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Useful Information to Visiting France with a Child or Toddler

France with a baby or Toddler

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France boasts genuine sleepy villages, spectacular cuisines, unequaled wine tasting, Roman ruins and naturally, a wealthy and enviable historical past of among the world’s biggest artists corresponding to Picasso, Cézanne, and Gauguin to call simply however a number of.

From the enduring streets of Paris and the enduring bazaars of Marseille to Cannes, the Mediterranean mecca of movie stars and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, which is legendary for being the birthplace of Nostradamus.

There’s no scarcity of nice locations for any grownup to get pleasure from!

The lingering query, nonetheless, stays; are you able to journey to France with a child or toddler in tow?

France with a Child or Toddler Journey Information

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Day trip to Honfleur

1. When to Go

July and August is the excessive vacationer season in France, costs will double compared to different occasions of the yr and common locations might be packed.

December to March is snowboarding season and the French Alps could be fairly busy.

You must, nonetheless, do not forget that France is a various nation and the climate varies from one area to the opposite.



Due to this fact, select when to go relying on what you and the child need to get pleasure from.

Typically, you’ll be able to contemplate going from April to June and September to November.

Bear in mind to order lodges and restaurant upfront should you’re planning to journey throughout excessive seasons intervals.

2. What to Deliver

Touring with a child requires you to convey particular journey child gear, and it’s no completely different when visiting France with a child.

You could deliberate on the issues to convey, however your resolution ought to be considerably influenced by the significance of touring mild and in addition with the issues that the child will want, however will not be effectively out there in France.

– Strollers or Carriers


France with Kids

This can be stunning to you, however France shouldn’t be a stroller-friendly nation. Getting round in lots of cities in France, particularly Paris with a stroller is subsequent to inconceivable.

Many locations together with Metro stations, buildings, lodges, cafés and museums have a lot of steps so it’s troublesome to maneuver round with a stroller. Elevators are additionally unusual in lots of elements of France, making it much more troublesome to go to tall buildings with a stroller.

Small cities even have stunning cobblestone roads and alleys, which make stroller rides approach too bumpy.

Consequently, it’s best to contemplate bringing with you a service or a sling as a substitute of (or not less than along with) a stroller. We additionally desire travelling with a backpack diaper bag to stability out the child on the entrance.

If it’s a must to convey a stroller with you, contemplate a light-weight umbrella stroller that you could simply fold-up in compact and overcrowded locations.


Things to do in Annecy

– Automotive Seats

Taxi’s in France won’t have a child automotive seat (as a result of legally they aren’t required to have one).

So if you need child safe for taxi rides you may prefer to convey alongside your individual automotive seat (An issue is that many French cab drivers are rudely impatient and will rush you when you’re nonetheless putting in the seat.)

We employed a automotive for our France highway journey and easily grabbed a automotive seat from the automotive rent firm.

Right here is our information that can assist you discover the very best journey automotive seat on your wants.

– Child Components, Diapers and Child Meals

Avez-vous du lait bébé? (Do you might have child milk?).

It is a query you’ll ask a few occasions and the reply will all the time be encouraging. That’s as a result of many French supermarkets are remarkably well-stocked with just about all child provides that you could be want or discover again dwelling.

– Transportable Excessive Chair

You’ll be shocked to seek out out that it’s not within the French tradition to supply excessive chairs in eating places like it’s common in North America and different elements of the world.

With that in thoughts, it’s best to contemplate carrying with you a light-weight transportable excessive chair for the child or be ready to stability your child in your knee while you eat.

3. Getting round France

– Metro and Prepare


Pont de Bir Hakeim in Paris, France, bridge for Metro

These are among the good choices to think about. They’re not solely handy however are additionally low-cost if you wish to journey in a big nation corresponding to France.

If you’re planning on making use of the trains, do make sure that pack mild and that you just take minimal baggage with you.

– Automotive Rental


France Car Hire

There are quite a few automotive rental firms in France.

We determined to hire a automotive because it merely makes life a lot simpler.  We dragged our baggage along with our child onto trains in Japan and located it so tiring and difficult that we determined by no means to try this once more!

Driving in France is very easy.  Simply you should definitely stick with the velocity restrict – we acquired two nasty fines once we obtained again dwelling.

You possibly can evaluate automotive rental with Webjet to get an thought of how a lot it could value.

– Taxis


Parisian taxi sign. Paris, France.

You possibly can as properly think about using taxis, however they’re very busy and so it’s best to contemplate reserving them upfront. Bear in mind; bringing your child’s automotive seat is essential.

We weren’t followers of utilizing taxis, we thought they have been costly and had some dangerous experiences with very impolite taxi drivers.

So we a lot desire utilizing a rental automotive the place we will.

4. What to Anticipate

– Eating places


Paris Baby Travel Guide - Restaurants

The French are extensively recognized for his or her love with meals and eat out much more usually. They’ve among the greatest dishes on the planet, which it’s best to clearly expertise.

Nonetheless, it’s best to by no means anticipate excessive chairs in nearly each a part of France. That is the place your transportable excessive chair might be of nice use.

It is usually necessary to notice that the eating places solely begin serving dinner from 7 – 7:30 pm which could be fairly late for just a little child.

– Lodging


Paris, typical street with the hotel panel, big letters

There are numerous types of lodging that you could go to in France. They embody; self-catering houses, villas, and lodges.

We personally most popular  Airbnb houses and villas as are extra reasonably priced, extra spacious and sometimes comes with a child crib, a kitchen, and a washer. We managed to get child cribs for all of our Airbnb stays, however the hosts did request more money for them.

When you select to remain at a lodge, do verify whether or not the lodge has baby-friendly facilities earlier than making reservations.  We regularly discovered that the lodges didn’t have child cots out there or that the rooms have been too small for a cot.

Here’s a useful information should you want to take alongside your individual transportable journey crib.

Additionally, verify if the lodging has a carry or request a decrease degree room.

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– Child Amenities

You’ll be stunned that many locations in France wouldn’t have child altering services. You ought to be ready to vary your child behind the automotive or in random spots.

So be sure you have disposable altering mats with you.

– Breastfeeding

You’ll not often see anyone breastfeeding in public, so I’d advocate that you just convey a cover-up so you’ll be able to breastfeed extra discreetly.

5. Greatest Areas for Children


Col des Aravis France

A few of the locations that you could be need to contemplate when touring to France with a child embody, however will not be restricted to; Normandy, Brittany, Corsica, Monaco, French Riviera, French Alps and naturally, the basic French countryside of Provence.

We have been way more relaxed in smaller villages or in touristy cities corresponding to Good.

Going for a memorable vacation with a child is all the time robust.

From discovering a vacation spot that’s secure, baby-friendly, and never too strenuous a journey for the child to making sure that it’s extraordinary sufficient to give you good vacation snaps to embarrass your child with for a few years to come back.

Luckily, France comes near being this vacation spot.



It’s unquestionably essentially the most various nation in Europe. It has the power to lure many individuals to its shores with its expansive pure magnificence.

From having among the most celebrated mountains (the French Alps) on the planet to having Europe’s best coastlines, France stays one of many world’s most distinguished journey locations if not essentially the most distinguished.

Nonetheless, earlier than heading out to France along with your child, utilizing the above suggestions will make your journey a lot simpler and really memorable.