As I learned after a week at the beach with Lana, the right gear can make the difference between a successful trip and a vacation nightmare. In honor of family vacation season, here are six products to ensure smooth travels for you and your little ones!
Washing bottles (or sippy cups) is the unavoidable bane of traveling with a small child. Make the job easier with this compact bottle brush and drying rack. The brush folds right inside the rack for easy transportation, so you’re prepared whenever your little one needs some milk or water.
These bags, which come in over a dozen colors and patterns, are perfect for transporting fresh or frozen breastmilk or other perishable baby items. They’re small enough to carry comfortably or stuff in a larger bag.
Parents love this lightweight crib, which folds into a backpack for convenient transport. You can even buy a sun shade and use it outside! It’s sold on Amazon, but you can also buy directly from the manufacturer’s website if you don’t need Prime shipping. You can get a free organic cotton crib sheet by adding the sheet to your cart and entering code rc-sheet at checkout.
These wipes are great for wiping down hands on the go or for disinfecting germy surfaces, like seat trays on the plane. The active ingredient, sugar cane ethanol, is a disinfectant that does no harm when absorbed into skin or our ecosystem. Kills 99.9% of germs. Also available at Whole Foods and CVS.
If sunny skies are in your itinerary, this umbrella is a must. It can clip onto your stroller, a cooler at the beach, your baby’s push toy, etc. And, it’s easily adjustable to keep you and baby in the shade no matter which direction the sun is coming from!
I personally swear by the Ergobaby carrier, but any carrier that calms your babe works here! Baby carriers are great in transit when you need your hands free. They also come in handy throughout your vacation, when your kid rebels and refuses to sit in the stroller (or when you’re exploring terrain that isn’t stroller-friendly). The Ergobaby 360 is a bit more pricey than the original, but totally worth it, in my opinion. The flexibility to carry baby on your back, front, or side makes it that much more likely you’ll find a position that you are both happy with!