The best new products for easy travel in 2019
Cybex Eezy-S Twist Travel Stroller
Why we love it: Anyone cynical about the versatility and resilience of lightweight buggies will find their doubts disappear with this little gem. Weighing in at just 7kg, it’s easy to fold and carry, wonderfully light to manoeuvre and narrow, too – which makes it perfect for transporting by plane, train or automobile. Lightweight doesn’t have to mean flimsy, as the solid chassis proves, and the seat offers both 360-degree rotation and lie-flat adjustment – unheard of in buggies of this class. Top marks.
Any drawbacks? The straps can be a little tough to adjust and it’s not the cheapest travel buggy on the market.
Eufy Security SpaceView HD Baby Monitor
Why we love it: This monitor offers 720p resolution (far clearer than the usual 240p resolution monitors), audio alerts when baby cries and an additional lens for a wider field of vision when baby becomes mobile – meaning you don’t need to splurge on a new accessory. Remote control operation also allows you to pan left and right and up and down from up to 460 feet away, so it’s perfect for keeping an eye on the kids when staying in a hotel suite or villa.
Any drawbacks? The strength of the wireless signal depends on where you’re staying – thick walls or metal structures can reduce the range.
Amawrap Baby Sling
From £39.99; amawrap.com
Why we love it: Sometimes on holiday a full-on baby carrier (or buggy) is just too much hassle, and a traditional sling is the easier option. The range of slings from Amawrap fit the bill perfectly. Available in a full spectrum of colours and pretty prints, they’re constructed from 100% cotton and ensure that baby sits in a comfortable and safe position – with no pressure on the hips. Easy to tie and easy to wear, they’re great for bonding and enhancing skin-to-skin contact while exploring foreign climes.
Any drawbacks? Works best when the weather’s not too extreme, and can be a sweaty affair with larger babies.
ErgoBaby Metro City Compact Stroller
Why we love it: The Metro City Compact by Ergobaby weighs a whisper over 6kg, offers a simple one-hand fold and brings the brand’s ergonomic expertise to bear for the ultimate in comfort. Plush and practical in equal measure, it has full recline for baby and mesh panels for ventilation It’s sturdy enough to handle anything the urban environment can throw at it, is cabin luggage-approved and offers an optional newborn kit, if needed.
Any drawbacks? Sometimes the fold isn’t as smooth as you’d expect, and when folded it’s slightly larger than the leaders in this class.