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    adonovan10 is offline
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    St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    My wife and I are headed to the island with our 6 month old son for the first week of June. Any recommendations for visiting St Barts with a new baby? This will be our third trip, but first with the baby. We love the island, the people and the beaches. Looking for any recommendations for restaurants that are baby friendly, but still have great food. Also any other tips from folks that have visited with infants. Thanks a bunch!

    Drew

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Welcome to the forum. I am sure suggestions will come from more recent new baby trippers.
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    Saline Man is offline
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Baby sitter would work for me!

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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    We have visited with very young ones but not with a new born. Car seats are virtually unavailable so bring what you need even if you are told by the car rental company that they have them. if you have some kind of booster you like, bring it. Restaurants have them but not for new borns. We suggest quiet restaurants with secluded tables- Le Toiny at dinner has an area, Tamarin away from others is possible, La Langouste might move you away from others. Call each location you are interested in and explain- they will do their best to please you.

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    andynap is online now
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Welcome and congratulations on your newborn and upcoming trip. I’m sure you will be bringing a car seat on the plane so it can be used all the time on the island. Don’t bother with a booster not that you would bring one anyway. You can use the car seat in the restaurant. I don’t know if your wife is nursing but food for that young a child in a restaurant is a challenge. There is plenty of baby food in the food stores tho. If you bring your own baby food to the restaurant I would give them a heads up. Most restaurants open for dinner at 7.


    Andy

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    Sea_and_Sun is online now
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    When my son was very young I took mosquito netting to put over his crib just to be safe.

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    Theresa is offline
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Our daughter was five months old when we first brought her to the island. Our villa owner was wonderful. She provided a pack and play type crib, a small bathtub, mosquito netting, a beach tent, and other items.

    We brought her car seat and a stroller that allowed us to attach the car seat so we could walk through the airports as well as through Gustavia and St. Jean. We did not use the car seat on the plane. She traveled as a “lap child,” and we utilized a harness that attached to one of our seatbelts for that purpose.

    We purchased formula and baby food easily. As for our meals, we dined out for lunch more often than dinner, but did go for dinner occasionally and were warmly welcomed anywhere we went.

    Two things you’ll definitely need: child friendly sunblock and mosquito repellent.

    While your vacation will be different than it was before, it will be no less enjoyable. We’re about to return for our daughter’s eighth trip.
    On an island in the sun we'll be playing and having fun.

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Theresa, I can hardly believe she is so grown up already! I have gotten to meet and play with many forum babies. I agree, the island welcomes them. Also true, the big guy is a baby magnet....
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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    andynap is online now
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    . Also true, the big guy is a baby magnet....
    ???????


    Andy

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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    Theresa, I can hardly believe she is so grown up already! I have gotten to meet and play with many forum babies. I agree, the island welcomes them. Also true, the big guy is a baby magnet....
    So true...I remember him meeting Noah for the first time. It was love at first sight, for both of them.
    The waves of the sea bring me back to me.

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    And remember 3 year old Chiara in the pool at IDF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    And remember 3 year old Chiara in the pool at IDF?
    Of course....Who could forget that healthy dose of sweetness: "Monsieur! Monsieur!" My heart still swoons when I remember that moment!
    The waves of the sea bring me back to me.

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    Theresa is offline
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Amy, time is truly flying. And I seem to remember that Ava really liked you both .
    On an island in the sun we'll be playing and having fun.

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    andynap is online now
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa View Post
    Amy, time is truly flying. And I seem to remember that Ava really liked you both .
    Look who is back. The back.


    Andy

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Se loved her visit at our house. Hope to see you all again.
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    I have advised my kids that it is illegal for children to go to St Barts. This has worked for a number of years as they did not want their father arrested. Now as they approach their 40's and mid thirties they smell the rat(actually they have known for years). They understood this was Jody' and my place, a special place which we discovered and did not want to share. They can come and go on their own to St Barts as they all can afford it, but we want it for ourselves when we go.
    George & Jody

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    adonovan10 is offline
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Theresa,

    Thanks for the info. Lunch sounds like a great idea! We are planning our setup similar to what you suggest. Villa is providing equipment and we'll bring the carseat stroller combo.

    Thanks again

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    Theresa is offline
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    adonovan10,

    Thinking back, I remember we had no problem purchasing diapers (you’ll have to do the lb to kg conversion), but found no swim diapers. Bring those from home if you think you’ll use them.

    Also, we utilized a catalogue called One Step Ahead to find full coverage swim suits, swim hats, and swim sun glasses to protect sensitive baby skin. That really made a difference. We also purchased a beach umbrella either at Hookipa surf shop in St. Jean or Tom Shop in Gustavia.

    Our Villa owner also provided a high chair.

    She and several other locals advised us that there was a second hand store in Anse des Cayes that had all things baby. We were well equipped but it was good to know we could likely find something else if necessary.

    Enjoy your trip.
    On an island in the sun we'll be playing and having fun.

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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    A small beach tent (with sides) and a beach blanket are great for newborns for sun protection, and to keep the sand down. We found the baby sunblocks caused rashes, so Vanicreme or La Roche-Posay were gentle. Mosquito nets for sure. We had a stroller with big wheels that worked on the beach. Perhaps they have rentals? We found this to be an easy age for traveling. Have fun!

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    Theresa is offline
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    [QUOTE=We found the baby sunblocks caused rashes, so Vanicreme or La Roche-Posay were gentle. [/QUOTE]

    Our daughter has, and has always had, incredibly sensitive skin. Her dermatologist recommended Elta MD sunblock. It is extremely effective and she had no reaction. It can be pricy, but Amazon offers competitive pricing. I use La Roche Posay myself and purchased the children's formula for her in the past. It works for a few days and then she develops a rash. Not so with Elta MD.
    On an island in the sun we'll be playing and having fun.

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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    We, too, swear by Elta MD. Have recommended it to many family members of various ages. Our dermatologist says it has the most effective and gentle ingredients. There is also a new sunscreen manufactured by the Harken company(which supplies gear for boats). Called Harken Derm, it was developed to meet the needs of sailors who are exposed to many hours of sun while on their boats. Don't know about its use for little children but might be worth checking.

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    TPunch42 is offline
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa View Post
    adonovan10,

    Thinking back, I remember we had no problem purchasing diapers (you’ll have to do the lb to kg conversion), but found no swim diapers. Bring those from home if you think you’ll use them.

    Neat trick with swim diapers. We found there was often no mess in them for most occasions. So instead of tossing them, dry them in the sun and reuse. We discovered this quite by accident years ago when we traveled to St Barts when they were babies. Oh and most french babies go naked on the beach... from what we have seen.

    Buy your sunscreen at the pharmacy. They have waaaay better sunscreen than in the US.

    Other great tip, buy a car seat cover with strap and along with toting your car seat, fill it with extra items, Beach blanket, diapers, sun shade. There is always extra room in it. AND They don't count the car seat when they count your checked bags (that includes the hop from SXM to SBH). So all the extra stuff gets a free ride.

    Also note, if your baby is on baby food. French baby food is a lot sweeter than many of the brands in US. They might not want to switch back. True story...

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    I have the same problem weaning myself from St Barths and the French food here.
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    Vacay is offline
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    Re: St Barts with a newborn! Any info?

    That’s really good to know! I’ll check that one out. I’ve found the children’s formulas to cause the worst reactions.

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