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The Best Baby Gifts For Traveling Parents

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After the roller coaster of emotions when finding out you’re expecting comes the fun of decorating the nursery, creating a baby registry and planning the baby shower.

If you’re looking to plan a shower that’s a little different than most, nothing is better than throwing a shower for parents who love to travel. To shower them with travel gifts for their baby. I’m listing the best travel essentials for babies and toddlers, that make amazing baby gifts for traveling parents.

This list is compiled  of functional baby gift ideas that make for thoughtful baby shower gifts for the expecting mom who loves to travel and baby travel gifts for traveling couples that they will actually use.

Baby Gifts For Traveling Parents

Best Diaper Bags For Traveling Parents– A travel essential for families traveling with kids is a diaper bag. It’s a must have in order to carry all the items you need to have a successful trip with your little one.

Diaper bags that carry as backpacks are truly the best option! When you’re traveling through the airport you need those hands free to tend to all the details that go into traveling. Unlike a cross-body bag a backpack diaper bag also allows you to carry your child in a carrier if need be.

Things to look for in a diaper bag  are durability, size, material, comfort, changing pad and does it have lots of pockets?

Let’s be honest, if you’re gonna spend the money on a diaper bag it needs to be of good quality and last you for years to come. These backpacks below are essential baby gifts for traveling parents.

Indi Diaper Backpack

Is versatile and is a great option for the traveling dad too. It comes in small, medium and large which makes it a fantastic bag to carry to baseball practice, swim meets or just to have snacks for the older kids because there’s a never ending list of things to pack for them too.

  • Perfect for everyday use
  • Clips to stroller
  • Small mesh changing mat
  • Space for small tablets
  • Insulated bottle holder
  • Two exterior pockets
  • Two detachable key clips
  • Internal and external pockets
  • Pouch
  • Water resistant washable zipper bag

Honest City Backpack

I have had this bag for 3 years and it has survived the newborn stage, beach travel, international and domestic travel and many trips to the Flea market loaded with treats. It’s another great one for dad to carry around too.

I moved on from the Honest City to the Indi backpack because we are now into the late toddler years and potty trained so we need to carry around a little less stuff. If you have more than one child the amount of space this backpack provides makes it a really good option to take care of everyone’s needs. For me, the Honest City was the best backpack for traveling with toddlers.

  • Vegan leather
  • Extremely functional
  • Spacious
  • Compartment for bottle
  • 5 pockets
  • Changing mat with zippered pocket

The Original Diaper BagFawn’s Original Diaper Bag is the perfect gift for parents traveling with toddlers, especially the stylish mom.

  • It has a total of 12 pockets
  • Vegan leather
  • Detachable backpack straps
  • Interchangeable messenger strap
  • Grab handle at the top.
  • Comes in 6 colors

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One of the best baby gifts for traveling parents is a travel system that is easy to use, doesn’t take up a lot of space and safe for families on the go.

Best Travel System

Doona Car Seat and Stroller– For starters the Doona is FAA aircraft approved which means if you purchased an extra seat the Doona makes the cut and you can take it on the plane. It’s a lot to have to concern yourself with a separate car seat and stroller especially if you’re traveling alone. The Doona is a one piece travel system, a car seat and stroller in one. The adjustable handlebar functions as the anti-rebound bar while in the car.

  • 5 Point harness
  • Removable and washable fabric

The downside to the Doona is your child may outgrow this system rather quickly. The size range is 4 lbs to 35 lbs and it’s rear facing only.

Compact Stroller– Let’s talk about the Jet Super Compact Stroller! This is the best lightweight travel stroller for toddlers and babies. If the soon to be parents are serious about turning their new bundle into a frequent flyer, the Jet is for them. It’s cabin approved for most airlines with a one hand fold to easily stow in an overhead bin on a plane or a train. Once folded the Jet looks like a small piece of luggage.

I know but the price tag! It’s not just great for travel but it’s also perfect for everyday use especially for parents who may not have the storage for a larger stroller.

Infant car seats that are compatible:

Clek: Liing, Cybex:Aton Q and Cloud Q, Maxi Cosi: Mico 30, Mico Max and Coral XP and the Nuna: Pipa-Lite, Lite LX and RX.

  • Newborn to 55 lbs
  • Toddler bar aka luggage handle
  • Adjustable footrest
  • Stroller weight 13.6 lbs
  • Comes in 5 colors

What’s included: stroller, travel cover, detachable pull-along toddler bar and rain cover.

The Doona, Jet and Uppababy Minu are probably by far some of the best baby travel products for getting around with a baby. A travel system is another must-have baby gifts for traveling parents to add to the registry.

Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light– The quick and easy setup alone makes the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light one of the best baby travel beds out there.

Once taken out of the package you pop each leg up to click in place and BAM, you’re done. Seconds! It’s just that easy.

It comes with a carrying bag along with the mattress. For safety you will find tabs on the bottom of the mattress to pull through the base of the crib. This keeps the mattress from lifting and moving around.

The fitted sheets are sold separately, so be sure to purchase what is recommended to keep baby safe and follow crib safety guidelines when traveling.

This makes for an awesome baby gift for first time parents who can’t wait to take their baby on new adventures because it’s such a breeze to use, lightweight, easy to bring along in airports, driving or taking a train from city to city.

  • Ages newborn to 3 years old ( or until your baby can climb out)
  • Weight 13 lbs
  • Made with mesh material
  • Fabric can be removed to wash

Best Baby Carrier For Traveling– A baby carrier is a must have baby travel product and it’s also one that parents may have to keep trying out until they’ve found the perfect one. But for starters the Ergobaby Omni 360 All Position Baby Carrier gets the job done and is comfortable.

  • Weight range 7 – 45 lbs
  • Able to carry front, hip and back carry

Every mom needs a good quality baby carrier, which means you can’t go wrong when picking a carrier from the list of baby gifts for traveling parents.

Inglesina portable high chair in blue.
Inglesina high chair at Unconventional Dinner in D.C.

Inglesina Fast Table Chair– Is the best travel high chair and the absolute best baby gear for travel. It’s a game changer and hands down one of my most favorite purchases.

Perfect for the family that are on-the-go or even for a family who simply doesn’t have the room for a regular high chair. It’s the perfect baby gift for new parents.

It can be kept in your car to take into restaurants, used in your home and when ready to travel pack into your suitcase.

  • Can be used between 6 months to 36 months up to 37 lbs.
  • Easy to use and to secure to tables.
  • Comes with a bag
  • 3 Point harness
  • Weight 4.2 lbs
  • Removable cover to hand wash

These are the best travel essentials for babies and my top picks!

Gifts For Parents Traveling With Toddlers

Doona Tricycle– The Liki Trike made by Doona is a 5 in 1 tricycle. What makes this tricycle a very solid option for parents traveling with toddlers is like the Bentley it allows your toddler a little bit more freedom and independence.

The Doona trike starts in “parent mode”, 10-18 months. In “parent mode” the backrest, parent control bar, footrest, protective bar and canopy are all in place.

“Push mode” is for ages 18-24 months. The backrest, parent control bar and foot rest are utilized during this mode.

“Tricycle mode” is for 24-30 months. What’s utilized in this mode is the backrest, parent control bar and pedals.

“Bike mode” is for 30-36 months, using the lower back rest only and the pedals.

“Folded”- One of the biggest differences between the Doona Trike and Bentley Trike is the Doona folds which makes it much easier to travel with.

The Liki comes completely assembled and can fit in an airplane’s overhead bin when folded.

  • 5 Point harness
  • Cup holder
  • Storage bag

There’s also a Liki Trike S5. Both are cheaper than the Bentley. The S5 comes with a storage bag, travel bag and wooden handlebars.

Toddler on his Bentley trike in blue.
Strolling the neighborhood in his Bentley.

Bentley Trike– The Bentley 6 in 1 stroller trike is very stylish and sleek.

Stage 1 is for 6 months and up. The stroller seat can face the parent or forward facing, complete with backrest and canopy.

Stage 2 is for 12 months and up. At this stage the canopy and footrest can be removed.

Stage 3 is for 24 months and up. The handle is removed but the backseat remains in place. Perfect for the 2 year old explorer to start riding on adventures.

Stage 4 is for 36 months and up, which is the final stage with the backseat removed.

The Bentley Trike has a 5 point harness, adjustable ergonomic seat, anti-slip pedals, cup holder and air filled rubber wheels.

The Bentley Trike does not fold.

The Liki Trike and Bentley Trike, with all of their great features both make for excellent baby gifts for active parents.

Veer Basecamp– The Veer Basecamp tent is one of the best outdoor gifts for adventurous families traveling with toddlers. It’s great for 2-3 kids ages newborn to 5 years old.

It includes:

  • Tent
  • Sun & rain cover
  • 6 Stakes in a storage bag
  • 4 Sandbags
  • Shoulder carry bag that attaches to Veer Cruiser

The Basecamp is portable and comes with a storage bag to stow. It’s a lightweight play yard that is great for indoors or out. There’s no assembly required, this tent comes fully assembled.

Why it’s an even better summer must have for babies and toddlers? It’s a pop up tent making it easy to open in one swift motion. We all know parents traveling with kids need their attention on their kids.

Travel Themed Baby Gifts

World Map Bib And Booties Set– This set includes one world map bib and one set of booties available in sizes from newborn to nine months. Makes for the cutest baby shower gift for new parents who love to travel.

Future World Traveler Baby Onesie– The cutest little gift for the future world traveler. It’s perfect for anyone expecting a little one and loves to travel.

Available in sizes newborn through 18 months.

World Maps Baby Clothes Dividers– Will the future world traveler be a fashionista too?

These dividers come in a wide range of options for mama’s growing baby. You can purchase 6 to 12 dividers which covers ages newborn all the way up to size 6.

For toddlers, only 5 dividers can be purchased to cover the toddler years. Ages 2 T to 6.

The dividers will fit closet rods 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Custom organizers can be purchased as well.

World Map Baby Milestone BlanketYou Are Our Greatest Adventure baby blanket comes in three different sizes and three different materials. The World map baby blanket can be purchased in Fleece, Kinky and Sherpa. You can also purchase an airplane milestone maker.

Luggage Tag– This can be attached to a baby’s diaper bag or luggage once the traveling family starts on their adventures.

These luggage tags are handmade with acrylic. The strap can be made with leather or made with a leather strap with a variety of acrylic colors.

Our Adventure Book Photo Album Scrapbook– Nothing is sweeter than capturing all of a baby’s traveling moments especially on their very first trip.

The scrapbook holds up to 80 pictures of 4×6 inches. Twenty sheets inside or you can obtain a larger scrapbook of 40 sheets equaling 80 pages. Pages can be added or taken out as you wish. This also makes for the perfect Christmas gift for the traveling parents to document all of their baby’s milestones.

Travel Buddy Onesie– Mommy and daddy’s new travel buddy onesie comes in newborn to 5T. Comes complete with a few colorful passport stamps in place. 🙂

World Map Baby Sign– Another sweet travel related gift idea for the new parents to hang over their baby’s crib or on the nursery door.

Family Travel Gifts

Gift Card– Purchase a Disney gift card for the traveling family. The gift card can be used online at shop Disney, Disney stores throughout the U.S., Walt Disney world, Disneyland and Disney cruise line. So many options for parents to have a good time with their children.

Disney gift cards can be purchased in amounts of $25 – $500. Can also be given by email or mail.

Hotel Gift Card– Hotels(dot)com allows you to send a gift card by mail or email starting at $10 up to $2000 with no expiration date!

We all know finding a good hotel for a family can be a bit pricey; this is a wonderful gift to help cut down cost on their family travels.

An Airbnb gift card is another good option.

Another fantastic option to give the gift of travel is an airline gift card. Southwest Airlines gift cards can be purchased from $50 – $200 on Amazon. No expiration date for the family to worry about.

Packing Cubes– some of us over pack no matter what but when you’re traveling with kids it’s as if you have to bring the whole house.

Compression packing cubes are the perfect gift for traveling families needing more room to pack even more. LOL

These packing cubes save you some extra space, they are water repellent and come in 8 different colors.

Luggage Scale– The Etekcity luggage scale can weigh up to 110 lbs and comes with batteries. Luggage can also be weighed in kilograms.

Family Tent–  The Veer Family Basecamp tent can comfortably fit two adults and kids. Like the Veer play yard for kids, the family Basecamp is a pop-up as well which means no assembly required.

What’s Included:

  • Veer Family Basecamp
  • 8 Stakes
  • Carry bag that attaches to cruiser.

It’s lightweight, water-resistant and protects families from the sun. Comes complete with An adjustable window, moisture-resistant bottom and 4 built-in wind anchors. You can quickly pop open and quickly take it down to stow.

Some extras.

Travel theme baby toys are also cool baby travel gifts for traveling parents.

Fisher-Price Tiny Tourist Set includes:

  • A washable bib
  • Pretend camera with rattle, a clickable lens and a mirror.
  • A squishy sunscreen bottle
  • Teething toy passport holder

Travel Theme Book Box

The book box includes travel stickers, a sensory toy, a wooden car, travel puzzle and tote bag.

What Do You See Around The World board book is included to help the little ones learn about the big wide world out there.

These all make for the best gifts for first time parents who love to travel and Christmas gift ideas for babies too.

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