Traveling with a tot can be challenging, to say the least. From changing diapers in tiny airplane bathrooms to wayward toddlers vanishing just before passport control, it can seem like every step of the journey presents another situation that tests your sanity. But help is at hand with these gizmos and accessories, which are designed to smooth out some of the more stressful scenarios that vacationing with small kids inevitably brings.
The popularity of these nifty, easy-to-steer strollers is testimony to just how simple they are to use. The Babyzen Yoyo+ was the first buggy that complied with IATA guidelines for cabin baggage, meaning it could be folded up and placed in the overhead compartment. Not only does it fold easily, but it’s also lightweight and everything clicks into place with a quick shake.
Rule number one for traveling with little ones: Don’t forget the snacks because a hungry toddler equals a grumpy toddler. Having your tot’s favorite snack on-hand can distract them from the boredom of a long trip. With the Zoli snack dispenser, you can also store formula to appease hungry babies.
Having to lug a tired toddler around an airport while juggling all your luggage is no one’s idea of fun. And when traveling with a separate stroller is just not practical, there’s the Mountain Buggy Bagrider. It’s essentially an extra-sturdy wheelie case that you can strap your little one into, so you can zip around unencumbered. A cushioned seat liner and a five-point safety harness also keep the passenger comfy and secure.
A lack of sleep can lead to a dreaded meltdown, and airplane seats are hardly conducive to slumber in peace. However, this Fly Tot inflatable airplane cushion transforms the seat into a comfy bed that most small kids can stretch out and fall asleep in. The 21-inch-tall cushion inflates in minutes (with the use of the included foot pump), deflates in seconds, and fits most economy and premium economy seats.
Putting up a standard-issue foldable crib can be frustrating. And don’t even think about trying to travel with one of those so-called portable cribs, as they weigh a ton. Instead, turn your attention to the BabyBjorn travel crib, which is both lightweight and easy to set up. It also doubles as a handy playpen.
Keeping luggage down to a minimum is one of the hardest parts of traveling with a tot, but most booster seats are bulky, to say the least. The solution? This mifold booster seat (for kids ages four and up) is billed as the most advanced, compact, and portable car seat ever invented. Its innovative design means it can be folded into the size of your average clutch bag.
Rummaging around for that elusive packet of wipes while your child is busy smearing god-knows-what all over themselves certainly doesn’t help one’s blood pressure on the move. This simple yet effective travel case neatly dispenses single wipes at the push of a button, and attaches onto any bag or stroller.
Passports? Check. Boarding passes? Check. Child? Keeping an eye on your little one in a busy airport or train station can be a challenge, especially if they have a tendency to wander. This little gizmo helps you track down your tot quickly via an app on your phone with real-time pinpoint tracking. There’s also a panic button and tamper alert if anyone manages to remove it.
No list of child-friendly travel accessories would be complete without a mention of the mighty Trunki. This pull-along suitcase is loved by children not only because it effectively doubles as a fun push cart, but also for its fabulous range of colors and designs. It can support kids weighing up to 75 pounds, and also makes for a convenient extra seat for tired tots.
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