Top 10 Items to Make Traveling with Baby Easy

Top 10 Items to Make Traveling with Baby Easy

The little boat house we stayed at when visiting Amsterdam

As some of you know we just returned from our holiday abroad.  We spent some time in London, Brussels and Amsterdam and we had an amazing time. It was our first time out of the country with our 8 month old son and I must say traveling with a baby was different but fun. Traveling with an infant can be hard but if you bring everything you need to make your life easy it should not be a problem.

I am posting this to give you some tips when traveling with  a baby.  We took a direct 9 hour + flight from Vancouver to London and many train rides between countries, averaging 2 hours + each!

Top 10 Items to Make Traveling with Baby Easy

Cuddles after nursing on the plane.

Some of Our Travel Tips

  • When traveling by plane make sure to bring you own airplane approved car seat if you buy a seat for your baby. We knew we had a 9 hour plane ride ahead so we decided to purchase a seat for my son.  It was worth it because he slept on his car seat for about 5 hours on our way there.
  • Always check in early as you can try to get the best seating situation for you and your family (even if you didn’t buy an extra seat for baby).  If the plane is empty they may give you a seat for free.  We ended up getting an extra seat on our way to Europe so we actually had 4 seats for the 3 of us. It made it a lot easier to travel with the extra space. You can also try to get the airplane baby cots (if they have not been taken).
  • Bring LOTS of wipes and diapers. Either cloth or disposables if that is what you prefer.  I used my wipes to clean the arm rests/ T.V screens and other surfaces on the plane because I knew my son was going to touch them a lot.
  • Drink lots of water during the flight specially if you are breastfeeding. You need to keep hydrated to continue producing enough milk.
  • Make sure you have a passport and all the documents needed for traveling for your baby. Do all the paperwork ahead of time so you are not rushing close to your trip. Not fun to be stressing about that right before you go.
Top 10 Items to Make Traveling with Baby Easy

Eating Belgian waffles in Belgium!

Top 10 Items to Make Traveling with Baby Easy

In the streets of Amsterdam

 

Bruxelles

Top 10 Items to Make Traveling with Baby Easy 

  • Good Quality Light Stroller – 
    We had a lot of luggage with us and having a stroller that was easy to collapse and carry was very helpful.  When going through security you must collapse the stroller so it was great having something that was easy and fast to open and close.
  • Pacifier Holder-
    During the flight and train rides we had to use the pacifier many times and it was great to know that it was always attached to our son’s clothes and ready to be used. Plus I didn’t have to deal with pacifiers falling on the dirty floors. A must have!
  • Teething Toys and other small toys
    I packed a couple of teething toys for my son to play with. I didn’t think about bringing more than two but after a couple of hours flight/train ride he was getting really bored playing with the same two things. I should have brought some more. I recommend taking with you a few small toys that you can rotate between during the travel time.
  • Sunblock lotion and Hat – Be ready for weather changes and always have sunblock lotion with you and a hat for all your outings. It was definitively necessary for us since we were out exploring a lot and it was very sunny most of the time.
  • Thermometer and Infant’s Tylenol
    You should always have a thermometer with you to take your baby’s temperature in case they get sick plus some Tylenol if they have a fever or for pain relief.  Aidaan was teething and had a couple of nights when I had to use some Tylenol for the pain.
  • Blankets  
    Bring a couple of blankets with you.  I had to buy one in London as I left the blanket at the hotel thinking it was going to be a hot day but by the afternoon it was really windy and a bit cold. Always bring a blanket when you are out in your diaper bag!
  • Lots of bibs 
    Bibs are always useful and needed. I packed lots of bibs because they didn’t take any extra luggage space really and they were super easy to wash. You can wash them and hang dry them at night and they are ready to go the next day.

On the Amsterdam canal cruise and enjoy sightseeing from a boat

    • A good nursing cover you are comfortable using
      If you are still breastfeeding your baby make sure to bring a nursing cover that you love and have used before.  During our trip I was breastfeeding in MANY public places! Planes, trains, buses, boats, parks, restaurants, etc. Having the right cover made it all comfortable and easy.
    • Pad to put under your baby for diaper changes-
      This one is a must for me.  I am a bit crazy when it comes to germs and I hate dirty changing stations.  I brought my own pad and it was easy to have a safe surface for changing his diapers. I did change a few diapers with him standing because there are so many places without baby changing facilities in Europe.  You just learn to adapt to the situation.
    • Car Seat
      Very important! Don’t forget to bring a car seat for your baby. Even if you are not taking it with you on the flight you can always check it and pick it up when you arrive.  It is definitively NOT SAFE to travel in a car with your baby and no car seat. We used it for all car travel, for our touristic outings we took transit and walked to avoid carrying it all the time.  Remember it is not worth risking your little one’s life.

Oxford University

 

In London, England together

I hope you find some good helpful information here and that you enjoy your trip wherever you are going. Traveling with a baby is fun if you are prepared. Be Safe!

Top 10 Items to Make Traveling with Baby Easy

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Hi, my name is Angela and I am a Canadian mom living in Vancouver with my wonderful husband and two happy little boys. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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26 responses to “Top 10 Items to Make Traveling with Baby Easy”

  1. Menzies — November 21, 2011 @ 3:46 am (#)

    wow.. I have to say you are much braver than me. Truthfully though, I think I mentally make it seem harder than it is. Great tips though, some I definitely wouldn't have thought of!

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  2. Ennie — December 11, 2011 @ 4:56 am (#)

    Awesome Tips!

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  3. Cynthia Deleon — January 8, 2012 @ 1:25 am (#)

    All excellent tips! I always forget the meds and end up having to buy more

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  4. Vanessa Coker — January 21, 2012 @ 11:03 pm (#)

    We're traveling to Brazil in 2.5 weeks and we did not buy a seat for him! (10 hr flight) but I did reserve the bassinet, so he can hopefully lay down and take a nap in that instead.

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  5. Adri — March 6, 2012 @ 2:26 pm (#)

    Luggage for one child is heavier than mine 🙂

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  6. Melissa Walpole — March 24, 2012 @ 10:25 pm (#)

    can`t even imagine travelling that far with LO! you are much braver than i am! good tips, even for a short day trip 🙂

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  7. M Turner — May 23, 2012 @ 9:19 am (#)

    Travelling with kids is not easy, I heard on the news now they are going to split up families if you don’t pay extra. Terrible. I survived the London underground with my grandchildren. That was insane.

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  8. 5lita5 — February 15, 2013 @ 3:37 am (#)

    Always MUST bring along spare pacifiers!! Ones that are EXACTLY like the kind your child uses… Not general pacifiers — the SPECIFIC one they like as you don’t want to get caught when they’ve misplaced (or you have) the fav. Gotta keep at least 2-3 spares on hand. This applies for when you’re at home too! 🙂

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  9. Erika B — April 28, 2013 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    Thanks for all the great tips, we will be taking a 4 hour plane ride to Ontario this summer to visit family. We will be traveling with my 4 year old son and 1 year old daughter. It’s not my son I am worried about, it’s my daughter; I know she won’t do well on the plane ride. Seems like you can bring a million things to keep them company and it only keeps them busy for a few minutes.

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  10. Beth Henry — June 22, 2013 @ 6:05 am (#)

    Good tips! I like that you mention bringing a paci holder. My infant wasn’t really into his paci so I didn’t bring a paci clip on our last flight. Then of course he loved the paci that day and kept dropping it. Trying to pick it up and get it clean was such a pain!

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  11. Judy C — August 2, 2013 @ 11:50 am (#)

    All great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Jeannie — August 30, 2013 @ 7:06 am (#)

    Those are great tips! Wish I stumbled upon this post earlier.

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  13. elizabeth ward — September 2, 2013 @ 10:28 am (#)

    good tips.

    Going to pin this for future reference.

    Our families mistake is always packing to lightly… I pack too much because I’ve learn that when I go out something bad is bound to happen so I pack lots of backupplans, lol.

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  14. jessica s — October 20, 2013 @ 7:58 am (#)

    hubby has been trying to convince me to take our little one to Ireland to meet extended family but I’ve been sooo nervous! I LOVE these tips and they are helping calm me down… maybe I’ll say yes. maybe. lol

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  15. amy lovell — October 29, 2013 @ 6:52 am (#)

    great tips thanks!

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  16. Amy Heffernan — April 6, 2014 @ 7:12 am (#)

    Great tips. Sometimes it can be so hard.

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  17. Erica — July 31, 2014 @ 9:12 pm (#)

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  18. darlene w — September 1, 2014 @ 11:56 am (#)

    great list I will pass it on to my son for the grandkids

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  19. Anna W — September 29, 2014 @ 8:05 am (#)

    Wow there is a lot of tips and ideas here I would of never thought of! My babies are not babies anymore but my friend has a 4 month old and would appreciate this as they will be going to visit family soon.

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  20. kathy downey — January 5, 2015 @ 7:41 am (#)

    Thanks for the amazing tips have passed on to my friend whs leaving for paris in a few days with twins boys 4 months

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  21. kathy downey — February 24, 2015 @ 6:08 am (#)

    Thanks for all the excellent tips****

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  22. kathy downey — June 1, 2015 @ 9:36 am (#)

    My friend is travelling to see her Mom this month across the Country and I shared your tips with her,she is going to need them with 8 month old twins an a 5 year old.

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  23. Stephanie LaPlante — June 5, 2016 @ 6:29 am (#)

    Must’ve been so much fun. Looks beautiful.

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  24. kathy downey — July 10, 2016 @ 7:25 am (#)

    Those are all excellent tips and some i would not have thought of.

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  25. Debbie White Beattie — September 1, 2017 @ 7:42 pm (#)

    You’ve got great tips for parents and I’m sure it’s got to be hard traveling with babies, toddlers and even older kids. But you can’t let that stand in your way.

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