If you’re new to Hanoi, then first and foremost, welcome to your new home. I sincerely hope that you will make true and lasting friends and memories in your time here. There is a lovely community of parents with children that will warmly welcome you and assimilate you into this place we now call home.

 

As a new mother with a newborn, my first priority is vaccines. We are currently insured with FMP in Hanoi and we love it. They are a small, intimate family clinic, with great service and honest prices. They have a fantastic new paediatrician who has received rave reviews. The service in the clinic also comes in several languages and I’ve had nothing but great experiences there.

 

There are other clinics and hospitals in Hanoi. International SOS is a clinic and also comes highly recommended, has a wonderful reputation and also administers vaccines. However, there has been a shortage of several vaccines lately. So if you’re looking to have vaccines administered here in Hanoi, please check out these clinics’ webpage online and contact them and see what they have available.

 

Making Contact

 

Whether you’re a working or stay-at-home parent, moving to a new city is tough with children in tow and even tougher when you don’t know anyone. But there are plenty of groups and playgroups to help you find your place in this city.

 

There are two recommendations, the first being my favourite:

 

Mommies and Babies of Hanoi

 

This Facebook group is all about support, sharing, selling and helping, and is all round wonderful.

 

Hanoi Kids

 

This Facebook group deals with events and more swapping and sharing of information.

 

If you would like to meet some parents and their babies, there are two well-attended playgroups.

 

The Kitchen

 

Every Tuesday from 9am to when you’re ready to leave.

Age-group: Newborns to 24 months.

 

Playcafe

 

Every Friday from 10am to when you’re ready to leave.

Age-group: 24 months and older.

 

If you’re looking for a nanny or a daytime play school to send your child to, there are numerous options. The best ones are always referred and this will take a bit more research and some time in Hanoi to decide what is best for you and your family.

 

But between the Facebook group pages and the new mothers you will meet, you will find all your needs met.

 

Services

 

Here are a few services, teachers and professionals and their contact details if you would like to introduce your children to any new activities to meet other children and of course for you to mingle with other adults too.

 

Alexia Berta

 

Swimming teacher for kids and Aqua, pre- and post-natal yoga. More info on swimhanoi.com.

 

Chi Nguyen

 

Baby music classes, private guitar, piano, drums, voice and more music lessons. Workshops and events space. 83 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi.

 

Kelly Havlin

 

Registered nurse, midwife and lactation consultant. Licensed, adult, child and infant CPR and first aid instructor. Child birth educator. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01296 425628.

 

Elizabeth Lucy

 

Registered nurse and health visitor. Maternal mental health, child development and immunizations. Specializing in children aged up to five. Call 0936 091487.

 

General Info

 

Click on the Concordia International School’s information page — concordiahanoi.org/student-life#kids

 

Good luck with the move, I hope to meet you soon at one of the playgroups and welcome to Hanoi.

 

If you have any comments or queries, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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