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:

  • Milton Combi Microwave and Cold Water Steriliser, £24.99, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner

    This silver-award winning steriliser can be used in the microwave or as a cold water steriliser, making it ideal for travel.

    It holds 5 bottles of any brand, sterilises from 2 minutes in the microwave and in 15 minutes with cold water and tablets.

    It also has a strong carry handle and will fit in most microwaves.

    Our MadeForMums Awards judges say the Milton Combi Microwave and Cold Water Steriliser is“very easy to use and super handy as you can take it away with you (it doesn't need to be plugged in - it can either be used in the microwave or with tablets). It can fit my breast pump attachments and bottles in no problem. I'm very impressed!” 

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  • Mamas & Papas Snax Highchair, £79, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    Fabulous value for money is how our judges described this gold award-winning highchair, which is brimming with features like 6 height adjustments and 3 recline positions.

    With an extra comfy seat and bright, colourful design, little ones from 6 months to 3 years will enjoy meal times even more.

    And the attached storage basket, removable tray with 3 lockable positions and compact, freestanding fold will make mum and dad happy too.

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

    Light and easy to clean, the Tomy Freestyle 3-in-1 Booster Seat can be folded into a bag shape. When it comes time to use, you just undo one zip and the seat pops out, ready to be attached to any chair with a back.

    It also boasts a changing mat and has storage compartments for a bottle and nappies. Very nifty!

    Read the full Tomy Freestyle 3-in-1 Booster Seat review

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  • Totseat travel highchair, £25.50

    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 most types of chairs.

    It's also the only product of its type to be recognised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), the UK's leading child safety charity. Our MFM reviewer gave the seat four out of five stars for safety, style and value for money.


    Read the full Totseat travel highchair review.

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  • Sleepyhead Deluxe Pod, £120, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    This gold award-winning sleeping pod is beautifully designed and can be used from newborn to 8 months, for daytime or night sleeping, and even for tummy time.

    With its soft padding, it’s designed to cushion the startle reflex, and can be used for co-sleeping too.

    It’s lightweight and portable, and everything about the pod is washable (the covers and bumpers can go in the washing machine and the mattress pad is handwash only), plus the fabrics are all hypoallergenic.

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  • Chicco LullaGo Zip, £130, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    This standout crib scooped the gold award in the travel cot category for its smart design and comfort.

    The clever Lullago Zip features an expandable section, which allows it to act as a crib from newborn to 6 months and then a first baby bed from 6-18 months.

    Breathable mesh side windows keep your little one cool and comfortable all night long and it’s super compact and folds away quickly and easily, while the extra padded mattress is foldable too.

    A practical carry bag means it is the perfect travel companion for holidays and overnight stays. 

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  • Nuby Natural Touch Newborn Starter Set, £24.99, MFM Gold Award Winner

    The gold award-winning Nuby Natural Touch newborn starter set is a great value kit, which includes everything you need to get started successfully with bottle feeding.

    As well as two 180ml bottles and two larger 270ml bottles, the kit includes a matching soother and bottle brush, as well as a super soft, absorbent bib to help catch any dribbles.

    The bottles feature easy latch teats which are inspired by the shape, texture and natural flex of mum’s breast, encouraging babies to latch on more easily.

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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.

  • JPMBB PhysioCarrier, £108.95 – MadeForMums Awards Gold winner

    The newest carrier from Je Porte Mon Bebe the PhysioCarrier is a soft structured carrier that has a really nifty '4 season thermo' feature.

    That's an opening at the back of the carrier that can be zipped down or up, to ventilate the back of your little one.  The PhysioCarrier also has a meshed head support that allows ventilation and parents to see baby when covering his head. 

    And although the main carrier (£99.95) is suitable from 4 months it can be worn with a newborn with the extension pack (£9), which is a little like a seat that you pop into the bottom of the carrier.

    Our MFM mum who tested the carrier with her daughter says the carrier is “a brilliantly-designed bit of baby kit, this stylish carrier is perfect for all weathers and ideal for babies and toddlers, alike! If you’re not a fab of baby carriers, with this one, you’re guaranteed to be converted!”  High praise indeed.

    Read the full review of the PhysioCarrier right here

  • Babble Band Audio Digital Monitor, £49.99, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    The first ever wearable baby monitor from baby brand Summer Infant impressed our judges with its innovative design and modern styling – a worthy gold award winner!

    The adjustable silicone strap is suitable for mums and dads, and the rechargeable battery has up to 8 hours of continuous use.

    It features 3 useful monitoring options: audio mode; vibration, with audio switched off; and sound-activated LED lights. It also comes with a handy EU travel adaptor to make it easy to use on holiday too, and has a range of 240m.

    Read the full review of the Summer Infant Babble Band audio monitor here.

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Last updated on 12 September 2017

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