Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Our Favorite Travel Items for Baby

As a military family, we travel a lot - especially to see family. We currently live fourteen hours away from both sides of our family. We try to see our families as often as possible and this year was no exception. Even with a new baby in the picture, we set out to make the fourteen hour trip to see family. We discovered a few products along the way that made travel with a baby so much easier.

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When we first decided to journey fourteen hours to visit family, we knew this trip would be much different because we now have two dogs and a baby. So, the first thing we did was trade in one of our cars and upgrade to a minivan. This made a world of difference - we had so much more room for everyone! In addition to the minivan, we also found several items that made our trip much easier than for everyone involved.

Portable Bed
When we travel to visit family, we have a place to sleep in the guest room. However, there are no babies in the house and therefore, there are no baby beds. Baby Fox currently sleeps in his own room in a crib, so we needed a portable solution that could be set up in a separate room (everyone sleeps better). Sleeping with us was not an option as we none sleep well that way. This was one of the easiest solutions - we simple packed up our pack n play and took it with us. We highly recommend investing in a Graco Pack n Play to take along on your trips..

Portable High Chair
We were sitting at dinner one night and I realized that we were going to have a problem on our trip. There was no way we could fold up our high chair and take it with us. Baby Fox loves eating dinner with us, so I set out to find a solution. I found this Portable Booster on Amazon. It was cheap and game highly recommended so I ordered it in plenty of time for our trip. It has been super easy to use at rest areas and during meal times. It also folds into a small bag, making it easy to pack and take with us as we visit different family members.

Toy Bag
When we packed up some toys to take with us, I grabbed a utility tote from my collection of Thirty One bags. (I used to be a consultant so the collection is quite extensive.) The bag is similar to this utility tote. At the time, I didn't think anything of it, but this has been a great solution for travelling with toys. It keeps all of the toys in one spot and all we have to do is grab it when we head to someone else's house for a visit. There's no need to pick and choose among the toys we brought. We simply take them all with us.

We have this Graco travel system, which we packed to take along on our trip. Baby Fox still fits in the car seat, but we no longer attach it to the stroller. The stroller is lightweight and easy to fold, making it ideal for travel. It also takes up a lot less space than our jogging stroller which was super important so that we could maximize space.

Collapsible Walker
We have this walker, which is easy to fold down and take with you. Baby Fox loves to play in his bouncer and walker at home. In fact, he loves standing in almost any form. His bouncer was much too big to pack. However, I remembered that our walker folds flat and decided that it would be a great option for those moments when he wants to stand. I was right - it has been a great item to have along on our trip!

Hanging Toys
We have several different car seat toys, which made our trip a little easier. When we would stop, we would switch out toys to give the baby something new to play with. This kept him from getting bored as quickly. I also bought him a brand new toy before we left so that he would have something entirely new to explore on the car tip.

A mirror that attaches to the seat is a great way to keep an eye on your baby during the long ride. Our mirror helped us know that he was safe. It also allowed us to take a peek and see if he was sleeping or not when he would get silent. This was helpful at the end of our trip when he decided to sleep for several hours straight and we were able to power through the last leg of the trip without stopping.

Overall, our first trip with a baby went relatively smooth. There was one or two crying fits from boredom but we all survived and arrived with smiles on our faces. We'll be sharing some of our tips for long car trips with a baby in a future posts. Until then, we'd love to hear about your favorite baby products for travel in the comments below!


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