If you've planned a little staycation or getaway for you and the family this summer, here are some essentials you should consider bringing to make the journey a little bit easier - and lighter!
The sun is shining, the holiday days have been piling up, and you're ready to hit the road on an adventure with the whole family for a few days. Summer is finally here! If you're planning on doing some travelling with your baby this summer, then there are a few practical items you might need to bring with you.
The items listed below come courtesy of Irish baby concept store Bygge Bo, who has compiled a list of five essentials that are just made for travelling with.
The Compact Stroller
Gone are the days of lugging about a monstrous buggy that takes up half of the space in the boot of your car. Investing in a good quality compact stroller will save you lots of space and is always handy to have for those family holiday adventures. Bygge Bo recommends a lightweight and super compact wheel solution like the BABYZEN Yoyo2 or for twins or for adding a sibling, the BABYZEN Connect will turn your YOYO into a double pushchair.
The Baby Carrier
If you really want to cut down on space and want to save yourself from bringing a stroller entirely, a baby carrier will do the trick. Perfect for hands-free walks, and to save you from worrying about the logistics of going on a hike with a stroller, having a carrier handy means you can just strap on your baby and off you go. Depending on your child's age, Bygge Bo suggests either the Babybjorn Carrier Mini, the Babybjorn MoveCarrier, or the Babyjorn One Air.
The Foldable Cot
If you've booked a staycation, this is one essential to bring if you're worried about the quality of sleep your baby will get while away from home. Compact, as well as quick and easy to set up, the products at Bygge Bo also have good quality safety-tested mattresses. The Babybjorn Travel Cot Lite will suit older babies, while the Bugaboo Stardust Travel Cot is perfect for newborns.
The Easy-To-Assemble Highchair
There is nothing more enraging than forgetting to bring your highchair when travelling. Who would have thought that not having one during dinner time could add so much stress? Luckily, Bygge Bo has the ultimate suggestion - the Stokke Clikk Highchair. It can be unassembled in seconds, and you can pack it away in a handy travel bag that is sold separately.
The Essential Car Seat
Finally, it's the item of the trip you definitely cannot leave the house without - the car seat. Making sure you have a safe and comfortable car seat for any long journey with your baby is vital. Rear-facing is the recommended and safest option for children until they are at least two years old, and for stage 1, aged 0 - 15-18 months, Bygge Bo recommends the Cybex Cloud Z and base or the Uppababy Mesa and base.