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10 Best Baby Gifts for Parents that Love to Travel

Updated on July 13, 2015

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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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.

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.

Jolly Jumper Pashmama Nursing Cover, Black
Jolly Jumper Pashmama Nursing Cover, Black

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

Beachfront Baby Sling – Versatile Water & Warm Weather Ring Sling Baby Carrier | Made in USA with Safety Tested Fabric & Aluminum Rings | Lightweight, Quick Dry & Breathable (One Size, Sky Blue)
Beachfront Baby Sling – Versatile Water & Warm Weather Ring Sling Baby Carrier | Made in USA with Safety Tested Fabric & Aluminum Rings | Lightweight, Quick Dry & Breathable (One Size, Sky Blue)

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!

Teething Necklace - For Mom and Baby

Teething Bling Donut Shaped Pendant Necklace (Jade)
Teething Bling Donut Shaped Pendant Necklace (Jade)

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!

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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.

Newborn Vibrating Rock n' Play Sleeper - Give your arms a break and make your newborn happy at the same time.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Snugabunny
Fisher-Price Deluxe Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Snugabunny

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.


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      julesh2013 4 years ago

      Awesome. I have most of these. I love the Sleep Sheep and don't know what I'd do without my pack and play!If you'd like, check out my lens on the BOB Revolution SE. Love it!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice lens with some great ideas for people that travel with a baby, sometimes it is not easy but baby soon learns and understands what is going on if you travel a lot.Happy days.

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      visit2goa 4 years ago

      Awesome Products...

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Ways to change them and feed them without having to go find someplace. So, yes, I love the coverups and handy changing pads or areas.

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      Titus2Homemaker 4 years ago

      If the baby's not tiny-tiny anymore, I like to have some sort of baby carrier that will better accommodate a back carry - like a mei tai or woven wrap. Honestly, I think *bathrooms* are the worst. It can be so hard to find room to chance a diaper sometimes (or a place a toddler or preschooler can wash his hands, for those of us with children just a little bit older).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens, saw this featured on Check Out These Niche Baby Registry Lenses!

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      saida-a-batua 4 years ago

      i always carried my babies needs like milk bottle, his clothes to wear and diaper to change.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      A carrier is very handy when traveling. Thanks for sharing all these great items. Take care :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      The nursing cover is really nice. I think you have selected some great picks.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I like to travel light, even with a baby. As long as I have a nursing shirt, baby carrier and change bag we're good to go. Oh, and a change mat that rolls up small is always handy.

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      ChocolateLily 4 years ago

      I don't have kids yet, but I really like the lightweight carriers/baby slings and nursing covers you show. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Even though it's been a lot years since I traveled with my boys as babies I'd have to say the item would be a playpen.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      That nursing cover is really nice. I agree, it completely does not look like a nursing cover. Great job on the baby gift ideas for families who do a lot of traveling :)