ARTICLE by Natalie Brown

Essentials for Baby’s First Summer Holiday

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Are you looking forward to your first holiday with your little one? It's completely normal to feel a little overwhelmed, even if it's just a UK summer staycation.

That's why we've got you covered with a list of holiday essentials that will help make your trip smoother. From baby sun protection to kid-friendly travel essentials, Natural Baby Shower has got you covered.

Check out our selection of must-haves and make your travels with a newborn a breeze...

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Sun protection

Sun protection shouldn't be on your holiday watch only! Your baby’s skin is super sensitive to the sun, so they’ll need protecting whenever they're outside and even when those pesky clouds have drawn in.

That’s why we’ve included a few baby sun essentials which are also eco-friendly (double whammy!) that so many parents love and trust, including our kids UV protection range from sister brand, Babiators.

Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF30

organic people baby sun cream

This no-nasty sun cream is ideal for the little ones in your life. The Green People Organic SPF30 lotion is both soothing and non-greasy. It contains 84% organic content meaning you can apply the sunscreen to even the most sensitive of skin. We also love that Green People’s packing is fully recyclable and plant-based, so kind to the planet that we love to explore!

Babiators Blue Series Polarised Navigator Sunglasses - The Scout

Babiators sunglases

Baby sun protection shouldn't just be about their skin, did you know nearly 80% of a person's lifetime exposure to harmful light, like UV occurs during childhood? Babiators are on a mission to ensure those little peepers stay in tiptop condition from day one, making them a must-have for your holiday.

We know that sunglasses may not be your baby’s best friend at first, which is why we love to shout about our Babiators Blue Series collection as these little sunglasses include a free strap with any 0-2yrs pair.

That means, there’s little to no chance they’ll slip off small faces and it encourages your baby to get used to the feeling of wearing them. Better yet, it protects little eyes from damaging UV rays whenever you’re outside.

Babymoov Anti UV Tent

babymoov uv tent

Say hello to pop up sun protection! The Babymoov Anti UV Tent is the ever-so-popular sun solution for days outside with a little one as it blocks up to 99% of harmful rays (UVA and UVB).

Its compact size is perfect for transportation and in seconds, watch as it transform into a light and airy play pen. With large ventilation windows and mosquito netting, this clever little tent keeps them safeguarded from the outside! 

Car seat

Maxi-Cosi Coral 360 i-Size Car Seat

maxi cosi coral car seat

It’s likely you have already invested in an infant car seat, seeing as the hospital won't let you leave without one. However, for some travellers, another car seat can be handy if you’re thinking of using a rental car or will be switching between other family or friends’ vehicles on your trip.

We love the Maxi-Cosi Coral 360 i-Size which allows for multiple carrying options including a soft insert carrier that weighs just 1.7kg. The insert is ideal for getting in and out of the car with ease and offers better convenience and comfort for both new parents and newborns.

The clever design of the car seat’s inlay means no fuss while also keeping them rear facing. The intuitive modular mechanics means the carrier locks effortlessly into the safety shell and easily clicks onto the FamilyFix 360 rotative base. If there’s no ISOFIX points, you can safely secure using seatbelt installation.

Travel stroller

Joolz Aer+

Joolz aer travel stroller

Your day-to-day pushchair may already be perfect for travelling with a little one. If it’s lightweight, compact and designed to keep up with your holiday plans, you’ll really feel all the difference!

If not, then we love recommending the Joolz Aer+. This brand new stroller is the upgrade of the Joolz Aer but now possessing a fully lie flat seat and foldable bumper bar. Of course, it still features the much-loved offerings of compact, travel stroller can even be used from birth!

Suitable for airline travel in seat mode, the Joolz Aer+ weighs just 6.1kg and features a shoulder strap. This gives you the opportunity to be hands-free to carry your baby or lift the folded stroller into overhead lockers.

The Aer+ cot also offers a super comfortable riding option for newborns thanks to its in-built ventilation and extendable sun canopy. This keeps little riders cool and shaded when visiting sunny destinations!

Travel system package

BABYZEN YOYO2 Newborn Travel System

BABYBZEN YOYO2 travel system

On the other hand, you can always opt for an all-in-one package for your travel solution! The BABYZEN YOYO2 stroller is famous for becoming the perfect travel companion for many parents. As the first ever airline approved pushchair, travel strollers rarely come as compact and lightweight as the BABYZEN YOYO2. It’s also compatible with the newborn pack, meaning that little ones are always safely cocooned in soft fabric when travelling.

Better yet, this stroller can fit in the boot or footwell of a small car, without having to remove the newborn or 6+ fabrics. As this is a travel system bundle, it includes the YOYO car seat by BeSafe. This allows the stroller to connect directly onto the chassis and is ideal for life on the move. 

Baby carrier

Ergobaby Embrace

Ergobaby embrace newborn carrier

We love the benefits of babywearing, especially when a little one is still so small. This is why baby carriers are excellent at offering both comfort for baby and convenience for you. The Ergobaby Embrace Newborn carrier is a gorgeous, soft fabric carrier that is breathable and comfortable thanks to soft air mesh fabrics.

While some parents may choose baby wraps for babywearing with newborns, you may find that carriers are a little easier to work when on your travels. As like the Ergobaby Embrace, there’s no need to spend time tying straps, making it easier to share carrying baby with partner, friends or family.


Depending on the age of your little one, considering what sort of entertainment you keep close by will be worthwhile. For the littlest ones, something soft and colourful to hand like a comfortermuslin or soft toy will be best for keeping their attention. 

Little Dutch Stroller booklet

little dutch booklet

We love the Little Dutch Stroller booklet as it has so much to explore, yet in a soft convenient package. The pages are made from various touch-and-feel textures, and the colourful stories of swimming seagulls and pesky pelicans are perfectly apt for your summer travels. Plus, you can simply attach the loop on the corner of the booklet to your stroller handle, sun canopy or bag!

Etta Loves muslin

etta loves muslin

Muslins are a great essential to take with you anywhere, whether that’s on your travels or moving from room to room in the home. Although, we especially love Etta Loves muslins as they tick two boxes: they’re both entertaining and practical. What makes these muslins extra handy is the mesmerising designs that capture little ones’ imagination and support babies' cognitive and visual development.

These muslins also offer a fantastic range of uses, as you can use them as a blanket, swaddle, shade or burping cover – the perfect, all-round essential for holiday.

First aid

babymoov Care Kit

baby first aid kit

Being prepared is always super important, no matter how old your little one is. That’s why we recommend the babymoov Care Kit which includes all the necessary baby care accessories you’ll need for both home and travel. The kit contains 9 pieces and comes in a travel-friendly case that you can pop straight in your changing bag. In the kit, you’ll find anything from a baby nail file to digital thermometer and lots more to keep baby healthy and happy.

Travel + Changing bag

Ultimately, it will be between you and your party to look after – what can sometimes feel like – lots of holiday essentials when you travel with a newborn in tow. That’s why it’s always handy to have a good travel or changing bag at your disposal. This means you can conveniently store away anything you might need when on the go. 

Tiba + Marl Eco Changing Backpack – Black

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The Tiba + Marl name is well-known for their convenient and comprehensive changing bag solutions. We particularly love the Tiba + Marl Knapsack for holidaying.

This statement bag comes with a hands-free option and is perfect for both men and women. The bag is trimmed with soft black faux leather and finished with sleek gunmetal hardware for a sleek look.

Plus, it's packed with features like a fully insulated zip-up side pocket, an interior insulated bottle holder, and plenty of other pockets and sleeves to keep you organised on the go. Say goodbye to bulky, boring changing bags and hello to the ultimate statement piece.

Storksak Cabin Carry on Bag

storksak cabin bag

Designed for travelling parents, the Storksak Cabin Carry on Bag is perfect for organising a bag-load of newborn essentials. With in-built compartments that can be removed and hung up and carry handles that double as a suitcase when wheeled, this all-in-one travel bag is amazing. Despite its larger footprint, the soft shell of this cabin bag can be folded in on itself. This means that it’s a great space saving solution for when you arrive at your holiday destination too!  

Travelling abroad?

As well as having the right products by your side to help make your first holiday together a success, we also recommend a few tips and accessories if you plan on reaching your destination by plane. Discover some of the best advice on travelling abroad with baby.

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