Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot travel with a baby. I am not going to lie, it’s difficult, but with careful planning and a relaxed attitude to scheduling you will be just fine.
Where to stay
My first port of call is always Kid & Coe. They are a global site listing 500 of best homes for families traveling with children. Meaning you don’t need to cart around all of your gear. And the homes are all gorgeous.
If a hotel is more your speed we stayed at the Gramercy Park Hotel. The best thing about staying here is access to the private Gramercy Park - a gorgeous private garden for residents and hotel guests. The second best thing is the hotel’s incredible art collection.
Where to eat
This is a Manhattan institution. The burgers are legendary, the outdoor setting is super romantic and totally kid-appropriate.
Mario Battali’s Italian food wonderland has everything from gelato to pizza to salumi and prosecco. You can eat in at one of the bustling eateries or grab your feast to go and head across to Madison Square Park to dine picnic style.
The biggest, baddest, most American icecream sundaes. Be warned: the queue can be brutal so call ahead to check the wait time.
Where to go
One of the best bits of New York is this incredible public park which has reinvigorated a whole spine of the city. A must do.
A giant silvery globe where kids can discover the universe via 3-D shows in the Hayden Planetarium.
Their flagship store on 5th Avenue includes a gorgeous library / bookshop and Toby’s Estate coffee roasters, along with the fashion.
The most incredible candy bar run by Dylan Lauren (daughter of Ralph, NY royalty).
Super high end manicure salon on the amazing Crosby Street. Really fun nail art along with the traditional polishes.
I like to start my NY week with a great blow dry meaning I don’t have to worry about my hair for the rest of the trip. DreamDry is really fun, fast and good value for money. Plus it is part owned by Rachel Zoe. Celeb factor.
There are not many things you can buy from Louis Vuitton for $10. Their travel guides are hands down the best on the market and the new apps are really clever - try the ‘around me’ feature.
Some practical things
Packing. Remember that they have stores in the US. Take enough of the bare essentials to get you through the flights and a bit extra, but buy the rest when you get there (nappies, wipes, etc. etc.). The big pharmacies in the US are great: Duane Reade, Rite-Aid.
Flying. If possible book a night flight to maximise sleeping hours. Take a few new toys and unveil them at the challenging moments on the flight. The Baby Karaoke App is also a bit of a lifesaver.
Baby carrier over a stroller. New York sidewalks aren’t ideal for leisurely strolls and given the pace of the city we found the baby carrier preferable to taking a stroller. Plus our baby slept in the carrier on the flight which got around our sleeping through turbulence anxiety.Car Seats. New York state law requires that parents install the car seats themselves. So you get off the flight to be greeted by your driver and then you have to try and figure out how to install their random car seat. If you can bear it, take your own. If not, try to find out the brand of seat they use and Google the installation instructions beforehand!