Singapore with a Baby or Toddler – The Ultimate Guide

Having explored Southeast Asia extensively over the past decade, including with my 18-month-old baby, I’ve come to appreciate the joys and challenges of traveling with a little one.

Depending on the destination, some of these joys (or challenges) can be more pronounced. Thankfully, Singapore makes it a bit easier with easy navigation and family-forward environment.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to traveling with a baby or toddler in Singapore:

Singapore Baby Friendliness

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Similar to Thailand and Bali, Singapore is a remarkably baby-friendly destination. Locals are warm and welcoming, and you’ll find that people are generally accommodating towards families with young children. Whether you’re exploring the city or relaxing at a resort, Singaporeans are quick to offer a friendly smile.

You’ll find family lines at the airport, which must be the best in the world, along with well stocked family bathrooms with hot water and clean changing areas.

We also found that many establishments, especially higher-end ones, provide amenities like high chairs and cribs. High chairs were also available at nearly every restaurant, though they may not be as available at hawker centers, which tend to operate more like the traditional Southeast Asia street food scene.

Additionally, some resorts offer nanny services, providing parents with much-needed relaxation time.

Safety Considerations

Safety is paramount when traveling with a baby, and Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world and is regularly named the safest country in Asia. Violent crime is rare, and locals generally appreciate following and enforcing rules.

We even found a long queue at an elevator once and the local man near the front made sure everyone let us get on first since we had a stroller. You don’t see that everywhere!

  • Tap water is safe to drink, but bottled water is readily available for added convenience.
  • Mosquitoes can be a nuisance, but we didn’t encounter many since they appear to spray.
  • Car seats are required in taxis, so if you plan to take them, you’ll need to bring one (this is our travel car seat)
  • Avoid areas with monkeys, as they can be aggressive.
  • Check for jellyfish before allowing your baby into the water if you visit Sentosa.

Finding Baby Items in Singapore

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Singapore offers easy access to baby essentials like diapers and wipes. Supermarkets and convenience stores stock a wide range of international baby products, particularly the higher end ones like CS Fresh, ensuring you’re never too far from necessities.

We found baby food and toddler snacks snacks from all over the world (though they were pricey), plant milk, diapers, a wide range of formula, and wipes easily.

It’s also possible to rent baby gear in Singapore. Here’s a listing of several companies that rent out everything from strollers to car seats and toys.

Singapore Changi airport also has strollers available for use in the terminals. They’re the hard plastic kind, but if you’re just going to be transiting, it’s an option. I highly recommend flying Singapore Airlines, which we’ve flown twice now. It’s one of the best airlines in the world, and has a large business class seat, should you opt for that with a lap infant.

Best Places to Visit and Stay in Singapore with a Baby or Toddler

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Singapore boasts a plethora of family-friendly attractions, catering to visitors of all ages. Some notable spots include:

  • Singapore Zoo and Night Safari: Perfect for animal-loving families.
  • Gardens by the Bay: Explore the stunning botanical gardens and futuristic Supertree Grove.
  • Sentosa Island: Enjoy a day of fun at the beach, theme parks, and attractions like Universal Studios Singapore.
  • Marina Bay Sands: Take in panoramic views of the city skyline and enjoy family-friendly activities.
  • ArtScience Museum: Though the museum has several exhibits, the Future World was a favorite of ours, with smaller scale teamLab installations. This one is particularly geared towards families! Sign up for the free Marina Bay membership for the cheapest tickets.
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens: Stroll through lush greenery and enjoy a picnic with your little one.

As for where to stay, we loved the Intercontinental‘s family suite on Middle Road. It was a super clean, nice hotel with slides and bunk beds right in the room! Their extensive breakfast buffet and pool were added bonuses.

Getting around Singapore with a Baby or Toddler

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Navigating Singapore with a baby is relatively straightforward, thanks to its efficient public transportation system, extensive sidewalk system, and abundant ramps and elevators. Options include:

  • MRT (Mass Rapid Transit): The subway system is clean, safe, and stroller-friendly. Each station has an elevator, and it’s as easy as tapping your credit card to ride. No buying tickets or tokens needed.
  • Taxis and Ride-Hailing Services: Grab and traditional taxis are readily available and equipped to accommodate families, though you need to have a car seat.
  • Bicycles: We noticed bike rentals all around town, many of which had seats for toddlers and kids. We didn’t try them out ourselves, but for shorter jaunts, this might be a nice option for families.
  • Walking: Singapore isn’t huge. Many attractions are within walking distance of each other, making it convenient for families with strollers. In the city center, building overhangs are common, which helps prevent getting wet from the frequent rain.
  • Baby Carrier: For added flexibility, consider using a baby carrier for crowded places or areas inaccessible by stroller.

Food and Water Safety

Singapore is renowned for its diverse culinary scene, but it’s essential to prioritize food and water safety, especially when traveling with a baby.

Generally, Singapore has strict food regulations, and hawker centers are inspected regularly. food-borne illness is rare there, though it can happen anywhere.

Our biggest concern was food allergies, so we stuck to western food for my son (who can’t have peanut) but indulged in Chinese food ourselves.

Strollers, Changing Facilities, and Beach Safety

Bring along a compact stroller (we used the Joolz Aer) for easy maneuverability, particularly in crowded areas. While changing facilities are common in malls and tourist attractions, they might be limited elsewhere. Plan ahead and carry essentials like diapers and wipes.

For beach outings, exercise caution and check for any hazards like jellyfish. Keep your baby safe by using sun protection gear and staying vigilant near water bodies.

Final Thoughts on Singapore with a Baby or Toddler

Traveling with a baby in Singapore offers a delightful blend of adventure and relaxation. By prioritizing safety, planning ahead, and embracing the warmth of the locals, you can create lasting memories with your little one in this vibrant city-state. So pack your bags, embark on your Singaporean adventure, and cherish every moment with your family.

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