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8 Best Baby Travel Products

Since we’ve been doing lots of traveling since Zayd was born it was important to us to be able to travel as lite as possible. Here are some products that we found essential and very practical while on the move. Enjoy!

For a list of 5 of my favorite baby sleep products click here.


This is the perfect travel cot for anyone who wants the lightest most compact infant bed out there. Traveling is so much easier when you can pack up the baby’s bed and fit it into a suitcase as opposed to it being an extra piece of luggage like most cots on the market. We’ve been using this playpen since Zayd was 10 months old. It’s pretty long as well so you can use it for a good amount of time (Unless you’ve got a little basketball player!). You can also take this cot to the beach or use it outside at parks or in a backyard.  The company recently came out with a traveller bassinet accessory that would be really useful for smaller babies who need to be higher up and closer to you in bed.


  • This is one of the lightest travel cots at the market weighing less than your child at only 6 lbs!
  • It comes with a self inflating mattress that rolls up really compact which is very convenient. (We also like to add Zayds nest on top of it for some extra padding and comfort).
  • The sides which are made of mesh allowing for airflow, zip down in case you want to lay next to your child to nurse him or comfort him to sleep.CONS
  • It takes a few minutes to put together, but once you get the hang of it it’s not too bad (Waseem is officially a pro!).
  • I sometimes wish there was the option of having the mesh sides covered up so Zayd wouldn’t see us in bed next to him for example.


The Phil & Teds lobster high chair is a great product. We have been using it ever since Zayd could sit up on his own and he’s absolutely loved sitting at the table with us ever since. While traveling in Asia we found that it was really hard to find restaurants that provide high chairs. This made it pretty inconvenient to go out to eat and made it hard for Mom and Baba to enjoy our meals running after Zayd the whole time. This chair was a life saver for us!


  • It fold down flat and comes with a convenient carry case, making it easy to take out to restaurants or Grandma and Grandpas house.
  • This chair can also be used at home as an everyday high chair since it clips right on to the table. Kids love sitting at the table with you during mealtime.


  • It is not machine washable, which we found to be extremely inconvenient. Our chair got so messy when we were away and we like to let Zayd feed himself, and even after trying to hand wash it I couldn’t get it as clean as I would have liked it. (Note: I eventually threw it in the washing machine (no dryer) and it came out spotless and as if it were brand new. Not sure why they don’t want you to put it in the machine but I will definitely be doing that from not on)
  • It comes with a plastic removable tray that we found to be kind of useless since you attach it after the chair is hooked on to the table. Zayd quickly figured out how to remove it and throw it on the floor and that was that.
  • The chair unfortunately doesn’t fit on all tables (only ones where the lip hangs out far enough and is wide enough for the chair). We sometimes had to check the tables at restaurants before we could eat there.


We love love love our babyzen yoyo and couldn’t have imagined doing the amount of travel we did without it! I was so lucky to find this  stroller at a second hand store being sold for a fraction of the price (they obviously didn’t know what it was worth!). We gave it a good scrub, purchased some new fabric for it and voila we had our brand new yoyo ready to take on our trip! (I don’t think we would have been able to afford one otherwise and I pride myself for finding it – well my cousin Nour was actually the one who pointed it out to me – and consider it one of the best deals I ever got!)


  • The babyzen yoyo’s most popular feature is the fact that it can fold down so small to fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane. This is a really awesome feature, and we’ve used it several times, my only issue is that airlines still haven’t received the memo that this stroller can be placed in the overhead and more than once we were asked to leave it at the door of the plane. Not anymore, we’ve since learned our lesson. We make sure to fold it up before we get to the gate (so the airline employees don’t even see we have it) and hide it in it’s carry bag. When the staff ask us if we have a stroller it’s a quick nope! haha Works every time!
  • A parent with his or her hands full can easily close or open this stroller with one hand! It’s actually pretty amazing. Almost like a magic trick!
  • The stroller had a big zippered pocket under the handle which is really convenient for phones, wallets, keys or even baby essentials if you don’t want to take a diaper bag out.


  • The sunshade unfortunately doesn’t go out far enough and I always feel like poor Zayd’s cooking in the sun.
  • We purchased the parasol thinking it would solve the short sunshade issue and actually decided that it’s actually one of their poorest accessories. I found that it’s really difficult to keep Zayd shaded with it. It can be attached to either side so I guess the idea is that you move it around based on where the sun is, but I found this to be extremely inconvenient especially if I’m walking down the street and he’s shaded and then I turn the corner and he’s in the sun again. I actually wish I looked up the reviews before I bought it. I later found that the reviews for the umbrella are pretty bad everywhere. It’s not cheap either!
  • We were lucky enough to buy the yoyo used but it definitely is one of the most expensive lightweight umbrella strollers out there. Not sure a lot of people would buy one as a second stroller but I’ve seen some people use it as their only stroller as it can can be used from birth with the bassinet attachment.


This is the BEST baby food on the market hands down! It tastes delicious (Yes, I’ve tried almost all of them!) and uses only organic ingredients. They don’t put anything extra in the packs but wholesome goodness. Zayd loves any packet of food I give him from Ella’s Kitchen but will outwardly reject other brands we’ve tried.  We stocked up on these while in Jeddah and actually took around 30 of them with us to Asia. Lifesavers is an understatement!


  • All organic ingredients with no extra additives. This makes their products easy to feed to your little one with peace of mind knowing he’s not getting junk.
  • Ella’s kitchen has lots of options from packs of just fruit or veggies, to textured meal packs like beef stew and spaghetti with meat sauce to toddler granola bar like snacks.
  • They even make products for kiddies with special diets like gluten and lactose free and vegetarian. I imagine that’s got to be really awesome for parents who struggle feeding kids who can only eat certain things.

No cons except that these products might be a little hard to find since they are from the UK.


These snack bags are really great. I love all the different colors and patterns they come in and the various sizes options. Perfect for small snacks like crackers or raisins and some sizes can even fit a sandwich. You can really use them for anything, even diapers, wipes or toys. What I love most about them is the material makes them easy to clean since they are machine washable as well as dishwasher safe! Needless to say, we used these in all our travels.


Bumkins also makes the best bibs. They’re made out of the same material the snack bags are made out of so they can also be popped into the washing machine. They offer a few different sizes that can grow with your child. And of course the patterns and colors they use can’t be beat!


If you’re going to invest in one sippy cup to rule them all, this is the one! We only have one and we take it absolutely everywhere with us. Munchkin makes a bunch of different sizes and colors. They even make some with handles and some without.


  • The fact that there’s no spout and your child can drink from anywhere around the rim (simply tilt the cup and suck on the valves edge) supports dental health and is dentist recommended.
  • The cup automatically seals when the child stops drinking meaning no spills! (Except if your kid’s anything like Zayd and likes to let us know hes done with his drink by flinging his cup halfway across the room!)
  • Easy to clean in the dishwasher and easy for little hands to hold.

No cons, just lots of love for this great cup!


Finally on the list is our favorite sunblock. We used this on Zayd as well as on ourselves. This is one of the safest, if not the safest, sunblocks on the market. It’s free of harmful chemicals found in most other sunblocks, is not tested on animals and won more awards than any other sun care line! It’s a little on the pricier side but is totally worth it in our opinion. We love that it comes in stick form as well, making it really easy to apply to Zayd’s face without a fuss. Oh, and it smells really great too!

Hope you enjoyed my favorite baby travel products. For a list of  5 of my favorite baby sleep products click here.

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Check out my lists on 6 Best Postpartum Products and 7 Best Pregnancy Products if you find this list helpful.



We used this great product from the day Zayd was born until he turned about 4 months old when he outgrew it and we transferred him into a nest instead. We were really fortunate to be able to borrow this product from cousin whose son also used it and loved it.


  • The Cocoonas ergonomic shape reassures baby and is made to emulate the womb promoting deep sleep, and also limits the effect of the (moro) “startle” reflex.
  • It is portable and can easily be moved from one room to the next keeping baby close, comfortable, safe and in sight.
  • The movable wedge under baby’s knees can be adjusted as he grows, and removed when baby no longer needs it. Also, the tummy band helps baby stay in an ideal position without impending his freedom of movement.


  • The Cocoona can only be used until baby can roll over or until about 4 months of age.
  • It’s on the higher end price-wise and will run you about $220 USD. A bit much for a product that will only be used for a few months. (If we weren’t able to borrow it, I don’t think I would have spent the money on it even though I think it really did help Zayd sleep like a baby)
  • It needs a special fitted sheet. It comes with one, but will cost another $40 USD for a second one! (and we all know that a second sheet is a must when you have a newborn)


Baby nests are great, portable, familiar spaces that can be used at home or on the go. They are made to make baby feel comfortable and secure as if he were still in the womb, and simulate the coziness and warmth of a parents arms.

Unfortunately I didn’t purchase one of these beautiful nests when Zayd was born because I opted for a cheaper option that I found on Etsy. It did the job, (and we still use it day in and day out. We’ve traveled all around Asia with it too!) but the padding isn’t as thick as I would have liked it to be and the overall finishing just feels lacking.


  • These nests are absolutely beautifully made. In addition to the BabyNests they also offer WilderNests for families who enjoy being outdoors and need a heavier more durable cotton to take along on their adventures.
  • The nests come in three sizes, Baby Nest (birth to about 1 year), Toddler Nest (1 year to about 3 years) and a Toddler Plus Nest (2 years to about 8 years)
  • These nests are also considered to be on the expensive side but, they can last for years if you opt to get a nest that’s bigger than your child. I really think it’s worth the investment as it can be used a long time, is easily machine washable and is a great way to always have your child’s familiar sleeping place with you no matter where you are.
  • They also make a great canvas bag that can be used to transport the nest wherever you’ll be taking it!


  • There are people who can be concerned about their child sleeping in a nest and potentially rolling up against the edge at night and not being able to breathe. If this is a concern for you, this may not be the type of sleeping product you want to purchase. Or you may opt to buy one and use it for naps during the day when you can keep a close eye on your little one.
  • Because you can use a nest for years, it’s price can be justified more than if you were to purchase a cocoonababy nest for example.
  • If you choose to have your child sleep consistently in a nest as opposed to in bed with you, it may end up being a hassle for your family to always have the nest with you if you move around or do a lot of traveling.


These are the best swaddles/blankets in my opinion. We swaddles Zayd for every nap or night time sleep from the day he was born until he was about 6 months old and started to pull his arms out and get loose. I definitely recommend swaddling baby to help them sleep and feel the security of being in the womb. Click here for a video on how to swaddle.


  • Swaddling can help calm babies, stop them from startling themselves with the “moro” reflex (when their arms shoot up and wake them) and make them sleep for longer stretches at a time.
  • Swaddling is one of the 5 S’s in Harvey Karps book “The Happiest Baby on the Block” that triggers the calming reflex. This is done by imitating the sensations of the womb. Check out this book. It will be one of the best books you read before or after you have your baby. To watch a short video summary on the book click here.
  • Swaddling reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It makes it hard for newborn babies to inadvertently cover their heads or face with bedding and decrease their ability to turn over on their stomachs, which have both been linked to higher rates of SIDS in newborns.



When Zayd was first born one of my biggest challenges while nursing and changing him in the middle of the night, was being able to see what I was doing without actually waking us both up.  After doing some research and trying to find ways to fix this issue, my sister got us this great nightlight owl. I initially used it for the dim night light but soon discovered the various white noise options and we were hooked! We only use one of the sounds (the heartbeat) but we have used it every night (and afternoon) since Zayd was a couple months old, and we still use it today!


  • The dimmable nightlight option emits a warm glow making it easy to see what you’re doing with baby in the middle of the night without waking you both up.
  • The baby soother plays eight gentle melodies including nature sounds.
  • There is a small adjustable lens at the top of the owl that projects a starry nightscape onto the wall or the ceiling to help calm your little one.


  • It’s a little big in size and since my family and I are big travelers, we probably would have opted for the smaller, more portable option.
  • The product is a little on the pricier side for a sound machine because it plugs into power. Skip hop does offer other soother/night light options that are more affordable, but they are mainly battery operated and portable (Find them here).
  • Some people may not find the idea of a sound machine to work well for their family and that is fine, however the night light option is still a very useful feature that I do recommend.


Putting Zayd in a sleeping bag has worked out really well for us. I decided to look into this option after he stopped wanting to be swaddled. I noticed when I would cover him with a blanket he would soon turn over and the blanket would be at his feet. Using a sleeping bag has given us peace of mind knowing Zayd’s warm and cozy all night no matter what position he’s in. Grobag UK has some really great sleeping bag options, from Groswaddles for newborns to Grobags for babies and kids to Grorompers for toddlers.


  • Baby sleeping bags are designed to keep your baby warm and comfortable without needing additional bedding. This makes sure your baby wont kick their bedding off at night and wake up cold.
  • A sleeping bag is a safer sleep environment since there are no loose sheets or blankets for baby to suffocate underneath.
  • By putting your baby in a sleeping bag to sleep, he will quickly develop a sleep association with the sleeping bag, meaning the bag will become a strong cue that it is time for sleep.


  • I can’t really think of any to be honest.

Check out my lists on 6 Best Postpartum Products and 8 Best Pregnancy Products if you found this list helpful.

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6 Best Postpartum Products

When I was getting ready to have baby Z, I spent so much time figuring out what all the best baby products Zayd would need were and where I was going to get them all from. This took up so much of my time that I didn’t once think about myself and what I could possibly need after my birth. Luckily, a very close friend of mine who had just had a baby, came over and gave me an entire box full of things I would need for my recovery. If it weren’t for her, I would have forgot about my needs entirely. For that I will be eternally grateful. Here is a list of the things she gave me and a few more that I think are a must have when you’re freshly postpartum.

For a list of my favorite pregnancy must haves click here.


TendHer Reusable Perineal Cooling Pad for Postpartum and Hemorrhoid Pain Relief


Behold one of the best things invented for postpartum pain relief! I didn’t actually use these exact ones (I used disposable cooling icy pads) but whenever I can advocate for reusable products I do. I was one of those people who barely thought of what I would need after birth and just focused on all the different things my new little addition would need. Luckily, I a very dear friend of mine gave me a whole bunch of products just for Mommy! Icy pads were one of them and let me tell you, they are a lifesaver! Anyone who is pregnant should definitely stock up on some of these before the big day. They make recovery a lot more bearable.

FridaBaby Fridet, The MomWasher


This product is a must have for every new Mommy. It soothes the hurt and cools the sting when you pee. It provides effective, continuous, gentle water pressure right where you need it. When leaving the hospital new Moms are usually given a peri bottle which technically has the same function. This bottle however is considered an upgrade. It’s got a more gentle spray that’s also angled, and the top comes off and can be stored inside the bottle and in a travel bag for when you’re not at home. This bottle will put you on the road to a speedy, relatively less painful recovery!

Bamboobies Washable/Reusable Nursing Pads


These are the softest most absorbent nursing pads out there! Oh, and they’re washable and reusable which is a huge plus in my book. Safe the planet, save your wallet as well! If you’re the Mommy who leaks a lot while nursing these are a life saver, and if you’re a Mommy who doesn’t leak at all, these are also a life saver. They’re made of bamboo velour, cotton and hemp fabrics so they can absorb quite a bit. They are so soft that they soothe any sore or cracked nipples as well. You can easily wash them in the washing machine. The pack comes with 3 sets of regular pads (heart shaped) and 1 set of heavier overnight pads (round shaped).

Tucks Medicated Cooling Pads


Tucks cooling pads are specifically made for hemorrhoids and they work great for that. They also work great for new Mommies who are healing from the pain of childbirth. Whether you need them for the former, the latter or both, these things are magic. The pads are very thin and round. They really are cooling and help a lot with any burning or itching you may have. I also like the idea of just laying a pad down in your underwear as you go about your day. They really do feel so nice and cool and they definitely take the edge off.

Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream 


Any new Mommy knows the pain of breastfeeding for the first time. It feels like your nipple are just always going to be sore and you’re just going to have to live with it and bite your tongue every time your baby goes in for the dreaded latch. Luckily Mom’s don’t have to suffer anymore. This 100% lanolin cream is the best way to soothe those sore, chapped nipples! It’s as thick as Vaseline so it creates a barrier between your nipple and your nursing pad stopping the friction. It’s also pretty amazing how quickly this stuff heals, it almost feels instantaneous! The best part is that it’s 100% safe for baby so there’s no need to wash it off before your next feed. I’d have a couple of these, one next to my bed and one in my diaper bag. You really can’t have enough. (I hear some people even use this stuff as a lip balm it’s so good!)

Sitz Bath with Flusher Basin


Sitz baths are great for postpartum Moms who have had episiotomies, tears or hemorrhoids. Hospitals usually give them to their patients to take home with them (if you have a hospital delivery). It’s basically a bowl you sit in that sits over your toilet and is filled with a mixture of warm water and Epsom salts. Epsom salt is great at healing cuts, reducing inflammation and even reducing pain. This specific Sitz Bath is better than your typical one because it comes with a manual pump to help gently flush and clean the area. There’s also the option of having the water come out from the front or the back of the tub. For added soothing, add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil to the bath and enjoy how nice and tingly your bottom feels afterward!

If you enjoyed this list and would like to check out my must have pregnancy products click here.


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8 Best Pregnancy Products

Here’s a list of my favorite pregnancy products that I used like crazy and would not have been able to live without. For a list of my favorite Postpartum products click here.

Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamin & Rainbow Light Omega Fish & Flax


These are my favorite prenatal vitamins. I started taking them as soon as we decided we were going to try to get pregnant.  I like that it is considered a food based multivitamin as apposed to a synthetic based one. Food based vitamins will absorb into your body much better than synthetic. Another reason I like this company is the fact that it only requires you to take one pill a day – Two if you’re taking one Prenatal and one Omega fish & flax.

Earth Mama Organics

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This company has the most amazing products! Literally anything you purchase from them smells unbelievable and feels so nice. They have a whole range of products for pregnancy as well as products for postpartum and baby as well. I specifically used the belly oil after I showered and whenever I felt the dryness of winter and it just made everything better. It’s a bit of a problem though because it can become an addiction, so watch out!

Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge


I would not have been able to be pregnant without this pillow! I used it every single night since I was about 4 months pregnant. It’s soft on one side and memory foam on the other. I found that having this small wedge under my belly really took the pressure off my back. It is also small enough to just pick up and move over when you switch sides at night – much easier to manage than a large body pillow typically used in pregnancy. I love that it comes with a travel case and can be rolled up and stuffed inside. I used it on the plane, on the couch and even sitting at my dining room table. It would be one of the first products I recommend to anyone who’s pregnant.

Motherhood Maternity Seamless Nursing Bra


This is a very comfortable pregnancy/nursing bra. I only used these while pregnant and nursing. I love the fact that they don’t have an underwire but are structured enough that you feel supported while wearing it. The fabric is nice and soft and very comfortable to sleep in as well. I would only take these bras off to shower. The hook opens and closes very easily with one hand which is very convenient for night time nursing sessions.

Women’s Under Bump Maternity Panties


Soon after I got pregnant my underwear started to bother me. I just felt like it didn’t fit right, and the longer I waited the more uncomfortable they became. I was so happy when I ordered these and they fit perfectly. They rested right under my little bump and made it so that I didn’t even feel like I had them on. They are cotton so very breathable and super soft. They come in cute colors too. When it comes to maternity underwear there’s also the option of the underwear rising over your belly but for me these were a more comfortable option because I was almost always wearing pants that went over my bump when I was out.

Bracoo Maternity Belt


This is the maternity belt I used starting from my second trimester onward. It immediately made it easier to go for longer walks without feeling like my belly was weighing me down. It did a great job reliving the pressure off my back when I had it on. I really liked the size and portability as well. I would just always have it with me even if I didn’t feel like wearing it some days. The fact that you can adjust it from the front and from the sides was a huge plus. It hugged me in all the right places and fit really snug. It was basically like a bra for my belly! Highly recommend.

Large Exercise Ball/Birthing Ball


Having a birthing ball that you spend some time sitting on everyday is a great way to prepare for birth. Since there is no back on a birthing ball, it will force you to sit up straight, this will in turn strengthen your back preparing you for labor. They also help open the pelvis, and loosen the ligaments. What’s great about them is that you can use them in lots of ways, sitting at a table having a meal, folding laundry, or just watching tv. They are nice and soft on your bottom so they actually feel very comfortable. I spent about an hour or so a day on one of these guys and I truly believe it helped prepare me for the relatively smooth labor I had.

Make My Belly Fit Jacket Extender

This is one of the most (if not the most) genius product out there for pregnancy and postpartum parents. If you live in a place that gets cold (and will be pregnant during that time) this is a must have. It’s basically a strip of fabric that attaches to your winter jacket that makes your growing belly fit inside it. Since I was going to be in Toronto during the winter time while I was pregnant I couldn’t imagine spending money on a maternity winter jacket so I was over the moon when I stumbled upon this awesome idea! It’s really well made with a fleece attachment you can affix to the inside or remove when it’s not so cold. It also has snaps on the sides to change the size as your belly grows. It may seem a bit pricey but whats great is that you can also use it after your baby is born as some extra warmth over a baby carrier. It’s also really well made and can be used for consecutive pregnancies so in my opinion that makes it worth every penny!

If you thought this list was helpful and would like to check out my favorite postpartum products click here.