Best baby travel product

Katie - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Just wondering what you found that you can't live without when traveling with your baby/toddler. Perhaps there's something out there I'm missing. :)

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Sarah - posted on 11/20/2009

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We do a good bit of air-travel through the year to visit my family and have a pretty basic set of must-haves that we love.

First of all, we opted to keep our daughter in our lap up until she hit the two-year limit. Once she was over it, we bought something called C.A.R.E (Child Aviation Restraint System) that is approved on all of the airlines we've traveled. It is a four point strap system that goes over their shoulders and around their waist to hold them in place. The benefit is that it is primarily straps, so it's really easy to move from one gate to the next, she gets to sit like a "big girl," and it gives more shoulder space for whichever one of us is in the adjacent seat. You just have to check the child's car seat or have a friend or family member waiting with one on the other end of the trip! Note that some airlines do not allow booster seats.

The recent addition is the portable DVD player which was especially helpful on the last trip where we had to sit in the plane for a while before it could take-off.

A Travel Magnadoodle
Something to suck on (pacifier, bottle, etc) for take-off and landing
A few favorite books
Bring snacks and a sippy cup to prevent hunger and spills
A blanket
A favorite stuffed animal who "rides" in the carry-ons when switching gates

We have one of the backpack leashes but rarely use it as it gives her too much leeway to run side-to-side and get in someone's path when getting to a gate.

Also, know that you can check a foldable stroller at the plane. We lugged our daughter's stuff around for her first few flights, but no longer make that mistake. It makes for safer and faster walks to our gate(s).

Good luck!

Signe - posted on 10/23/2009

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Quoting Katie:

Best baby travel product

Just wondering what you found that you can't live without when traveling with your baby/toddler. Perhaps there's something out there I'm missing. :)


hi katie



i have 3 children and we travel a lot, long and short trips - depending on the age of you child there are some great things out there



I myself have developed a small company that sells travel activity packs but these may be too old for your child? i have friends with 2 yr olds that have used them and say they are great but i advertise as 3-5 adn 6-8 yrs



 



check it out -==== www.theliltraveler.com



 



othewise i find the portable dvd is great, and finger puppets mixed with tupperware you can hide them in and play with?sounds weird but helped one flight greatly! and lots of food always helps (gold fish, cheerios, something it takes a while to eat)



 



Hope this might help?



 



Signe

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We just came back from a 14 hour trip from NY to Beijing and, given how much I was searching for advice before we went, I thought I'd lend some back.



Given advice that we received, we loaded up on some new toys that he hadn't seen before. He's just shy of 1 year. The most successful items: a baby photo album where we inserted photos of our family and his baby friends; some beads (thick ones with no swallowing hazard), and an unintentional success: an empty plastic water bottle and a plastic cup (the crinkly kind that we got from the flight attendant). He also loved a new stuffed animal that we gave him which was a lion, an animal he was getting familiar with.



We got him his own seat, which, if you have an active child, is really helpful. We brought a carseat and had a travel bag that is like a backpack that you can use when going through the airport. This was particularly good when it was time to sleep.



During take-off and landing, we made sure to have a bottle of formula or water ready for him to drink to help him pop his ears.



And we played some of the on demand children's shorts like "Clifford" and "Backyardigans" that were available on the screens (on particularly long flights, they probably have this, but check with your carrier). He was only somewhat interested in it.



Mostly, we had baby food ready. We've been told that some airports are stricter than others about this but we have made it through LaGuardia, Newark, Chicago and Beijing and the only one that stopped us to check it a little more thoroughly was Beijing and only for an extra minute.



A word of caution: be sure that you can bring water on to your flight. We had bought four bottles of water in the Beijing airport which were confiscated just before we boarded and had to rely on the kindness of the flight attendants to continue bringing us water for formula, etc.

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Ashley - posted on 08/13/2010

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That's terrific. You sound like you are well planned out and should have everything under control. We tried to get one of those little dolly type things that you can strap the car seat to that makes it into a sort of stroller, but it just didn't work with ours. That's ok, it worked out and now he is in a booster and boosters aren't approved on planes anyway. Good luck on your trip! Have fun!

Ivy - posted on 08/13/2010

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Thank you for the reply. I will be taking our carseat with me on our journey. I have a personal luggage trolley that my daughter's carseat will go on with my carry-on and her nappy bag. My daughter will on my back in one of those toddler backpacks. Thankfully she likes it so I don't have worry about her hating it as I have already put her in it to see how she would react at home. That way when I get our luggage, I don't have to worry is she alright.

Ashley - posted on 08/13/2010

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Ivy - we flew on Delta, we didn't take the carseat because we had one waiting over there for us and on the Russian airline we were holding him on our laps. (just 2 hours flight, but very expensive) So No, we didn't have to buy the restraint, but we thought it would be safer then just the seatbelt. We were flying all the way to Russia and needed to take as little luggage as possible (you get charged per kilo over there) and then we also had some friends sending things with us too. So we just didn't want to take his booster knowing he'd not sit in it anyway. Basically he slept most of the way and he layed on his seat with his head on our laps. I figured that if there was a wreck a seat might not help that much anyway - but the issue is turbulence. I think it is much safer to do a car seat and I think it's good to take it if you can.

Ivy - posted on 08/13/2010

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Ashley, which airline did you fly on? Did you have to buy the restraint? I have a carseat I am planning on taking with me on a luggage trolley.

Ashley - posted on 06/25/2010

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I love this travel potty. I keep it in my car all the time, ready to go. Whether it's across town and he needs to go or across the state, it never fails to help us out. I LOVE THIS CAR POTTY!!!! I can't tell you how much I love it. I used it while potty training and still use it. I was standing in line at the post office just 3 days ago. My son had to pee. Is there a public restroom nearby? NO. Does my son want to wet his pants? NO. He is only 3 and a half but doesn't want to be embarrased. We ran to the car where I just opened the car potty and there it was, ready to go for him.
Another thing we loved on an international trip were some of the toys mentioned above, and a mini etch a sketch. Also, we use a portable DVD, but I'm thinking of going to an Ipod for next time. We also tried the C.A.R.E. Restraint and liked it (our son didn't like it so much but we only had to use it during take off and landing) but found the international airlines we were on didn't let us use it - they had their own things to use that they let you borrow. I always take his own blankey because airline blankies are so dirty and germy (at least I think so, I'm sure they aren't really) and he has his own carry on kiddo rolling bag, because it helps him feel like a big boy to pull his own toys and lovey with him.

Tiffany - posted on 05/15/2010

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portable dvd player(he likes elmo), and lots of toys help alot
i also talk to him about where we are going and on long trips we stop at a walmart just to let him walk around for a bit and push the basket then he okay for the rest of the trip

Laura - posted on 03/10/2010

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We have travelled all over the States & Europe and hands down, best money ever spent was on the Sit and Stroll. We have gotten soooo many comments over the years, both here & abroad about what a fantastic product it is. I literally had people squatting down next to me in Europe writing down the manufacturers contact info !

I was sad when my daughter ourgrew it. I still loan it out to relatives and friends multiple times each year. It is a stroller that converts, while the child is in it, to a car seat. The wheels retract up into the unit. Also can use it as in restaurants as a "booster" . it is a rear facing car seat, a front facing car seat, full function stroller, 5 point harness available (as a stroller the wheels are fully retractable and shielded from the car seat ). Invaluable on plne rides...just stroll it down the aisle ( child in it) then give a quick pull on the wheel mechanism and PRESTO, pop the child & seat into the plane seat. Hands down the best 200 bucks ever spent on a child product, if you travel a lot with your child.



you can check it out on amazon.... http://www.amazon.com/Lilly-Gold-Stroll-...

Cathy - posted on 02/07/2010

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baby wrap sling for babies up to 30 lbs and an ipod touch loaded with games for toddler up:)

Michelle - posted on 11/15/2009

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We are going skiing this winter and I have a 2yo & 10mo -- I'm going to bring a travel dvd player with a few Disney classics in hopes that might keep the 2 year old occupied for a while!

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