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Gearing up for my first trip with baby girl was a little nerve racking but hopefully this post can help ease some anxiety for other Mamas!
One of my favorite memories from growing up was our weekend getaways to Palm Springs, CA. We went several times a year when I was a child and as my sister and I got older, we were able to take our friends with us every time we went. Needless to say, it was only fitting that Kennadi’s first trip away from home would be to Palm Springs! We always make it a girl’s trip so luckily, she fit right in 😉
Leading up to the weekend, I was feeling NERVOUS. She was on such a great routine at home and I had no idea how she would be away from home. Mitch and I have been very intentional in taking her out and about in hopes that she will become adaptable so it was time to test it out. I also was a little anxious knowing she had to sleep in a pack n play overnight and worried she would scream and cry all night and keep everyone else awake. The first trip with baby had me stressing out more than I would like to admit. Well, thankfully, she did better than I could have expected the whole weekend!
The first thing I learned, babies need SO much stuff. Like a ridiculous amount of stuff. You would have thought we were leaving out of the country for a month by the looks of my multiple suitcases. Pack n play, stroller, pool float, floor seat, bottles, diapers/wipes… You get the idea. I go much further in depth on packing for a baby right here.
Where to Stay On first trip with Baby In Palm Springs:
My mom owns a timeshare at Palm Canyon Resort so this is where we always stay. The location is ideal, it is not right in the craziness of downtown. It is slightly off the strip, more secluded, and only a three minute drive from downtown. It is PERFECT for a baby! The rooms are condo style and extremely spacious. It was so nice to have a full kitchen for all of her bottles. It was also really nice to have two separate bedrooms in our unit; at night we would all hang out in the living room having some wine and playing games while Kennadi was asleep behind a closed door.
Palm Canyon Resort is extremely family friendly. They have two pools; one of them is a kid specific pool with two water slides and a shallow play area. Some hotels in Palm Springs are focused more on a younger crowd, think Bachelor and Bachelorette parties. Palm Canyon definitely isn’t and makes for a perfect place to stay for a family getaway!
Some other baby and kid friendly options:
What to do on a first trip with baby in Palm Springs:
Relax! Haha, if only that was ever an option with a baby. But, I will say, going on a weekend getaway with family and friends led to a lot of extra hands and help! I actually did get some time to lounge by the pool and tan while my family passed Kennadi around or held her when she napped. We spent our days at the pool and then went downtown at night.
Lounging by the pool was really easy! I made sure we had a nice shaded area and a spot for her stroller. When it was naptime, sometimes one of us would hold her and other times, I laid her in the stroller with a fan on her. She loved going in the pool with us in her pool float! It was her first time in the pool so I wasn’t sure what to expect but the water temperature was perfect and she loved it.
We would head back up to our room by late afternoon because let’s be honest, it takes long enough for five women to shower and get ready and now add a baby in the mix to that. We all took turns with her while getting ready to make it go a little quicker.
In the evenings, we drove to the strip downtown and walked around. There are plenty of fun shops to go in and many restaurants to choose from (all kid friendly.) We ended our evenings with dessert before heading back to the room. I highly recommend Lappert’s if you are downtown; you won’t regret it!
I definitely had to be flexible with her bedtime routine and I was totally okay with that. We got back to the room later than when I would have normally started her bedtime routine but Kennadi adapted and was just a little more tired than usual when I laid her down. It was different to not be able to go in the hot tub or stay out all night on the strip but we had so much fun relaxing, playing games, and enjoying each other’s company in our room after Kennadi was asleep.
While taking a baby out of town brings a lot of changes and flexibility, it is SO worth it! Remember, even if their schedule goes completely out the window, it is only one weekend. It is worth it to see your baby experience new places and surroundings. I know she is way too young and won’t remember any of it, but I can’t wait to show her pictures of her first girl’s trip at just four months old.
Did you take your newborn out of town? Where was your first trip with baby? I would love to hear about it! Have questions? Comment below or connect with me on Instagram! And don’t forget to subscribe to be notified of new blog posts.