could hold him at the same time as doing dishes! It was very comfortable to wear and you can use it to wear your baby on your front, or back (although I never wore Little L on my back because he liked to pull my hair). It also has a pocket on the front for your phone or keys! It comes in many adorable colors and designs. Don’t forget the infant insert for babies 7-15lbs.

• If your baby loves their pacifier then these clips are great for preventing the pacifier from falling on the ground when out and about.

• For overnight stays I invested in the Pack n Play Lite. This portable crib is lightweight, doesn’t take up much room in the trunk of the car, works great as checked luggage for flights, and is super easy to put up and take down. It’s a must have for overnight stays.



2. Don’t Stress Over the Germs

As a first-time mom, I was crazy over germs. I didn’t want to leave the house at all because I feared my baby getting sick. I still require those that spend long periods of time with my baby to get their flu shot, and I still wipe down grocery carts with antibacterial wipes, but I’ve learned that some germs are good. Babies need to come in contact with germs to help build their immune system.
Don’t believe me? Read this post  from Johns Hopkins Medicine on how being exposed to things such as pet hair and dander can help prevent asthma development later, and this post on how germs help strengthen immune systems so that their bodies are more equipped to fight the bigger sicknesses they encounter down the road.
My 10-month-old has had 2 colds and the flu in his life so I understand the suffering that the parents and child go through when they are sick, but my son is better for it.
I take my son to playgroups often so he’s exposed to quite a lot of things. The social aspect is important, and the germs build his immune system. There’s no need to have your child sitting near a super sick person, but don’t fear leaving your house because there’s germs outside the door.
I’m not at all a professional, so of course consult your doctor on matters of child health, especially if your child suffers from immune system problems.


3. Plan Accordingly
Are you going to the zoo or beach? Then pack hats, lots of fluids, and sunscreen. Are you going on a plane? Then check airline rules for tickets and TSA’s rules on bringing liquids through security. Being prepared ahead of time can make all the difference in how smooth the travel goes.


4. Decide Ahead of Time
When my son was about 2 months old I was grocery shopping and a lady tried to pat my son’s back. I didn’t know this lady, so I was completely mortified that she would just walk up and touch my baby…. without at least asking first. I didn’t know how to react, so I just let it happen. Strangers for the most part have good intentions, but they don’t realize that mothers really don’t like their babies touched by strangers. After I went home from shopping that day, I sat down and thought about what I was and wasn’t okay with when it came to my baby and strangers. I then rehearsed a couple of kind lines to say to them to let them know that I wasn’t okay with their actions towards my baby. The next time I was in public and an older man came up and started tickling my baby to get him to laugh, I knew exactly what to say to let him know that I disapproved without hurting his feelings. I’ve used lines such as “Please don’t touch my baby, we are trying to avoid any contact with germs”, or “Hi, I usually try to get to know people before they have contact with my baby, so you are more than welcome to talk and smile at him, but please don’t touch him.” Everyone that I’ve told those lines to have been very understanding.
The same can even go with family members and friends. Decide ahead of time what you are and aren’t okay with, and any disapproving actions can be avoided.



It sounds daunting to leave your house and travel with a baby, but the only way to conquer the fear and stress is to get out and do it! The more you leave, the easier it will be. It’s very important too for your child to socialize and get some fresh air. Gather your courage, collect your travel gear, and take the leap into traveling with your baby! You’ll find that you’re pleasantly surprised at how easy it is!



One thought on “Travel Essentials for Babies + Tips on How to Keep Your Sanity

  1. Katja

    June 27, 2017 at 3:07pm

    My friends with young children tell me planning ahead is THE most important thing about travelling with kids. Great tips, I’ll be sure to share these with my friends.
    Katja xxx

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  2. Christine

    June 26, 2017 at 11:49pm

    What wonderful tips for people with little ones! I’ll keep them in mind for when I have children!

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  3. Wildish Jess

    June 26, 2017 at 10:31pm

    I think I’m the opposite. I try to bring as little as possible and baby carry!

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  4. Denice

    June 19, 2017 at 6:23am

    The one essential item I had, all the time, when my daughter was younger was her cloth carrier. It helped me multi-task while keeping her close all the time. Agree with you that it can be daunting at first to leave home with a baby. After some time though, I just got used to it. 🙂

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  5. Ana

    June 18, 2017 at 8:39pm

    I agree that it can be daunting going out with kids but the more that you do it the more you get used to it like you said.I agree about not stressing out over germs and planning ahead of time x

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  6. Heather

    June 18, 2017 at 9:45am

    I was crazy about germs the first time around as well – now with three there are a lot of things that slide 🙂 I love the pack & play for travel, it is a lifesaver!

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  7. Cynthia Nicoletti

    June 18, 2017 at 12:35am

    I am not up on this technology since I had my children 24 years ago !! Things seemed simpler. Now there are gadgets and some great products for babies.

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  8. Elizabeth O

    June 17, 2017 at 11:37pm

    Definitely, traveling with little ones takes a lot of pre-planning as one little outburst could ruin an entire day. My kids are grown now and we had to organize all outings with a checklist.

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  9. fashionmommywm

    June 15, 2017 at 10:04pm

    Definitely agree to buying good gear, we picked up a cheap buggy as a stop gap and it lasted all of two minutes, total false economy and so stressful.

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  10. Kristin

    June 15, 2017 at 8:23pm

    Great ideas. When my first born was a baby he did not like to be in a stroller and so I was either wearing him in a snuggly or on my back in a back pack. It worked.

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  11. Violeta León

    June 15, 2017 at 7:31pm

    When you say dont stress over germs, I already did it (lol). My son is 8 years old, and Im still stress over dirt and germs. But is true what you say, the only way we can prevent bigger deseases is by letting our kids gets dirt once in a while. Thanks for sharing! It is nice to read a mom, makes me feel Im not alone!

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  12. Denay

    June 15, 2017 at 6:40pm

    What great tips for parents with little ones! Realizing that there is no need to over-stress about germs will help new parents keep their sanity. And with a little organization and planning, outings with babies can be fun and productive.

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  13. Deanna

    June 15, 2017 at 6:18pm

    This USC all such great advice. I always packed too much or forgot something crucial. Planning is so important.

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  14. Corinne & Kirsty

    June 15, 2017 at 5:44pm

    I guess it’s all about the organisation and as you say, thinking ahead of time to make sure you have all you need when you need to go. Great tips for young parents! xx corinne

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  15. Cristina

    June 15, 2017 at 2:08pm

    No kids for now. But those are some great tips to keep in mind.

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  16. Helene

    June 15, 2017 at 1:45pm

    I am going to share your tips with my daughter. It’s always great to get these recommendations from someone who’s been through it!

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  17. Jessica Taylor

    June 15, 2017 at 1:33pm

    When my daughter was younger, I definitely feared the germs lol. I wouldn’t let anyone touch her if they didn’t wash their hands yet. Now she is sitting outside rolling in mud hahah! These are great tips!

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  18. colleen

    June 15, 2017 at 12:44pm

    I don’t have kids at this time, but these are great tips to save for later use!

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  19. Amber

    June 15, 2017 at 12:22pm

    Yup, I stopped worrying about germs years ago and you know what? My kids get sick maybe once or twice a year and that’s it. I also spent the extra money for gear I knew would hold up!

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  20. Sofia

    June 15, 2017 at 11:33am

    Planning ahead of time was always key for me when my daughter was born. I quickly realised I was always missing something I’d need whilst out so had to plan in advance 🙂 these tips are always super handy!

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