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Visiting Bali With a Baby or Toddler: 10 Reasons Why You Should Bring Your Baby & Kids

Guest Post written by Val Berndt at A full-time travel baby and her parents. All photos by Val Berndt

Visiting Bali With a Baby or Toddler 10 Reasons Why You Should Bring Your Baby & Kids
, bali with our daughter .A friendly local waitress helping us at Finns Beach Club, Bali
A friendly local waitress helping us at Finns Beach Club, Bali

It’s so Child- Friendly: Indonesians love babies and children

Indonesians are one of the most baby and kid friendly people you meet while traveling. Locals love children deeply from their heart and will do anything to entertain your little ones. This is especially handy if you want to finish your meal. Our friendly waitress at Finns Beach Club kindly offered to care for and hold our daughter whilst I finished eating.

Indonesian food is great for kids too

Worried your child won’t eat different food, especially if not used to a spicy palate? Indonesia is a great place to start their adventurous palate with different child-friendly foods. Local cooking and local fruit is delicious and easy for baby food options for those weaning! Here are some easy meal time suggestions to look out for on menus below, and some must try Indonesian desserts!

  • Fried rice (nasi goreng)
  • Satay (grilled meat skewers)
  • Fried noodles (mie goreng)
  • Spring rolls (lumpia)
  • Chicken noodles (mie ayam)
  • Chicken congee (bubur ayam)
  • Thick pancakes (terang bulan)
  • Siomay dumplings.
Gili Air
in Gili with our baby

Find a small piece of paradise:

Gili Air is one of the three Gili Islands just of the coast of Lombok. Gili Air has no cars and the only vehicles are bicycles and horse buggies. It is a peaceful, rustic little island with beautiful beaches and safe swimming water for your kids. Pure relaxation.

There are also many beach beds with a roof providing shade, which are perfect for babies. You can walk around the island within approximately one hour, so you never get lost.

Although it feels quite remote there are nice restaurants with delicious local food all around. The boat ride only takes 1 hour from Bali, making it easy to reach and doable in a week or 2 week itinerary.

Don’t forget yo bring a mosquito net and mosquito repellent as well as baby supplies like bottles, wipes, baby carrier etc as walking is the easiest way to get around and explore the island.

Laguna, Canggu in south Bali is now sadly closed

Hippies and Hipsters:

Bali really has it all. While Amed (East Bali) is a relaxed hippie town playing Reggae music and providing Yoga courses, Canggu (South Bali) is filled with funky cafes, restaurants and shops. We liked Blou Cafe. You also see a lot of young families with babies, as most of the locations are very baby & kids friendly.

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Pura Lempuyang

Hike around volcanoes:

There are three volcanoes in Bali and the Agung is the highest of all. You will enjoy picturesque views hiking around it.

There is a particular hike on a mountain at the opposite of the Agung. It offers not only breathtaking views on the great volcano, but also several beautiful temples along the way (Pura Lempuyang). This the is place where the illusion of solitude is given with photos like this above.

Another camera trick is to use a mirror, for the reflection underneath. It is busy with tourists – don’t be fooled but it’s a sightseeing adventure must do!

indonesia bali waterfall with a baby
Git Git Waterfall in North Bali

Accessible waterfalls:

Bali offers a whole range of stunning waterfalls. If you think they are too adventurous with young kids, you might be surprised. Many of them are even accessible with babies.

The Git Git Waterfall in North Bali is short and very easy 15 minute walk from the parking place with a paved road. Surprisingly, it is still rarely crowded.

The Sekumpul Waterfall is great for views from above. Unfortunately, at the end of the way you need to cross a knee-deep river to see it closely. This is not necessary, as the views on the waterfall are spectacular from the top!

Tegenungan Waterfall is also a spectacular Bali natural attraction to visit. 

bali ricefield with a baby

Glowing rice fields:

Bali has probably the most beautiful range of green rice fields and rice terraces, even above waterfalls. It is possible just to stroll around them taking the little paths in between the fields.

Brahma Vihara, temple bali with a baby
Brahma Vihara temple, Bali

Magical temples:

There are so many temples around Bali, that it is easy to find truly peaceful ones without any tourists. The Balinese temples are not just made of stones – they are made of some kind of magic.

If you are lucky and there is an evening celebration, you may just visit it wearing a sarong. Witnessing the Balinese dance throughout is a real culture celebration, rather than some tourist show, is truly special. If you bring your kids along, you will be even more welcomed.

indonesia transport bali

Good infrastructure:

The infrastructure in and to Bali is great. There are a lot direct service flights to Bali from many airlines making it easy to reach from many cities. In Bali the streets are good and you get a cheap taxi driver for a whole day anytime. This makes traveling very easy with public transport as you don’t need to plan anything in advance.

Of course you also find many tour agencies offering a variety of all kinds of trips. You can find hotels for all budgets; some supplying everything you could possible need including babysitting services and baby monitors, with others the bare basics and essentials. Villas with pools are an alternative option if you prefer more space.

bali beach with a baby

Low risk, more fun:

Many tropical destinations have a risk of Malaria or Yellow Fever. You want to avoid Malaria destinations with kids of any age and Yellow fever with babies due to minimum age of vaccinations.

Although it is a tropical destination, you don’t need to fear Malaria or Yellow Fever on Bali and on the Gili Islands. Popular tourist areas in Indonesia, such as Java, Bali, and Jakarta are no, to low risk regions but always check with your healthcare professional for individual advice.

Moreover, in case you need medical treatment, there are several good rated hospitals in Bali if you need for any serious Bali belly or other illnesses. Most Balinese speak good English, so that shouldn’t be a barrier in your healthcare treatment. Finally, that means travel without worries!

Bintang is a local Bali supermarket where you can pick up essentials such as nappies/diapers, sunscreen, formula, snacks and bottled water. There are plenty of other mini markets too. For big stores there is Hypermarket and Carrefour which are located on mainland Bali.

If you are travelling to Bali with teens, Wyld Family Travel have some great suggestions!

Looking for somewhere to stay in Bali? Check out the best resorts in Bali for families.

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Friday 17th of February 2017

Oh my goodness, I absolutely would bring my children to Indonesia and Bali! I can't wait to be able to travel properly with them once we're able to and these two destinations are certainly on my list. Nat.x

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