Travelling with Baby

First things first - the flight…

Having spent years trying to avoid babies on planes I will now be on the receiving end of the anxious glances from other passengers before they franticly check their seat number. They need not panic; inside my Mary Poppins bag I shall be bringing the following to ensure a happy little traveller. 

Endless Possibilities

swaddle

Be prepared for chilly planes with this generous swaddle blanket. You can also use this as a nursing cover or a sarong on the beach. Swaddle Blanket £75 Marloelondon.com

Pack it in

 

Large enough for all your essentials and with plenty of internal pockets to keep you organised. Includes a padded changing mat and zip up bag, which comes in handy for any wet clothes. RAF Weekender £130 tibaandmarl.com

Forever Clean

milton

Keep soothers clean whilst on the go with this brilliant portable steriliser. Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser £6.99 mothercare.com

Chew on That

Chewing during take-off and landing can help relieve ear pressure discomfort. Both mum and baby can enjoy this funky teething necklace. Lara + Ollie Teething Necklace £16 kidly.co.uk

 

Sleep Tight

Brilliant travel mattress with wrap-around wings. Babies feel secure and comfortable whilst travelling on your lap. Essential if you don't manage to bag a bassinet or are travelling short-haul. SkyBaby Travel Mattress £33 jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Under Cover

cover

Ensure your baby sleeps soundly on the flight, even when the bright lights are turned on with this genius pop-up sleep (and sun) cover. CoziGo is super easy to clip over an airline bassinet and blocks out light and distractions. Doubles up as a breathable sun cover over your pushchair whilst you’re abroad. CoziGo £64.99 kidstravel2.com

Story Time

story book

Keep baby busy with this captivating cloth book, which they will love grasping hold of. Goodnight You by Wee Gallery £8.99 thismodernlife.co.uk

Baby Calmer

stroll go

This portable soother plays lullabies or nature songs to keep little ones relaxed. Can be strapped to your pushchair or bag. Stroll & Go Portable Baby Soother £17 skiphop.com

On the move

Keep it simple and easy whilst you’re out and about with these genius designs; car seats that convert into buggies, buggies that can be worn on your back and a breathable baby carrier for when you need your hands free.

Wear it

buggy

This unique stroller is perfect for your travels and even fits in the overhead locker of a plane. Once folded you can use the harness to carry the pushchair as a backpack. Suitable from 6 months. Omnio Stroller £299 hippychick.com

Two-in-One

buggy

The car seat with wheels! Transforms from one to the other with the simple touch of a button. This clever combo allows you to bring one less thing on holiday. EU and US Aircraft Approval. Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller £279 kiddicare.com

Hands Free

carrier

Ideal for when you’re out and about, plus great for carrying your baby around the airport. The airy mesh is designed to make baby wearing much more comfortable in hot and humid conditions.  Can be used from newborn up to three years. Baby Carrier One Air £155 babybjorn.co.uk

Sleeping soundly

Getting little ones to sleep well on holiday makes for a happy baby and even happier parents. Blackout blinds, lightweight sleeping bags and nightlights can help make sleeping in a new environment that little bit easier.

A Watchful Eye

monitor

Holidaying with a baby shouldn't mean hovering in the same room. This video monitor allows you to hear, see and even talk to your little one from around 300 metres away. Can run cordless for up to 10 hours. Digital Video Monitor £170 philips.co.uk

Clever Light

light

This gentle nightlight also acts as a digital room thermometer with colour changing properties to help promote a safer and more comfortable sleep. Gro Egg 2 £29.99 johnlewis.com

No More Bites

muslin

Avoid mozzie bites with these soft and breathable extra-large muslin squares. The muslins have been treated with a man-made version of a natural insect deterrent found in chrysanthemums. The Insect Shield protects against insects, and is totally baby safe. Available from mid-March. Insect Shield Gromuslin £27.99 gro-store.com

Cosy Bag

aden

If you’re headed somewhere hot be sure to take a 0.5 or 1 tog sleeping bag to keep little ones cool and comfortable during the night. Loving the bright designs from aden + anais. Classic Sleeping Bag £29.95 adenandanais.co.uk

Sleepyhead

Super lightweight (6kg) travel cot that can be folded with one hand for a quick and simple set up and getaway. Can also be used as a handy playpen. Travel Cot Easy Go £219 babybjorn.co.uk

Sleep Solution

gro anywhere

This blackout blind is essential when you’re trying to deal with jet lag or daytime sleeps. Gro Anywhere Blind £29.99 gro-store.com

Fun in the sun

Young skin is extremely delicate so make sure you are sun-savvy. Always avoid sun exposure during the middle of the day and don’t forget a hat!

Show-stopper Sunnies

sunglass

These mini sunnies are simply irresistible and are perfect for keeping little eyes happy in the sunshine. Love this unisex palm design. You’re the Palm Babiator Polarized Avaitors £45 naturalbabyshower.co.uk

Beach Days

Let your little one play or nap outdoors whilst being protected from harmful rays this summer. The anti UV coating protects up to 99% from UVA and UVB rays. babymoov Anti UV Sun Tent £34.99 naturalbabyshower.co.uk

Cream Up

linea

Always use a high factor and don't forget to reapply after fun in the water. Due to the innovative design of these bottles the creams don't have an expiry date, so can be used for years. Sole Baby SPF 50 £15 lineamammababy.co.uk

Water Baby

nappy

These nappies feature a unique seal meaning any little accidents will stay safety inside. Available in a variety of patterns, love this pineapple or unicorn design. Swim Nappy £9.99 bambinomio.com

Quick Dry

cuddle

A great ‘throw on’ towel to dry little ones quickly whilst keeping them protected from the sun with an SPF50+. SPF50+ Poncho Towel £27.99 cuddledry.com

Blissful Bath time

Splish Splash

wash buddy

Ensure bath time is just as enjoyable as it is at home with this cuddly wash buddy. Clever opening for liquid soap makes washing fun. Wash Buddies £7.99 koo-di.co.uk

Squeaky Clean

childs farm

Use after swimming to thoroughly clean off chlorine. Smells delicious too. Childs Farm 3 in 1 Swim £3.99 boots.com

For Older Babies

Clever Bags

doddle bags

Refillable bags with many uses. Great for storing food, simply screw on the spoon to feed your little one on the move. Can be used again and again. DoddleSpoon Set £9.99 doddlebags.com

Tea Time

lobster

The lobster is a great portable chair, which can attach to any table. Compact and easy to transport. Great for keeping wriggly little ones secure. Lobster Portable Highchair by Phil and Teds £70 peppermint.co.uk 

Ice Cold

drink

Who doesn't love a cool drink, especially when on holiday. These cups keep drinks chilled for 15 hours. Miracle Sippy Cup £15 munchkin.co.uk

Be Prepared

potty

A must for anyone mid-potty training. This disposable pop-up potty is a life saver and fits in a handbag. Tron Disposable Travel Potty £2.99 per potty hippychick.com