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Without a doubt, traveling with a baby can be challenging. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! Taking trips with your family can be a beautiful experience that creates wonderful memories.

With our tips and tricks you'll find that traveling with a baby doesn’t have to be something to dread! Read more to find the ultimate traveling with baby checklist!

 

Shop BassiNest® Flex Portable Bassinet >

Without a doubt, traveling with a baby can be challenging. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! Taking trips with your family can be a beautiful experience that creates wonderful memories.

With our tips and tricks you'll find that traveling with a baby doesn’t have to be something to dread! Read more to find the ultimate traveling with baby checklist!

 

Shop BassiNest® Flex Portable Bassinet >

When Can You Start Traveling with a Newborn

If you’ve just had a baby and are already getting the urge to travel, you might be wondering when it’s possible to do that. The truth is it matters if you’re planning to travel by plane, train, or car. discuss general safety advice on when to start traveling with a newborn.

The primary safety concern to consider is your baby’s immune system. Little ones take time to develop a strong immune system, so many pediatricians recommend waiting for this to happen before exposing a newborn to a bunch of travelers. For healthy, full-term babies, it could be possible and safe to start traveling around 4 weeks old for short trips by car.

If your baby was born premature or with lung or heart problems, we recommend consulting with your doctor before traveling.

mom packing for tripmom packing for trip

 

Tips for Traveling with a Newborn

1. Pack Smarter

Being strategic about your packing is critical! We recommend packing smarter, which doesn’t always mean more. Make a list of the things you MUST have (or check out our list below) and try not to stray too far from it.

2. Plan to Wear Your Baby

When traveling with a newborn, bringing along a wrap, sling, or other carrier is always at the top of our baby travel list! At this age, little ones really benefit from close contact and skin-to-skin, so many babies will find it soothing to be wrapped on your chest while you travel. A soothed baby means less stress for you!

3. Schedule Time for Stops

In general, schedule extra time. If you’re traveling by car, be prepared to stop frequently for anything from feeding to changes to cuddles. If you’re traveling by plane, this might mean planning to arrive at the airport even earlier. Nothing is more stressful than being on a time crunch with a newborn (who honestly could care less that you are running late).

4. Be Flexible

Especially with newborns, traveling is not the time to set and firmly follow a schedule. It’s time to enjoy being on an adventure with your family, so if the nap schedule gets off--that’s okay! If during a meal or activity your newborn starts to lose it--that’s okay! Be flexible and prepared to change your plans as needed.

5. Be Prepared to Do Laundry Anywhere

Packing a newborn’s entire wardrobe isn’t logical, so it makes more sense to be prepared to wash and dry baby clothes anywhere. If you do not have access to a laundry machine, you’ll still want to develop a plan to deal with emergencies like a blowout or throw-up. Pack your own concentrated detergent and spot-shot remover for emergencies.

 

Flying with Newborns

Traveling with a newborn baby by plane can seem daunting, but it is not impossible and can definitely still be done! You just need to be packed and prepared for the task. Here are some general tips for flying with newborns:

1. Check your airline's policy for flying infants.

Different airlines have different requirements for when a newborn can fly. For example, Delta does not allow infants under a week old to fly unless accompanied by a doctor’s note. In general, it doesn’t hurt for you to double check with your pediatrician regardless of the airline’s policy.

2. Buy flight protection if you’re able.

When traveling with a newborn baby by plane, things can go wrong: missed flights, cancellations, etc. Purchasing flight protection if it’s in your budget is an easy way to avoid stress and fees down the road.

3. Reserve early to get the best seat.

When it comes to flying with newborns, it is 100% worth it to spend extra money on an aisle (or at least not being stuck in the middle).

4. Take advantage of early boarding.

Always take advantage of early or priority boarding for families that many airlines offer! This means less people are trying to get situated and allows you to stow your bags, make sure you have the necessities in reach, and settle in with your little one.

5. Pack smarter.

When traveling on a plane with a newborn, you want to pack as little as possible--which will still be quite a bit! You’ll want to keep essentials on hand & within reach:

• 2-3 diapers
• Plenty of wipes
A binky if your child takes one
A prepared bottle
Burp cloth
Fuel and hydration for yourself!

 

Traveling with a Newborn By Car

If you’re wondering how soon you can travel with a newborn by car, the good news is that this is the form of travel you’re able to do the earliest! You have more freedom when traveling by car and aren’t as tied to a schedule as you are with an airplane. Plus, there’s the added bonus of not having to share your immediate travel space with others.

Still, traveling with a baby can be daunting, no matter how you’re doing it. Here are a few tips to help make traveling with a newborn by car less stressful:

1. Be prepared to stop often.

You should also prepare yourself to take more time while stopping. Things with newborns just take longer. Traveling with a baby means you’ll be stopping for feeding, diaper changing, and cuddling sometimes as often as every hour.

2. Bring sun protection.

Unless you have tinted windows, you want to help limit your little one’s exposure to the sun while on the road. Babies, especially newborns, have delicate skin that can easily burn. Sun blinds that stick to windows are a great fix for this!

3. Go on practice car rides.

In the days and weeks leading up to the big trip, it’s helpful to get your baby used to the car seat and being in the car in general. Think of these as “trial runs” to help you figure out what works for your baby in the car (and what doesn’t!)

4. Pack smart.

You don’t want your car overflowing with things you don’t need. Newborn traveling does require that keep certain items close by in the car:

• Wipes
• Diapers (not a whole box, just enough to get you to your nightly stop)
• Burp cloth 
• Muslin blanket
• Prepared bottle
• 2-3 toys

5. Get creative on entertainment.

You might have room to pack your baby’s entire toy stash, but that doesn’t mean you should. One form of entertainment that many parents don’t think of is themselves! YOU can be your baby’s favorite thing on a road trip. If possible, have someone sit in the back with your little one: sing, play peek-a-boo, talk to them, and it can make a world of difference!

 

Baby Travel Essentials & Gear Items

When it comes to choosing and organizing baby travel gear, it can become overwhelming quickly! We’ve created a checklist for traveling with a baby that might be useful. This is created with a single baby in mind, so if you’re traveling with twins, you’ll obviously need to double items.

Here is a breakdown of the baby travel items to prioritize when deciding what to pack.

dad carrying flex portable sleeper out the doordad carrying flex portable sleeper out the door

 

Gear Essentials

Let’s get the big baby travel gear items out of the way. Here are the “larger” items that should be on the top of your packing list:

1. Car seat.

If traveling by airplane, you can check these with your luggage or even at the gate for easy drop-off and pick-up!

2. Baby Carrier.

Bringing one along is essential baby travel gear.

3. Stroller.

Most likely, you’ll want the option of a stroller in addition to the baby carrier. Depending on where you go, it might be easier to wheel your little one around instead of wearing them.

4. Travel crib.

If you’re going to be staying in a hotel or AirBnb, there's a chance you’ll be able to rent something for your baby to sleep in. However, if there’s room, we strongly encourage you to bring your own travel crib like BassiNest® Flex™ Portable Bassinet.

5. White noise machine and crib sheets.

This isn’t a “big” item, but it is a big one you don’t want to forget! No matter if you bring your own portable bassinet or rent one wherever you go, you still want to bring your own fitted sheets and a reliable sound machine to help your baby sleep at night. 

Hygiene Essentials

This might be the least “fun” stuff to pack, but it is some of the most important baby travel items!

1. Diapers.

The good thing is that chances are you will be able to buy diapers wherever you go. A good rule of thumb is to take 8-10 with you which should be enough to get you to somewhere you are able to buy more as needed.

2. Wipes.

Again, you’ll be able to replenish at your destination, but always bring one (mostly full) bag with you.

3. Dirty diaper baggies.

Poop happens in the most inconvenient places. If that’s the case, having dirty diaper baggies will prevent you from having to carry around a smelly diaper.

4. Hand sanitizer.

Clip a travel-size bottle onto your diaper-bag or backpack for easy access.

5. Sanitizing wipes.

You can purchase a travel-size pack for your bag as well! These are perfect for wiping down airplane seats, park benches, and restaurant tables.

Clothing Essentials

Don’t pack your little one’s entire wardrobe. When it comes to traveling with a baby, clothes are one area that you can pack relatively “light.” Here are some general recommendations to follow:

1. Pants/leggings.

Typically 2-3 pairs is enough. In the winter months or if you’re going somewhere cold, packing an additional pair or two is smart for layering purposes.

2. Shirts/onesies.

Typically 2-3 pairs is enough. In warmer months and climates, pack more short-sleeve onesies. In colder months and climates, focus on packing more long-sleeve shirts.

3. Jacket.

Even in the summer, packing a light jack is smart because you never know what the temperature will be like in hotels, airplanes, restaurants, etc.

4. Socks.

Typically 2-3 pairs is enough. Again, you’ll want to pack a couple of pairs even if you are traveling during the summer in case you end up somewhere chilly.

5. Booties/shoes.

1 pair max. For little ones who aren’t walking yet, booties and shoes are a fun accessory but not necessary.

6. Hat.

1 hat for the seasons is a must! In the spring and summer, bring a sun hat. In the fall and winter, you’ll want to bring some sort of beanie or stocking cap.

7. Pajamas.

Typically 2 pairs is enough. If your child isn’t wearing footie pajamas, consider packing something like HALO® SleepSack® Big Kids lightweight knit.

8. Swaddle/Sleepsack.

If your little one is still wearing a swaddle or Wearable Blanket sleepsack, you’ll want to bring two of those as well!

Remember, babies are messy! Packing light is smart, but you need to be prepared to do laundry as you go on your trip.

Feeding Essentials

Your baby’s gotta eat! Here are the baby travel essentials you’ll need for that:

1. Bottles.

Depending on the length of your trip, it’s smart to have two prepared bottles at the ready.

2. Breast pump (if pumping).

It might seem like a hassle but if you’re pumping, investing in a special tote bag and battery pack is well worth it! This helps ensure your supply stays up and your baby stays fed.

3. Dish soap.

Bring along a travel-size for washing bottles on-the-go!

4. Wipe-clean bib.

If your little one is eating solids, you’ll want to throw in ONE wipe-clean bib for easy repeated use.

5. Sippy cup.

We recommend storing one where you can immediately access it and storing the other more tucked away.

Misc Baby Travel Essentials

Finally, here are all the odd baby travel items you’ll still want to pack:

1. Baby shampoo and body wash.

For traveling with a baby, your bath time essentials are few. Just be sure to bring enough baby shampoo and body wash. While an inflatable travel tub has its perks, it isn’t necessary. A sink, a shower, or tub on the road will do.

2. Baby first aid kid.

This should only include the basics: diaper rash cream, infant pain reliever, bandages, and a small thermometer. Everything else you can buy IF you need it.

3. A minimal number of small toys.

While traveling, there is so much in the world to entertain your little one, so don’t feel like you need to pack the entire toy chest. Just a few small, entertaining toys will do.

4. Pacifiers and pacifier clips.

Try using a pacifier clip while traveling so that you won’t be constantly rooting around for it or picking it up off the dirty floor.

5. Muslin blanket/nursing cover.

It is nice to have one of these handy to wrap your little one up or to use for a little extra privacy while nursing.

 

Packing List for Overseas Travel with Baby

If you’re embarking on international travel with a baby, good for you! Taking your little one abroad is bound to be a fun adventure and an opportunity to create some wonderful family memories.

Since international travel is different from domestic travel, here are a few key points to keep in mind:

1. Invest in a travel insurance plan.

If your little one gets sick overseas, the amount of stress (and money) this could save you will be tremendous!

2. Choose a baby-friendly destination.

It’s more fun for you (and everyone else) if you don’t feel like your baby is sticking out like a sore thumb.

3. Opt for the airplane bassinet for long flights.

Double-check with the airline on availability, weight requirements, and if you can reserve one ahead of time.

When it comes to your packing list for international travel with a baby, you still want to practice smarter packing. Here are some items/guidelines to keep in mind when making your list:

1. Baby’s passport and paperwork.

You CANNOT forget this. Be sure to read up on the passport requirements for minors and get this done ahead of time.

2. Research what is available at your destination.

Going overseas means some items may not be readily available to you (formula, certain diapers, etc.). This might mean packing more of these to ensure you don’t run out.

3. Look into renting big gear items.

For longer, international trips with baby, you might look into renting big gear items like car seats from your destination to make the travel process easier.

If you have the opportunity to travel with your newborn or baby, we want it to be an enjoyable experience! Hopefully these tips, packing guidelines, and checklist will help!

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When Can You Start Traveling with a Newborn

If you’ve just had a baby and are already getting the urge to travel, you might be wondering when it’s possible to do that. The truth is it matters if you’re planning to travel by plane, train, or car. discuss general safety advice on when to start traveling with a newborn.

The primary safety concern to consider is your baby’s immune system. Little ones take time to develop a strong immune system, so many pediatricians recommend waiting for this to happen before exposing a newborn to a bunch of travelers. For healthy, full-term babies, it could be possible and safe to start traveling around 4 weeks old for short trips by car.

If your baby was born premature or with lung or heart problems, we recommend consulting with your doctor before traveling.

 

Tips for Traveling with a Newborn

mom packing essentials for trip

1. Pack Smarter

Being strategic about your packing is critical! We recommend packing smarter, which doesn’t always mean more. Make a list of the things you MUST have (or check out our list below) and try not to stray too far from it.

2. Plan to Wear Your Baby

When traveling with a newborn, bringing along a wrap, sling, or other carrier is always at the top of our baby travel list! At this age, little ones really benefit from close contact and skin-to-skin, so many babies will find it soothing to be wrapped on your chest while you travel. A soothed baby means less stress for you!

3. Schedule Time for Stops

In general, schedule extra time. If you’re traveling by car, be prepared to stop frequently for anything from feeding to changes to cuddles. If you’re traveling by plane, this might mean planning to arrive at the airport even earlier. Nothing is more stressful than being on a time crunch with a newborn (who honestly could care less that you are running late).

4. Be Flexible

Especially with newborns, traveling is not the time to set and firmly follow a schedule. It’s time to enjoy being on an adventure with your family, so if the nap schedule gets off--that’s okay! If during a meal or activity your newborn starts to lose it--that’s okay! Be flexible and prepared to change your plans as needed.

5. Be Prepared to Do Laundry Anywhere

Packing a newborn’s entire wardrobe isn’t logical, so it makes more sense to be prepared to wash and dry baby clothes anywhere. If you do not have access to a laundry machine, you’ll still want to develop a plan to deal with emergencies like a blowout or throw-up. Pack your own concentrated detergent and spot-shot remover for emergencies.

Flying with Newborns

Traveling with a newborn baby by plane can seem daunting, but it is not impossible and can definitely still be done! You just need to be packed and prepared for the task. Here are some general tips for flying with newborns:

1. Check your airline's policy for flying infants. Different airlines have different requirements for when a newborn can fly. For example, Delta does not allow infants under a week old to fly unless accompanied by a doctor’s note. In general, it doesn’t hurt for you to double check with your pediatrician regardless of the airline’s policy.

2. Buy flight protection if you’re able. When traveling with a newborn baby by plane, things can go wrong: missed flights, cancellations, etc. Purchasing flight protection if it’s in your budget is an easy way to avoid stress and fees down the road.

3. Reserve early to get the best seat. When it comes to flying with newborns, it is 100% worth it to spend extra money on an aisle (or at least not being stuck in the middle).

4. Take advantage of early boarding. Always take advantage of early or priority boarding for families that many airlines offer! This means less people are trying to get situated and allows you to stow your bags, make sure you have the necessities in reach, and settle in with your little one.

5. Pack smarter. When traveling on a plane with a newborn, you want to pack as little as possible--which will still be quite a bit! You’ll want to keep essentials on hand & within reach:

• 2-3 diapers
• Plenty of wipes
A binky if your child takes one
A prepared bottle
Burp cloth
Fuel and hydration for yourself!

 

Traveling with a Newborn By Car

If you’re wondering how soon you can travel with a newborn by car, the good news is that this is the form of travel you’re able to do the earliest! You have more freedom when traveling by car and aren’t as tied to a schedule as you are with an airplane. Plus, there’s the added bonus of not having to share your immediate travel space with others.

Still, traveling with a baby can be daunting, no matter how you’re doing it. Here are a few tips to help make traveling with a newborn by car less stressful:

1. Be prepared to stop often. You should also prepare yourself to take more time while stopping. Things with newborns just take longer. Traveling with a baby means you’ll be stopping for feeding, diaper changing, and cuddling sometimes as often as every hour.

2. Bring sun protection. Unless you have tinted windows, you want to help limit your little one’s exposure to the sun while on the road. Babies, especially newborns, have delicate skin that can easily burn. Sun blinds that stick to windows are a great fix for this!

3. Go on practice car rides. In the days and weeks leading up to the big trip, it’s helpful to get your baby used to the car seat and being in the car in general. Think of these as “trial runs” to help you figure out what works for your baby in the car (and what doesn’t!)

4. Pack smart. You don’t want your car overflowing with things you don’t need. Newborn traveling does require that keep certain items close by in the car:

• Wipes
• Diapers (not a whole box, just enough to get you to your nightly stop)
• Burp cloth 
• Muslin blanket
• Prepared bottle
• 2-3 toys

5. Get creative on entertainment. You might have room to pack your baby’s entire toy stash, but that doesn’t mean you should. One form of entertainment that many parents don’t think of is themselves! YOU can be your baby’s favorite thing on a road trip. If possible, have someone sit in the back with your little one: sing, play peek-a-boo, talk to them, and it can make a world of difference!

 

Baby Travel Essentials & Gear Items

When it comes to choosing and organizing baby travel gear, it can become overwhelming quickly! We’ve created a checklist for traveling with a baby that might be useful. This is created with a single baby in mind, so if you’re traveling with twins, you’ll obviously need to double items.

Here is a breakdown of the baby travel items to prioritize when deciding what to pack.

Gear Essentials

Let’s get the big baby travel gear items out of the way. Here are the “larger” items that should be on the top of your packing list:

dad carrying flex out door

1. Car seat. If traveling by airplane, you can check these with your luggage or even at the gate for easy drop-off and pick-up!

2. Baby carrier. Bringing one along is essential baby travel gear.

3. Stroller. Most likely, you’ll want the option of a stroller in addition to the baby carrier. Depending on where you go, it might be easier to wheel your little one around instead of wearing them.

4. Travel crib. If you’re going to be staying in a hotel or AirBnb, there's a chance you’ll be able to rent something for your baby to sleep in. However, if there’s room, we strongly encourage you to bring your own travel crib like BassiNest® Flex™ Portable Bassinet.

5. White noise machine and crib sheets. This isn’t a “big” item, but it is a big one you don’t want to forget! No matter if you bring your own portable bassinet or rent one wherever you go, you still want to bring your own fitted sheets and a reliable sound machine to help your baby sleep at night. 

Hygiene Essentials

This might be the least “fun” stuff to pack, but it is some of the most important baby travel items!

1. Diapers. The good thing is that chances are you will be able to buy diapers wherever you go. A good rule of thumb is to take 8-10 with you which should be enough to get you to somewhere you are able to buy more as needed.

2. Wipes. Again, you’ll be able to replenish at your destination, but always bring one (mostly full) bag with you.

3. Dirty diaper baggies. Poop happens in the most inconvenient places. If that’s the case, having dirty diaper baggies will prevent you from having to carry around a smelly diaper.

4. Hand sanitizer. Clip a travel-size bottle onto your diaper-bag or backpack for easy access.

5. Sanitizing wipes. You can purchase a travel-size pack for your bag as well! These are perfect for wiping down airplane seats, park benches, and restaurant tables.

Clothing Essentials

Don’t pack your little one’s entire wardrobe. When it comes to traveling with a baby, clothes are one area that you can pack relatively “light.” Here are some general recommendations to follow:

1. Pants/leggings. Typically 2-3 pairs is enough. In the winter months or if you’re going somewhere cold, packing an additional pair or two is smart for layering purposes.

2. Shirts/onesies. Typically 2-3 pairs is enough. In warmer months and climates, pack more short-sleeve onesies. In colder months and climates, focus on packing more long-sleeve shirts.

3. Jacket. Even in the summer, packing a light jack is smart because you never know what the temperature will be like in hotels, airplanes, restaurants, etc.

4. Socks. Typically 2-3 pairs is enough. Again, you’ll want to pack a couple of pairs even if you are traveling during the summer in case you end up somewhere chilly.

5. Booties/shoes. 1 pair max. For little ones who aren’t walking yet, booties and shoes are a fun accessory but not necessary.

6. Hat. 1 hat for the seasons is a must! In the spring and summer, bring a sun hat. In the fall and winter, you’ll want to bring some sort of beanie or stocking cap.

7. Pajamas. Typically 2 pairs is enough. If your child isn’t wearing footie pajamas, consider packing something like HALO® SleepSack® Big Kids lightweight knit.

8. Swaddle/Sleepsack. If your little one is still wearing a swaddle or Wearable Blanket sleepsack, you’ll want to bring two of those as well!

Remember, babies are messy! Packing light is smart, but you need to be prepared to do laundry as you go on your trip.

Feeding Essentials

Your baby’s gotta eat! Here are the baby travel essentials you’ll need for that:

1. Bottles. Depending on the length of your trip, it’s smart to have two prepared bottles at the ready.

2. Breast pump (if pumping). It might seem like a hassle but if you’re pumping, investing in a special tote bag and battery pack is well worth it! This helps ensure your supply stays up and your baby stays fed.

3. Dish soap. Bring along a travel-size for washing bottles on-the-go!

4. Wipe-clean bib. If your little one is eating solids, you’ll want to throw in ONE wipe-clean bib for easy repeated use.

5. Sippy cup. We recommend storing one where you can immediately access it and storing the other more tucked away.

Misc Baby Travel Essentials

Finally, here are all the odd baby travel items you’ll still want to pack:

1. Baby shampoo and body wash. For traveling with a baby, your bath time essentials are few. Just be sure to bring enough baby shampoo and body wash. While an inflatable travel tub has its perks, it isn’t necessary. A sink, a shower, or tub on the road will do.

2. Baby first aid kid. This should only include the basics: diaper rash cream, infant pain reliever, bandages, and a small thermometer. Everything else you can buy IF you need it.

3. A minimal number of small toys. While traveling, there is so much in the world to entertain your little one, so don’t feel like you need to pack the entire toy chest. Just a few small, entertaining toys will do.

4. Pacifiers and pacifier clips. Try using a pacifier clip while traveling so that you won’t be constantly rooting around for it or picking it up off the dirty floor.

5. Muslin blanket/nursing cover. It is nice to have one of these handy to wrap your little one up or to use for a little extra privacy while nursing.

 

Packing List for Overseas Travel with Baby

If you’re embarking on international travel with a baby, good for you! Taking your little one abroad is bound to be a fun adventure and an opportunity to create some wonderful family memories.

Since international travel is different from domestic travel, here are a few key points to keep in mind:

1. Invest in a travel insurance plan. If your little one gets sick overseas, the amount of stress (and money) this could save you will be tremendous!

2. Choose a baby-friendly destination. It’s more fun for you (and everyone else) if you don’t feel like your baby is sticking out like a sore thumb.

3. Opt for the airplane bassinet for long flights. Double-check with the airline on availability, weight requirements, and if you can reserve one ahead of time.

When it comes to your packing list for international travel with a baby, you still want to practice smarter packing. Here are some items/guidelines to keep in mind when making your list:

1. Baby’s passport and paperwork. You CANNOT forget this. Be sure to read up on the passport requirements for minors and get this done ahead of time.

2. Research what is available at your destination. Going overseas means some items may not be readily available to you (formula, certain diapers, etc.). This might mean packing more of these to ensure you don’t run out.

3. Look into renting big gear items. For longer, international trips with baby, you might look into renting big gear items like car seats from your destination to make the travel process easier.

If you have the opportunity to travel with your newborn or baby, we want it to be an enjoyable experience! Hopefully these tips, packing guidelines, and checklist will help!

Shop Safe Sleep Essentials