I don’t know about you but when I use to book a city break I would get straight onto google – best restaurants, best things to do etc. Now we have a baby however our search terms have changed substantially … where can we buy x, is y available and what I found is that it is hard to find all the information in one place. That’s where I hope to come in! So this will become a regular feature telling where you can buy essentials, details about changing facilities and accessibility of various locations and anything else that would be on use to parents – so first up everything you need to know about taking a baby to Rome.
Where to buy stuff
Unlike many places like the uk and us, the supermarket shouldn’t be your first port of call to do your baby supply shopping. While supermarkets will have a small selection of baby food, nappies etc the place you need to go is a pharmacy. There are no chain pharmacies in Rome so each one will have something different so worth trying a few but you should be able to get everything you need in one trip.
We were over in Europe for a couple of weeks so the idea of flying with food and milk to last the whole trip was not something I wanted to do. We took a few days essentials but managed to pick up everything we need. Baby food is readily available. We found everything from standard fruits to more local specialities such as rabbit and horse which we had to buy!
In terms of formula, we didn’t manage to find brands like aptamil and cow and gate but there are local equivalents.
One of the things I found when googling was that everyone said that there were no changing facilities and those which were were very dirty. Now I live in a county where changing mats and tables are not a common sight so was prepared to do a change on the fly. But this is much easier if you have a pram than a carrier (see accessibility for more info). While most cafes etc didn’t have changing rooms they were more than happy to make space someone out of the way for you to do a change.
There are also some changing facilities if you know where to find them. Below are a list of all changing facilities in shops I found. If you know more then please let me know and I’ll add them to the list:
– prenatal store via nazionale 45
– prenatal store via della croce 48
– galleria alberto sordi via del corso
I read that some of the larger department stores have as well but didn’t test this and museums and the Vatican (despite below pic) have good changing facilities
Getting around & accessibilty
Before going to Rome we were told repeatedly – use the carrier the pram is impossible. I’m not really a carrier person and as you can see from the weather above we had no choice but to use the stroller but really it was the best thing we did. We walked from the Trevi fountain to the Vatican City and to the colosseum stopping at many piazzas on the way. It was absolutely fine and it easy. The pram survived the ordeal easily and the baby was very content. Now if you are going to use the metro or go into the Vatican, colosseum or museums the carrier is an essential but if you want to walk the city don’t think you can’t do it with a pram!
Have you been your Rome – what are your top tips for families traveling with a baby?
You may also be interested in my post: Reasons why Rome is the perfect city break for families with babies and young children
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