Baby & Toddler Travel Tips

We’ve been on many journeys, both crossing the world in a plane and crossing a state in a car, and have all of our tips after hundreds of flights and dozens of passport stamps. Here’s everything to know about traveling with a baby or toddler.

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Here’s Every Baby + Toddler Travel Post

Whether it’s tips for making long flights doable or how to reserve an airline bassinet, these are all of our top travel tips for making the journey more enjoyable for the whole family.

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Is the Guava Lotus Travel Bassinet and Crib Worth It? (Not Sponsored Review!)

Editor's Rating: 5 When I was building out my baby registry I came across all kinds of premium products and wondered if any of them were truly worth it. Like the SNOO Smart Sleeper, Artipoppe baby carrier, anything by Nuna or UPPA Baby, Willow wearable breast pumps, and of course, the Guava Lotus Bassinet and…

flying sas with a baby toddler
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Flying SAS with a Baby or Toddler – Our Experience and Review

Traveling with a toddler is considered a daunting experience for many parents, especially when it involves long flights. I’m here to tell you after over 100 flights with my 20 month old, it really doesn’t have to be. My recent journey with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) on our trip to Norway with our toddler was a…

slumberpod review
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Is the Slumberpod Worth It? My Honest Thoughts After 2 Years

Editor's Rating: 4.5 Is the Slumberpod worth it? You’ve likely seen it on social media and wondered, is this actually the godsend they say it is? After some deliberation, I bought one and tested it so that we an answer the question once and for all: Will it help everyone get better sleep on vacation,…

flying with a baby in business class
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How We Use Points to Fly Business Class as a Family

Today, I’m diving into a topic near and dear to my heart: traveling in style for less. But this isn’t budget travel – we’re talking about soaring through the skies in style with the whole family, courtesy of credit card points. Over the past two years we’ve flown in business class with seven airlines to…

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CARES Harness vs. Car Seat – Which is Better for Flying?

My toddler recently crossed the threshold of what I’d consider a possible lap infant. He’s big for his age, squirrelly, and generally better off in his own seat. At 21 months old, he’s been on over 100 flights from an hour in length to over 18 hours in one go. I’ve come across just about…

flying southwest with a baby
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Flying Southwest Airlines with a Baby – Everything to Know

As my son turns 13 months old, he’s been on over 60 flights (including connections), many of them operated by Southwest. There are many reasons to love Southwest – the free checked baggage, the affordable flights, and for us, they’re sometimes the only airline to fly direct routes to some of our favorite destinations. There…

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The 10 BEST Places In the World to Travel with a Baby

Now that my son is 19 months old with the ink drying on his 11th passport stamp, it finally feels like time to put together our list of the best places we’ve traveled with him, starting with his first international trip at 5 months old. Felix has been to four continents now (North America, Africa,…

cathay pacific with a baby
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Flying Cathay Pacific with a Baby – My Experience and Review

So, you’re gearing up for a trip with your little one and wondering how Cathay Pacific handles flying with babies? Let me walk you through it! We recently flew from Bangkok to Los Angeles for a combined 15 hours with my 18 month old as a lap infant and overall, it was a great experience…

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Gate Checking Strollers – Everything to Know!

As a mom who has flown over 100 times now with my toddler, I’ve traveled with a stroller my fair share. When it comes to gate checking strollers, what are the different airline policies, and what are the things to know about getting through the airport with them? Based on my firsthand knowledge and friend’s…

flying united with a baby
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Airplane Bassinets – Everything to Know and How to Reserve One

Flying with a baby can be both exciting and challenging. As a mother who has navigated the skies with my little one many, many times (over 100 while he is still a ‘lap infant’), I understand all too well the importance of finding ways to make the journey smoother. One of the lifesavers in the…

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Flying on Delta Airlines with a Baby – Our Experience and Review

I have flown with just about every major US airline with my 1.5 year old son. From JetBlue, to Southwest, United, and American, I have to say that Delta has been one of the best (domestic) experiences. Each airline is a little bit different with what their infant and child policies are. So make sure…

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Flying on Alaska Airlines with a Baby – Our Experience and Review

Flying Alaska Airlines with a baby isn’t so different from other major US carriers. We’re a well traveled family, with my son flying over 100 times now by a year and a half old, including on Alaska Airlines up to Vancouver via Seattle. Here’s everything to know about their infant and baggage policies before you…

Flying with a toddler
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Flying with a Baby on American Airlines – Our Experience

At this stage of traveling as a family, my 17 month old has been on over 100 flights (including short jaunts and layovers). Over the course of that time, we’ve flown every major US airline, including American Airlines. How was it flying them with a baby? American doesn’t have as many family friendly policies as…

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How to Survive Flying with a Baby (50 Tips!)

As a frequent traveler who had been to over 60 countries before giving birth, I wanted my baby to fit into my travel lifestyle. But would it be a terrible experience? I’ve heard babies crying on flights and I’ve watched parents struggle through the airport with a mountain of things. I didn’t want to suffer…

flying with a baby in business class
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Flying BUSINESS CLASS with a Baby – The Pros, Cons, and What to Know!

What’s it like flying business class with a baby? Do people give you the side eye, and is it worth the expense of bringing them since they don’t fly free internationally? Here’s everything I learned flying with my baby from Los Angeles to Japan, San Francisco to Singapore, and all the way home from Cape…

Best Baby Carriers for Travel
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20 BEST Baby Carriers for Travel in 2024

Baby carriers are compact, cuddly, and practical. They’re a new parent’s greatest fashion statement and a great way to keep babies close on away-from-home adventures without the bulk of a stroller. If you’re shopping for a new baby carrier for travel, we’ve done all the research for you and rounded up the 20 best picks…

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Is BabyQuip Rental Worth Using? I Tried it to Find Out

If you’re a traveling parent, you may have heard of BabyQuip through the grapevine. It’s like the Airbnb of baby gear, allowing parents to rent out the strollers, cribs, SNOOs, and other baby items to traveling families. On paper it sounds great. Not having to buy travel versions of your baby items, lugging them all…

Baby Beach Essentials
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30 Baby Beach Essentials: The Ultimate Mom-Approved Packing List

Once you’ve packed your beach bag, trekked to that perfect spot in the sand with your baby, and unloaded all your gear, there’s nothing worse than realizing you forgot to bring that one must-have item for your infant’s day. From a mom of two who loves to visit the shore with our young family, here’s…

Flying Alone with Two Toddlers
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Flying Alone with Two Babies: 20 Tips for Survival

Flying alone with two toddlers can be scary, and managing everything on travel day can seem impossible. I’ve learned from experience that with the right preparation — and realistic expectations — flying by myself with our one-year-old and three-year-old can be a fun day for all of us. Besides coming to the airport with a…

flying on qatar airways with a baby
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Flying Qatar Airlines with a Baby – Our Firsthand Experience

What’s it like flying Qatar Airways with a baby? We recently had the opportunity to find out on a very long 9-hour flight followed by a 15.5 hour flight when we made our way back home from Africa. Qatar Airways aims to be one of the world’s premier airlines. Does it live up to that,…

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Should You Get Your Baby Their Own Seat on an Airplane?

We all know the deal – babies can fly free domestically (and for 10% of the adult fare internationally), until they’re two years old. It sounds like a golden opportunity to milk those free flights for as long as possible, right? Well, maybe not. My one year old has now been on over 70 flights…

Best Baby Travel Toys
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The 50 Best Baby Travel Toys — All Tested from Experience!

Whenever we travel with our two young kids, toys are always at the top of our packing list. We’ve even traveled cross-country with a suitcase designated for toys alone — so we’ve learned which ones are winners, and which ones aren’t worth the extra space. Read on for our complete list of the 50 best…

Best Car Seat Travel Bags
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The 20 Best Car Seat Travel Bags for 2024

Flying with young kids is no joke. Between keeping them entertained in flight, choosing the right stroller for the airport, and figuring out how to lug their car seat to your destination, travel day can be daunting.  Kids’ car seats are bulky and heavy, but families often need to bring them along for travel. A…

Best Lightweight Strollers with Trays
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The 10 Best Lightweight Strollers with Trays

Every parent of young kids knows that a toddler’s life revolves around snacks. If you’re one of those parents who never leaves the house without packing enough crackers and drinks to feed a family of six, a stroller with a child snack tray can help keep food and water within reach on the go. When…

babyzen yoyo review
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Is the Babyzen Yoyo2 Worth Buying? A Mom’s Honest Thoughts

The Babyzen Yoyo2 might be the most well-known compact stroller on the market. A French brand that’s now part of the Stokke umbrella of companies, they’ve been making high-quality strollers since 2006. But is the Babyzen Yoyo2 worth the hype? I’m on a mission to find the best travel stroller, and this could easily be…

babyzen yoyo vs joolz aer strollers
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Babyzen Yoyo vs. Joolz Aer – Which is the Better Travel Stroller?

In my quest to find the best travel stroller, I’ve ended up testing quite a few to see which one could be our go-to. Most recently, that’s been the Babyzen Yoyo2 and the Joolz Aer, both of which we’ve taken on international trips. After testing quite a few, I can confidently say these are two…

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What to Bring When Camping with Kids – 35 Essentials

Before having kids, camping was one of my favorite ways to travel, explore new places and spend time outside with my husband. When we started raising kids, we couldn’t wait to make s’mores together, pack the little rascals into a big tent, and sleep under the stars side by side with them. Now that we’ve…

japan airlines with a baby
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Our Experience Flying with a Baby on Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines is known for their top-notch service, especially in their premium seats, but how is it flying them with a baby? Earlier this year we took our six month old on an 11-hour flight from San Francisco to Osaka to find out. Here’s everything to know about flying with a baby on Japan Airlines:…

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Is the Joolz Aer Worth Buying? I Tried it to Find Out!

Friends, I am on a constant search for the best travel stroller, particularly that can fit in the overhead bin of an airplane. I’ve searched high and low, trying several in my quest to find the best. On my most recent trip to Southeast Asia, I brought the Joolz Aer along to see if it’s…

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Flying Singapore Airlines with a Baby – My Experience

Is it worth flying Singapore Airlines with a baby? What are some of the most important policies to be aware of, and are there any downsides? We just flew for 15 hours between San Francisco and Singapore with Singapore Airlines with our one-year-old. Here’s everything to know about booking, policies, and our firsthand experience: Booking…

flying united with a baby
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Flying on United with a Baby – Our Experience and Review

Is United a good airline to fly with a baby? Over the course of my son’s 60+ flights over the past 13 months, including one that was nearly 9 hours with United, we’ve had many chances to test this airline. It’s the one that services our home airport the most, and the one we’re the…

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Traveling with a Baby in Bali – Everything You Need to Know

Bali loves babies, and our baby loved Bali. From the adoring locals who would often take him on little walks to look at the plants, to the abundant fruit for snacking on, our little guy was in a state of bliss during our recent trip. But there are some special considerations when traveling in Bali…

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Is the Ergobaby Metro+ Stroller Worth Buying? (Mom Tested and Reviewed)

I’m on a quest, friends, to find the best travel stroller that fits in an overhead bin. Though there are plenty on the market, my criteria are high. It needs to fold easily, be comfortable for my son, be sturdy, and have great storage. Ergobaby recently sent me the Metro+ Deluxe stroller to test and…