Must-Have Products for Traveling with an Infant
Essential Travel Products
If you're traveling with an infant, you already know you should bring essentials such as milk, baby food, diapers, and wipes, but there are several products out there that can help to make traveling with an infant a lot easier.
The Traveling Toddler is an inexpensive accessory that eliminates the need to lug around a car seat.
The Traveling Toddler is basically a strap that attaches a car seat to your carry-on to create a stroller.
Simply follow the instructions to attach any LATCH, top tether car seat to your carry-on, and almost instantly you'll have a stroller for your little one to sit in while you go from the airport security checkpoint to the departure gate.
No more lugging around the car seat or fumbling with car seat bags or specialty backpack straps.
Upon boarding, simply detach the car seat from your carry-on and leave the car seat with the agent to gate-check.
If your infant is crawling or walking and you're staying at a hotel, it's a good idea to bring outlet covers.
Many outlets could be exposed in your room, and a curious infant could easily stick a finger or an object in an outlet, potentially causing great harm.
Outlet covers are inexpensive and do not take much space, but if you do forget to pack some, you can go to just about any major retailer to pick some up.
Travel Bed or Crib
Many parents are wary about allowing their babies to sleep in hotel-provided cribs, as they are unsure of their cleanliness and safety.
As a result, many parents opt to take a travel bed or crib with them to a hotel.
Most travel beds and cribs are quick and easy to set up and can be folded up compactly to fit into checked-baggage, and some travel beds are small enough to fit into carry-ons.
Taking a travel bed or crib could also save money, as some hotels charge for the use of their cribs.
The weather can often be unpredictable, and a stroller cover is a very practical accessory to have on hand.
Stroller covers eliminate the need for carrying a separate umbrella for your infant, and they usually take just a few seconds to place onto a stroller.
Stroller covers usually don't take up much space, and they can be used to help protect an infant from rain, snow, sun, and even bugs.
Because it is unknown what types of cleaners may be used to clean a hotel bath tub, some parents may opt to take an inflatable tub to not only reduce or eliminate the possibility of exposing their infant to harsh chemicals that were used in the tub, but also to create a safer environment to bathe baby in.
Simply blow up the tub when ready to use, then deflate it and hang it to dry when bath time is done.
Inflatable tubs do not take up much room in a suitcase or carry-on, making it ideal for travel.