10 of the best family travel products

If you and your family are heading away from home for a break or a holiday, fear not – travelling with a baby or toddler is easy if you’ve got the right gear

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  • Have baby, will travel…

    Heading away with a baby or toddler might involve more preparation than your trips away BC (before child), but it’s not impossible. Plenty of parents do it.. and yes, they even enjoy it!

    There are loads of products out there designed to make travelling with a baby or toddler easier. We’ve tracked down the best to help you, from a lunchbox-sized steriliser and flat packed baby bottle, to feather-light travel cots and a travel-friendly baby swing. Here, we reveal 10 of the best for a happy holiday.

    If you're planning to travel, also check out our easy-to-follow guides to help you buy the right gear:

  • Tesco Travel Steriliser, £4.97

    Able to work as a microwave or cold water steriliser, the Tesco Travel Steriliser scored a full 5 stars from our reviewer. It can fit two bottles, plus dummies or teethers, and it’s got a budget price tag. The size of a lunchbox, this is ideal for those traveling light.

    Read the full Tesco Travel Steriliser review.

  • Concord Spin highchair, £124.99

    After a highchair for home that you can also take on your travels? The Concord Spin certainly fits the bill, and with incredible style, too. This highchair has a central swivel joint that lets it folds in a few easy steps to a size of 60cm x 51cm x 8cm. It’s very portable and comes with a useful travel bag.

    Read the full Concord Spin highchair review.

  • TOMY Freestyle 3-in-1 Booster Seat, £19.99

    Lightweight and compact, the extremely portable TOMY Freestyle 3-in-1 Booster Seat is ideal for travel. This easy-to-clean booster looks like a changing bag, but once you undo the zip, the booster pops out, and you can attach it to any chair with a seat back. 

    Read the full TOMY Freestyle 3-in-1 Booster Seat review.

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  • Totseat travel highchair, £23.50

    Travelling as a small fabric pouch that can fit in your handbag, you could be forgiven for underestimating the power of the Totseat travel highchair. Once unfolded, the Totseat is easy to use and fits almost all chairs. It’s best described as a large bit of fabric that sits over the back of a chair, that then goes between your baby’s legs and clips behind. Our reviewer gave it full marks for ease of cleaning, style, and durability.

    Read the full Totseat travel highchair review.

  • Koo-di Travel Bassinette, £33.99

    The Koo-di Travel Bassinette is a pop-up travel cot for babies under 6 months. It’s quick to erect and quick to pack away – and it weighs less than 1kg! Complete with its own mattress and mozzie net, this pop-up bassinette folds away into a tiny carry bag, making it even more travel-friendly.

    Read the full Koo-di Travel Bassinette review.

  • Phil & Teds traveller travel cot, £124.95

    Long enough to handle your toddler, the Phil & Teds traveller comes with a neat travel bag and weighs in at 2.5kg. Even though it’s incredibly lightweight, once erected, it’s as big as a usual cot – actually, 130cm long to be precise! This travel cot comes with a self-inflating mattress to save your breath too.

    Read the full Phil & Teds traveller travel cot review.

  • Vital Baby Nurture single use sterile feeding bottle, £2.99 for 4-pack

    A flat-pack baby bottle that’s disposable? That’s the best way to describe Vital Baby’s single use sterile feeding bottles. And yes, the concept is sheer genius! BPA-free and sterile, the each bottle with teat is flat packed and wrapped in an individual bag. These are perfect for throwing in your bag, or for those after a space-saving, clean-up free option. Suitable from birth, you can fill with your breast milk or formula, and two teat flows are available.

    Read the full Vital Baby Nurture single use sterile feeding bottle review.

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  • yoomi self-warming bottle, £22

    It’s not cheap but it is very nifty for any bottlefeeding parents staying away from home. The yoomi self-warming bottle is a BPA-free bottle and warmer in one that can be recharged and used 100 times (so it works out to be just 22p per use!).

    To “recharge”, you pop the warmer in a steriliser for 25 minutes or boiling water for 20 minutes, and then it’s ready to be taken out on day trips, or if you’re staying with relatives and don’t fancy bashing about in a strange dark kitchen at 3am, you can keep it with you for convenient early morning feeds. Genius.

    Read the full yoomi self-warming bottle review.

  • Mamas & Papas Star-lite Swing, £89

    Suitable from birth to 6 months, the Mamas & Papas Star-lite Swing is an item to use at home, which has the added bonus of being useful when staying away from home.

    To start with, it folds flat so is easy to transport, and it’s not too bulky or weighty like some models. It gives your baby a great alternative to being sat in a car seat and can be locked into position, which is ideal if you’re weaning (yep, the cover is removable and machine washable!). It can also give you and your holiday hosts some hands-free time while keeping your baby amused or soothed.

    Read the full Mamas & Papas Star-lite Swing review.

  • Doro BM35 monitor, £39.99

    This baby monitor can overcome nearly any reception hurdle – its range is 3km, it can cope with multiple monitors in the area and even thick stone walls won’t beat the Doro BM35. The parent unit is portable (essential when you’re not in your own home), and its rechargeable battery has an excellent life. Oh, and the parent unit has a torch built-in!

    Read the full Doro BM35 monitor review.