Slings, Strollers & Car Seats
Ideally you should have a stroller (Florida is very stroller friendly) and a front carrier with you on your trip. Airlines have different policies on transporting your stroller so remember to check with the airline in advance. Most airlines will allow you to stow the stroller free of charge and then you can collect it at your destination from the baggage reclaim area. Some airlines will take the stroller into the cabin and you will have it upon landing. If you are bringing your stroller and you think it will be stowed, a sling or front carrier would be very useful at the airport. If you don’t want to bring your stroller or if your stroller breaks or gets lost in transit, many hotels such as Loews (Miami and Orlando) rent strollers to guests and you can also find baby equipment rental companies all over Florida. For information on the best baby carriers/slings and strollers for travel click here.
You should bring a grow bag if your baby is used to them. The cots offered by hotels are generally travel cots with sheets and a baby duvet or blanket on them. Cots vary in standard in hotels however most 4 and 5 star hotels will have good quality cots.
For Tips on sleeping soundly while abroad click here.
Taxis in Florida will have a seat belt in the back if you plan to bring your own car seat however this may be cumbersome and you can also arrange to hire a taxi with a car seat or rent equipment when you arrive (See getting around). If you are renting a car, ensure that you pre book a car safety seat to ensure availability on arrival. For further tips on travel safety click here.
Using Hotel Babysitting Services
Using a babysitter abroad would not be for everyone but it is your decision. Most good hotels in Florida will offer babysitting services with experienced babysitters however they tend to be quite expensive. For information on using babysitting services when abroad and a checklist of questions to ask a babysitter click here.