4 baby travelling products we have packed

Travelling with baby at airport

Let me tell you, the market is flooded with baby travelling products stating they are the lightest, best quality, most functional and most necessary. But when you have just two packs on your back most of these are not practical for nomadic travel. And who wants to be that family carrying lots of luggage through an airport!

So apart from the obvious nappies, clothes, food and entertainment what else does a toddler need for the open road? After much research here are the bare essentials we are going with and we will give you our verdict along the way.

Baby Travelling Gear

1. Kinder Kot (now called Peuter Luxe Travel Dome)

This was the smallest travel cot we could find that fits into our pack (well Chris’ pack).  This tent-like structure has a thin inflatable mattress and just pops up as you take it out of the bag.  It has built in mosquito netting which is also good for ventilation.  The downside of this product is the mattress is a little thin, but we pop a blanket or doona on the floor to lift it off the ground.  Also the sheet doesn’t stay on the mattress, so I sewed a couple of elastic cotton sheets to take on the trip.

2. Ergobaby

This product always has rave reviews so we purchased one of the Ergobaby travel collection.  I tried it twice in Melbourne without much success, but hoping if we are in amongst a bustling street with a tired boy, he might just want to get in.  However, so far the thought of carrying a 12kg baby in 30degree heat doesn’t look that appealing!

3Harness

I cringe when I see harness’ being used as I am sure most of you do, but it was a ‘just in case’ purchase.  Jack is in the Mr. Independent phase and loves to walk, but when you are in a busy market or walking on the road amongst bikes, this has to be a useful thing right? It is yet to come out of the bag, and I’m not sure I can bring myself to use it!

4First Aid Kit

We have prepared for the worst with our first aid kit, particularly as we don’t have a fixed itinerary.  Stay tuned for a ‘what’s in our kit’ post soon.

Seebaby Stroller

First trip out in the Seebaby stroller

It was always the plan to purchase an inexpensive stroller in Ho Chi Minh City when we arrived, and so after carrying Jack around for most of the first day, the mission was on to find a baby shop. After a 30min search we found our first store and the perfect inexpensive looking stroller – lightweight, compact, recline position and quick to fold. But the love affair ended when we were told the stroller cost approx $500 AUD. We thought we had calculated the exchange rate incorrectly, but then decided it was just a very expensive store. Not everything is cheap in Vietnam!

Next stop, the second store just down the street. Jack quickly found his place in a very realistic mini car whilst we inspected the strollers. The shop assistant seemed to find it strange we came in asking for the cheapest stroller they had, but soon presented us with two options. We settled on the Seebaby, which looks like a wheelchair crossed with a shopping trolley. It has all the functions we were looking for and for the small cost of $32 AUD.

We are not sure how long it is going to last on the streets of Vietnam, and I have considered putting a stack hat on Jack as a safety precaution, but it is exactly what we need for the short term.

We will review the products along the way.  Some might stay with us for the journey, others might be left behind or traded in for something better.

12 Comments on 4 baby travelling products we have packed

  1. Have you tried using the Ergo as a backpack, we’ve always had more success that way. Good luck!

  2. I bought a Kinder Kot but it’s still in the bag… will be interested in what you think of yours.

    • So far the kinderkot has been great. We started using it about a month before our trip and I’m glad we did. It is also looking to be a good cot before transitioning to a bed. But be warned most around Jack’s age can unzip it and escape!

  3. I think the harnesses get a bad reputation for no reason. It can’t be comfortable for kids to walk around holding your hand (with their arm raised above their head for extended periods of time). I’d rather see a kid in a harness where they can be in a comfortable position.

    • We don’t use our harness all the time, but it certainly comes in handy on occasion. I say let parents use whatever works for them. Jack is not much of a hand holder, he’s definitely an independent little guy who likes to walk next to us a lot!

    • true Jodie. Jack doesn’t like holding hands much so I am sure the harnsss will come in handy.

  4. Hallo!

    I came across your blog while trying to look for more reviews on Seebaby lightweight stroller. We are considering to buy the exact same one that you bought for our Korea trip come October. My 23 months old little man is a heavy 12kg as well, and considering I am rather petite, I fear my body couldn’t take the baby-carrying for 2 weeks.

    We are also considering of purchasing a harness since he doesn’t like to be hand-held. But he rejects all sorts of things that restrict his movements, hence we are not sure how well he will take to that.

    Can you tell us more about your thoughts on Seebaby and the harness, if they are good buys?

    Thank you so much!

    Cheers,
    Jenna

    • Hi Jenna,

      Thanks for your comment. The Seebaby pram has been a little gem throughout our travels. We have been on the road now for over 4 months and it has been working from Vietnam to the UAE. Our son is 13KG’s and it fits him well. He is a good sleeper and happily sleeps in the pram both upright and reclined. Throughout Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand the footpaths are shocking so it has survived some badly paved roads as well as gravel roads, but the wheels are now looking a little worse for wear. I would recommend it for your trip for sure. It’s light, comfortable and collapses super easily.

      The harness I used for 10 minutes and threw it in the bin. Jack is also going through the stage of being independent and wanting to walk by himself. He didn’t mind the harness because we played a game of running with him, but he wasn’t interested in just walking with it on. Not worth the hassle!

      I would consider the ergo baby though if you are thinking of doing long walks outside of the city or going to places with a lot of stairs. We have only used it a few times on this trip so far, but it has been handy when we have used it. You would be surprised at how comfortable it actually is…Try one on with him in-store to see. My only other thought is it’s not the greatest thing to put on when it’s stinking hot.

      Good luck with the travels and let me know what you end up choosing!

  5. Hi Sarah,

    Thank you for your prompt reply!

    Glad to hear that Seebaby is that durable 🙂 I think there’s a high chance we will purchase it just for travels (as we have a more comfortable but heavier Maclaren Quest).

    As for baby-carrier, I own a pognae, which has been great so far. But little man’s weight has been causing a lot of strains on hubby and my joints. But we will definitelt bring that along just in case.

    Thanks again!

    Cheers,
    Jenna

  6. Seebaby stroller is most cheap in Viet Nam. Seebaby Stroller in picture : 500 VND not $500 AUD
    Picture in Viet Nam?
    HCM recently posted…Sự khác biệt giữa dòng xe đẩy Seebaby QQ1, QQ2 và QQ3My Profile

    • Hi HCM, thanks for your comment. The stroller we didn’t buy was $500 AUD, but as mentioned in the article, the Seebaby we bought was $32 AUD. And yes, the image was taken in Vietnam soon after the purchase. Cheers…

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