Vegas and GC with an infant

Dec 17th, 2001, 08:36 AM
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Vegas and GC with an infant

My husband and I are using/trading a time-share week and will go to Vegas March 2-9, 2002. We love Vegas but have never been this long nor with a child (he will be 11 months). I know there are baby-sitting services we'll use in Vegas, and we have never been to the GC and will certainly go since the trip is so long. We're looking for suggestions, based on these travel dates, on how long to stay in the GC (our room is already paid for in LV) -- 1 or 2 nights? Should we also go to Bryce? Can we do some hiking with the baby in the back pack? How cold should we expect it to be? Any other suggestions? Thanks!
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 08:52 AM
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What will you do in Vegas that you can do WITH your 11 month old? Doesn't seem like you'd want to bring him into the smoke-filled casinos, can't bring him to the shows and you won't be able to enjoy a leisurely meal. How many hours a day will you leave him with the sitter?

I'd also think that an 11 month old would be difficult to carry in a backpack for any extended period of time. He will probably be very interested in crawling, pulling up and possibly walking at that point and won't want to be confined for too long a time. My kids would fall asleep in the backpack but that was only good for an hour or so.

There are vacations that work well with kids this age but I'm not sure if Vegas is one of them. Good luck!
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 08:59 AM
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Debbie, Have you researched these babysitting services? You'll be leaving your child with a total stranger. I don't think that's a good idea -- what do other Fodorites think?
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 09:06 AM
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Aren't you afraid to leave your baby with a complete stranger? If you are just going to leave your baby with a sitter why don't you bring someone along (Grandma, aunt/uncle, your regular baby-sitter.) Or leave the baby at home with someone that you know and trust.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 09:28 AM
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Gosh, you guys are scaring me. I guess I am pretty naive but I understand the services are pretty reputable ... a friend used one. I will do some more research and see what I can learn. I was thinking of using them for a few evenings so we can do some gambling and perhaps one show but we'd have him with us the rest of the time. Unfortunately, I have booked everything so cannot change our plans now without incurring huge penalties so we have to make do with this plan. We live in MD and relatives are all over so I don't think bringing a sitter will work too well (costly airfare) nor do I have any nearby relatives I can leave him with .... I/we take the baby everywhere now (in the baby bjorn carrier) ... out to restaurants and everything else that is non-smoky. He enjoys running errands with me all day, for instance, as long as he is in the carrier. I guess I was thinking we'd do lots of walking around the way we always do when we are in Vegas. Maybe we should spend more time on the road as I mentioned ... hmmmm ...
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 09:41 AM
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Of course, people use these babysitting services all the time but the more you know about them the better you will feel. It's definitely worth doing a ton of research.

And bear in mind that the infant that enjoys the Baby Bjorn now will be very different at 11 months. Eleven-monthers are working hard at that walking thing and very single-minded about it. He will probably enjoy some time in a stroller, walking around Vegas, but you should probably plan on spending most of your time in the time share. Locate the parks nearby. The nice thing about March is it won't be too hot to be outside.

All babies are different and yours may be perfectly content to spend lots of time in strollers, backpacks and carseats.

I understand your desire to make travel plans based on your previous child-free lifestyle but you will find that for at least a few years it is better for everyone involved to accomodate the kid while travelling.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 09:43 AM
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Maybe I'm missing something, but why didn't you ask before you made the reservations?
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 09:47 AM
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Ok, let's say I started this discussion with the question: "Where do you recommend traveling for a 1 week vacation with an 11 month old infant in March 2002?" Where would you have recommended? Let me begin by adding that we live in Maryland and we love to travel and want the baby to experience the travel along with us. Our jobs enable us to travel 4-5 weeks per year and that always includes 1-3 weeks in Hilton Head, SC where my parents live so we are not looking to go to other beachy places when we can stay for free (and visit)with my parents. We intend for him to travel the world with us ... we're not leaving him at home. If not Vegas (a place we love) and the Grand Canyon (a place we have never had the time to visit due to short Vegas visits), then where?
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 09:57 AM
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Debbie, I fully support your desire to travel the world with your child. We've done tons of travelling with our kids, now ages 7 and 8, and I think it is the best experience we can give them. We all love to travel, hence why we're all here.

You can take your child to Las Vegas, I'm just suggesting you cannot "do" Vegas like you did when you were child-free. You will be limited with a baby. When your baby is older I've heard Vegas can be a fun experience for kids. I personally wouldn't take mine there until they were teens but others claim there's loads for kids to enjoy.

An eleven month-old will not gain much from the experience of being in Vegas but I know my kids enjoy vacations partly because they spend lots of time with their parents sans phones, computers, etc. Vacations are excellent for family time. As long as that is your main goal then it doesn't matter as much where you go as what you do while there.

In a few years your kid will be much easier to travel with and will gain much more from the "where" part of travel. My kids have loved to travel to Hawaii, San Diego, Scotland and Italy. You don't need to stop travelling, just pace yourself differently and include lots of downtime, especially with one so young.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 09:58 AM
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Debbie,

Hang in there. I'm sure your 11 month old will always savor the wonderful experience of this trip.


xxx
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 10:13 AM
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Thanks Susan. I appreciate your articulating the benefits of traveling any where with an infant. Of course I realize the trip will be different from our usual vacations (especially our trips to Vegas). LIFE is so very different now that we have a baby. We contemplated Hawaii (I lived there and have friends there and haven't been back for a few years), but we couldn't find time share availability, which is the reason we must vacation somewhere this soon -- it was a use it or lose it thing ... so we traded for Vegas because we secured a condo (note-- no casino) with a kitchen that is a few blocks from the MGM, etc. We were limited in where we could find space availability on relatively short notice. We chose Vegas because we were able to secure relatively cheap airfare, a direct flight, and because by going for a week, we finally get a chance to see the Grand Canyon. I did not discover this forum until AFTER I booked the trip (I was searching Fodors for info on the GC, trying to figure out where to stay.) So back to my original question which no one has answered -- should we spend 1 or 2 nights in the GC area and should we also go to Bryce? I do thank you all for your candid remarks, eventhough some of you think I am 'off the wall' crazy.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 10:16 AM
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Bryce in March is going to be cold.

Can't really see someone walking around Vegas with a baby in tow.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 10:22 AM
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I wouldn't take the baby along unless I were still nursing. I took a 3 month old to Las Vegas and a 6 month old to Reno, both trips associated with business, while I was nursing. I don't regret it, but if I hadn't been nursing, they would have stayed with grandparents.

I used a babysitting service for one night in Reno and was very pleased with the sitter. Despite her obvious competence, I was worried, and kept running up to the room to check on my son.

The law did not allow us even to cut across the gambling area of the casino with a baby. Everything you might normally want to do in Las Vegas is inappropriate with an infant. The adults and the infant all suffer. Better to go to a big park or a beach if you want to do something together.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 10:55 AM
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Look, people raise babies in Las Vegas all the time. Go to the LV chamber of commerce or visitor's site and find things to do. Get a substantial baby backpack because the Baby Bjorn carrier will be outgrown at that stage. If you can go swimming, a great item is a tight-fitting shirt that has an inner tube sewn in around the middle. The baby can't take it off. Sorry I can't remember the manufacturer.
Just be wary of an 11 month old's tendencies - they love to get into everything and have no common sense. Stairs are a very real danger. At that age, you have to watch them every minute, which is why a quality sitter may be impossible to find. Be sure to babyproof the condo when you get there - gates, cabinet latches and check under all the furniture for surprises.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 11:06 AM
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Thanks Pat. Some great ideas. We do have a baby back-pack already ... we just don't use it too much yet. We also have a pool at our home and have an infant floatation device that we have used (he loves the water!) and will bring if it is warm enough. He is already crawling and pulling himself up and I won't be surprised if he is walking by then. I surely will have lots of practice keeping him out of trouble before we head to LV.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 11:06 AM
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Sorry-but I would not leave a child with a babysitter in Las Vegas for a million dollars! I also would not take my baby through a casino or into any of the restos. Best bet if you MUST take the baby to LV, take a relative or sitter from home.That way, you know the baby will be there when you get back..
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 11:11 AM
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PUHLEEZE- xx and others that think babies "savor" the experiences of trips! They savor the comfort of the familiar-their parents,their beds, their toys, and their surroundings...not a loud, noisy, bright lights,smokey,crowded Las Vegas...The poor tot will be traumatized by the whole experience and will have bad dreams and will start clinging to his mom and pop every time they leave the room..
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 03:22 PM
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Despite your having the time share already paid for, I would take a two- or even three-night trip out of Vegas, perhaps NE into Utah, to see Zion and Bryce Canyons. Stop every time you see a playground (though towns are few and far between) and let the little tiger out of the car to run around. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon closes in the winter (for snow), and I'm not sure when it opens in the spring. It's two hours to drive to St. George, Utah, and another hour or so to Zion. I think it's about three hours from St. George to the North Rim. The weather should be beautiful in that general area in March.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 03:37 PM
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Debbie I must put my 2 cents in. I agree that your life style has changed after you had your baby, but this is just a part of life. As a grandmother of three little boys, I really don't think that travel is in my daughters vocabulary.

Good experience - I hardly think so. We took our kids to Disney when they were 8and 10 and they hardly remember the trip. Bring a grandma or Nanny with you. You can enjoy and so can the baby.
 
Dec 17th, 2001, 04:14 PM
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Most of you people are out to lunch.

Putting an 11 month old in the pool when it's in the 50's or low 60's?
Oooohh, that'll be an experience he'll cherish (probably make him hate pools for the rest of his life).

Even the thought of planning an entire week in LV (too long for any adult) with an infant is silly. Plain and simple.
Think about it for a second, Debbie. What do you enjoy about LV? You are forbidden from taking your son in the casino. Can't go to a nice restaurant. No shows. Too cold for the water.

Hmmmmmm. My idea of paradise.
 

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