The BEST Baby Travel Toys (over 30 to choose from!)

Author: Celine Brewer

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I always pack our baby a few favorite baby travel toys any time we travel whether it’s by plane, car or even for the stroller. After several trips with a baby, I’ve learned what will keep a baby’s attention and which baby travel toys aren’t worth packing. While I’m are certain these 30 baby travel toys will work to keep your baby entertained, just choose a few of these best toys for traveling with a baby that will easily fit in your carry-on luggage or diaper bag.

When flying with a baby, you want to pack just a few toys to distract your baby and keep her occupied for short spurts of time. For road trips with a baby, you’ll have more space so you can pack a few more. Just make sure your baby toys for car travel are safe to let your baby have in the car seat without any choking hazards.

As your baby grows, he’ll spend more time investigating toys. As the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares in their article on baby hand and finger skills, babies love toys they can pick up, shake, bang and toss. They also love moving parts like spinning wheels. You’ll find a ton of these travel toys in our list. But don’t forget about books. Reading is an excellent way to entertain your baby and these are some great ways to share reading with your baby by the AAP.

baby playing with baby travel toys.
Toys with textures and contrast that are easy to grasp are the best baby travel toys.

What You’ll Find in this Article on the Best Baby Travel Toys:

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Best Baby Travel Toys

The best toys for traveling with a baby and keeping your baby entertained on a flight are sensory toys and will quickly become part of your baby travel essentials. Your baby is discovering the world and will be interested in toys that make noise, feel different or that shake.

using baby buddy secure-a-toy straps on stroller.
Secure-a-toy straps or links work to keep toys in the stroller!

Best Baby Toys for Airplanes

Here are our favorite baby toys for bringing on an airplane. These travel toys for babies on planes will keep your baby occupied and don't have any sounds to annoy other passengers.

Just make sure to attach the toys, so you aren't always picking them up off the floor! Babies love to toss toys!

Baby Travel Toys for the Car

Looking for travel toys for babies in cars? Here are our favorite baby car travel toys for a long road trip with a baby:

Baby Travel Toys for the Stroller

A great travel toy for babies is one that your baby will like to play with no matter where you are. From baby toys for plane or car rids to in the stroller, most of these toys listed are versatile enough for every scenario.

Here we have a few of our favorite travel toys for babies in strollers:

Your baby will also be interested in plastic cups, plastic bottles, the seat belt and everything around them (pack some wipes to get it clean first!). The best travel toys for infants are ones that your baby can easily grasp and suck or chew on.

Tips for flying with a baby
Our daughter loved playing with cups on the airplane.

While we know that the plane ride can be the most stressful part of traveling with a baby, just remember that’s it’s a very small part of your trip. You’ve likely planned an amazing trip to one of the best places to travel with a baby, don’t let the flight stress you out.

Read our post on why we don’t recommend handing out goody bags, try to keep your focus on your baby rather than other passengers and don’t overpack!

With any luck you’ll get your baby to sleep on the flight and it will be over before you know it!

baby sitting in car playing with baby travel toys for car trips.
Lamaze toys make excellent baby travel toys!

My Top Picks for the Best Baby Travel Toys

I know you don’t always have time to read. Here are my top picks for the best travel toys for babies:

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy – This toy is easy to grasp and perfect for chewing on!

TOP BRIGHT Soft Cloth Books for Babies – Books are easy to pack and your baby can play with these all on his own. You can also talk about all the pictures with your baby.

Infantino Sensory Discover and Play Sensory Ball – I had a toy just like this for my son and he would play for it for much longer than any baby should hold interest in a toy. He was fascinated with all the moving parts!

Lamaze Mortimer The Moose – All the Lamaze animals make the best toys to have on hand. They have different textures, babies can pull on them and easily pick them up. This is a must have for the stroller.

The First Years Stack up Cup Toys – These are a versatile toy that your baby can stack and topple over again and again.

Also consider one of these play mats for travel for tummy time while traveling and more! You know your baby best, so choose the best travel toys suited for your baby based on age and what will keep your baby occupied the longest!

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Celine Brewer is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's helped millions of new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade. In addition to writing on her baby travel blog, she has shared her expertise on traveling with a baby or toddler by contributing to articles about traveling with a baby with the Washington Post, USA Today, the Lonely Planet magazine and Pregnancy & Newborn magazine.

Celine also writes about family travel on the site FamilyCanTravel.com, which she co-owns with her husband. Being from the Canadian Rockies, she shares her passion about her home and travel to Banff National Park and area on their site TravelBanffCanada.com.

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