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Miami with a Baby

The founder of Passported guides us through family-friendly Miami.

Miami with a Baby

Thinking about visiting Miami with a baby? There's nothing like a long, cold winter to finally inspire you to go South with baby. Forget blurry memories of Miami bachelor parties and wild girlfriend getaways. The new Miami offers as much for families as it does for singles, and it’s the easy choice for a first foray into traveling with kids. Here’s why this sizzling beach town is a Passported favorite: More than a beach Babes and beaches have a complicated relationship. Sand goes in mouths, diapers, eyes and anywhere else a grabby baby can put it. And no one enjoys the slathering of sunscreen. So while it’s fun to spend time by the sea, gone are the days (for now) of spending all day on a sunbed. Miami has lovely beaches, including very calm lagoons like Matheson Hammock where even early walkers can toddle in the surf. But it also has great boardwalks for strolling and plenty of attractions beyond the beach. Since babies aren’t opinionated about activities, it’s easy for parents to explore the cool galleries of Wynwood, shop the high-end stores in the Design District or scope out the amazing new Perez Art Museum while baby naps in the pram. Hip family-friendly hotels New parents make plenty of sacrifices, but a cool hotel doesn’t have to be one of them. Hip hangouts including Soho Beach House, the James Royal Palm and the Miami Beach EDITION welcome families, from children’s menus in their hotspot restaurants to colorful play areas and locations overlooking the beach and the boardwalk, our favorite place for an early-morning jog or an afternoon walk to kick-start naptime. They also all have cool bars and romantic nooks, so parents can book a sitter for date night but be an elevator ride away in case duty calls. Food you’ll want to eat We adore the Caribbean, but resort food rarely makes a must-eat list. Miami, on the other hand, is a warm-weather destination with a serious foodie scene. For lunch, stop by the Standard for great views, Tongue & Cheek for a killer Cuban sandwich, Wynwood Kitchen for a break from the galleries or the famous Design District eatery Michael’s Genuine (we also love the sister restaurant Harry’s for pizza). Taquiza in South Beach has takeaway tacos if you want to grab lunch to eat by the water. For dinner en famille, go for Thai at Khong River House, stone crabs at Joe’s, comfort food at Yardbird or Italian at Cecconi’s. Flights you can afford Most warm-weather destinations have limited direct flights, so securing a spot can get expensive. Frequent nonstops serve Miami’s airport, giving families more choices of when to travel and how much to pay to get there. Hint: the Fort Lauderdale airport is smaller, less hectic and has JetBlue, so if you’re staying at one of the more northern Miami hotels like the Acqualina, the St. Regis Bal Harbour or the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, flying via FLL rather than MIA is a great choice. by CEO and Co-Founder of Passported Henley Vazquez

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She sought out premium, all natural fabrics and factories that shared her core values, practicing environmentally friendly manufacturing methods with fair and safe working conditions for employees. As a result, her made in the USA, gender-neutral designs check all the boxes. The sustainable, organic basics are perfect for everyday wear, family photos and any adventure in between.

Lucy Lue Organics: Sustainably and ethically-produced modern baby clothes

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Sontakey: Simple bracelets that speak your mind

Sontakey has been such a hit in the Motherly Shop that we knew it was time to expand the line. And since these beautiful mantra bands look so stunning stacked, more options = more fun.

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Sorry, you can’t meet our baby yet

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In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.

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I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

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When Chrissy Teigen announced her third pregnancy earlier this year we were so happy for her and now our hearts are with her as she is going through a pain that is unimaginable for many, but one that so many other mothers know.

Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

In a social media post, Teigen explained she named this baby Jack.

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"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," she wrote.

She continued: "We never decide on our babies' names until the last possible moment after they're born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever."

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