Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 0-2

A guide to help you buy toys that keep kids quiet and happy

Kids toys can help make travel bearable for everyone.  But who has the time to browse through all the travel toys on to find the best ones?  We do.   Got older or younger kids?  We’ve got you covered there too (just see below for links to the best children’s toys for travel for other age ranges).

Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 0-2:

1.  Indestructibles books

Beautiful baby books that are non-toxic, washable, chew-proof, drool-proof, and rip-proof.  They’re made with the same material used for tough shipping envelopes.  Oh, and they’re also lightweight so you can load up on them for travel.  There are no words, so feel free to make up your own story.  Choose from nine titles or buy them all.

2.  Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

The more things change, the more they remain the same.  Babies like silly sounds and flashing lights and they always will.  You might think your fellow airline passengers won’t appreciate this toy, but trust us, they’ll hardly hear it over the roar of the jet engines.  Besides, it’s not Barney people, it’s Chopin, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Rossini.

3.  Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

Your budding musician will love adding and subtracting various instrument sounds from eight Mozart masterpieces.  Also?  It’s just 6x6x6″ so it’s a nice size for travel.  Also it’s very durable, so it can stand being dropped on restaurant, airport, museum, cafe, and hotel floors around the world from pretty much any height.

4.  Baby’s First Photo Album

I’m not sure why, but babies trip out when they see photos of people they know.  If you really want to blow their minds, put all these photos in a baby-friendly photo album.  “WHOA!” they seem to say in that unintelligible but nonetheless cute language of theirs, “What are YOU doing in HERE?”  This is especially nice for family members you don’t see often and guaranteed to give your baby hours and hours of fun at home or on the road.

5.  Leapfrog Chat and Count Phone

Babies are cute and most parents I know are powerless to resist their demands.  Am I right?  But when they demand to hold and play with an expensive smartphone, smart parents do a quick bait and switch.

Unlike your phone, this cute phone is impact-resistant.   Another benefit?  Even though it has pretty buttons, your baby can’t actually use it to call 911.  Also good for babies who scream for the television remote.

6. Lamaze Mortimer the Moose

A cuddly, squeaky, crinkly, stimulated moose that will keep infants and toddlers happy for many a mile.  Kids who are teething can soothe their aching gums by gnawing on the toy’s antlers.

Mortimer the Moose can be clipped onto a crib, carseat, or playmat with the link on his back, so you don’t have to worry about leaving him behind either.

7.  Melissa & Doug Deluxe Picnic Basket

Babies just love taking things out and putting them away, don’t they?  Unfortunately as they get older, they lose their taste for putting things away.  But never mind that now.

Your baby will warm to these four cute food items and accompanying flip-top basket right away.  Enough rattling, jingling, squeaking, and crinkling for a journey of any length.

Got kids of different ages?  We’ve got a list for that too:

Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 0-2
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 3-4
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 5-6
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 7-8
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 9-10
Best Toys for Travel for Kids Ages 11-12

Setting off on a long journey or road trip?  Check out our Best Audio Books for Kids. Need a kids book recommendation?  Here’s a great kids’ book review site.

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  1. says

    Sassy Links! There are other brands, of course, but we love that the Sassy ones are BPA free. We’re totally obsessed with linking everything – you can tell – our toddler now insists on it, too! LOL. That way you don’t need to spend your flight trying desperately to retrieve the toys Jr. has dropped in what the airlines euphemistically refer to as your “leg room”. Love the photo album, too. Ours is a Sassy one (and no, we don’t work for them, or have any connection to them other than loving their products) and we love that it is plastic, so it can be wiped down. This has to be hands down THE best toy for babies – EVER. Our 19-month-old still LOVES hers, and really – who DOESN’T like to look at photos? :)

  2. Jessica says

    We tried the photo album (Sassy version) for our last road trip and it worked great. My son (almost one year) received the Leapfrog phone for Christmas. Sad to say he has already broken the screen by dropping it on a concrete floor in a restaurant. Also, it doesn’t hold his attention quite as well as my phone because the screen does not light up. Argh….

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