Ah, babies: they know what they need, and they need it NOW, and it's a good thing they're so adorable. More and more resorts are realizing that parents of infants and toddlers can use a bit of a break, and are offering special programs (in addition to kids clubs for older kids.)
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Club Med Ixtapa Pacific has Baby Welcome and a Baby Club, AZUL by Karisma resorts in the Mayan Riviera have special programs for under-fives created with toy company Fisher Price... read about these and other Mexico all inclusive resorts with programs for wee kids.
Photo courtesy of Franklyn D. Resort.
It can't get any better than this, with a baby: at FDR "all-inclusive" means everything, snorkeling trips, scuba, kids' programs, and best of all, a friendly vacation nanny for each family. This pretty mid-sized resort has huge suites, friendly ambiance, great dining options, and many nannies dandling babes in arms while Mom takes a break.
Babies set to go for a ride, with their G.O.s. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Club Med all inclusive resorts variously have: Baby Welcome
program, with amenities, high-chairs, crib, special kitchen only for parents of babies, with baby food, bottle warmers, etc.; Baby Club Med
, for ages 4 months to 23 months (extra charge); Petit Club Med, from 2 to 3 years, usually divided into sub-groups (extra charge).
Turks & Caicos; photo courtesy of Beaches Resorts.
Beaches is the family resort brand of the Sandals chain of all-inclusives. Beaches resorts have kids programs for several age groups, including nurseries with infant care. Families can choose from Beaches Turks & Caicos, and Beaches Negril, Beaches Boscobel and Beaches Sandy Bay in Jamaica. Several resorts have water parks.
Photo courtesy of Smugglers Notch.
"The most fun your children will ever have - we guarantee it." Snow season and summer time, Smuggs has an amazing array of outdoor activities, plus indoor FunZone. For ages 6 weeks to 2 years, Treasures is a million-dollar 5400 sq. ft. child care center full of toys and games.
Photo courtesy of Tyler Place Resort.
Tyler Place, on Lake Champlain, has 165 acres and myriad family activities, plus programs for many different age groups, including: newborn to 12 months; 12 months to 18 months; and 18 months to 30-month-olds.
Many baby-friendly all-inclusive beach resorts, with details about each property, at Vacationkids.com family travel agency.
Photo courtesy of FDR Pebbles Resort.
This all-inclusive sister-resort to Franklyn D. Resort (above) is also on the north coast of Jamaica, and also offers lots of activities AND a vacation nanny for each family.