As the long-awaiting traffic system has started to slowly open up international travel, we check out some top tips and equipment to those looking to head abroad, potentially with a new little person in tow for the very first time!
For the perfect travel companion, CYBEX’s compact stroller, the Libelle is ideal for travel abroad. The ultra lightweight stroller folds small enough that it can be wheeled right onto the plane and stowed in the overhead locker. As with CYBEX’s products, there’s no scrimping on quality with beautiful plush fabrics and lots of adjustable features including the seat and leg rest ensuring maximum comfort on the go. The smooth suspension also makes it a suitable choice for exploration. Practical and attractive, the Libelle is priced £199.95 from www.cybex-online.com/en-gb
This is a brand new game-changer that was launched by frustrated parent duo, Dee and Dale, late last year! For breastfed and bottle-fed babies, this bottle warmer heats up the contents in as little as four minutes. You can either heat breast milk, water, or the in-built handy formula dispenser enables you to make fresh milk up on the go. It can retain temperature safely for up to six hours, a great added feature.
The great thing about this is that it can be done anywhere – there are no wires, no plug ins, and it is really accessible in a compact canister. Priced £49.99 from www.nupeaa.com
Tula Lite Carrier
Tula are renowned for their fab ergonomic baby carriers, and this new, fuss-free version takes the best of their award-winning range with a focus on the flex needed for travel. Suitable for little ones from 12-30lb in a rear and forward facing set up, the carrier features all the adjustments, support and best of innovation featured across their collection. Where the lightweight carrier earns its kudos is through a breathable Ripstop fabric. The reinforced, woven material is super resistant and quick-drying solidifying it as an ideal choice for an adventure.
Making it the ultimate travel accessory, and probably our favourite feature – the carrier packs neatly in to a small pocket that can be handily toted hands-free! Priced £79.90 from www.babytula.co.uk
Kit & Kin Biodegradable Wipes
If we can only give you one tip, it’s never to leave the house without baby wipes. They are a saviour whatever the circumstance and a piece of kit you’ll probably never depart from, even when the kids are 18 years!
For sustainable wipes that are soft and absorbent and tough enough to clean up most messes, Kit & Kin wipes are a great option. Their hypoallergenic 99% water formulation and 100% plant-based PEFC certified towel means they’re kind on baby’s bottom and to our planet. The packaging is also made from 50% recycled materials and 100% recyclable – great! Priced £2.50 from www.kitandkin.com
We just had to include this one, an oldie, but a goodie! SnoozeShade® is a universal blackout blind that cleverly affixes to strollers, car seats and cots.
The safe alternative to strategically draped materials, the shade creates a dark space to promote a good sleep by blocking out 99% of UV rays, shielding against wind and rain, and handily keeps out unwanted bugs and insects.
The versatile mesh fabric is breathable and helps to circulate the air round your baby for good ventilation whatever the weather. A handy front zip opens up a little peek-a-boo pocket for discreet checks for minimal disruption. Priced from £19.99 from www.snoozeshade.com
There’s nothing like getting caught short when the heavens open and preparing for all weathers just isn’t always practical. BundleBean is a multipurpose double-sided fleece and waterproof cover that can work to all your needs against the elements to keep your baby warm and dry. Serving as a toasty footmuff, car seat cover, blanket, cosy toes, raincover and so much more, it’s a great all-round product.
For SS21, BundleBean has launched two brand new prints – Gold Bees and Seagull. The Seagull print is a fun and bright design that epitomises the British seaside, while the Gold Bees set amongst a navy background is a classically beautiful print. Priced £34.99 from www.bundlebean.com
For a lightweight, single use baby bottle that comes ready to go, these Steri-bottles are a great product to have to hand – whether on your travels or just generally for those times when you need an emergency backup. There’s no washing or sterilising, simply remove them from the recyclable and sanitised packaging then fill with milk and they’re good to use. Priced £12.80 from www.baby-central.co.uk
Ever just need a helping hand?! Suitable from around six months, the Hipseat gives you exactly that – some much-needed hip support to help carry your baby right the way up to three years old. The seat protects parents back from the strain of lifting, supports a correct posture and provides ample support to the body to allow your child to perch on the seat piece rather than an enforced hip position. Priced £39.95 from www.hippychick.com