What I Wish I Knew Before Visiting Paris with a Toddler!

Kiersten Brooke Travels Paris

There’s so much to do in Paris with a toddler and we had the best time visiting. It’s actually the place we most want to revisit as a family after our month of European adventures across 6 countries! Paris is incredibly kid-friendly overall, making it a blast for everyone. I feel like there’s something for everyone there! However, there are some things we learned during our time in Paris that I want to share with you guys. They would’ve been super helpful to know before our trip!

Tip 1: Pre-book tickets to museums/activities ahead of time

The lines can get hours long to get into tourist attractions, so pre-booking the tickets helps you avoid most of the long lines. This will allow you to see more in a day without wasting time online and help keep your toddler happier that’s constantly on the move!

Our favorite sites that we checked out in our 3 days in Paris that Addie enjoyed as well were:

  • The Louvre: Definitely a must-visit spot. Somehow they let us skip the line since we had a stroller and we got to go down this awesome elevator too. It was awesome seeing the iconic Mona Lisa and down in the Medieval section there were spots Adaline could walk around and explore.
  • Luxembourg Gardens: A beautiful park to check out and have some fun.
  • Conceigerie: One awesome museum we were so interested in was the Conceigerie. We all were super impressed with the augmented reality that showed how the prison used to look hundreds of years ago.
  • Eiffel Tower: We didn’t go up but Addie really loved the nearby carousel, a sightseeing river cruise, and we also really enjoyed a day trip to the Palace of Versailles.

Tip 2: If you are visiting Versailles- you’re totally going to want to rent a golf cart to explore the grounds outside!

We misjudged Adaline’s nap timing, and she ended up falling asleep just as we were heading out to the huge grounds, which was disappointing as we didn’t get to see as much as we had hoped.

Tip 3: You’re going to want a small travel stroller

The streets are narrow and it’s so much easier to make it through crowds, narrow doorways, and weave through museums! Also, if you are taking the metro there are many times where you may not have an elevator and have to take the stroller down- so you want something you can easily fold and carry.

Tip 4: Keep them busy in the stroller!

If you’re planning to do a lot of walking, it’s a good idea to keep your little one entertained in the stroller. Bring along some toys or snacks to keep them occupied. We noticed that many local parents would give their children a small croissant or baguette to keep them busy, and we tried that idea ourselves—it worked pretty well!

Tip 5: Diaper changing stations can be hard to find at times

If you see one, take advantage and use it. You’ll thank yourself later 🤪. Otherwise, we ended up changing diapers in the stroller outside, but since we visited in early March, it was quite cold, and I felt sorry for changing her outside in the chilly weather!

Tip 6: You won’t need a car seat if you are taking public transportation everywhere!

Your baby or toddler can usually remain in the stroller when using public transport. However, if you need to use a car seat for a particular journey, I discovered that hiring a private transfer or taxi and requesting a car seat was the most reliable option.

Tip 7: Mix up museums and more “adult” oriented experiences with more kid-friendly spots!

There are plenty of fun parks where your little one can enjoy and burn off some energy. Additionally, if you can manage to get your baby or toddler to nap while you’re out and about, it’s a perfect opportunity to visit a museum they might not find interesting.

Paris is truly a fantastic destination for families with toddlers. By following these tips, you can make the most out of your trip and ensure that both you and your little one have an unforgettable experience in the City of Love.

For more tips on traveling with toddlers and exploring family-friendly destinations, check out our other posts on family travel. And if you have any questions or want to share your own experiences, feel free to leave a comment below. Bon Voyage!


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