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FirstMate
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Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

I know this isn't the travel board but I figured this board gets more traffic and moms would be more helpful to me.

DH and I will be married for 10 years this year. My kids are 5, 2 and almost 1. All the resorts I looked at really cater to 3 and up. Does anyone have any recommendations for a vacation spot that would be good for all of us? Or is that not possible and the vacation Gods are telling me to stay home for a few more years?

Posted 4/17/17 1:51 PM
 
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MrsB612
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Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

We went to the Cayman Islands with my then 1 year old and he had a blast. It was a very family friendly island. Beautiful beaches. Short plane ride too.

Posted 4/17/17 2:10 PM
 

blu6385

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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

I really don't know if you would consider it a vacation Chat Icon but disney would be good for your one year old!

I don't travel much so I can really give you any other recommendations Chat Icon

Posted 4/17/17 2:16 PM
 

EricaAlt
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

We've been going to Aruba since my boys were babies. For those ages I'd suggest a Time Share. We stayed at the Marriot TS and always have an amazing time. Rooms are big and it's nice to have a big kitchen. We go food shopping the first day and pack up snacks and drinks for the day. Since it's a TS when families leave we've always been lucky with getting pool floats and toys from other families and we do the same for when we leave. Beaches are clean and there are no waves. Water is so calm. From the hotel you can walk pretty much anywhere you'd want to go. Restaurants, shopping, activities are all close by.

Posted 4/17/17 2:31 PM
 

FirstMate
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Posted by MrsB612

We went to the Cayman Islands with my then 1 year old and he had a blast. It was a very family friendly island. Beautiful beaches. Short plane ride too.



Where did you stay?

Posted 4/18/17 11:27 AM
 

FirstMate
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Posted by EricaAlt

We've been going to Aruba since my boys were babies. For those ages I'd suggest a Time Share. We stayed at the Marriot TS and always have an amazing time. Rooms are big and it's nice to have a big kitchen. We go food shopping the first day and pack up snacks and drinks for the day. Since it's a TS when families leave we've always been lucky with getting pool floats and toys from other families and we do the same for when we leave. Beaches are clean and there are no waves. Water is so calm. From the hotel you can walk pretty much anywhere you'd want to go. Restaurants, shopping, activities are all close by.



That's a good idea. I will look into that. Thanks.

Posted 4/18/17 11:27 AM
 

FirstMate
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Posted by blu6385

I really don't know if you would consider it a vacation Chat Icon but disney would be good for your one year old!

I don't travel much so I can really give you any other recommendations Chat Icon



My older DS is begging to go and it is killing me but the thought of lugging 2 babies in the double stroller is just not appealing to me. It's just such an expensive trip and knowing 2 of the 3 will have zero appreciation for it and, quite frankly, won't be able to participate in much (right?), I just feel like it would be a waste. But, PLEASE, correct me if I am wrong.

Posted 4/18/17 11:29 AM
 

nycgirl
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

I'd go for any beach that is "flat" and without waves:
Aruba
Grand Cayman
Florida (west coast)

Posted 4/18/17 11:31 AM
 

nycgirl
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Posted by FirstMate

Posted by blu6385

I really don't know if you would consider it a vacation Chat Icon but disney would be good for your one year old!

I don't travel much so I can really give you any other recommendations Chat Icon



My older DS is begging to go and it is killing me but the thought of lugging 2 babies in the double stroller is just not appealing to me. It's just such an expensive trip and knowing 2 of the 3 will have zero appreciation for it and, quite frankly, won't be able to participate in much (right?), I just feel like it would be a waste. But, PLEASE, correct me if I am wrong.



I think 2 is a great age for Disney.

Posted 4/18/17 11:32 AM
 

lightblue
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Myrtle Beach, SC. I have taken my son when he was 9 months and last year we went when my daughter turned a year old.

Posted 4/18/17 11:44 AM
 

MrsB612
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Posted by FirstMate

Posted by MrsB612

We went to the Cayman Islands with my then 1 year old and he had a blast. It was a very family friendly island. Beautiful beaches. Short plane ride too.



Where did you stay?



Marriott. Like PP suggested, we went to the supermarket and bought several things for DS and kept it in the room. They even carried the same milk brand we gave him here at home.

Posted 4/18/17 2:58 PM
 

pumpkinmom
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Posted by FirstMate

Posted by blu6385

I really don't know if you would consider it a vacation Chat Icon but disney would be good for your one year old!

I don't travel much so I can really give you any other recommendations Chat Icon



My older DS is begging to go and it is killing me but the thought of lugging 2 babies in the double stroller is just not appealing to me. It's just such an expensive trip and knowing 2 of the 3 will have zero appreciation for it and, quite frankly, won't be able to participate in much (right?), I just feel like it would be a waste. But, PLEASE, correct me if I am wrong.



Under 3 is free : ) for admission and at the sit down meals. You can take your 1 year old on plenty of rides in the Magic Kingdom and we like Hollywood Studios too.

Posted 4/18/17 3:25 PM
 

Calla
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

If you are looking for a summer vacation, Tyler Place in Vermont is AMAZING.

For a winter vacation, I'd look at the Club Med locations with Baby Care so everyone can have a break!

Posted 4/18/17 3:29 PM
 

blu6385

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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Posted by pumpkinmom

Posted by FirstMate

Posted by blu6385

I really don't know if you would consider it a vacation Chat Icon but disney would be good for your one year old!

I don't travel much so I can really give you any other recommendations Chat Icon



My older DS is begging to go and it is killing me but the thought of lugging 2 babies in the double stroller is just not appealing to me. It's just such an expensive trip and knowing 2 of the 3 will have zero appreciation for it and, quite frankly, won't be able to participate in much (right?), I just feel like it would be a waste. But, PLEASE, correct me if I am wrong.



Under 3 is free : ) for admission and at the sit down meals. You can take your 1 year old on plenty of rides in the Magic Kingdom and we like Hollywood Studios too.



my DS was almost 2 when we went and he was able to go on almost every ride there was a handful only my older one can go on and the my DS couldn't and we just did ride swapped and tried to get fast passes to those so the other one wasn't waiting to long for us. My DS loved loved loved it!!! He still remembers!! And the fact that he was free is awesome we actually ended up going again few months after we went the first time (he was 2 by then) its wasn't a big trip but we were going to florida anyway and wanted to take them to an amusement park and disney was the best for out money cause they can basically go on everything. If you do the dining plan kids under 3 basically eat free at any sit down service and QS meals for kids (you would have to by the ones not on the plan so anyone under 3 ) are not expensive its less than $10 and you get a bunch of stuff. I did bring a double stroller and the thought stressed me out but it really wasn't that bad. We drove down so we were brought our stroller but still used the bus service. If we flew I would have just rented one.

ETA: there were still a couple rides my DD couldn't go on but it really wasn't much!

Message edited 4/18/2017 3:49:10 PM.

Posted 4/18/17 3:46 PM
 

MrsPenthouse
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Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Disney Cruise lines offers a nursery for ages 6 months and up and the older children will love it.

Posted 4/18/17 5:30 PM
 

CindySN23
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Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Highly suggest renting a house on or near the beach. With 3 kids it will be hard to find a resort that caters to all the kids and wont be super expensive. We rented an apartment in PR 2 yrs ago and it was great and right on the beach. Check out vrbo and air bnb.

Posted 4/19/17 7:02 AM
 

Salason

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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

I just booked Beaches in Turks and Caicos because it was the only place I felt like a 9, 7 and 1.5yr old could ALL enjoy equally (as well as us because the kids club is awesome Chat Icon)

I went years ago when my kids were 3 and 9mos and we loved it.

Posted 4/19/17 1:34 PM
 

edfilippi
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

I have taken my ds1 on a cruise at 18 months and then ds1 and ds2 when they were 3.5 and 18 months. I feel that it is so easy. You get on the ship, there is a bunch of different food options to satisfy even a picky eater (we would takr a couple boxes of cereal at breakfast to keep throughout the day if there was nothing they really wanted), a kids club (we went on carnival so over 2 were only allowed to be without their parents), and already plannrf excursions you can pick from - it honestly is just very easy.

I just cane back from a land vacation in Tennessee and while we had a great time. It was time consuming to plan out every day with activities, restaurants, we travelled to 2 different parts so we had to rent to airbnbs, rent a car...cruising was much easier.

Posted 4/19/17 1:57 PM
 

alli3131
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Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

We have done mostly beach vacations since having DS (well we really only do beach vacations). My favorite so far was Ana Maria Island in FL. The beaches are so nice and the water is nice and calm. DS had a ball. We rented a 2 bed unit for next to nothing.

Posted 4/19/17 4:34 PM
 

bunnyluck
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Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

We traveled a few times with our DS who is now 2. Honestly, at the age, anywhere. We found having a room with a kitchen and living area is key. We did ocean city and didn't have a kitchen and it was such a pain. Plus we had nowhere to hang when he went to bed. Rehoboth Beach, DE is super cute.

We also did Disney when he was 1 and he had a ball!!! It was so cute. He rode just about everything but the roller coaster rides and haunted mansion. Staying on Disney was great too. We stayed along the monorail for part of the time aND at a timeshare for the other part. We didn't have a kitchen but we did club level so we didn't have to worry about food when we were at the resort. My DS isn't one to sit at a restaurant haha.

Posted 4/19/17 9:00 PM
 

Mama2S2013
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Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Maybe I'm the odd one out here but I do not want a kitchen on vacation!! lol With young kids I highly recommend just doing an all inclusive beach vacation, everything is right at the resort-super easy! Most of them will not have a kids club for your younger kids but some have babysitting. The kids will have a blast just playing on the beach all day. I also didn't love a cruise for young toddlers (not enough to do and the excursions were limited) but we also love the beach and find that keeps the kids happy all day every day. Mexico and Dominican Republic are good options.

Posted 4/20/17 8:19 PM
 

EricaAlt
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Posted by Mama2S2013

Maybe I'm the odd one out here but I do not want a kitchen on vacation!! lol With young kids I highly recommend just doing an all inclusive beach vacation, everything is right at the resort-super easy! Most of them will not have a kids club for your younger kids but some have babysitting. The kids will have a blast just playing on the beach all day. I also didn't love a cruise for young toddlers (not enough to do and the excursions were limited) but we also love the beach and find that keeps the kids happy all day every day. Mexico and Dominican Republic are good options.



Not a kitchen to be cooking. When we had the timeshare in Aruba we'll make frozen pancakes and waffles for breakfast, pack so w sandwiches some days for the beach, fruit, snacks, waters, etc.
Its nice to have a big fridge to keep everything in and cabinets for storage. I ran the dishwasher each night and pretty much used the same dishes next day so no need to put away. The timeshares camp with detergent and other stuff to clean. We had our room cleaned midweek but kept it neat. It was also nice to have a couple of glasses in the room or sitting on the balcony. Wine glasses were there and wine was cold in the fridge. Beers and waters too. lol
We ate out each night.

Posted 4/20/17 8:33 PM
 

Sash
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

We did an all inclusive in Aruba when my son was 2 and it was amazing!

Posted 4/21/17 7:35 AM
 

bunnyluck
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Posted by EricaAlt

Posted by Mama2S2013

Maybe I'm the odd one out here but I do not want a kitchen on vacation!! lol With young kids I highly recommend just doing an all inclusive beach vacation, everything is right at the resort-super easy! Most of them will not have a kids club for your younger kids but some have babysitting. The kids will have a blast just playing on the beach all day. I also didn't love a cruise for young toddlers (not enough to do and the excursions were limited) but we also love the beach and find that keeps the kids happy all day every day. Mexico and Dominican Republic are good options.



Not a kitchen to be cooking. When we had the timeshare in Aruba we'll make frozen pancakes and waffles for breakfast, pack so w sandwiches some days for the beach, fruit, snacks, waters, etc.
Its nice to have a big fridge to keep everything in and cabinets for storage. I ran the dishwasher each night and pretty much used the same dishes next day so no need to put away. The timeshares camp with detergent and other stuff to clean. We had our room cleaned midweek but kept it neat. It was also nice to have a couple of glasses in the room or sitting on the balcony. Wine glasses were there and wine was cold in the fridge. Beers and waters too. lol
We ate out each night.



This exactly. We mostly don't cook but it's just nice to have the option to throw something together when the kids are exhausted. my DS is not good at restaurants at all (and high spirited in general) so we basically have to do grab and go, takeout, room service or a quick meal. Plus havING the extra space for dh and I was key. Once the kids are in bed at 8pm at least we can hang out.

Posted 4/21/17 8:06 AM
 

BaysideForever
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Re: Looking for baby friendly vacation recommendations

Disney. the 5 and 2 year old would LOVE IT!!! and plus the 1 & 2 year old are FREE!

Posted 4/21/17 8:28 AM
 
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