Travel: 4 Must-Haves for Traveling with Baby C!

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If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that J and I made a (somewhat) spur of the moment decision to book a trip to Japan… WITH our baby!

Calvin will be turning 7 months when we depart end of May, and we couldn’t be more excited. Before you call us crazy, let me explain: We LOVED traveling to anywhere and everywhere before Calvin was born but we haven’t gone anywhere since his birth in October. Jordan has ALWAYS wanted to go to Japan (it’s just always been at the top of his bucket list). In fact, I gave J his first coffee table book about Tokyo back in 2012 as a Christmas gift…

Anyway, since J’s job is very seasonal (sports broadcaster covering college football and NBA games—so he’s busy nonstop from August to May) we usually plan trips to look forward to in the “off” season. He doesn’t have weekends off like someone working a traditional job might, so for us, having two or three epic trips a year is a sort of carrot that gets us through the chaotic season!

Our plan was initially to wait until Calvin was older to travel internationally, but C’s pediatrician mentioned that kids are at the “perfect” age to travel when they’re portable and not yet mobile (ie: when you can carry them around and they aren’t yet walking). We decided that since Calvin is a VERY relaxed baby, he’s portable, he can fly for free (all kiddos under 2), and Japan (especially Tokyo) is extremely safe and very clean—we may as well take him with us sooner rather than later!

SOOO we’re leaving in a few weeks for our first big adventure as a family of three and I could not be more excited! As we prepare for the trip, I’m doing a ton of research to make sure things go smoothly. Here are a few of the things we’re doing to prepare for traveling internationally with a baby…


1.    A safe, lightweight travel crib for Calvin.

I didn’t know this, but most people in Japan don’t use cribs for their babies (they bedshare) - and many hotels don’t offer cribs. Our hotels do have cribs, but since I’m not sure of the dimensions or safety standards and how they compare with what we have in America, we decided to get the Guava Lotus travel crib. What I LOVE is that the crib super lightweight (13 lbs…compared to most travel cribs that are 25+ lbs) with a compact 3D folding frame that is safe for the airport! We plan on having C sleep in this for a week or so before Japan so he is used to it and familiar (to alleviate any unforeseen discomfort while we’re away).

2. A Lightweight, Compact, Travel-Sized Stroller!

Everywhere I read said that public transportation in Japan is the best way to get around. Tokyo has the largest metropolitan area in terms of population of anywhere in the world with 33 million people, so it’s highly recommended to get a small, portable stroller. We’re going with the GB Pockit Stroller because it folds up incredibly small, is lightweight, and will work for Calvin until he’s 55 lbs (aka: more trips!!)

2.     Cheap, disposable onesies for plane and train rides for blowouts. I stole this idea from fellow blogger and mama Amber Fillerup Clark - who took her baby to, like, 20 countries before he was one!

3.    A good travel changing pad.

4.    Booties!!I love Goumi Kids organic booties because they’re breathable and lightweight, but keep baby C’s toes warm! But there are tons of cute booties (velcro is a MUST) on Amazon.

Have you traveled internationally—or domestically—with a little one?! If you have more tips, I’d love to hear them. Share on my latest IG post… This will *certainly* be an adventure.