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So I have been to Vegas probably more times than I care to admit. I have had some pretty crazy times in Vegas over the years too… dinners at trendy restaurants, helicopter rides to the Grand Canyon, VIP tables and bottle service at some of the hottest clubs, etc. Now that I’m a mom and have grown up quite a bit, I decided to see a different side of Vegas this trip with my baby girl. We kind of decided to go last minute with my hubby who was going for a work conference. I’m so glad we decided to go. It’s always nice to get away for a few days and I want to show Olivia so many places we’ve been over the years.
We always try to fly with the baby on evening flights so she has the opportunity to sleep. I always dress her in a onsie with comfy pants and a sweater or jacket. I’m all about the layers since you never know if the plane will be warm or freezing. Plus once you get where you are going it’s easy to get babe ready for bed. Luckily our flight was just over an hour so it wasn’t bad at all. Now I know what to expect since we have flown with a baby before. If you missed my recent post on tips for flying with a baby you can find lots of good info HERE.
This trip we stayed at the Palazzo which is part of the Venetian. It was absolutely beautiful! I have always wanted to stay at the Venetian! I’ve been there a lot for restaurants and shopping but this was my first time staying there. If you’ve never been to Vegas, they have the hotel set up just like you are in Italy. There are gondola rides you can do both inside and outside of the hotel (although they are very expensive), the ceiling of the mall is painted blue with clouds to look as though you are outside and they have some really yummy restaurants! The good thing about the Palazzo is that all the rooms are suites! I have included a picture above of our room. It was huge! There was a separate living room and bedroom area. It worked out perfectly with the baby since we had plenty of room for the pack and play and all our luggage. I loved having the extra space so Olivia could still take her naps but I could watch a little TV or catch up on emails without having to be too quiet.
Wherever you decide to stay in Vegas, call ahead to see if they have a crib for you to use. Most of the nice hotels have cribs that you can use for free in your room so you do not have to bring along a pack and play. I brought ours just in case since it was a big conference in town and a lot of the hotels were sold out. I just wanted to be sure Olivia would have somewhere to sleep in case all the cribs were already used. Also make sure to request an extra refrigerator for your room when traveling with a baby. As long as you tell them it is for medical they will set up another one free of charge. This was so nice so we could keep extra milk in the fridge and we also used it to keep waters cold for us. Most of the standard fridges in the rooms come fully stocked with snacks and alcohol so you will be charged if you remove anything.
Whenever I travel with Olivia I try to keep her routine the same as it is when we are home. I always bring my Dohm noise machine and Halo sleepsack. I find that Olivia relates naps and bedtime with these things so she can always sleep anywhere. I tried to get up at the same time we do at home, anywhere between 6 and 7am. We just played in the room read books and ordered room service for breakfast. By the time breakfast was delivered to our room Olivia was ready to lay down for her nap, so I could eat some breakfast and get ready for the day. Once babe was up from her nap I was ready to go so we’d go out for a few hours and explore the hotel, do a little shopping and have lunch. I always make sure I’m home again in the afternoon to lay her down for an afternoon nap too. As long as she lays down once in the morning and again in the afternoon she can take quick naps here and there when she needs to in her stroller. One day we went to the pool for a little bit too although the water was too cold to get in. We just dipped our feet in. It was still nice to be out in the sun and relax in some warm weather.
Overall there is plenty to do with a baby in Vegas. The hotels are so enormous that there is so much to see inside. Most of the hotels are located pretty close together so you don’t have to be in the sun too much if you don’t want to be. Vegas gets SOOOOOO hot in the summer…. almost unbearable. My favorite hotels are the Venetian, Wynn, Cosmo and Caesar’s Palace. Most of the hotels have a kids pool or family pool too so you can be separated from the people that just go to party. For dinner, I just recommend going out a little bit early so you can get a table where you can easily fit a stroller. If you wait to go too late everywhere gets super crowded and it’s hard to fit a stroller or be able to get a table right away. I like going to dinner no later than 6 so we could be done and back to the room to have Olivia in bed by 8. I would for sure take Olivia back to Vegas the next chance I get. I don’t mind traveling with a baby at all and I love sharing all these fun experiences with her.