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New Parent Getaways - New Vacation Ideas. Smugglers'Notch Resort Baby Center The idea of vacationing with a baby or toddler can be daunting and while little ones are fairly flexible when their needs are met, they are still high maintenance. So, for those of you (exhausted moms and dads) with tiny tykes, it is not as hopeless as it may seem.

Just remember babies and toddlers do not need vacations, free time or play time. Their young life is defined by those things. They do need a schedule, their comfort things and time with thier parents, even if it is nap time. The schedule part I cannot stress enough. keep to a reasonable schedule and they will be exhausted, ergo you may just be able to share adult time. 
As you make plans to travel with your new baby I suggest three useful websites offering products or service which will make any trip easier. Free Like a Birdie says it all. They offer new parents the right travel accessories to make travel less overwhelming and more efficient. Once you have you’re your plans go to Jet Set Babies and order all the consumables you will need for your baby -diapers, wipes, food, formula, and toiletries. Then relax because everything will be waiting for you when you arrive at your vacation destination. And if your plans include air travel Baby B-Air Vest is worth considering. The mini vest is designed to protect little ones during turbulence in the air. 
Toddler Time at the Beach

I am including a three of the most promising spots for your review. We have posted dozens more in the New Beginnings section of our Travel Phases folder. 

Romantic, all-inclusive, and baby friendly.  The Azul Beach Hotel in Cancun offers new parents a delightful atmosphere offering ways to blend family time and romance in one vacation. The boutique-style all-inclusive resort is located on a tranquil beach south of Cancun. Baby Benefits: Azul Beach especially caters to families with babies and toddler making baby equipment available, providing a comfy, safe play space, organizing playgroups for babies, tots and parents, and an understanding staff ready to support for parents. The play area is outfitted with Fisher-Price® the latest educational toys to enhance early childhood development. Parent Benefits: The resort features a Gourmet Inclusive® concept, with candlelight dining on the beach, a fresh fish fry, and butler service to the canopied beach beds. There’s an all-lobster menu, 24-hour room service and beachfront massages. Wait for it! Book a special Fisher-Price family suite complete with Fisher-Price Little People robes, customized welcome voicemail inviting your tiny tykes to a Little People for Character breakfast or other fun events in Azulitos Play House. The suite package also includes a photo session with the Little People, age appropriate Fisher-Price toys in room on arrival, and Little People Décor. (Azul Beach Hotel Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum Km. 27.5, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico).Baby Club Med Sandpiper Key, Florida
  
All–inclusive paradise with tiny tykes. Club Med Sandpiper Bay along the picturesque St. Lucie River is a sunny family-friendly option. Comfy cabanas and all the fun included is a nice formula for stressed out parents. Those guests traveling with a child two or younger can have their room baby-proofed, and outfitted with a crib, infant tub, changing table, stroller, and high chair. Baby Benefits: Caregivers engage infants and toddlers with games, songs, toys, and books, both indoors and out. Baby Club Med is designed for tykes spanning from four to 23-months of age and Petit Club Med is for two and three year olds. The Mini Club offers tiny guests nap rooms, play areas for different ages, and a Baby Gym. Petit Club is reserved two, and three-year-olds. It offers age appropriate stimulating fun, outdoor discovery walks, and play along with healthy lunches and snacks, daily naps or quiet time. Parent Benefits: The 24/7 Baby Care Center gives parents access to baby supplies including a sterilizer, teething biscuits, and fruit. The Baby Restaurant offers young families their own dinning space.  For date night parents may use the services of the Pajama Club. Time away from your tyke can include a golf or tennis lesson, yoga class, pool time or perhaps time on a flying trapeze. Wait for it! White chocolate bread is served daily. Make it happen. Children younger than two years of age stay and eat for free, but there is a daily charge for Baby Club Med and the Pajama Club. (4500 SE Morningside Blvd, Port St Lucie, Florida 34952. (772) 398-5100 Club Med Sandpiper Bay).

Escape to the woods with baby. During the summer months Tyler Place in Vermont paradise for new parents seeking time away with baby. The all-inclusive resort is open from Memorial Day weekend to just after Labor Day and offers life in a slower lane in a gorgeous 165-acre woodland setting. Vacations include three meals, sports and activities, entertainment, the children's program, and bike use - no TV but there is free Wi-Fi. Baby Benefits: The resort’s unique programs held at the Infant Center feature vacation support for newborn to 30 months with organized activities for tykes 12 to 30 months of age.  Baby fun includes singing, dancing, storytelling, puppeteering, tumbling, coloring, and outdoor discoveries. Parent Benefits: Crib, high chair, and stroller are available for use at no additional cost. A Parents' Helper and baby companion is available during most summer weeks to allow parents free time.  Parents are encouraged to participate in the baby time activities which include projects like making prints of your baby’s hands or feet, and joining in tactile discoveries.(175 Tyler Pl, Highgate Springs, VT 05488. (802) 868-4000 or www.tylerplace.com).

Family Travel Files New Beginnings Vacation with BabyFor vacations with baby view our New Beginnings folder featuring ideas for ages six weeks to five years of age.

Researched and written by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files. Images from Club Med and Family Travel files. Updated copyright 2017.

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