How to Travel to NYC With an Infant
It made me wonder: how do New Yorkers do it when they have babies? As I picked up a bottle of my favourite perfume from Saks Fifth Avenue, the sales clerk answered that with what I believe to be a universal truth there: "When I have babies I'll leave the city."
I have to admit, after changing my son on the floor of a public bathroom for four days, I was feeling pretty crusty. But, if you've already booked your tickets you will need some practical advice for getting around.
Cabs with car seats
There are some taxi companies that can pick you up at the airport with a car seat installed. The car seat may be an older model and you should definitely double check the install, but it's much more convenient than lugging a toddler seat around the city. We used Eastern Luxury.
Bring a baby carrier
A lot of restaurants will turn you away from the door if your baby is in a stroller. Yes, it's hard schlepping your 25 pounder all day strapped to your chest, while carrying a diaper bag but it's also hard when you're ravenous, your child's diaper is filled with poo and the diner won't seat you.
Even if you booked a crib, bring your playpen
I thought I was so clever, booking a crib in advance from the hotel. I didn't realize said crib would be a 1960s metal barred hospital one with lead paint. After repeatedly bonking his head rolling around in it (and getting his feet stuck in the bars), we brought him into our bed. Our TWIN sized bed. TWIN!! This from a 4 star hotel.
If you want to add some drama to the trip, you will take your child to Times Square. There you will lose your temper and start slamming the stroller into people's heels screaming, "I hate you! I hate New York!!!" Or, be a smart person and avoid the crowded core altogether. We found Soho much more pleasant for getting around.
Book a day off after your return
If you arrive home on a Sunday, take the Monday off. You'll need the day to lie on your bed in the fetal position, sobbing about the unfairness of it all. Plus you got zero sleep on that TWIN bed!
Have you traveled to New York with a baby and if so, how did you manage?
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Thanks, Avery! I like your blog and there were a ton of great posts about your trip. Thanks for the links! Brooklyn is much more baby/family friendly. My trip was only to Manhattan and I think that was part of the problem. We have a trip coming up to San Francisco. Here's to hoping it's a better experience!
We took our baby to NYC for 3 weeks last September (when our daughter was 5.5 months old) and it was AMAZING. Our secret - don't try to travel with a baby as if you don't have one. We have been to Manhattan many times and done boutique hotels and fine dining. But don't try to do that with a baby in tow!
Oh goodness that sounds awful! Looks like my husband and I will be enjoying NYC alone next year!!
Yes we will wait until he is older before attempting this again. Next stop is San Francisco! Anyone Have advice for that city?
Wow Ali, sorry to hear about how uninviting the city was for you and your family. Very useful tips for things one may not think about, like the crib at the hotel would have been something I would have done, being the planner I am only to be in the same position as you. Hopefully the next time you goto New York when he's a bit older it will be more manageable.
New York; not a baby city. I never would have thought of that until I read your article. Makes perfect sence though. I brought my babies there but they were 8 & 10 at the time. Santa was @ Time Square (the real Santa) and we skated on the ice pad. It was truely amazing. Best Chritmas ever .I suggest you try it again in about 6 years..lol
Ya, it was kind of a gong show but in the end I thought it was funny. I guess that didn't come across here. It turns out bringing a baby on a business trip isn't the swiftest idea. We do have another baby trip planned and I'm hoping it goes a lot better.
I'm so sorry your trip went so badly Ali. The whole trip sounds like it
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