5 Essential Items for Travelling with a Baby


Our family holiday in Tepotzlan.
Our family holiday in Tepotzlan with our newest arrival


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A family holiday is probably the last thing on Wills and Kate’s mind right now but all that Royal travel is going to start up again in no time. Like Kate, I recently welcomed our latest member of the family into the world and despite having two children already, had completely forgotten how someone so small needs SO much stuff. Still, we decided to head out of town for a few days over Easter to the small pueblo magico (magical town) of Tepotzlan, 80 km from Mexico City and in packing the bags, I was reminded of the 5 essential items that definitely make travelling with a newborn that much easier, even if they don’t have a Royal title.


1. Phil & Ted’s Travel Cot

phil & ted
Phil & Ted’s Travel Cot


There are hundreds of travel cots out there ranging from the not-so-portable to the brilliantly compact. The Phil & Ted’s Travel Cot is my travel cot of choice. We originally bought one for my eldest and used it religiously every time we travelled. It lived long enough for my daughter to use it until we finally had to put it to rest. We’ve just bought a new one, with an improved design, for number 3 and it’s every bit as brilliant as the original one.


2. Stokke Flexi Bath & Mothercare Foam Bath Support

Stokke Flexi Bath & Mothercare Foam Bath Support
Stokke Flexi Bath & Mothercare Foam Bath Support


The Stokke Flexi Bath is not really a travel essential but if you have room in your case then it definitely makes bathing a little one easy. My mother bought me one and combined with the Mothercare Foam Bath Support, baby bath times have never been happier! I used the foam bath support independently with number two and it’s an excellent travelling companion – lightweight, easy to pack and ready to use in a bath, a sink, a shower, anywhere really!


3. Baby Bjorn

baby bjorn
Baby Bjorn


Like travel cots there are dozens of baby carriers to choose from. I used a Baby Bjorn with my two oldest and am back using it again with number three. As far as design, usability and durability, I don’t think they can be beat!


4. Quick Clean Microwave Bag

Medela Micro-Steam Bags


Assuming that wherever you are travelling to has a microwave, then I’ve found these Medela bags to be the easiest way to sterilise bottles on the go. Simply add 60 ml (2 oz) of water, pop in your bottle or breast pump equipment and stick it in the microwave. If you don’t have access to a microwave then sterilising tablets are great.


5. Travel Baby Changing Mat

Munchkin changing mat
Munchkin changing mat


Travel change mats are invaluable whether you’re just heading to the shops or embarking on a long-haul flight. Previously I’ve used a Skip Hop change mat and we now have a Munchkin one, for no other reason than that someone gave it to us. Regardless of which design and brand you choose they are a baby travel lifesaver!


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12 thoughts on “5 Essential Items for Travelling with a Baby”

  1. This is a great list! Only thing I’ll say, is if you only know the Baby Bjorn, the Ergo will rock your world. You can carry a toddler for three times as long as you could carry a newborn in the bjorn. Just better weight support. Had to wait to the 2nd child to learn this, but you;ll never go back.

    1. Thanks! I’ve heard so many good things about the Ergo that I think I’m going to have to get one. I love the fact that you can use it for such a long time too – thanks for the tip!

  2. There are always so many things to remember when you travel with young children and this is certainly a fab and useful list. I really love that travel changing mat by the way. Ours was never that snazzy!

    1. Thank you! I’m not sure how long our changing mat will remain this snazzy, it’s still only 2 months old. I reckon it will look entirely different in 6 months time 🙂

    1. Thank you! I had no idea there were folding baths either until my mother gave me one! It’s also helpful given that our apartment doesn’t have a bath 🙂

  3. My daughter is now 11 years old but I could’ve used these tips back then when we travelled with her during at 3 months old. I wish they had that foldable bath tub, very useful. I was a big Ergo fan as well BUT for infants, I still think Baby Bjorn is the best. Great tips!

  4. Our essential baby traveling item: a change of clothes for mom! We have had several “adventures” that involved me being vomited on by a car sick little one. Somehow they always manage to miss themselves and cover me in it. I have learned the hard way to always pack an extra outfit, just in case!
    Love all your other ideas – all great ideas for family travel 🙂

  5. I just doing short trips with my 8 month old son & the microwave bag and changing mat looks really handy considering they’ll reduce the number of separate items we need to bring.

    1. Pleased to hear it! The changing mat will come in useful for years (at least until you can get them out of nappies!) and the microwavable bags are great. Look forward to following your adventures!

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