Our family just spent six weeks in Europe, hitting 10 countries along the way. This trip consisted of two long overseas flights, several plane trips within Europe, tons of train rides, cab rides, and hotel stays.
We learned that going on any trip unprepared with a baby is a mistake you really don’t want to make.
Here are 5 life-saving items that will make any plane trip easier with your little one!
1. SkipHop Diaper Changing Pad
Airplane bathrooms are TINY, so lugging a giant diaper bag into one would not be fun.
The SkipHop Diaper Changing Pad is my number one must-have for an airplane.
It unfolds to a changing mat to make the whole process more sanitary, and it has three pockets big enough to store all of the diaper changing essentials you might need (diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, plastic bags, etc.).
I love this product because I don’t have to lug my entire diaper bag into the bathroom with me.
It’s quick and easy to grab, and nothing gets left behind.
2. Goobie Bags
Goobie Bags work great for storing clothes and other soiled items until you can get home to wash them.
They can also be used to bag up dirty diapers to contain the stink.
Your fellow air travelers will thank you when you use them.
3. Receiving Blankets
I know this one sounds weird. Unless your baby is still really tiny, these probably don’t work very well as blankets, but they’re actually perfect to use in the place of burp cloths on an airplane.
Receiving blankets are a lot bigger than burp cloths, so they can catch more spit up, and will cover your clothes better too.
Ditch the burp cloths and roll up a couple of receiving blankets instead. This should save you some space in your diaper bag, and you won’t have to grab a new one out every time your baby spits up.
4. Nursing Cover
I remember getting ready for our first plane trip. All of the moms said: “Feed the baby during take-off so his ears will pop.”
As a nursing mama, I’ve personally found that giving him his binky at these times is way less stressful, but there are times when I can’t avoid feeding my baby on a plane.
With so many people sitting around me, I personally like to use a cover.
I prefer a nursing apron like this because I can see what I’m doing, and he likes the opening at the top so he can make eye contact with me while he eats.
5. My Feeding Friend
My feeding friend is a travel nursing pillow.
I originally planned to buy the My Brest Friend Travel Pillow because I love my regular pillow at home, but the reviews for this one were so much better.
I have to say I love it because it takes seconds for it to blow up, as well as to deflate it, roll it back up, and put it away.
Especially if you’re going on a long vacation, this pillow should be so much easier to travel with than the one you keep at home.