Maui with a Baby or Toddler


Maui with a baby

After visiting Maui twice with our daughter, at 3 months old and again at 20 months old, we have learned a lot about visiting Maui with a baby or toddler.  We’ve learned the most baby-friendly and toddler-friendly activities on the island to explore. We also have recommendations on what to avoid and how to optimize activities while visiting Maui with a baby or toddler.  From the beautiful beaches to the exotic rainforests to the endless beautiful waterfalls to the world’s largest dormant volcano, the adventures you can have on Maui with your baby or toddler are countless.  Here is a breakdown of our baby friendly/toddler friendly activity recommendations, where to eat, where to stay and general Maui with baby or toddler tips.   

Maui with a baby

For tips on traveling with a baby, please see our Top 10 Baby Travel Tips, How to Hike with a Baby, 5 Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tips and Flying with a Baby posts.

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Maui Baby-Friendly & Toddler Friendly Activities


Highlights of our trips to Maui with our baby, and then toddler, included watching sunrise over the summit at Haleakala National Park, hiking through a bamboo forest, seeing countless awe-inspiring waterfalls, hiking along the coastlines, exploring the mountains of Maui, driving the insanely windy Road to Hana, seeing sea turtles and relaxing/playing on the many of the perfectly picturesque white sand beaches. Continue reading below for more information on all the above. 


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Visit Baby Beach in Lahaina 

Maui with a baby

Did you know there is a ‘Baby Beach’ in Lahaina perfect for your baby or toddler to explore?  ‘Baby Beach’ gets its name because it has much calmer waters than most other beaches on Maui.  This is due to offshore breakwater blocking and reefs that prevent many of the big waves from reaching the shore.  Our daughter loved playing here in the sand and splashing in the calm water.  Not only was the water calm here but there were also a lot of other babies and toddlers for her to see exploring the water, making her more curious about getting wet and less afraid of the water. Further, it was fun to have her play with some other babies and toddlers on the beach.  And as parents, it was nice to connect with other parents with kids of a similar age. 


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Visit Other Baby Friendly Beaches

Maui with a baby

Some of our favorite days on Maui were spent at the beach playing in the sand and splashing in the waves with our daughter.  Here is a list of other beaches we found to have calmer water or natural reefs so that the waves broke before reaching our baby or toddler on the sand:

  • Maluaka Beach in Wailea area
  • Airport Beach in Lahaina 
  • Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina 

Further, we would recommend avoiding most of the beaches on the north side of the island with your baby or toddler as the waves tend to be notoriously more intense. Great for surfing, not great for a baby or toddler. 


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Hike and Explore Iao Valley State Monument

Maui with a baby

Iao Valley State Monument is a great place to spend a morning exploring the rainforest with your baby or toddler while visiting Maui.  This state park is among the rainforest-covered mountains in the heart of Central Maui. The climb up to the summit, where you can see the Iao Needle shaped monument (shoots 1,200 feet in the air from the valley floor), was not difficult and was much shorter than we expected. Through this area, there are approximately 0.6 miles worth of trails through the rainforest.  Our daughter loved looking up at all the local flora while exploring the paths.  This is an easy place to have your toddler try out some ‘hiking’ on the flat garden trails too. 

Cost: $5/person and $10 to park

Maui with a baby

Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Sunrise over Haleakala Summit 

Seeing the sunrise at the summit at Haleakala National Park is really a surreal experience. The sun rising over the dormant volcano among the clouds is really a sight everyone should see in-person in their lifetime.  Pictures and videos truly do not do this justice. The colors that illuminate the sky are out of this world. You really feel like you are in the clouds with the summit at 10,000 feet. This sunrise is a fun, and easy, event to do with your baby or toddler too as it requires no hiking but only driving up to the Haleakala Summit.  We liked doing this so much that we did it both times we visited Maui with our daughter when she was less than 2 years old. 

See Haleakela sunrise on your first day visiting Maui with your baby or toddler

Note, in order to reach the summit of Haleakla in time to see the sunrise, you will likely need to leave your place around 3:30/4:00 AM (check sunrise time at the time of your visit as it varies throughout the year).  If traveling east to west (like most people visiting from the US), try to do this on your first day before you are fully adjusted to the Hawaii time zone as it will make getting up so early easier on you as well as your baby or toddler.

Maui with a baby

Cost: $30/car (valid 3 days throughout the entire park) or free with America the Beautiful Pass (pays for itself if you plan to visit more than 2 National Parks in one year), $1 for sunrise tickets – bought ahead of time on recreation.gov as spots are limited for early entrance to the park for sunrise (can buy 60 days in advance).

For more information and for all the details on watching the sunrise at Haleakala, see our Haleakala National Park Quick Guide


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Explore more of the West Side of Haleakala National Park

Also, while on the West side of Haleakala National Park, after watching sunrise, be sure to check out the Sliding Sands Trail and some of the other lookout points. This trail is over 11 miles long but you really do not need to hike all of that to get some amazing crater views.  Even hiking a mile or less each way will afford you stunning mars-like crater views.  Beware that this is a steep hike though and you have driven up to higher elevation. You need to be prepared to hike back up the steep crater while baby wearing.  Therefore, be mindful of your fitness level while descending into the crater as that is much easier than ascending up it. 

Maui with a baby

Cost: $30/car (valid 3 days throughout the entire park) or free with America the Beautiful Pass 

See our Haleakala National Park Quick Guide for other tips on what to do there, including seeing the East side of the park (the other side of the island) . 


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Hike Waihee Ridge

The Waihee Ridge Trail is a 4.2 Miles round trip out & back hike with 1500 feet of elevation gain and affords some amazing, lush, mountainous valley views.  Although steep, this hike is doable while babywearing with a reasonable level of fitness.  Our daughter loved taking in the vast views on this hike as well as walking around at the flat summit of the hike.  Further, this hike was a tranquil forest escape from the crowds of beachgoers. 

Maui with a baby

On the Waihee Ridge trail, there is also a nice platform with some great views (arguably our favorite on the trail) about 1 mile into the hike.  If you do not want to hike the whole Waihee Ridge trail with your baby or toddler, hiking just to this spot would offer very rewarding views too for less effort.  

Important Maui with Baby or Toddler Tip: Have Sun Protection 

While hiking this trail with a baby or toddler, be mindful to have good sun protection for your baby or toddler as most of the hike has significant sun exposure.  The first half of the outbound hike is less rocky and a bit less steep with some sun cover.  The second half of the outbound hike is steeper, a bit more rocky and with virtually no sun protection

Important Maui with Baby or Toddler Tip: Arrive Early to Avoid Longer Hike, Crowds & Intense Sun

If you arrive at the Waihee Ridge trail after 9 AM, you will likely need to park in overflow parking that adds almost a mile each way of just walking on the paved inclined road that leads to the main parking lot. The trailhead is gated and open 7 AM – 7 PM daily.    We would highly recommend arriving earlier than 9 AM to avoid crowds, the direct/more intense sun and needing to park further away.  Also, hike on a weekday to avoid further crowds.

Other Miscellaneous Waihee Ridge Tips

Try to go on a clear day to avoid mountains being covered in clouds. Also, if it is raining or recent rain, the trail may be very slippery.  Moreover, do not have any belongings you can see in the car in the parking lot as breakins have been reported here. Bring everything with you or store any belongings in a covered trunk to reduce the break-in chance. 

Cost: Free


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Kapalua Coastal Trail 

Maui with a baby

This 3 mile out & back round trip hike with 300 feet of elevation gain is a relatively easy coastal trail to complete with your baby or toddler.  It takes you along sand dunes and lava rock.  It is not stroller friendly but easy to complete while baby wearing.  Try to walk this trail early as it is completely exposed to the sun.  To access this trail, park at the public beach access lot.  

Cost: Free


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Walk the Kaanapali Beach Walk

Maui with a baby

When visiting Maui with a baby or toddler, be sure to check out this lively 3 mile paved and stroller friendly path.  This path is along the beautiful resort lined Kaanapali Beach and is lined with many shops, restaurants and stands.  Our daughter loved being rolled along this path and waving to beachgoers on the way.  This beach is great for people watching but with that in mind, do not expect any seclusion here. Feel free to stop at any of the spots on Kaanapali beach along the way. 

Cost: Free


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Walk the Wailea Beach Walk

If looking for another stroller friendly paved path, check out the 3.2 mile round-trip Wailea beach walk.  This hike takes you along the coastline past condos and resorts in this high-end area.  It makes for an easy walk.  It is less bustling than the Kaanapali Beach Walk and offers a level of serenity you will not find there.  Feel free to stop at any of the beaches along the way with your baby or toddler too. 

Cost: Free


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

Ali’i Kula Lavender is a botanical garden-like farm you can walk around and look at very pretty flowers, including many lavender plants, and other local flora.  Our daughter loved walking around the gardens and particularly smelling the lavender.  Visit this on the same day you visit Haleakela for sunrise as it is on your descent down the mountain. 

Cost: $3/person, less than 12 years old free


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Drive the Road to Hana

This was the most memorable activity we’ve done on Maui.  With over 620 turns and 59 one-lane bridges, driving the windy Road to Hana is really an experience not just a drive.  Along the way, you will see many picturesque waterfalls, lots of cute roadside fruit stands, gorgeous coastline views and lots of pretty unique rainforest flora. 

IMPORTANT Maui with a Baby and Toddler Tip: Drive Road to Hana in 2 Days

We drove the Road to Hana in one day with our 3 month old daughter and it was less than ideal.  It was A LOT of driving for one day.  We highly recommend breaking your trip up into 2 days instead, especially if visiting Maui with a baby or toddler.  

The Road to Hana takes, at minimum, 2.5 hours to drive one-way.  With all the stops you will make to take pictures and with time spent waiting at one way bridges, budget for at least 3 hours, if not more, each way.  In addition, you will likely make some longer stops to hike, explore state parks or eat at the roadside stands.  Driving 6 hours with a baby or toddler in one day while trying to squeeze in all the activities, is not ideal when visiting Maui with a baby or toddler (not to mention the drive may be longer if you are not staying at the start of the Road to Hana; most people’s accommodations are about an hour from the start as the nicest beaches are further away). 

Road to Hana with a Baby or Toddler: Build Your Own Experience

The Road to Hana is really a ‘build your own experience’ activity as the stops you choose to take along the way will really create a different experience for each person who drives it.  You can’t possibly stop at and enjoy everything along the way, especially when visiting Maui with a baby or toddler, even if you are driving it in two days.  See our 5 Top Stops on the Road to Hana post to see our recommendations on where to stop on your journey.   Our favorite stops were the Twin Falls Hike in Haiku and the Pipiwai Trail Hike on the East side of Haleakala National Park, both which are baby and toddler friendly when baby wearing. 

Cost: Free to drive, variable cost for activities along the way


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Hike Pipiwai Trail on the east side of Haleakala

This hike on the Pipiwai Trail (4.0 miles round trip, 650 feet of elevation gain) was our furthest away stop on the Road to Hana and well worth the drive. It is actually located after Hana so make sure to continue on to reach this trail in the east part of Haleakala National Park. 

This hike is super neat because you first hike through the rainforest and then through a bamboo forest before coming to the impressively tall Waimoku waterfall.  On the hike, you will also see a huge Banyan Tree.  The contrasting views keep your interest throughout the journey and is well worth the 4 mile round-trip hike. Our daughter loved looking at all the varying scenery around her while on this hike.  We would rate this hike as relatively easy as the elevation gain is well spread out. 

Important Maui with a baby or toddler tip: Arrive Early to the east Side of Haleakala National Park

We recommend arriving at this trailhead early.  When we arrived around 8am on a weekday, we were one of three cars, but by the time we left after completing the hike, the parking lot was completely full and cars were parking in an overflow lot. We are glad we got to enjoy this trail with our baby without the crowds.  

Cost: $30/car (valid 3 days throughout the entire park) or free with America the Beautiful Pass. See our Haleakala National Park Quick Guide for other tips on what to do there.  


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Hike Oheo Gulch on the East side of Haleakala

You can also hike the shorter Oheo Gulch/Seven Sacred Pools trail on the East side of Haleakala National Park that is 0.6 miles roundtrip with minimal elevation change.  The trailhead is at the same spot as the Pipiwai Trail.  We completed this hike after the Pipiwai trail and found it to be very easy and scenic. This would be another great spot for your toddler to try out ‘hiking’ and is an easy spot to hike baby carrying. 

Note: The east and west side of Haleakala National Park cannot be accessed from the same road. They have to be accessed completely separately and you will not be able to feasibly visit them both in one day. 

Cost: $30/car (valid 3 days throughout the entire park) or free with America the Beautiful Pass.  See our Haleakala National Park Quick Guide for other tips on what to do there. 


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Hike Twin Falls

The Twin Falls trail (1.8 Mile round trip, 347 feet of elevation gain) is a fun hike that takes you to three different waterfalls through the rainforest.  The first two waterfalls you encounter on this hike look similar and are a very short hike, about 0.2 miles from the parking lot.  The third waterfall is a bit further of a hike from those two but, in our opinion, was the most scenic of the three. Be sure not to stop hiking after the first two waterfalls.  You can also go swimming at this third waterfall.   

We took our time with this hike, hiking down to each waterfall and exploring around them, and it took us about 1.5 hours total.  The hike was relaxing, as it was relatively easy, and you saw a lot in a short period.  The trail, especially down by the waterfalls, was very slippery, as it had just rained when we visited so make sure to wear good hiking shoes. 

Important Maui with a baby or toddler tip: Hike on different day than when you drive Road to Hana

This hike is another stop on the Road to Hana, at the very beginning near MM 2.  We actually hiked this trail a different day than when we drove the Road to Hana as it was only about 10 minutes from our Airbnb. We are glad we did it this way, especially with our baby, as we did not feel rushed hiking it at all then as the Road to Hana is already a very full day experience. 


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Take a family-friendly boat/snorkel excursion

While on Maui with our 20 month old, we booked a boat tour that took us out to go snorkeling at the pristine Molokini Crater.  On this boat tour, we were also fortunate enough to see whales on our way to Molokini Crater, unusual for the time of year we visited in April.  Although our baby could not participate in the snorkeling, she had the option to go swimming with us at Molokini Crater and had fun hanging out on the boat with us as we took turns snorkeling.  There also was a glass bottom room on the boat which was great for viewing into the water without snorkeling. 

Tip: If possible, bring another friend or family member on this excursion with you. We had a friend traveling with us at the time and it was nice to have an extra set of hands when taking turns between watching our daughter and snorkeling. 

For more on snorkeling on Maui and at Molokini Crater, see our Top 3 Maui Snorkeling Spots article.  

Cost: Varies based on company, approximately $150 per adult, $115 per ages 3-12 and children less than 3 are free with Fours Winds Maui (company we used) 


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: See Sea Turtles at a Beach

Seeing sea turtles on the beach is so cool and your baby or toddler is sure to think so too.  Two places you will likely always see sea turtles include Makena Landing in the Wailea area on the southern side of the island and Hookipa Beach near Paia on the northern side of the island.   Check out both to see how many turtles you can see.

Cost: Free


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Visit the Maui Ocean Center

The Maui Ocean Center is open daily 9 AM -5 PM and is a great rainy day activity on Maui with your baby or toddler.  Here you can see plenty of different local marine wildlife.  If your baby or toddler is anything like ours, she loves with different animals and would love this.  We have not personally been here, as we had no full rain days during our visit, but keep this on the back burner if it does rain as an alternative to any of the above activities.  

Cost: Adult 13+ $39.95, ages 4-12 $26.95 and ages less than 4 free


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Where to Eat


HuiHui

HuiHui was voted the best new restaurant of 2022, we couldn’t agree more.  We had a delicious Hawaiian Meal here (arguably the best food we had on Maui) AND our 20 month old daughter actually ate for free, making it our top recommendation on where to eat with a baby or toddler.  At the time of our visit, all kids under 5 ate for free which was an added perk to our delicious meal.  The waitstaff was also very kind and attentive to our daughter.  We both got food (Natalie fish, Sam Pork) cooked in a banana leaf and both dishes were perfect.  Our daughter got pizza and thought that was the bomb too.  


Monkeypod

This restaurant has two locations on Maui, one in Wailea on the south shore and one on Kaanapali beach on the west side of Maui. Everything in this restaurant is made from scratch. They are very well known for their Mai Tais (named best on Maui year after year). We really do not think you could go wrong with anything on the menu. We’ve eaten at both the locations in Wailea and Kaanapali.  We had really good meals at both! Our daughter was also given a lei at the location in Kaanapali making our dinner a little more special for her.


Food Trucks

Food trucks are literally EVERYWHERE on Maui.  There are parking lots filled with them in almost every town and ones along the road too.  Food trucks are a great option when visiting Maui with a baby or toddler for a less formal meal and everyone can get what they want at the meal.   


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: Where to Stay


We recommend staying in the Kaanapali Beach Area with your baby or toddler when visiting Maui.  This is a great area to stay with your little one because you are near the paved stroller friendly Kaanapali path and close to some of the best baby and toddler friendly restaurants and beaches on Maui.  However, if you are looking for more of a budget option and to be more centrally located/closer to the road to Hana and Haleakala Summit, we recommend staying in the Paia or Haiku area.   To find the perfect accommodations for you, we highly recommend booking through Maui Paradise Properties.  See out The Best Maui Vacation Rentals post to see a breakdown on why we found this to be the best platform for finding and booking a Maui vacation rental.  

Note, wherever you stay on the island, unless changing accommodations every couple nights, you will need to drive about an hour one way most days to get to your activities.  Unfortunately, things are spread out throughout Maui.  However, we found the driving manageable with our daughter as a baby and toddler.  Just be mindful not to pack too many activities into one day as everything takes longer with a baby or toddler than you would expect. 


Maui with a Baby or Toddler: General Tips


Visit for a week or longer

When visiting Maui with a baby or toddler, we recommend spending at least a week here, if not longer.  This will allow you plenty of time to see these highlights as well as to spend some time relaxing/playing on the beach. Honestly, most of our favorite days were beach days.  Make sure to leave time for plenty of beach days! 

Don’t overbook/plan your days

As mentioned above, everything takes longer with a baby or toddler and it is unrealistic to try to cram too much into one day.  Plan for less and do more depending on how things are going.  Setting realistic expectations for your trip is key to negating any disappointment. 

Remember, babies and toddlers live on Maui

If you forget something at home, there are plenty of stores (Costco, Target, Walmart, etc.) on the island where you will likely be able to get whatever you need. 


We hope this guide helps you plan your trip to Maui with a baby or toddler.  Anything you’d add to our guide? We’d love to hear your feedback and questions.  For tips on traveling with a baby, please see our Top 10 Baby Travel Tips, How to Hike with a Baby, 5 Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tips and Flying with a Baby posts.

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5 Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tips


After flying more than 50 times with a baby and/or toddler, we have learned A LOT about flying with a baby & toddler.  Although traveling with a baby or toddler is never easy, it is completely doable.   On our most recent flight, a man sitting in the row next to us was so impressed with how well our daughter did on our 6 hour flight that he told us we “need to teach a class on flying with a baby.” We may not teach a class but here are our 5 top baby & toddler flying tips.  

Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tips

For a more complete breakdown on flying with a baby, please see our Flying with a Baby post. For more tips on traveling with a baby, see our Top 10 Baby Travel Tips post. 

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#1 Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tip: Attitude is Everything

When flying with a baby and toddler, attitude really is everything.  You need to have realistic expectations.  If you expect your baby or toddler to sleep the entire flight and not fuss or cry at all, that is unrealistic.  Be prepared that things may not go exactly as you want.  And that is okay!  Sure, it may be ideal if you try to time your baby’s nap to align with when you are flying but that might not realistically happen. Be flexible, follow your baby’s lead and go with the flow.  If they sleep the whole time and there is no fussing/crying, great, but do not have that be your expectation.  With a toddler, be prepared you may have to entertain/engage with them the entire flight (depending on time of day) and that is okay too!  If you are realistic about how the flight may or may not go, your experience is going to be better.  Do not set yourself up for disappointment with unrealistic expectations. 


#2 Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tip: Brings lots of Snacks

This tip is more pertinent once your baby is consistently eating solid foods but once they are, bring snacks and lots of them!   Growing babies and toddlers get hungry often and do not exude a lot of patience when hungry.  Snacks are a quick way to turn a sour mood right-side up.  We use these Skip Hop Puppy Snack Cups for things that may go stale more quickly or need a more secure cover (ex. peeled clementines, apple slices, popcorn, etc.) .  We also have at least 6 of these Munchkin Snack Cups we use for other more simple snacks that get quickly eaten (ex. Cheerios, Goldfish, etc.). We are sure to have a variety of choices and snacks (at least 4 different snack containers) for the flight.  For longer flights (such as flying anywhere in Europe), we bring at least 6 containers and refills for the containers. 

Similarly, make sure you are ready to nurse or bottle-feed younger babies on demand. Flying is not the time to stick to a strict feeding/nursing schedule.


#3 Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tip: You do NOT need Fancy Toys

A question we get quite often is, what toys do you use when flying?  The answer is none.  We bring our daughters stuffed Elmo (comforts her/she sleeps with) and several different books but we do not bring any toys.  She honestly is more ore interested in playing with the things around her on the airplane including (but not limited to) the safety information sheets, tray for food, gift bag from flight attendant, provided pillows, etc.   She also recently had a lot of fun pushing her Elmo around in the free-to-use airport strollers in the Lisbon airport during a layover.  Honestly, babies are entertained pretty easily and we find snack/book space in our diaper bag more valuable than toy space. 

Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tips

If looking for a great travel diaper bag? See our The Best Travel Diaper Bag post. 


#4: Save Best Distractions for when you REALLY need them 

For us, this distraction is screen time. Our daughter rarely gets screen time at home so it is a real treat when she gets any.  We only use screen time on flights with her if nothing else (snacks or other distractions) is working when she is being fussy.  For you, this might be a specific type of snack or toy.  Whatever it is, be sure to save that special distraction for when you really need it and do not just use it when your baby or toddler is perfectly content. 


#5: If they don’t sleep or cry, it will be okay 

Pairing in with a realistic attitude, babies sometimes fight sleep and sometimes they cry.  That is okay! Focus on caring for your child and remember that there are likely other parents on the flight who know how it can be to travel with a baby or toddler.  You getting worked up about your baby crying or not sleeping is certainly not going to make it better.  Remember, it will be okay.  Your baby will eventually sleep and eventually stop crying. Remember, babies/toddlers cry or whine at times regardless of flying. It is best to ignore those cranky people that like to give mean or annoyed looks. Keep in mind they are getting mad at a baby so it would seem they just have a negative attitude towards life. Also, babies and toddlers are resilient. Our daughter actually does MUCH better with time changes than we do.  She tends to see when the sun is out in a new time zone and is like “okay, let’s be awake.” If only mom and dad adjusted that easily!

Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tips

If looking to create a dark space for your baby on-the-go, check out the CoziGo. This portable blackout curtain creates a dark space for your little one to sleep in his/her car seat or stroller easier on-the-go.  We found this works best for babies 15 months or less. 


Bonus Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tip: YOU CAN DO IT

Many naysayers (who likely have not traveled with their baby or traveled very little) will say you can’t do it.  Do not listen to them.  You absolutely can fly with your baby and toddler.  It may not go perfectly and that is totally okay.  You will learn more with each trip and each flight will go a little smoother.  Our baby and toddler honestly travel better than many adults.  Babies and toddlers are adaptable and will do great when you have realistic expectations for them.  You can do it! 

For more on baby travel, see our Top 10 Baby Travel Tips, How to Hike with a Baby and Flying with a Baby posts.


We hope this guide helps you plan your flight with your baby and/or toddler.  Anything you’d add to our guide? We’d love to hear your feedback and questions.  Please leave us a comment!

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The Best Travel Diaper Bag


As avid travelers and parents, we knew we needed a diaper bag designed with our travels in mind.  When we found the No Reception Club Getaway Diaper Bag, we knew we had stumbled upon something great. This diaper bag has been a game changer for us traveling (and even with day-to-day use).  Here is a breakdown of why we love this diaper bag travel system and why we think it’s the best travel diaper bag. 

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We started using this travel diaper bag once our daughter was 18 months old and wish we would have found it sooner.  For more information on traveling with a baby, please see our Top 10 Baby Travel Tips, How to Hike with a Baby, 5 Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tips and Flying with a Baby posts.


The Best Travel Diaper Bag: Organization Galore and Tons of Space

Have you ever felt like you cannot find anything in your diaper bag? Or that it is just stuffed to the brim with all the things you need? Do you find these diaper bag woes even worse when traveling with your baby?  We felt like this every time we traveled with our daughter (and even on local outings at times).  However, with this travel system, we no longer feel out of control and unorganized when it comes to using our diaper bag while traveling. 

Best travel diaper bag

This diaper bag is truly the best diaper bag for traveling. Knowing where to locate an item quickly is paramount when urgency ensues with your baby (…parents, you know what we mean). This bag has so many compartments and can fit everything you need. One of the compartments is a 3 tier shelf and this is our favorite unique feature. This allows you quick and easy access to items.  This diaper bag even has a waterproof pocket at the bottom designed for anything wet or dirty. This comes in very handy in many situations while traveling with a baby (ex. thanks for having our back during that blowout in the Lisbon airport). 

The No Reception Club Diaper Bag also comes with this helpful insert (pictured below) on how to pack the diaper bag.  This helps demonstrate just how much you can fit in it! 

best travel diaper bag

The Best Travel Diaper Bag: Functional to Use and Comfortable to Wear Anywhere

We most recently used this diaper bag on a trip to the city of Porto, Portugal as well as on a trip to the tropical island of Madeira.   This diaper bag impressed us with its versatile functionality and comfort in these contrasting settings. 

Although these settings greatly contrasted (rainforest hiking versus city excursions), this diaper bag came in handy in both settings.  On our hikes, we were able to organize all our extra clothes, supplies, gear and food we needed. Similarly, we were also able to easily bring all the supplies we needed for a day with our baby out exploring the city by foot.  Not once did the diaper bag feel uncomfortable on this trip and we walked a cumulative of over 100 miles. That’s pretty impressive with all the things the it held for us! 


The Best Travel Diaper Bag: Parents and Babies at the forefront of design

Moreover, this diaper bag is so well designed. You really can tell it was made by parents with kids who understand just all the things you need to bring with you, especially while traveling with a baby.    

Best travel diaper bag

With our No Reception Club Getaway diaper bag travel system, we found it helpful to organize as follows:

  • The top compartment of the diaper bag for toys (kept our rain gear here on hikes)
  • The top shelf of the diaper bag for headphones and snacks
  • The middle shelf of the diaper bag for clothes, books & extra diapers
  • The bottom shelf of the diaper bag for different snack containers or extra adults clothes
  • The side compartment of the diaper bag for a bottle (inside included No Reception Club cooler)
  • The lower compartment of the diaper bag for medicines/other liquids
  • The front pocket for parent supplies
  • The fanny pack for quick diaper changing supplies (2 diapers, small package of wipes, hand sanitizer, passports/tickets in the back).  

No Reception Club Diaper Bag is truly the best diaper bag for traveling and any parents who want an organized diaper bag in day-to-day life.  This diaper bag is an investment yet is worth every penny. 


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SlumberPod for the Baby Travel Sleep Win


If you are looking to travel with your baby/toddler AND sleep, the SlumberPod is a must.  This portable blackout pod makes traveling with a baby more restful and less stressful.  We recently started using the SlumberPod, and it has been a game changer for room sharing while traveling. After over a dozen trips with our daughter in less than a year, we know the SlumberPod is a travel essential for room sharing situations and/or instances where you are without blackout curtains. Continue reading on for all the reasons we have deemed the SlumberPod a baby travel sleep essential. 

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SlumberPod is a Baby/Toddler Travel Essential 

If you are planning on traveling with your baby and doing any room sharing, or staying somewhere without blackout curtains, the SlumberPod is vital for you having a good experience.  The SlumberPod truly solves the problem of trying to get a good night’s sleep while room-sharing with your baby or toddler. The SlumberPod allows you to room share with your baby while they sleep in their crib or pack-n-play undisturbed. After many times when we were room sharing (and not using the SlumberPod) and accidentally woke our baby up (who proceeded to the be awake the rest of the night), we will never room share again without using the SlumberPod.  It has been a true lifesaver in any room sharing situation. 

Travel AND Sleep

We really wish we would have found and started using the SlumberPod sooner.  It is especially useful for frequent trips back to Sam’s childhood home where we room share and there are no blackout curtains.  Sleep has always been a struggle in environments like this but now we don’t have to worry about not being able to sleep thanks to the SlumberPod.  

Features we love about the SlumberPod

The SlumberPod is a high-quality product designed with stellar attention to detail.  The mother/daughter duo that came up with this product really designed it right! 

Features we love about the SlumberPod include: 

  • Dark yet breathable fabric
  • Fan pouch to help create air flow in more warm environments
  • Bottomless structure that fit over standard sized pack-n-plays and cribs
  • Ventilation panels and air vents 
  • Baby monitor pouch
  • Zippered window to access baby
  • Portable & compact 

All of these features make it easy to travel with and use the SlumberPod.  It is also ideal to use at home if your baby’s napping area is not dark or you want to be able to access the room without waking them.

We love this product so much that we reached out to SlumberPod to become a SlumberPod partner and get our readers a discount. Use code ALWAYSHAVEATRIPPLANNED$20 for $20 off your order today! 
SlumberPod is a portable & affordable solution for getting a good night’s sleep while room sharing. The SlumberPod is truly a lifesaver in any room sharing situation.  Make travel and sleep both possible, buy your own SlumberPod today!


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