The traveling items you register for are some of the most important ones! Unless you plan to stay in your house until your child is a year old, you will need many of the items in this category. This section is important because many of these items will be the most expensive on your registry. We are using most of the items I mention for the third time, and I am very happy with the quality of each!
Baby Bjorn Original Carrier
There is so much debate on carriers. Just post the question on Facebook and you will receive SO MANY opinions from friends on which one is the best. I received this as a hand-me-down from a friend. She used the Baby Bjorn Original Carrier with her two children, and I have used it with all three of mine! That’s 5 kids to use this carrier, and it is still in great shape!
I love this carrier is because it is perfect for the little ones, especially the curious ones. You can use it right away with newborns, and it will still work great until your baby is 25 pounds. What I love the most about this carrier is the 2-way front carrying. Once your baby has decent head control, you can turn him/her around to face out. My reflux babies needed to be vertical a lot but facing me was boring to them. This carrier is also the easiest to put baby in when you are on your own.
ERGObaby Original Carrier
Because the ERGO original only can face babies toward you, we didn’t use it much when they were little. We bought the newborn insert, and it was a waste of money! This carrier can be used on babies and toddlers from 12-45 pounds. If the ERGObaby Four Position 360 would have been available when we had our first baby, I probably would have gotten that one instead.
Mybaby HoMedics SoundSpa On-The-Go
This sound machine is awesome! It is perfect for trips away from home or simply moving around different rooms in your home. Babies are typically soothed by white noise; all 3 of my babies needed it to sleep! This sound machine plays a heartbeat, white noise, ocean sounds, and lullaby music. It is battery operated and has an auto-off timer!
Infantino Compact 2-in-1 Shopping Cart Cover
We used this shopping cart cover a ton when we had our first. I was constantly worried about him getting sick that I lugged that cart cover everywhere. This one also doubles as a restaurant high chair cover. However, I didn’t use this at all with our second or third. Weirdly enough, our first child has been our sickest.
Graco Pack ‘n Play
Obviously, pack ‘n plays are great when traveling. They are also great to have set up around the house! If you plan on using a pack ‘n play as your bassinet, you should get the Pack ‘n Play with Newborn Napper. For our first two kids, we set this up in our room until our babies were in their own rooms. If you plan on using a different bassinet (or the Rock ‘n Play), save yourself the money and get the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard. It is basic, travels well, and is cheaper than the Newborn Napper version. Our children slept in this on vacations until they were 2-1/2 years old!
Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Sheets
I’d get 2 sheets.
Dream On Me Roam Graco Pack ‘n Play Mattress
If you travel a lot, do your child a favor and get this mattress. I didn’t end up getting this mattress until our second child was a year old. He was much more comfortable in the pack ‘n play with this mattress, and it made traveling so much easier!
I don’t have a specific brand to recommend here. They all basically do the same thing. These are nice when you are out shopping and don’t have a lot of room under the stroller to hold bags.
BenBat Travel Friends Pillow
We like this pillow because it supports the baby’s neck without pushing it forward. Make sure you register for the correct size!
This is pretty much the only stroller you need while your baby is in the infant carrier car seat. Make sure that the brand you get will work with the infant carrier car seat you choose. Graco, Chicco, Joovy Roo, and Baby Trend all have similar strollers. What’s awesome about this type of stroller is that you just unsnap the infant carrier from the car and snap it into the stroller base, no need to unbuckle the baby!
There are a ton of lightweight stroller options out there. You can buy a cheap $15 dollar stroller from a big box store or buy a lightweight stroller with all the bells and whistles. You probably won’t use this until your baby is pretty much sitting up so it may be something you leave off the registry and purchase later. We have the Chicco Liteway, and love it! I love how light it is and how compact it is when closed. The best part is the reclining seat for when your little boy or girl needs a nap while you’re out running around town!
If you are a serious jogger, you need a BOB Revolution stroller. I am not a big jogger, but my jogging friends say it is awesome and perfect for long runs. Just note that you will need to purchase the infant carrier bar if you plan on using this for a smaller baby. Because I am not a runner, I bought a Schwinn Turismo that works great for my needs. Whatever you end up getting for a jogging/walking stroller, make sure the front wheel has an option to swivel or be locked in place.
This is great for those warm weather days. There are some many options out there and they are pretty inexpensive.
Gate Check Car Seat and Stroller Bags
If you travel a lot, you may need more than one of these. When checking a car seat or stroller, it will get pretty nasty if it isn’t in a bag of some sort.
Infant Carrier Car Seat
This is a touchy area and the one that deserves the most research. We have a Graco Snugride 35. If you think your baby will be 35 pounds and able to be carried in your infant carrier car seat, you are crazy. My 4 year old is 36 pounds… I am extremely happy with the quality, just wish we had gotten the 32 or smaller. Our first baby was in his infant carrier car seat until he was 10 months. Our second and third moved into the convertible car seat at 5 months.
Car Seat Base
If your baby will be in multiple vehicles frequently, it would be smart to get two of these. One base should come with your infant carrier car seat.
Summer Infant Snuzzler
I don’t know what we would have done without this. Newborns seem to drown in their car seats without this. It is washable and can be adjusted as your baby grows.
Convertible Car Seat
This is another area that needs a lot of research. Your child will be in this seat the longest (about 3-4 years) so make sure you love it. We have the Britax Marathon 70 Convertible and have been very happy with it. In fact, we have 3 of them.
Roller Shades for Car
Or get a minivan that has the built-in shades 🙂
Warm Weather Infant Carrier Cover
Not only is this good for blocking the sun, but it helps keep strangers from touching your baby. I love the Padalily Canopy Cover. Just make sure it has elastic on the bottom or it will blow like crazy in the wind.
Cold Weather Infant Carrier Cover
The Jolly Jumper Sneak-A-Peek is great for cold weather! It has an elastic bottom and fleece interior. I like that you can check on the baby through the “face flap” without completely exposing them to the cold.
Back Seat Mirror
Lots of options here. Just make sure that the glass is clear. A lot of the mirrors out there are made of cheap plastic and distort the image. We have the BRICA Day & Night Auto Mirror, which comes with a remote to turn on music and a light to see your child at night.
Rear View Mirror
The Pikibu High Definition Clarity Baby Car Mirror is such a great mirror! We have three car seats stretched across our back seat and thanks to this mirror, can see them all very clearly! It simply snaps over your existing rear view mirror and allows you to see 180 degrees!
It’s disgusting what can get under a car seat. Adding a seat protector will help immensely in keeping your car protected. We have the Munchkin Auto Seat Protectors and the Eddie Bauer High Back Seat Protectors.
I have had a few different ones and have settled on 2 that work best. With our first, I had a Vera Bradley shoulder bag. It held a lot of stuff, but the single shoulder strap really messed up my back. It was also hard to carry when I was carrying the infant carrier car seat. With my second baby, I went for function over beauty and got a backpack from Pottery Barn. It saved my back a ton and held way more. I could even wear it while wearing the baby in the Baby Bjorn to be totally hands free. Now that I have 3 kids, I just use a bigger purse and have really narrowed down the amount of things I carry. To be honest, you really only needs a couple diapers, wipes, and a nursing cover to run a few quick errands. Buy your spouse a gender neutral bag too, if you want him to be able to run errands alone with the kids.
Disposable Changing Pads
When you think about how nasty changing tables are you will want to put down a pad. Since the changing tables are so nasty, you won’t want to put those germs back in your diaper bag. That’s why the Munchkin Arm and Hammer Disposable Changing Pads are so awesome. You don’t take any of the germs home with you!
I love this because you can skip hauling your whole diaper bag to the restroom for diaper changes and just carry this clutch that holds a few diapers and travel wipes. The Peanut Shell Diaper Clutch has a lot of fun designs.