3 Must Have Items to Make Vacation Naps a Reality

By Mykee Saunders

Missing a nap can mean the difference between Pleasantville and Elm Street.
Missing a nap can mean the difference between Pleasantville and Elm Street.

As I sit in my hotel room while my baby naps, I realize how grateful I am for our white noise machine. With four kids, we usually need to stay at a resort that offers two room units, but a white noise machine allows my kids to be kids in our confined space, while still allowing my littlest man to get the rest he needs.

If you are a parent, then you already know that naps are a big deal and missing one or veering from a sleep routine can mean the difference between Pleasantville and Nightmare on Elm Street. The sleep routine is one of the biggest obstacles to traveling with littles between the ages of 1 and 3. As a mom of four who loves to travel with my kiddos, I’ve definitely had my share of sleep deprived toddler meltdowns. While getting a solid nap in isn’t always doable when you are hitting an amusement park or zoo all these 3 products are on my MUST have list when working naptime into our vacations.

White Noise Machine

MARPAC Dohm White Noise Machine

Made in the USA, this sturdy noise blocking machine of awesomeness is my all time favorite white noise machine, and I’ve had a few. It has two different volume settings but the round shape and moving parts allows you to adjust the sound within those settings. Loud enough to block out a yelling sibling in the next room over or filter the sound of the TV in the same room, but gentle enough to soothe your baby to sleep. This Dohm White Noise Machine is worth its weight in gold.

Stroller photo.

Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller

I’ve had so many strollers that I could probably open a used stroller shop and make a decent living. Well okay, maybe not quite that many but it feels like it sometimes.  Let me see if I can name them.

  1. My very first stroller, a Baby Trend light frame that we used to lock our infant car seat into (which was super light and convenient but unnecessary after I bought the next one).
  2. A Baby Trend jogging stroller that was also compatible with the infant car seat, so I could pretend to like running while trying to lose the baby weight.
  3. A Baby Trend double stroller (front to back) that was also compatible with the infant car seat cause as you have more kids, double strollers can be a life saver.
  4. Then there was a jeep umbrella stroller. . .
  5. . . . and a pink Disney princess umbrella stroller.
  6. We also have a Princess and  The Frog stroller. . .
  7. . . and a Mickey Mouse stroller that was purchased in a jiffy. . . because we somehow forgot to bring one of our many strollers on our trip.
  8. I have a double side by side umbrella stroller that is useful now that my infant is a toddler and for those times when I want to keep my 4-year-old from wandering off.
  9. And, of course, my all-time favorite and most recent stroller the Summer Infant 3Dlight stroller.

Let’s be honest, I have way too many strollers.

While some of these strollers were convenient at different stages of the baby game, I could have saved a lot of money if I had found my last stroller first.

The Summer Infant 3Dlight Convenience Stroller is my favorite because it has the compact, light design of the umbrella stroller (important for traveling families) but gives you the things you want from a regular stroller. It is made of a sturdy quality metal, has a large basket underneath for holding all the extra things moms get to carry with kids, and it fully reclines allowing for comfortable and lengthened naptimes.  It even has a sun canopy for shade and an attachable cup holder! Seriously, if you are in the market for a lightweight quality stroller, I can’t recommend this one enough.

Photo of headphones.

Baby Banz Noise Canceling Headphones

I love these Baby Banz Noise Canceling Headphones for so many reasons. They have so many practical applications and naptime on vacation is definitely one of them. Whether you are trying to keep the pilots blaring announcements from waking your kiddo on the plane, or pushing a sleeping toddler around the amusement park in a stroller, these noise canceling headphones insure the longest possible naptimes.

There you have it. The three items that I take with me every time I travel to make sure my little nappers get the sleep they need (and keep the rest of us sane) on vacation. What tricks do you use? We’d love to hear about them. In the meantime, happy traveling!

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Mykee SaundersOwner/Founder

As a writer and mom of four who loves to travel, Mykee designed this website to share tips, tricks, and destinations for meaningful family adventures.  She is passionate about service and recently spearheaded the #familyservicechallenge movement.


  1. Great list, Baby Banz Noise Canceling Headphones will be great addition to my things to bring, happy kids=happy travels. The noise blocking machine will help in keeping the kids asleep.

  2. Wow, I’m sure somebody with a little baby will really appreciate these tips, Baby Banz Noise Cancelling Headphones sound like a treasure found! Will share the post with some friends who will be happy to know 🙂

  3. Not got a baby myself, but some of these gadgets look like they might help an adult get nap time, hahaha! That white noise machine in particular looks like a genius invention, and the headphones could be fun too! Can totally see why you rate these products so highly 🙂

  4. wow such a great post..i will share it with my friends who recently delivered babies….post likes these gives me hope that we can still have babies and travel .:)

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