Who needs a vacation more than a baby? Think about it, at what other time in your life will you triple your weight within a year, triple your brain size, or grow kneecaps? How exhausting!
Or maybe it's just that mom and dad need a bit of down time, what with that 400-750 hours of lost sleep in that first year, not to mention the new piles of laundry and dishes and the desire for a lovely meal that someone else has prepared.
So whether it's baby or parent who needs a dose of natural Vitamin D, these resorts will make sure every member of your family enjoys a well-deserved beach vacation.
At this stage, baby's needs may be relatively few, but some resorts offer a number of services and amenities that will help parents of little ones enjoy their vacation too... photo courtesy Have Baby Will Travel
The jewel in the crown of the Beaches brand, this immense resort thinks of everything a tired parent might need to feel pampered. Beaches Turks & Caicos includes baby care for infants as young as four months, and rooms are laid out in such a way to ensure every member of your family has room to move. The soft sand gently slopes into the incredibly calm and blue Caribbean, and the resort's three (huge) pools all offer a zero-entry section for little paddlers. photo courtesy Have Baby Will Travel
Located in picturesque Runaway Bay, Jamaica's tranquil Franklyn D. Resort & Spa offers parents peace and quiet, and a vacation nanny! Casual and intimate, FDR gives parents flexibility for their grown-up time. When not helping out or looking after the little ones, your vacation nanny takes care of your room, tidying up and stocking the fridge with your pre-selected essentials. Tree frogs sing you all to sleep at night, and the small, protected beach is calm for timid toddlers. While baby naps under the watchful eye of nanny, Mom and Dad can steal away to the massive stretch of beach next door for a leisurely walk, or cocoon themselves to the adult-only section of the resort. photo courtesy Have Baby Will Travel
Club Med's selected family resorts offer more than just circus school, although Mom & Dad can fly through the air with their minds at the greatest of ease if their little one is under the care of the competent G.O.s at Club Med Ixtapa Pacific's optional Baby Club or Petit Club. While programs for children four and up are included, parents of babies as young as four months have the option to pay for a few hours of care or the whole day to themselves. Club Med Ixtapa Pacific also has a baby care station with baby food and supplies that's available 24 hrs, in addition to the baby and toddler section at the main buffet. All buffet items have ingredients listed, so those starting solids can enjoy trying steamed veggies with confidence. photo courtesy Have Baby Will Travel
For parents who crave a boutique hotel setting but need the amenities of an all-inclusive resort, Azul Beach Resort & Spa offers the best of both worlds. Their baby welcoming package includes a baby monitor and change table in your room, and their smoothie bar will puree fresh tropical fruit for baby's breakfast and mama's mid-afternoon daiquiri. Located in the family-friendly Riviera Maya, Azul Beach is just minutes from the airport in Cancun. The dreamy beach beds are perfect for a family beach-side nap, while the beach butlers take care of your every need - from lunch to extra sunscreen. photo courtesy Have Baby Will Travel
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