3 Vacation Destinations

You need to get away, but the thought of traveling with a baby is overwhelming! You're not alone, and that's why it's important to find a destination that is suitable for you and your little one.

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We've rounded up three destinations that are perfect for parents traveling with a baby — a mountain getaway, an international adventure and an island escape. Take your pick!

Jeffersonville, Vermont

What could be sweeter than a relaxing getaway to a charming New England village? The folks at Smuggler's Notch Inn and Village Tavern knew what they were doing when they located their 3,000-acre hideaway in Jeffersonville, Vermont, a little village in Cambridge that is less than one square mile and has fewer than 600 residents.

Take your baby to visit the horses or enjoy a sleigh ride at Lajoie Stables. Or experience a thrilling zipline adventure at ArborTrek Canopy Adventures while your baby (as young as six weeks) is perfectly cared for at the inn's Treasures Child Care Center.

Ixtapa, Mexico

Picture your family relaxing on a Pacific Coast beach with the Sierra Madre Mountains behind you. Now that is a vacation!

Ixtapa was created for the sole purpose of catering to vacationing tourists. Thousands of hotel rooms, restaurants and shops rim the crescent-shaped beach. The resorts try to outdo one another with their amenities and accommodations, and travelers reap the rewards.

Club Med Ixtapa is one of the most highly recommended family resorts in Ixtapa. Open 24/7, the baby care center provides a place for you to sterilize and warm bottles or grab some teething biscuits. The chefs at the French-inspired restaurants puree fresh baby food daily.

An award-winning infant program offers excellent childcare for babies 4 to 23 months old. Qualified caregivers stick to your baby's routine while you relax on the beach or do some snorkeling.

Sanibel Island, Florida

White sand beaches, more than 250 types of seashells and wildlife galore make beautiful Sanibel Island a fantastic family vacation spot. The island comprises a large nature preserve that is home to dolphins, eagles, spoonbills and armadillos. Rent a bike and tot trailer and spend the day exploring the exquisite sights.

Spend your laid-back island vacation at a baby-friendly resort. The South Seas Island Resort is a 330-acre getaway village and wildlife sanctuary. Choose from villas, condos, cottages and houses that feature impressive views of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy casual, family-friendly (and family-style) dining. Take a trolley to local shops and salons. Rent a boat for a day at sea.

Take your baby on a trolley to local shops or on a boat for a peaceful day at sea. Or plan a day at the resort's Skully's Family Interactive Center, which boasts award-winning children's programs.

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Need more great ideas for spending quality time with your baby? Check out Baby's Day Out City Guide — you'll discover all the top baby-friendly destinations and how to enjoy them with your little one.

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