They say only insane parents would travel with babies. Well, count us in! My husband and I believe that nothing can teach one as much about life as traveling. As such, we decide to celebrate each year of our daughter’s life with a visit to a new destination.
I’ve always loved Singapore. I’ve been there several times this decade. In fact, my very first out-of-the-country trip as a young traveler was in the city state. So, for her big O-N-E, that was naturally our first choice.
And it was the perfect choice. In our baby friendly scale, this country would hit the highest mark of 10/10.
The great travel experience starts the minute you land at Changi Airport. As we’ve shared before, traveling parents will need to gate-check their strollers. For those without cloth carriers, they usually end up carrying their kids until they get to the carousel. But not in Changi, here they thoughtfully provide strollers right at the area where you get off.
Singapore’s public transportation system is also among the most efficient in the world. Getting from the airport to your hotel is really hassle-free. Even with a huge stroller, you can ride the MRT which would take you across the island.
It’s also good to note for breastfeeding mommies that there are a lot of breastfeeding stations in different malls. There’s a huge mall along Orchard Road that even has two to three breastfeeding stations on every floor of the mall! And these are great, cozy places with comfortable seats, can fit your stroller and has a separate changing area with a sink and a water dispenser with hot and cold water.
There are a ton of places you can visit in Singapore that even a one-year old (or a much younger audience) would enjoy.
One of their more popular attractions is Universal Studios. There are several rides there for different ages, but if you’re traveling with an infant or a toddler the selection is a bit limited. I’d suggest Shrek’s 4D adventure and just settling for a walk around the park and watching shows such as the one with the Madagascar characters. The great thing about this baby-friendly place is that it allows parents to do switching. One parent can go on a ride while the other takes care of the baby, then they switch and the other parent can go on without having to line up. Just inform the attendant before one parent goes in. There’s also an area near the entrance for breastfeeding, changing and just relaxing with the kids. This is perfect when it gets too hot in the afternoon.
My daughter also loved South East Asia (S.E.A. Aquarium) in Sentosa Island. When we went there, it was the biggest of its kind. It has been a year and a half, so I’m not sure if they still hold this record. It really is a sight to behold, especially their jellyfish area and the biggest holding tank in the world which had manta rays, sharks and other humongous fish.
We were a bit pressed for time during this vacation but there are so many other places in Singapore where you can take younger kids. You can actually get packages for tourists at Changi Airport for other attractions such as the Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Flyer and so much more.
When it’s time to turn down, there are also hundreds of Singapore hotels available in the most accessible areas. We chose YWCA Fort Canning Lodge, which was a stone’s throw away from the shopping strip of Orchard Road. It offered a great family environment with a relaxing pool and a filling breakfast. Beds are comfortable and the room’s temperature is just right for an affordable good night’s sleep.