This is our first trip with 6 week old Baby Kai. We are heading to New York for 8 days. This is a pre departure picture of us traveling “light.” We brought 3 roller bags, 2 backpacks (mine doubled as my breast pump/purse) 1 diaper bag, 1 carseat and 1 stroller. I guess the days of Shrandy traveling carry on style around the Pacific for 4 months are over. Baggage claim-here we come!

Here are my Top 10 must have items when traveling with an infant.

1. The SnuggleNest
Gives the baby his own little nest right next to you on the bed. It also folds up and fits in your roller bag.

2. Medela Double Breast Pump with Backpack
Small, discrete and comfortable to lug around if you’re breastfeeding. I also scored some sterilization bags that work great in a hotel room.

3. Petunia Pickle Diaper Bag w/shoulder strap and backpack option
Love this diaper bag for the comfy backpack and the built-in removable changing pad.

4. Baby Bjorn Synergy Baby carrier or The Ergo Baby carrier
I bought the Bjorn Synergy while traveling because my Moby wrap was way too hot for New York in the summer. The Synergy is the best bjorn with lumbar back support and light mesh material that breathes in the summertime. It’s also nice because the baby can face the world whereas he can’t in the Ergo. Then again, maybe he doesn’t want to?

6. Graco carseat & stroller
This was the controversial item on our trip. First, we didn’t bring the carseat base and were told by the first taxi driver that he couldn’t take us without the base. Luckily, I met Christine at TBEX who told me otherwise. After hearing it was okay to use the carseat without the base, I ended up flagging down cabs for the rest of the trip.

The Graco snug ride stroller. Ah the big piece of plastic that my husband hated. I chose this stroller because the carseat fit into it and because of it’s light weight. It’s lack of steering is enough to drive anyone crazy not to mention its inability to handle any little crack in the sidewalk. I’m pretty sure we’ll bring the BOB stroller on our next trip.

7. Infant sunhat
Lifesaver when I was wearing my baby in the Bjorn and his precious little head was in the sun. Babies shouldn’t wear sunscreen until they’re 6 months old because it could prevent their immature skin from breathing (sweating). Sweating is important because it allows the body to self regulate your core temperature.

8. Baby Tylenol and any other medications since birth
Just in case.

9. Sleep sheep white noise maker
So handy for getting the baby to sleep especially in a new place. Velcro straps make it easy to use and move from thing to thing.

10. Pacifier
Kai is still deciding if he likes the pacifier but I brought it just in case.