How to Enjoy your First Vacation with Baby
By: Jesus Duarte and Maribel Cubillas, Baby Concierges at Grand Velas Riviera Maya
After nine months of carrying your baby and an often-stressful birth, think of a vacation with your little one as the perfect opportunity to introduce him to the outside world. It’s not impossible to do - if you’re wondering ‘can he travel?’ the answer is yes! You’ll just need to follow a few simple tips to enjoy your vacation and make it unforgettable.
1 - Introduce Him to His Environment
The key is to start introducing your baby to his surroundings between the first and second month. During a visit to the park, for example, he’ll experience his environment and start to become familiar with being out and about. Start with short outings and gradually make them longer and longer. This will make traveling easier.
2 - Choose the Perfect Destination
Look for a holiday destination with the perfect climate for your baby; don’t subject him to drastic changes in temperature. Riviera Maya, for example, has an average temperature of 71°-77° F, perfectly warm enough to enjoy the beach and the sun, without being too hot.
3 - Make a List of Things you need
Write down everything your baby needs for comfort, carefully considering the trip you’re about to take. Bring comfortable clothing, formula (if necessary and if it will be difficult to get it in your destination), diapers, sun block, bottles and even a blanket if necessary.
4 - Don’t Over-pack
Remember that you’ll have your hands full carrying your baby and the one who’ll have to carry your bags is your partner. Don’t bring unnecessary items like a stroller, baby carrier or too many clothes. There are Baby-Friendly All-Inclusive resorts that offer items and services for your comfort. They’ll lend you everything necessary for baby and ensure your vacation won’t be affected if you forget something important at home.
5 - Have fun
You’ve made the trip, now devote yourselves to having fun. Take lots of photos and treasure the memory of your first trip with baby. Don’t forget to enjoy some time alone for a romantic dinner; ask your Concierge about babysitting services. Many hotels offer babysitting, and you won’t have to worry; babysitters must have special certification to care for babies.
Now you’re ready to enjoy your first vacation with your baby. Have a great trip!
Babies are VIPs at Grand Velas Resorts
Grand Velas Resorts make traveling with babies much simpler with a long list of accommodations especially for babies, as well as a dedicated Baby Concierge to make arrangements and recommendations for guests. Babies get VIP treatment at Grand Velas Resorts in Mexico. The newest offering from Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is baby’s first haircut, which comes with special pampering and a certificate celebrating the milestone. This can be combined with a 25-minute Sun rise Massage for 1 to 3-year-olds to stimulate the child’s senses, allowing him or her to recognize the differences between textures and sounds. At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, guests can reserve a crib prior to arrival and at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, besides cribs, everything from Mexican toys, baby floats, and baby clothes to gentle bath and shampoo gels are available. At both AAA Five Diamond resorts, baby’s diet is cared for: the hotels will prepare organic foods and beverages on request. Nanny service is also featured on advance notice.
About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
Set on 205 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults only ocean-front, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. All 491 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, wireless internet access, L’Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour of Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of the disciples of world celebrity chef Arzak, won the AAA Five Diamond Award, the only all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven step water journey. Other features include 24-hour personal butler concierge, 24/7 ensuite service, three swimming pools, two fitness centers, water sports, innovative kids club and teens lounge, Karaoke Bar, Koi piano bar and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting spaces and outdoor areas for events and has a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Best of the Best Spa by Virtuoso, U.S. News and World Report and Forbes.com, which named it one of the Top Ten Coolest All-Inclusives in 2012. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts.
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