Being a new parent is an incomparable challenge. And the hurdles only multiply when you need to travel with the infant. Bulky baby stuff has no place in comfortable travel. With the advent of smart travel gear, there is no need for bulky materials either. Simply switch your everyday baby products to these travel-friendly portable products for an efficient trip. Here is our list of must-have products that every travelling new parent must own
Curries flying around, rice being swung and vegetables strewn about meal time with a child is never a clean affair. It is especially not a pleasant sight when one is in a new place at a nice restaurant. Don&rsquot fret. A product as simple and small as a silicone bib can come to your rescue. Cloth bibs require to be washed and dried and overall, are a lot more cumbersome to clean than silicone. Not only are they easier to clean but also come with a little pouch at the end to catch any mess that your child might make. Take a sigh of relief.
Brands A Baby Cherry, Pookie Pookie, Mommy and me
Multi-tasking tags along with the responsibility of a child. For parents of infants, it is hard to hold on to the baby while also picking out cash or their cards or even a pack of gum. Unless they are all neatly arranged in an easily accessible bag. That is why every new parent needs a neck wallet. A short bag with organised pockets, these wallets can keep all your essentials in one place close to your reach. This way, you have everything you might need in quick reach and do not require to hunt around in a big bag.
Brands Blissfare, Zero Grid, Alpha Keeper
It is every traveller&rsquos nightmare to be stuck next to a crying baby on a plane. However, being the parent of the baby is another problem altogether. Between managing the baby and apologising to people, it is impossible to enjoy the flight. Avoid the situation by making your baby comfortable with soothing music using kid-friendly headphones. These headphones have a cap to the decibel level and thus do not hurt the child&rsquos ears. Additionally, they block out ambient sounds, calming the toddler.
Brands Onanoff Buddyphones Play, JLab JBuddies, Kidzgear Wired
White Noise machines
Loud noises, towering buildings and a sea of unknown people travelling to unknown places can be terrifying to even adults. One can only imagine the fear in the mind of a small child. Keep your child calm with a portable white noise machine. White noise machines produce soothing, familiar sounds so that the baby is not intimidated by the surroundings. These machines are extremely helpful while you are trying to get your child to sleep. Small enough to easily fit in luggage, this is an ideal travel accessory.
Brands MyBaby Soundspa, Marpac Hushh, Rohm
Travel Nursing Pillow
An activity as intimate as breastfeeding should be comfortable at the least. On the go, people may make do with general bed pillows to rest a baby. However, there is a better mousetrap. Travel nursing pillows do not let the baby&rsquos head sink too low and are gentle to the touch. The rounded construction helps keep the pillow close to the mother&rsquos body and allows her to rest her arms while holding the baby. It also keeps the child&rsquos head lifted for easy access and are completely portable, making them easy to carry while travelling.
Brands My Brest Friend, Little Beam, Infantino Elevate
A pacifier is a common accessory used to keep a baby from crying, especially when they are teething. These pacifiers often slip a baby&rsquos mouth and fall on the floor. While you may sanitize it at home, it is tough to do so when you may in travelling, especially in public places. Invest in a pop pacifier. These are constructed in a way where the tip is instantly buried into a mushroom-like cover when it is dropped by a baby. Hence, you don&rsquot have to compromise on sanity just because of a busy schedule. Efficient and compact, the pop pacifier is an upgrade from the regular ones.
Brands Doddle & co.
Portable potty/ seats
When your travel time is a constant 40 hours, it is irrational to think that your baby can hold their excretion for hours like an adult. It is not only unhealthy but also unnecessary. Just carry around a portable potty for your child&rsquos convenience. These seats can be set down in any public place, campsite or even on the side of a never-ending highway. Simply add a plastic case and discard once your child is done. Travel size ones can be easily shoved into the trunk of your car or carried with your luggage. You can also get the seats to attach to a regular sized pot for a little child to sit.
Brands Infantino Up and Go Compact, Dreambaby seat, OXO Tot
Portable high chair
It is difficult to have a family dinner at a beautiful restaurant when your tiny child&rsquos head is sunken under the table. Many restaurants have chairs designed for adults and thus, children may have a tough time trying to adjust to the height difference. If you get a reservation to a fantastic restaurant on your trip, you no longer need to compromise. Just carry a portable high chair so that you can go anywhere in the world and enjoy your meals together as a family. High chairs will help elevate the child onto your height level for easy access to food and conversation.
Brands The First Years On-the-Go, Bumbo, Inglesina