Milan is a city which you can discover easily with your baby -even by walking- if you pay attention to some aspects while planning your trip. Here is a list of 5 tips that I created for you.
1. Book the right place for getting around easy: I created this itinerary below on visitacity.com by including the very main touristic areas and attractions which you can see easily by walking. So the ideal accommodation would be within the circle that I drew on the map. However, it can be costly.
The area which covers all these tourist attractions is intersected with 2 Metro lines: Red and Yellow. Even if the red line has more stations than the yellow one in this area, I suggest you find a hotel which has a walking distance to any station on the yellow line. The reason is simple! The yellow line has elevators which you will need to move with the stroller! On top of that, it reaches to the heart of the city, Duomo!
2. Be sure that you have your crib at your accommodation: Most of the hotels have cribs available at no charge. However, some of them can charge very high prices. Some of them do not even have any.
You can call the hotel either before booking or some days before your trip to secure your crib. You and your baby embrace each brand new day having had a good rest during the night.
3. Have an idea about metro lines: Milan is a city that you can explore by walking or taking public transportation when needed, only if you know how to move with public transportation because it can sometimes be very frustrating.
Milan has 4 metro lines that cover well most of the tourist attractions: M1 (Rosso/Red), M2 (Verde/Green), M3 (Gialla / Yellow) and M4 ( Lilla / lilac ). The red and green lines are older than the other ones. For this reason, they are not well equipped for families traveling with strollers. Most of the time you cannot find an elevator. Yellow and Lilac lines are equipped with lifts. So check how far is your accommodation from yellow and lilac. You can check this updated list of metro lines and stations equipped with elevators (Ascensori in Italian)
There are also tram and train lines passing through the city. If you want to find the closest station you can use this map of Milan Transportation Services:
4. Find the closest supermarket to your accommodation: If you search for milk, fresh food or diapers for your baby, you can find a lot of small/big supermarkets in the city center accessible from your accommodation. Some of the supermarket chains that you can check the distance to your accommodation:
• Carrefour / Carrefour Express
• Auchan / MyAuchan
If you are searching for Bio food, you can try finding the followings:
• Bio c’ Bon
5. Breastfeeding and changing while getting around: About breastfeeding, I recommend you to do it in any clean and quiet place you find at any time your baby need. This was what I was doing while I was breastfeeding my baby without any problem.
If you prefer to do it in a more adequate place, Milan municipality launched “Happy Popping” initiative to provide mums with infants rooms that are equipped with comfortable armchairs for breast-feeding, changing tables, bins for used nappies. The good news is that some of them are either inside or close to the main touristic attractions. Here is the list of the available rooms:
– Palazzo Reale Mostre, Piazza Duomo 12
– Museo di Storia Naturale, Indro Montanelli Gardens, Corso Venezia 55
– Assessorato alle Politiche Sociali, Largo Treves 2
– Sportello Lavoro, Via D’Annunzio 15
Borough libraries and offices
– Anagrafe decentrata, Via Sansovino 9
– Biblioteca Tibaldi, Via Tibaldi 41
– Biblioteca Zara, Viale Zara 100
– Biblioteca Dergano, Via Baldinucci 76
– Biblioteca Gallaratese, Centro Commerciale Bonola
– Farmacia n. 83, Viale Monza 226
– Farmacia n. 60, Via Marco D’Agrate 1
– Farmacia n. 30, Via Francesco Pizzolpasso
– Farmacia n. 38, Via Michele Saponaro 2
– Farmacia n. 70, Viale Famagosta 36
– Farmacia n. 68, Piazza Ernesto De Angeli
– Farmacia n. 29, Via Michele Lessona 55
– Farmacia n. 32, Via Eugenio Pellini 1
– Farmacia n. 42, Piazza Pietro Frattini
– Farmacia n. 7, Via delle Forze Armate 328
– Farmacia n. 5, Via Maffeo Bagarotti 38
Besides, you can also use this map of bars, restaurants, libraries, etc. which contributes to the “Happy Popping” project rendering their restrooms which are equipped with changing tables to mothers with babies.
If you urgently change your baby’s diaper and you are not close to any of these places, don’t hesitate to ask the nearest bar or restaurant if they have any changing table (fasciatoio in Italian) in their restroom. They will be happy to help a mother!