Traveling with a toddler – what to buy

Having a toddler in the household is hectic enough so most people don’t feel the need to throw the stress of traveling into the mix. But on the other hand, why wouldn’t you? You are not going to get any rest at home so at least try to make an adventure out of having your […]

Having a toddler in the household is hectic enough so most people don’t feel the need to throw the stress of traveling into the mix. But on the other hand, why wouldn’t you? You are not going to get any rest at home so at least try to make an adventure out of having your toddler around. Family trips are a great way to bond and there is a high probability that your toddler will be fascinated enough with all the new sights and will stop pestering you for just a moment.

But traveling with a toddler is not so straight-forward as traveling with an older child. You will need to purchase some additional equipment to make the trip as comfortable as possible.

Pack and play

A pack and play is an amazing invention, whether you are traveling to Europe or relatives’ house for a few days. It is like a portable and compact crib in which your baby can both sleep and play safely. They also often come with a diaper changing station and a bassinet. This makes them suitable for both newborns and toddlers. A pack and play bassinet can usually accommodate babies up to 15 pounds.

The newest pack and plays are extremely convenient and make traveling a breeze. They are easy to set up anywhere and can be collapsed into an easy-to-hold packing bag. The metal frame is sturdy, making the whole contraption a safe space to leave your baby in. Additionally, if you travel and stay in different hotels, your toddler will feel safer if they are always put to sleep in the same bed – in this case, the pack and play.

Lightweight stroller

Most travels, especially to new places, involve a lot of sightseeing and visiting various spots. This usually means long walking hours. And while traveling adults are ready to make that sacrifice, your toddler’s feet probably aren’t up to the task. That’s why carrying a stroller with you is a must. Most importantly, it should be lightweight and foldable but also durable.

Portable high chair

A portable high chair will save your sanity anytime you need to feed your toddler during the trip. Portable hair chairs come in many shapes. Some are clipped onto the table, some are a stand-alone type made with lightweight mesh and some are designed to be attached to a dining chair. Whichever you choose, make sure to check the maximum weight to find out which ones can hold your baby safely.

Distractions

Make sure to bring enough items to distract your toddler if they start to get anxious or too active. The worst thing that can happen is having your child misbehave on a crowded plane and drawing attention from the other passengers. Pack plenty of snacks, lightweight picture books and small toys to keep your child occupied.