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7 Fun, Yet Practical Toys to Bring When Traveling with a Baby
I have found as we’ve traveled that one of the keys to a peaceful, enjoyable time with my kids is taking along as much familiarity as possible. For Elvie, it’s a given that her pacifier, lovey, and blanket will be along, and I like to bring a few familiar toys as well. I want to strike a balance between having enough for her to play with when there’s little else to do, and not having so much that we end up with half a bag full of toys. I aim to bring a variety of toys that pack well and are easy to keep track of. Here are seven types of toys that make the cut, with notes on why I choose them.
Not too many, not too few.
We aim to bring just enough.
Small (But Still Huggable) Stuffed Animals
While Elvie loves giant stuffed animals, it’s just not practical to bring those along. In fact, even some of the medium-sized ones take up entirely too much space. A plush toy around eight inches tall, like this Mickey Mouse, is still huggable, but can be tucked into a corner of the carry on without fuss, and I can usually find room for more than one.
A Cloth Book
If your little one loves to read, packing a cloth book is a flexible way to get more books into your bag. Cloth books can be smooshed, folded, and pushed into whatever space you’ve got for them, then come out like new. I love that this Mickey Mouse book has a ring to attach it to the outside of a bag or a stroller.
A Stroller or Car Seat Toy That Makes Soft Noises
Stroller or car seat toys can easily be attached to whatever you are carrying so that your little one can play, but the toy won’t get lost. I like to attach toys like this Disney Princess On-the-Go Birdie to my bag so that Elvie will play near me. The more little things the toy does, the better; this birdie has a teether, wings that make crinkle sounds, and a chirping sound.
Board books are durable, and thus they travel well. They can be a bit heavy, so three or four is my limit, and I like to choose small ones. This Hugs and Kisses board book is perfect for a bedtime story, or when you need to settle your baby on a flight or train ride.
A Sticker Book
Sticker books can keep a little one busy for hours. If it features reusable stickers, like this It’s a Small World Sticker and Activity Book, toddlers can move the stickers from page-to-page and back again for as long as it holds their interest, then come back another day and do it all over again.
A Simple Rattle
Even though Elvie is firmly in toddlerhood now, she still loves to play with some of the toys she loved as a little baby, particularly if they make a little noise. A rattle is easy to stow in a bag pocket; this Winnie the Pooh stick rattle would fit handily into a bottle pocket.
Familiar Songs and Stories to Listen to On the Go
Vacation is for all of us, and I love having a break from being the main storyteller and song singer. Bringing along a CD that can be popped in a laptop and enjoyed while I relax is priceless. This Cars Song and Story CD covers both song and story bases, thus making it a toy that multitasks. Fantastic. I’d bring more than one of these along to provide variety.