When it comes to travelling with a toddler, the list of items to pack can seem endless. I am one of those mum’s that packs absolutely everything just in case. Being a pharmacist means that we travel with half the pharmacy too! But on our most recent overseas adventure we travelled by seaplane to our holiday destination – so we had to keep our luggage on the lighter side. This forced me to re-think the contents of our suitcases and only take items that are essential and truly make travelling with a toddler that little bit easier. Read on for a list of toddler travel products that won’t weigh you down.
B.Box sippy cup
Your little one needs to stay well hydrated throughout your holiday – while on the plane and out and about exploring the world. But as a mum, you are on a quest to find a leak-proof sippy cup. One that will not result in the entire contents of your handbag being soaked through. Well, I am thrilled to say that I have finally found one! The B.Box sippy cup is absolutely perfect. We could throw the sippy cup into my handbag or backpack without worrying about leaks. And our little one loves that he can drink from his cup at any angle, thanks to the innovative weighted straw. B.Box sippy cups are available in a range of bright colours, so pick your favourite colour and brighten up your day.
Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station
Nappy changes are a big part of life with a baby, whether you are at home or away on holidays. On-the-go nappy changes while travelling are made easier with the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station. The Pronto features an extra-wide change mat, mesh pocket to hold 4 large nappies, a translucent wipes case, and a front-zipper pocket for nappy sacks and your keys or phone. I could easily pop it into my large handbag or clip it onto our travel stroller so that it was always with us. It is also ultra-convenient for the plane trip – ensuring all of your nappy-change essentials are right there if needed in a hurry.
Mountain Buggy Nano
A travel stroller is useful for so many reasons while on holidays. The Mountain Buggy Nano is lightweight and has an extremely compact fold, making it the perfect travel stroller. It can even be taken onboard and fits in the overhead locker in most airlines, so you can use it the entire time you are at the airport. Our little one has only been walking for about 2 months, so a travel stroller is the perfect way for us to get out and about. We could sight-see all day in Singapore, knowing that our little one has a comfortable place to take a sleep (the Nano even reclines fairly flat). It has a large basket underneath for storage and comes with a travel bag too. You can read my full review on the Mountain Buggy Nano here.
We found that keeping our bedtime routine fairly consistent while on holiday helped our little one get a good night’s sleep. At home, we always do a bath before bed, and then pop our little one into his Grobag to signal sleep time and keep him cosy. Using a baby sleeping bag is great, as it keeps your baby safe, comfortable and warm. The Gro Company even makes a special Travel Grobag has a two-way zip and a back vent, allowing you to use your Grobag with a five-point harness. This feature was great, as we could be out in the evening and pop our little one into the travel stroller to sleep. Once we got back to the hotel, we could then easily transfer him directly to his cot without waking him up. Grobags are available in a range of warmth ratings (togs) and have an array of gorgeous colours and designs to choose from.
Phil & Teds Traveller Cot (travel crib)
We found that travelling with our own travel cot has worked wonders in helping our toddler sleep while on holidays. It gives him a safe and familiar place to sleep, even though he may be at a different resort every few days. Our Phil & Teds Traveller Cot is great – it is so light and compact to travel with (its only 2.8kg), while being spacious and comfortable for our toddler. I usually get him to nap in it at home a few days prior to a holiday, so that it feels familiar to him while we are away. You can read my full review on the Phil & Teds Traveller Cot here.
With a three-week beach holiday on the horizon, I figured it was time to get our toddler his first pair of sunglasses. I came across Babiators in a boutique baby store and knew I had to get a pair for my little one. Aviator-style sunglasses for babies are just adorable! My little one absolutely loves wearing his Black Ops Black Aviator. Babiators are colourful, cute and kid-friendly, with Babiators’ lenses offering 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays. The sunglasses are extremely durable and have a flexible rubber frame and shatter-resistant lenses. So far, they have survived my very active toddler and his antics. The best part: if your little ones does happen to break or lose their Babiators within 12 months, Babiators will replace them for free.
Thermos Funtainer Food Jar
Our toddler gets hangry. It was inevitable really, as my husband and I both get hangry too! So, we thought we would be ultra-prepared while on holidays and have healthy snacks readily available at all times. Current favourite foods for our little one include yoghurt and every type of berry that exists. I ended up taking our Thermos Funtainer food jar with us, so that we could pack strawberry yoghurt for morning tea while out and about. It also worked well for keeping food warm if we needed to pack our little one some lunch. It features the Thermos double wall vacuum insulation for maximum temperature retention and keeps food hot for up to 5 hours and cold for up to 7 hours.
Aden and Anais Organic Musy Mate Lovey
If your little one has a comforter or security blanket to help them settle, make sure that you take it on your holiday. Don’t forget to pack a spare, just in case you misplace the first one! If you are looking at getting your baby their first comforter, I absolutely love the range of products at Aden and Anais. Their adorable Organic Musy Mate Lovey comforters are made from organic cotton and come in a range of fun animals and gorgeous prints.
Glad Snap Lock Bags
These little bags are so versatile and come in extremely handy while travelling. Anything and everything can be packed in here. Snacks. Toiletries. Children’s liquid medicines. Toys. Dirty clothes. The list is endless… During our recent holiday we came up with the ULTIMATE use for these handy snap lock bags – a clean place to pack your little one’s spare clothes during your travels. Trust me on this one and learn from my mistakes! I have travelled on many flights with our baby and have never needed the two sets of spare clothes that I always packed in our cabin baggage. I eventually became complacent and just packed one spare romper for our travels from the Maldives to Penang via Singapore. As luck would have it, we had a nappy emergency during our transit in Singapore airport and needed to change little one into a fresh set of clothes. “No drama”, I thought. “I can just get out the spare romper.” Uh-oh. Something had leaked through our cabin baggage and the spare romper was soaking wet. With no spare clothes available, our poor little toddler wore his daddy’s t-shirt as clothes for our flight from Singapore to Penang. So learn from our experiences and pack your little one’s spare clothes in a snap lock bag when travelling on the plane. I know that I will be.
If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you!
*I simply love all of the products recommended in this post – and as always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.