ESSENTIALS FOR TRAVELING WITH BABY

This post is sponsored by Walmart. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

We’re about to embark on a long trip abroad to visit our families in Canada and England. I’ve been anxiously awaiting packing because for me, that’s one of the most important parts of the journey… even though it happens before we walk out our front door! When traveling with a baby, I can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared. Being prepared for every if, but and maybe before you leave the house is the best way to minimize panic and stress on your travels! Before I started packing for our month abroad, I popped over to Walmart to get all the essentials… and no, I’m not talking about clothes, though you can find them there too. That stuff’s the no-brainer. I’m talking about everything else that you’re really going to need to make the journey and stay much more comfortable for your baby when you venture out of the comforts of your own home! Sidenote: Walmart really is a one stop shop for absolutely everything you need for your baby. I did a post on everything we use in our day to day lives at home from Walmart a few weeks back. If you’re curious, you can check that out HERE!

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The Journey

Let’s start with some diaper bag essentials. I’ve put together a super thorough diaper bag checklist that you can receive as a free download if you sign up HERE. This checklist covers everything you’ll need on your plane/car journey but it’s definitely still worth mentioning some specific essentials that I do not travel without in this post.

First thing’s first, my Skip Hop Pronto Signature Changing Station. If you have nothing else with you, you should always, always have this thing! I use this for everyday outings and it’s a game changer for travel because it’s your entire changing station on-the-go. The easily wipeable changing mat unfolds to reveal two large pockets for wipes, diaper cream and diapers. It also has a handle and a wrist strap, which is really handy when carrying a big ol’ chunk of baby to the teeny airplane bathroom. You can leave your big diaper bag at your seat and will only need to grab this making it super convenient for tight spaces! I also clip on the Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser in case there’s a code brown. They’re scented and help seal in any stank, which is just polite when you’re using public restrooms, especially in a very confined space like an airplane! Another great item from Skip Hop that I always have in my diaper bag is a Wet/Dry Bag. It is again, easily wipeable and has a netted pocket on the outside for clean clothes and a large zip pocket inside to keep dirty clothes sealed until you can get to a laundry machine. Spills, spitups, blowouts… they happen. This thing is a lifesaver. When traveling, I also like to have a collection of wipes on hand. Apart from the obvious tush wipes and paci wipes, I also love the Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Face & Hand Wipes for my baby’s sensitive skin. I also keep stronger Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes at the ready for nasty surfaces at the airport and on the plane, which are sure to make contact with baby’s hands and mouth at some point or another!

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Now that your baby is clean and comfortable, let’s cover food/drink essentials. If your baby is bottle fed, obviously you will need bottles. Our pick has always been Dr. Brown’s Options because they’re great for colic and seamlessly transitioning from breast to bottle and back again. For formula, I just discovered the Munchkin Formula Dispenser, which is amazing for travel! Each dispenser contains three compartments for up to 9oz portions of formula and it has a little rotating opening to dispense formula for clean and easy transfer to bottles. This will spare me fumbling with scoops, wasting space with a giant tin of formula and ultimately getting covered in formula powder whilst on-the-go! My babe is 11 months so she is drinking water and eating real people food just like the rest of us. I love the Philips Avent My Bendy Straw Cup because we’ve never had a single leak with it. Some easy snacks that she loves include Plum Organics Super Puffs and Hot-Kid Baby Mum-Mum Organic Crackers. I also like to bring our little THERMOS Foogo Vacuum Insutated Food Jar for some hot snacks like pasta, quesadillas and cooked veggies!

Some other travel essentials that are important for your flight are eBags packing cubes, which keep suitcases organized when you’re combo-packing for parent and baby. You’ll also want a great travel car seat that easily straps into any vehicle using the existing seatbelt like the Cybex Aton 2 Infant Car Seat, which is currently on rollback for $20 off. Last but not least, I strongly recommend getting a reliable and easy-to-use stroller/car seat bag like the J.L. Childress Gate Check Travel Bag for Universal Car Seats & Strollers. This will keep your gear from getting too scratched up when the airline personnel is chucking it around!

The Stay

When you’ve reached your destination, there will likely be an adjustment period for your baby to get comfortable in their new surroundings. To ease this adjustment, I find it it best to bring as many familiarities from home as possible. The scents, sounds and feels of home will be creature comforts for your baby that make this new space a little less strange and unknown.

Let’s start with toiletries because babies need them, too! Bathtime is also typically associated with a bedtime routine so using products they are used to, is a definite must. Not just for their emotional comfort but also to ensure their physical comfort as different countries often have different product availability. This means they could potentially include different ingredients than you normally use, which could result in skin irritation for your baby. I use iGo Silicone Travel Bottles to save space on toiletries when traveling. In them, I keep Aquaphor Baby Wash & Shampoo, Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion, Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder and Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment. Other toiletries I make sure to pack are her Babyganics Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Nicesee Baby Soft Silicone Finger Toothbrush and her Safe Baby Toddler Electric Nail File.

Another routine it’s important to keep as comfortable and familiar as possible is bedtime. We’ll be staying with family on this trip so we’re fortunate to have a crib already at our destination but when we’ve stayed at hotels, we always bring our 4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard to use as a travel crib. The ones the hotels provide are often pretty disgusting, in my experience. Bowie also sleeps in a Halo Sleep Sack Wearable Blanket every night at home, so we bring a couple of those with us on every trip. Last but most certainly not least, we always bring her Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine with us for every overnight journey. This thing has provided soothing background noise for her sleep since she was born and it’s such an important part of her bedtime routine! It’s also eligible for next day delivery so if you’re in a pinch, you’ll get it in no time!

The final few items I’d recommend to make life a little easier and closer to home comforts for you when traveling are for mealtime. You get used to having a highchair so traveling without one will be a bit of a headache. Our Summer Infant Pop ’n Sit Portable Booster Seat is super compact so it travels well in a suitcase and comes in so handy when we’re not at home. This is currently avail for free 2-day shipping, which is always nice and only at Walmart for an unbeatable price! We bring this thing with us on outings at home too because it’s perfect for days at the beach or a friend’s house! I also recommend bringing a suction dish for mealtime because whatever is available where you’re staying just won’t do the trick. The Bumkins Silicone Grip Dish minimizes mess big time for meals with our little one. One last item that will help minimize mess that I don’t normally use at home is a Sleeved Bib. At home, I have the luxury of changing my daughter’s clothes as often as I need to but when you’re out and about and living out of a suitcase, this thing will be a dream!

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Everything I’ve mentioned throughout this post is truly essential to traveling with a baby. I can’t promise there won’t be any hiccups along the way but I can assure you these must-have items will ease your journey big time and they’re all available at your local Walmart. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in-store, you’re sure to find it online at walmart.com!

The month of September also celebrates Walmart's semi-annual baby event, which will offer over 700 deals online and a handful of rollbacks available in store. Think of it as a mini Black Friday for all of your baby needs! Each week will have different incentives like gift cards with purchase, etc. and there will also be some special in-store events! Keep your eyes out for a 2 week in-store car seat trade-in event where customers can trade in their old car seats for $20 Walmart gift cards and an in-store Baby Retailtainment event with product demos, safety tips, and more!