Taking your baby on the road can be a stressful proposition. Whether you’re thinking of taking a possibly screaming child on a flight or trying to care for an infant on a long drive, the prospect can be daunting. But if you can anticipate what your little bug needs, you can keep your trip running smoothly--well, as smoothly as possible.
If your space is limited, you won’t want to bring the bigger, bulkier strollers we tend to haul around these days. The besrey lightweight stroller can be folded and unfolded with one hand and fits into an airplane’s overhead compartment. A big bonus: this traveler comes fully assembled, which is genius. Can we please have all baby gear come this way? When you’re dealing with being a new parent, no one wants to hunt for loose screws. Keep in mind, though, that this stroller is designed for babies who are at least six months old.
However, if you need wheels for a younger child, the Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller is a popular travel stroller for newborns. It folds up small, comes with a travel cover, lays flat for safety, and accommodates most car seats. This one is made for children up to four years old with a weight capacity of 44 pounds. In other words, you’ll be able to take this ride from newborn through toddlerhood, meaning it will take on a lot of miles for you and your family.
To keep your baby safe, bring along a shopping cart cover. This cover slips easily over most shopping carts, adding a barrier between dirt and germy surfaces. The padding makes your child comfortable, and the 3-point harness keeps them safe and in place. Wash this product between shopping trips so it’s ready to go whenever you are. With several charming, soft fabrics to choose from, your baby will be traveling in style.
Another parent-friendly, easy to fold must-have is the Nuna Sena Aire portable sleep system. The mesh design means airflow from every direction keeps your baby from getting hot and sweaty. This bed can be folded with one hand, has its own traveling bag, and you can toss the mattress into the washer and dryer when it needs a good cleaning. If your baby has their own space, you’ll all be sleeping a lot easier.
When you’ve got the gear, you’re halfway there. Just make sure you bring plenty of plastic bags for dirty clothes and diapers, more changes of clothes than you think you need, lots of wipes, blankets, a changing pad, too many diapers, and a calm disposition. No matter what happens, you’ll find a way to get through it and make some fabulous family memories.