Having a baby is one of the greatest joys in life. But most new moms think that for the next eighteen years, they are not going to get a great vacation in as they will be taking care of another person. Okay, maybe you are thinking that it will be five or six (not eighteen) years until you get a vacation.
Well, moms, this guide is here to tell you about 25 great places that you can visit with your newborn and the rest of your family. These baby-and-kid-friendly cities and countries offer a lot to new moms who are looking for a vacation shortly after the new baby is born.
There are a number of places all around the world that offer a lot to make traveling with a new baby more comfortable. This guide presents you with a lot of options and ideas for cities, states, and countries along with some specific hotels or resorts that you should definitely consider if you are wanting a vacation that does not frown upon the fact that you have a newborn baby with you. So, sit back, and take a look at these 25 places from all around the world, then plan your next vacation—the first with your newborn.
25 Stockholm, Sweden
If you just had a baby and are looking to do a little international travel, there are only a few better places to take your newborn than Stockholm, Sweden. Not only are the Swedes some of the nicest people in the world and Sweden is routinely listed as one of the best countries to live and work in, but Stockholm itself is very baby-friendly with a lot of kid-centric activities for you and your baby to participate in. Sure, your life is all about the baby right now, but Sweden and the people of Stockholm want to make your vacation all about you and the baby. Just remember, the vacation has to end at some point.
Many new parents would not consider taking their baby to South America, but Guatemala is actually a very safe place to visit. If you are a new mom, you are going to find a lot of people in Guatemala that are just as excited about your new baby as you are, and that makes traveling there, an all in all, a positive and exciting experience. The culture of Guatemala is very kid and baby-friendly. And considering that the people of this great little country are descended from one of the oldest and most advanced ancient civilizations in the world, you can rest safe that they have been doing the baby thing successfully for a very long time.
Thailand has a cultural history of celebrating children and babies, which makes them pretty unique in the world of travel. You will find that in Thailand, babies are welcome, along with their mothers and families. A sign of any good hotel when you are bringing a newborn is that they welcome and accept that newborn. In Thailand, that is the norm, rather than the exception. While all of the places on this list are very friendly to moms and their new babies, Thailand is unique in that Thai culture is so focused on family, but especially on children, as they are the future of the country and the world.
22 Reykjavik, Iceland
Another great country to visit with a baby is another country that routinely tops the lists of great places to live and visit: we're talking about Iceland. As the capital of this country in the north, Reykjavik welcomes visitors from around the world all year long. And Reykjavik is a very safe city, as is the rest of Iceland, and that makes it friendly for visitors, especially new moms with babies. One would be hard-pressed to find a more interesting culture than that of Iceland, which has a very liberal attitude toward a lot of things but still maintains its status as a friendly and welcoming nation.
21 Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona happens to have a great Four Seasons Resort, which makes traveling with your little one a breeze. Forget bringing the crib, they will let you borrow one with no charge. Run out of diapers or some other baby necessities? Don't worry, they have you covered. Even if you are unable to stay at the Four Seasons, Scottsdale has a lot to offer to families with babies. Despite being located in the desert, there are a plethora of great outdoor activities that are perfect for moms with newborns, such as walking and running paths and parks. Scottsdale would be a great place to visit if your newborn showed up in the winter and are looking to get away to a warmer climate.
Bali, an island in Indonesia, is another great place for a new mom to take her newborn baby. While many people have heard of Bali, few would probably consider it to be a great vacation destination for a newborn. However, Bali has a very family-friendly (read "baby") atmosphere, and the island has a lot of family oriented hotels and restaurants. While Bali may not be as baby-oriented as some of the other places on this list, it is a place that can appreciate what a mother (and her family) are going through while traveling with an infant. And that makes Bali a good place to look into for a trip with a newborn.
19 Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Vermont
Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont is often touted as a family-friendly resort that has a lot to offer people of varying ages. That means that it is an ideal location in the United States for new mothers to take their babies. One thing that makes Smugglers’ Notch Resort unique is that it offers daycare/babysitting services based on the baby's age, and with that comes the opportunity for moms to go off and see the resort and surrounding area, knowing that they will be paged or called should anything come up with their little bundle of joy. Hard to beat that when it comes to baby-oriented vacationing!
18 Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Picture this: You roll off the plane in Jamaica, and into your hotel room at Runaway Bay, and you are greeted by your very own nanny. That's right, you and your baby get a full-time nanny to watch over the baby and do your every beck and call. Want to get away for an hour or a day? The nanny will watch your baby, making sure that he or she gets all the attention he/she needs. This setup is perfect for that mom and family that really just wants a vacation away from the rest of the world, without having to worry about whether the baby is being taken care of.
17 Summit County, Colorado
The mountains of Colorado are some of the most beautiful in the world, and the opportunity to explore Summit County, Colorado with your family is hard to pass up. And, believe it or not, Summit County, Colorado is very baby-friendly. While it is never recommended that you strap your baby to your back and climb a mountain, there are plenty of less strenuous activities to participate in where you can take pictures with your new baby to share with them years down the road. Also, in Summit County, there are a number of hotels and inns that will rent you the equipment to ensure that your baby gets a good night's sleep after exploring the alpine territory that makes Colorado so great.
16 Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island Michigan
Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Michigan is another place that offers free cribs and baby gear. But something that makes Mackinac Island so great is the 100% lack of cars. Any mom that has pushed a stroller up and down the streets knows that a place without cars is great! The Grand Hotel has a lot to offer moms and their babies, and the entire island is one big sightseeing adventure for the whole family. Whether the baby remembers it or not, the pictures are sure to clue them in on how much fun mom had when they were just an infant.
15 Tyler Family Place Resort, Highgate Springs, Vermont
The Tyler Family Place Resort in Highgate Springs, Vermont offers a lot for new moms and babies alike. With a bunch of infant/mom actives, such as art programs, you are sure to have a good time while spending time with your infant. And in the summer, which is prime time for Tyler Family Place Resort, there are dedicated babysitters and family helpers for families with young infants. Inside your room, you are welcome to free high chairs, cribs, and strollers. All of these (and more) are available at one of Vermont's best family-friendly resorts. So, if you are planning to visit Vermont, take a look at the Tyler Family Place Resort in Highgate Springs.
14 Mumbai, India
India may not be at the top of your list when you are planning a family vacation, but Mumbai really does have a lot to offer new moms and their babies. As India's most wealthy city, Mumbai has a number of 4+ star hotels that are more than willing to accommodate you and your new baby. We all know that when you travel, you have unique needs, but only a mom knows of the unique needs that she and her baby will need. India has a lot to offer to young women and their children, and Mumbai definitely knows how to show the world that India is a great place to travel with an infant.
Greece is a very family-friendly (read "child") country, and moms will be able to tell right away that this is the case. For those new moms and their families that travel to Greece, be sure to visit the Plaka District of Athens and the Castles Of Rhodes, both of which will give you an opportunity to see some of the best that Greece has to offer. And, you will be able to take your baby with you. Greece is very accommodating to moms with a new baby in tow, so be sure to take full advantage of that fact when you visit this beautiful Mediterranean paradise.
12 Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa is a beautiful city in its own right and well worth a look for a vacation. But it also has a lot to offer to moms and their babies. The people of South Africa are very family-oriented, and that idea is extended to visitors as well. For those moms and families with a new baby in tow, a travel to Cape Town means that they will be treated with a kind of understanding that may be difficult to find in other places, which will make the overall trip a lot more enjoyable. You and your baby will be treated like a resident of Cape Town, which is a welcome change from a lot of other places you could go on vacation.
11 Tasmania, Australia
Something that you may or may not have considered is that if you go on vacation, you are going to need to take a lot of baby stuff with you. Not so if you go to Tasmania, Australia. Yeah, from the United States, it is nearly a day's flight away, but you will not need to worry about carting your baby's gear halfway around the world. In Tasmania, Australia, you can borrow a lot of the stuff that you will need, such as a stroller. This will make your visit a lot more enjoyable because you will have more room to pack your own stuff. Oh, and Tasmania is a great vacation destination for anyone.
10 Aulai, Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii
Aulai, Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii is the Disney Resort you have probably never heard of. And guess what? They have a pack 'n' play in every room. And that is just the beginning. With infant massages available for you and your baby, you will both sleep soundly through the night. There are also a number of baby essentials, like swings and other toys, available as needed. Like every Disney Resort, Disney characters seem to roam free, something both you and your new baby will thoroughly enjoy. And because it is in Hawaii, there are not going to be a million other babies vying for Mickey's attention.
9 Montreal, Canada
Oh, Canada, how much can you offer the new family? Montreal is great for babies and their moms. The city is stroller-friendly, which is a big plus. There are a lot of cities that you can travel to around the world, but Montreal, Canada is likely one of the nicest cities that you will visit. So why not take your new baby with you? Sure, traveling with a new baby might seem a little difficult, but the good people of Montreal want to make your visit to their city as unremarkable as possible, at least as far as travel with a baby goes.
8 Tulum, Mexico
You may not think that travel to Mexico is something you would do with a baby. After all, Mexico is a big place for spring break and bachelorette parties. But the city of Tulum has a lot to offer new moms and their babies. There are a number of baby-friendly beaches, and a lot of the hotels offer amenities for new moms and their little bundles of joy. From rentals of strollers and cribs to itineraries suited for infants, these hotels (and the city of Tulum) really want to make your visit to Mexico something that you will remember in a positive light.
7 Azul Beach Resort, Riviera-Maya
The Azul Beach Resort in Riviera-Maya really is a dream come true for moms and their babies. The resort includes high chairs and booster seats readily available for babies so that mom does not need to bring one with her. A Gerber snack bar will help with feeding your infant—an invaluable and genius idea. You may request the Fisher Price-themed rooms, which will provide an abundance of stimulation for your little one. And playrooms provide an opportunity for babies to blow off some steam after a long day of touring the beaches. All in all, expect a fantastic vacation for everyone involved.
6 London, England
London, the capital of the UK, is a place that a lot of people want to visit. But if you have just had a baby, you may think that travel is off limits. The good people of London want to change your mind, though. With parent rooms separate from baby rooms and readily-available changing rooms throughout the city, you and your newborn will feel right at home in London. Oh, and breastfeeding in public is also acceptable. Welcome to England, where the city of London is a wonderful place to visit, whether you have an infant on your arm or not.
5 Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina offers parents the chance to stroll leisurely through the streets of downtown, pushing baby in a stroller or carrying them on their back. Charleston is a very historic town with a lot of great tourist attractions for the whole family to enjoy, and that means that mom will be sure to get a history lesson while touring the city. And, get this, Southern Hospitality is a real thing—sure to be something that a new mom will thoroughly want to take advantage of after just having a baby. Yes, Charleston, South Carolina offers a lot to the new mom and baby tourists.
4 Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan is a part of Asia that a lot of people have heard of but may not have thought about traveling to. Taipei is a large city, and that means that there are a lot of opportunities for new moms to enjoy their vacation. Moms and babies in Taipei, Taiwan are going to be treated to streets that are very stroller-friendly, and mom is welcome to take advantage of any of the feeding rooms located throughout the city to not only take a break but feed the baby as well. If you have thought about traveling to Asia with your new baby, then Taipei, Taiwan should definitely be at the top of your list.
3 Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is one of the busiest cities in the United States, which has positives and negatives. However, for a new mom, Chicago is a great place to visit with a baby in tow. Many of the streets and sidewalks in Chicago are designed with strollers in mind, making it easy to navigate the city and see the sights. And a lot of the museums want you to visit, even if you have a baby in a stroller. These museums provide special stroller tours, where you can learn a lot while sharing the experience with other moms and their infants. Chicago, Illinois offers a lot to the new mom and her new baby.
2 Tuscany, Italy
Italy is a very baby-friendly country in general, and Tuscany really builds on this to make it easy for new moms and their infants to get out and enjoy places like Pisa and Florence. As with other places in Europe, Tuscany allows for public nursing, which makes it that much easier to enjoy the experience of the vacation for everyone. There is a lot to see in Tuscany, and the fact that they welcome moms and their babies really should be appreciated. From the plazas of Florence to the Tower of Pisa, you are sure to be making memories with your infant.
1 Tokyo, Japan
Japan is a very interesting country, and if you have the opportunity to visit it, you should take it. Tokyo is the capital of Japan and is a very large and busy city. But that does not mean that Tokyo is not friendly towards babies and new moms. With baby cafes and designated play and sleep areas throughout the city, your baby seems like just another guest in this great city. And with nursing areas and rooms all over Tokyo, you and your infant will not feel the need to return to the hotel for feeding. Overall, Tokyo really hits all the high points when it comes to traveling with an infant.
Traveling with a baby can be a daunting prospect, but these 25 places really take the "daunting" out of the idea. From rentals or free baby accessories to open places for feeding, any of these places will give you, your family, and most importantly, your new baby a great travel experience.