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10 Best Baby Gifts for Parents that Love to Travel
Yes, life will drastically change - in ways you can never even imagine. But that doesn't mean that the whole world has to stop and you have to camp out in your house for the next 18 years. In fact, most likely you don't have this luxury even if you really wanted it. Our lives have become intertwined with travel, whether it is weekend trips to the beach or airplane rides to visit the grandparents. Luckily, there are some brilliant inventors and companies out there that have come up with a plethora of devices that can make our lives a little easier when it comes to traveling with our little ones. Below are some of the essential items you'll want to invest in (or give as a gift!) if you plan to be traveling with your baby.
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Fabric Travel High Chair
This is one of the most brilliant products I've seen. Any parent that has had to travel with their infant knows that packing a high chair is sometimes just impossible. And you aren't always at a restaurant where you can expect a high chair to be brought to you.
This fabric travel high chair is perfect for visiting family and friends who won't have a high chair for you to borrow.
Airplane Comfort System
Oh, the dreaded airplane ride with your infant...If there's ever a time you need some help and support, it's then. This comfort system actually attaches to the back of the seat in front of you and acts as a sling for your baby. Not only can you entertain them the whole ride, but it's also light weight and not bulky like a huge car seat...and it doesn't require you to purchase an additional seat if you're baby is still under the age limit for the airline.
Relieve anxiety for you and your baby when you have to use an airplane for travel.
A Nursing Cover....That Doesn't Look Like a Nursing Cover
Nowadays, most doctors will recommend that you do your best to nurse your baby until they're 1 year old. That is a loooong time for a lot of women - especially when nursing can happen anywhere from 4 - 10 times a day! If you bring your baby around with you (or plan to), then you definitely will not regret investing in a nursing cover. And thank goodness, now you can get covers that do not look like giant baby aprons that scream "I'm nursing over here!" These covers look like scarves and tunics that you can wear even when you're not nursing. Perfect for the traveling AND stylish mom.
Available in many colors - this cover looks like a Pashmina, so you can wear it as a scarf when you're not nursing.
Waterproof Baby Carrier
Heading to the beach or pool? Or maybe just not looking forward to putting your baby in a strange tub?
This waterproof sling will do the trick. And it's small enough to fit in a diaper bag.
My water sling was not only one of my favorite traveling accessories, but got more use than any other sling while I was at home! My baby loved to shower with me and this made it safe and feasible. It's also extremely light-weight, so you'll love using it in the summer in place of slings with heavier material.
Back Seat Safety Mirror
If you drive a lot with your baby (especially those weekend travelers), then this will help you avoid the anxiety of wondering if your baby is awake, asleep, fussing, choking, staring, or if there's a giant mosquito right in the middle of their forehead. The mirror attaches to the headrest of the back seat so that you can see your baby through your rear view mirror. It's a wonder these aren't built directly into cars these days!
A must-have safety feature for anyone that drives around with their little one.
Teething Necklace - For Mom and Baby
Now you have one less thing to carry in the diaper bag.
This teether has two functions - a necklace for mom and a teether for baby.
I absolutely love my teething necklace and, while I did have to wait a bit before it was actually useful (when my baby was around 9-10 months old), once he figured it out, he wouldn't put it down. The necklace is long enough to tuck into your shirt, so you also don't always need it on display. It ended up being one of the best baby shower gifts I received!
What to Expect - from those that know best
What places made it hardest to accommodate your baby's needs while traveling?
Light Weight Baby Carriers
If you're baby needs (or insists) to be carried everywhere, then it will be well worth your time to have a light weight baby sling or wrap that can be easy rolled up and thrown in your purse or diaper bag. These carriers will be comfy for the baby and will add no extra weight for you to carry around.
Can you even believe this is a baby sling? Adorable :)
Newborn Vibrating Rock n' Play Sleeper - Give your arms a break and make your newborn happy at the same time.
What makes this sleeper so essential for the traveling parent? Well, besides the fact that it vibrates for your little one (something most newborns can't get enough of), this device will fold completely flat. So not only can you easily carry it from one place to the next, but you can also store it so easily. It can slide into a tight space in the trunk, fit under a bed or behind a couch, and could even be carried to the beach with you.
Infant Travel Bed
This fabulous innovation actually folds up into the size of a purse.
This is a great alternative to a Pack N Play if you've got a little one that won't crawl away.
Could also be used in the bed with parents!
Pack N Play - equipped with an attachable bassinet for newborns
If you plan on traveling AT ALL, then you will need to have a Pack N Play in your arsenal of baby equipment.
The Pack N Play is not only a portable crib, but can serve as a play pen for your child when you aren't quite sure you trust the hotel floor.