Jordan is a generally easy place to travel with children.  People in general love babies and small children; even lots of older men cooed at our babe when we walked around with her in Amman’s downtown market, and locals with markets in Petra were all eager to offer Veda their blessings against the “Evil Eye.”  For those staying in Amman for a longer length of stay, there are music and playgroup classes, but it is pretty limited in things to do with little ones for a short trip, definitely lacks public green spaces and sidewalks, and is particularly challenging because of the popularity of smoking, so it’s difficult to avoid second-hand smoke, especially at restaurants.  I give Jordan an overall rating of 3/5 for travel with babies.  Don’t forget a sun hat and sunscreen anywhere you go in Jordan with baby!

Getting Around

Rating: (2/5)

Public transportation is nearly non-existent in Jordan.  There are some buses, but they are difficult to figure out.  I know that lots of back-packers opt for buses when getting out of Amman, as well, and I would have definitely done the same in my college traveling days, but not with a baby.  It’s inconvenient, unpredictable, and unsafe.

We always rent a car in Jordan, as driving is basically a must wherever you are traveling.  Taxis in Amman are plentiful and really cheap, but not extraordinarily safe for babies and kids (many don’t have seat belts and are erratic drivers).  Driving in Jordan is erratic in general, with no respect for common driving courtesy, signaling, or lanes, and lots of high speed drivers.  A well-secured car seat is a must.

People generally don’t walk in Jordan.  Sidewalks, if they exist, are generally cracked, are not curbed, and most have trees planted in the middle of them, so strollers in Amman are extremely impractical.  There are some areas that are walk-able once arriving there (such as Rainbow Street and Downtown Amman), but it is advisable to drive and park or take a taxi to arrive there.

There are many tourist destinations in Jordan (see below in Things to Do) and are easily reached in 30 minutes to three hours maximum by road, if you are driving in Jordan.

Health & Safety

Rating: (4/5)

Jordan has great medical care, pediatrics, prenatal, and emergency care, and also has lots of pharmacies, seemingly on every street block in Amman.

Restaurant hygiene and sanitation is generally good, and there are many upscale restaurants.  Precautions should be taken with water, such as boiling water or using bottled water, and I always make sure to sterilize any bottles/ pumping/ baby eating ware by boiling it all in hot water.

As mentioned above, traffic safety is non-existent in Jordan, especially in Amman, mostly without usable sidewalks, so using a stroller is out of the question (opt for a baby wrap or carrier if baby is still small enough), unless you are somewhere like Rainbow Street, which at least has wide sidewalk areas (but curbs are non-existent).

Check out the CDC website for up-to-date information on health recommendations for travel in Jordan.

Breast-feeding Friendliness

Rating: (2/5)

Jordan is a Muslim country where most traditional women are fully covered, and both traditional and more modern women wear scarves on their heads in Amman.  Exposing breasts in public is a no-no, and you’ll attract a lot of unwanted attention if you attempt this.

I did a lot of breastfeeding and pumping in public restrooms on toilet seats while I was there, which was unpleasant.  In more westernized places, like restaurants in Abdoun or Rainbow Street, I was more comfortable discreetly breastfeeding in public places, and did so, but made sure to fully cover myself and baby’s head (which she hates) with a wrap or scarf.

If it is an option and you’ll be out and about, I would recommend bringing along a bottle of expressed breast milk for baby, especially if you will be in more conservative areas of town, such as downtown, to avoid having to breastfeed on a toilet seat.

Finding Baby Stuff

Rating: (3/5)

It’s easy to find disposable diapers and wipes, bottles, and standard baby foods and cereals and most grocery stores or pharmacies, although diapers and jarred baby food can be quite pricey, so if you can bring your own, that would be best.  However, if you are looking for specialized products such as dairy-free cereals or dairy-free formulas, this is very difficult to find, even at high-end grocery stores in Amman.

It is also easy to find general baby toiletries like baby shampoo, talc powder, etc.  I would definitely bring enough standard medicines such as fever reducer, gas relief, etc. as I am a bit skeptical of what is sold over-the-counter there for baby use and safety.  It’s also more difficult to find organic products or things like baby-safe sunscreen and bug repellent, so come prepared with your own.

If you are looking for baby clothes or toys, these are also plentiful and many shops or malls, but things can be pricey.

Things to Do

Rating: (3/5)

Jordan is a great country to explore with many archaeological treasures and natural beauty.  It can be an exciting place for small children and even babies to soak in the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes.  However, it’s not necessarily geared toward small children or babies, offering limited amounts of baby- or child-oriented activities and places, and many of the site-seeing would only be appropriate for adventurous parents willing to leave the stroller behind and tackle lots of steps with a baby in tow.  Below is a list of some of the sight-seeing we’ve done with baby in-town:


Downtown: Downtown Amman is a hustling old part of the city with local markets alive, especially on Saturday mornings, selling anything from used shoes to pirated DVDs.  There’s little shops and vendors selling falafel, hummus, and halal meat.  It’s bustling, and there’s several historical sites to see, so it’s worth checking out.  It’ definitely not stroller friendly, so baby will have to be worn, and smaller children will have to be tightly gripping your hand.

Rainbow Street: This is just up the hill from downtown Amman (there’s a long steep flight of steps leading up to it).  It’s a small area that is very westernized and with an eclectic hipster feel to it.  There’s lots of coffee shops, art shops, and all sorts of ethnic restaurants.  They often have little street fairs/ art souks on the weekends.  It’s a relaxed place to take a stroll, and one of the only places in Amman where it might be appropriate to use a stroller (it has wide sidewalks and traffic moves slowly).

Outside Amman

Petra: Check out my blog post on Petra!

Dead Sea: Check out my blog post on the Dead Sea!

Wadi Rum Desert:  Check out my blog post on Wadi Rum!

Jarash, Ajlun, Madaba, and Umm Qays are other places we have gone on day trips to with baby.  They all require walking around and are not stroller-friendly.

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    • Ha! Yes, toilet seats are generally not an option depending where you are (breast feeding over a pit would definitely not be ideal), but I did do some breast feeding on a toilet seat in Abdoun, probably one of the few areas with toilet seats that I encountered :).

  • Hello! Im going to jordan in a few weeks with my baby he will be 2 months old. Could u tell me if I need a baby seat for my baby when travelling by car ? Any other advice for travelling with a newborn ?

    • Hi Shay, I hope you have a wonderful trip to Jordan with your 2 month old in a few weeks! I traveled several times to Jordan with my infant and found it to be an easy country to travel in with her. I definitely recommend bringing a car seat for your baby to Jordan as you will have to travel by car anywhere you go. I highly recommend the Sit’N’Stroll for travel, and it is appropriate for use with newborns and small infants. Please check out my web site for lots of information on traveling with a newborn. In general, I highly recommend baby wearing, breastfeeding (if you do so) as it is great to give baby immunity and much easier for food on the go. Baby will be so little that it will be easy to wear him/her and move about pretty easily! Have fun and let me know if you have any specific questions.

  • Hi~ we are planning a trip to Jordan next month with my 8 month old, after reading ur blog post do you think we should bring the stroller with us? as it seems some places are not stroller friendly. Cheers!

    • Dear Cindy- enjoy Jordan, especially with your baby! What do you have planned? I would not bring a stroller to Jordan. There aren’t many sidewalks, and where there are there are too many obstacles. Most places that are worth visiting you will not be able to use a stroller as there will be too many stairs that require climbing. In general, Jordan is car country, and there aren’t safe places to a push a stroller outside. If you bring one, you won’t get much use out of it, if any at all. I would definitely bring a baby carrier or baby wrap and plan on transporting baby that way. And definitely bring a car seat! Good-luck!

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