10 of the best travel essentials for baby and toddler

Whether you're travelling on a plane, train or car with a baby or toddler, these products will allow kids to be comfortable, calm and entertained on long journeys

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  • 1. Bambino Mio reusable swim nappy, £9.99, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    Say goodbye to soggy swim nappies next holiday time, with these gorgeous reusable ones (that are fully machine washable!).

    Our judges couldn’t get enough of the 12 cute patterns, drawstring waist, lightweight design and fact they come in 3 different sizes – 0-6 months, 6-12 months and 1-2 years.

    Designed to contain solids, these gold award-winning swim nappies have a concealed water resistant layer and leak-proof legs.

    Read our full review of the Bambino Mio reusable swim nappy here.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Bambino Mio reusable swim nappy:

    “Nice looking product, and I'm sure would stop anything escaping out of the sides.” MFM celebrity judge and dad of 3, Neil Sinclair AKA Commando Dad

    “I really like the adjustable waistband - nice extra. Looks cute, very light.” Susie Boone, mum of 3

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  • 2. Onco Baby Car Mirror, £12.99, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner

    Anyone who’s ever travelled with their baby in the back seat of the car knows how important it is to be able to check on their little one.

    The silver award-winning Onco baby car mirror is a large convex mirror that gives a clear, wide angled view of your little one in their rear facing car seat, by attaching securely to the rear headrest with dual adjustable straps.

    It also rotates 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle for viewing your baby – making driving safer and easier.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Onco Baby Car Mirror:

    “Good idea and useful especially if travelling alone or on longer journeys. Has a 360 degree which is useful as allows many angles to look at your child.” Mum of 2, Zoe

    “The adjustability of the mirror, so you can get just the right angle, is brilliant.” MFM celebrity judge and dad of 3, Neil Sinclair AKA Commando Dad

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  • 3. Huggies Little Swimmers nappies, £5.50 for 12 nappies, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

    Make swimming fun with these cute and colourful disposable swim nappies, that have an elasticated waist and adjustable, stretchy side panels for a great fit.

    They comes in 3 sizes (nappy size 2-3, 3-4 and 5-6) with a bright Disney design, and are filled with a special absorbent material that won’t swell in water. Bring on the pool or sea!

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Huggies Little Swimmers nappies:

    “Easy to put on and throw away so no need to keep washing. Perfect for travelling around as could just throw away afterwards.” Mum of 2, Zoe

    “I like the elasticated legs - they keep the nappy tight to the legs. Easy to put on, adjustable size is great and easy to take off at the sides.” MadeForMums Editor Susie Boone

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  • 4. Monkey Monkey sunglasses, £10-20, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    Your little one won’t want to take off these stylish sunglasses, which come in 16 fashionable designs and have been created to be super easy and comfortable to wear.

    Suitable for babies and children up to age 11, Monkey Monkey has created its sunglasses to be ultra-safe for children’s eyes, with UVA and UVB protection, as well as a special blue-light filter that can protect against irreversible sun damage.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Monkey Monkey sunglasses:

    “Great product. Brill for kids when they are on the beach.” MFM celebrity judge and dad of 3, Neil Sinclair AKA Commando Dad

    “Great value for money with lots of protective features. Not sitting on pressure points so ideal for children.” Mum of 2, Zoe

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  • 5. Munchkin Travel Booster Seat, £22.50, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner

    The silver award-winning Munchkin Travel Booster Seat is just what parents need for on-the-go dining.

    Not only is it stylish and comfy but it’s got a strong internal frame for seating little ones aged 12 months to 3 years.

    Our judges loved the easy to clean material, and were particularly impressed by the storage for bottles, cups, nappies and more.

    When mealtime is over, the booster seat folds neatly and includes a convenient carrying strap.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Munchkin Travel Booster Seat:

    “Great value. Ideal for travelling around with as perfect for eating and allowing you to carry around essentials you would need without the need for lugging your changing bag.” Mum of 2, Zoe

    “Clever design, good value, padding feels reasonable, like the internal storage - all space has been well used.” MadeForMums Editor Susie Boone

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  • 6. The Cub Sunhat by Little Hotdog Watson, £24.99, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

    Created by fashion designer and mum Emma Watson, The Cub sunhat has already been impressing families since it launched in summer 2016 – and our judges loved this cute yet functional hat too, awarding it the bronze gong.

    Of course it has UV Protection to factor 50+, but it also has a temperature regulating lining, to stop little ones getting too hot, and an insect-repelling citronella finish that lasts up to 30 washes, but has no scent.

    It’s got a roll down neck protector, is machine washable, and rolls up easily into a small bag, perfect for holidays, the park and days out. Plus there are 3 colourful designs to choose from, and a whopping 7 sizes, from newborn to age 10.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about The Cub Sunhat:

    “Well made and does exactly what it says it will, versatile and value for money.” MadeForMums Reviews Editor Hazelann

     “Very cute design. Elastic at back would help ensure it stays on.  Lots of great features including no scent and roll down back.” Mum of 2, Zoe

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  • 7. Puro Sound BT2200 Kids Volume Limiting Headphones, £99.99, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    There will be no arguments over using these sleek volume limiting headphones, which have been engineered to a safe maximum noise level to prevent damage to children’s ears.

    Their good looks and clever tech helped these headphones win the gold award in the MFM Travel Product over £30 category.

    They’ve got studio-grade audio, Bluetooth wireless and 18 hours of battery life – so they’ll last as long as your little music-lover can stay tuned in.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Puro Sound BT2200 Headphones:

    “Brilliant product.” MFM celebrity judge and dad of 3, Neil Sinclair AKA Commando Dad

    “Cool looking, our very picky 15 year old loved the white pair. Love the volume limiter and fact it's bluetooth.” MadeForMums Editor, Susie Boone

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  • 8. Una the Unicorn Trunki, £39.99, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner

    Made from the same lightweight but durable plastic as adult suitcases, children can pack their Trunki full of their belongings ready to be taken as hand luggage on a flight, train journey or stowed in the car.

    With a ride-on feature, so parents can pull the Trunki along when little ones get tired, and Una’s silky rainbow tail and glittery horn and stickers, this silver-award winning product will make travel more manageable!

    And Trunki even offers a 5-year guarantee on these 18L suitcases. Magical!

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Una the Unicorn Trunki:

    “Great for travelling with small children. Pack, ride or pull along. Love the unicorn design. Can also personalise.” Mum of 2, Daisy

    “Fantastic idea, perfect for children riding around and making it easy to move around.” Mum of 2, Zoe

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  • 9. Lullaby Shade for buggies, £34.99, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

    Combining a buggy shade with an integrated music system, the clever design of this bronze award-winning travel product impressed our judges.

    The cover for creating a darkened, relaxing environment is one-size-fits-all, fully washable and packs into a handy drawstring bag for taking on the go.

    With UVA and UVB protection, air vents for safe sleeping and reflective strips to ensure you’re seen while out and about, this mum-designed product has it covered.

    It can be used with your own phone or music player, or bought as a bundle with an MP4 player and album included (£49.99)

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Lullaby Shade for buggies:

    “Good idea, especially if travelling and baby needs a sleep for missing nap time or shade from the sun. Has breathing holes. Designed well and is useful all round.  Comes with an MP4 player to load with music and allows your baby to rest. Multipurpose.” Mum of 2, Zoe

    “Really interesting idea. Great to have breathable buggy shade. Like the MP4 player that you can play sea sounds, white noise, etc.” MadeForMums Editor Susie Boone

  • 10. TugTrio, £7.99

    Whether it's a busy airport, holiday resort or shopping centre, every parents' nightmare is losing their child in a crowded place. Ensure the whole family (and teddy!) stay together with this nifty pram strap set.   

    Available from BuggyTug.

    Looking for more travel ideas? Check out Our pick of the best travel toys for children, Pregnancy travel - your essential holiday guide and Holiday packing checklists for baby and toddler!

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