Traveling is something that neither one of us wanted to give up when we had a child. In our love-hate relationship with Chicago, the hateful days land primarily in the forever greyness between the end of winter and the real end of winter. For those of you who cheat at life by living somewhere without slush, it’s like the stressful 15 minutes between pulling pecan pie out of the oven and not searing your mouth with goodness.
So, we escaped five days of April to Mexico City and did some learning about traveling with an infant.
Why Mexico City (with an infant)?
- We travel cheap. The Mexican peso fell with Trump’s premature ejaculations about walls and trade, although it’s been on the rise again as Mexico finds out he’s shooting blanks. 18.75 pesos to the dollar makes tacos and beer about $1.25 a piece.
- That means a nice Airbnb apartment in a nice part of the city is about $70/night, fees included. A comfy, private place is better for spending time feeding babies, putting them to sleep or hiding the screams when they can’t. Our wonderful Airbnb is here.
- Chicagoans have a lot of business and families in Mexico City. Direct flights from O’Hare are cheap and only four hours. I’ve also read that United isn’t beating up people on the tarmac anymore, so there’s that.
- Uber rules in Mexico City. $4 will get you about anywhere around downtown. Useful when the subway is constantly crowded and baby’s nap-time comes painfully sooner than you thought. Because this is probably why you’re searching the net about Mexico City: Few people use car seats in Mexico City. It’s ok. 18,000,000 kid-loving people somehow deal with it every day. Just hold ’em tight.
- Everything you may need for an infant or yourself is a walk away. The commonly-touristed areas are beautiful, tree-filled and clean.
- It’s also surprisingly peaceful during Holy Week when many people leave for the weekend to celebrate back home in the countryside. Most days, the only thing cracking the morning silence is sad whining that lets us know we didn’t put enough in the bottle.
- After countless travel recommendations from friends and pledges that the city is very safe, we’ve found it to be true. Having lived in St. Louis and Chicago, it’s a low bar I know, but we’ve rarely felt safer using our passports.
- People are super friendly. Especially to babies. It’s a very child-driven culture. You’ll find people happily parting the sidewalk for your stroller or stopping to talk to the niño. However, few things are more scary to a tired infant than an unknown and determined grandma-in-the-face.
Our Mexico City infant travel tip picture book.
Stay tuned for Part Two.