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88golf88
03-20-2010, 10:19 PM
Obviously Disney is a place for children, but at what ages did all of you take your first child to Disney? There is a pretty good chance that DW and I are expecting. We have a trip planned for late this year as new DVC members and then....SURPRISE!!!

We are trying to figure out what to do. For those of you who took the little ones, how many of you flew? Did you rent strollers down there? What was your experience while you were there? We are obviously obsessed with Disney and we want our little one to enjoy it was well.

Any experiences would be appreciated...

JVL1018
03-20-2010, 10:46 PM
We took our daughter in mid February 2000, she was born in late October 1999. We flew and took her regular stroller with the car seat attachment.

Her next trip she was 10 months old and we flew and took a reclining umbrella stroller-learned that umbrella stroller handles are too short for even averge height people to push around all day-it was uncomfortable and i kept stepping on the wheels. LOL

Next trip she was 13 months and we flew and took an umbrella stroller with extra long handles that fully reclined-that was the best stroller ever.

Next trip she was 19 months and we drove(from NJ)-same stroller as last time.

Next trip she was 3 and her little brother was 1 and we drove and took a side by side double. Ugh, hard to push.

Went every year after that, flying each time, and rented strollers (love those rental strollers-they are not made for infants though) until they were 5 and 7 and were too old for them.

Buckeye Fan
03-20-2010, 11:03 PM
:wave: Hello, Cleveland!!!

We took DS when he was 4, and I swore I'd rather die than go back to Dis. Boy how things change! :rotfl: Since then, we had DD. We took the two of them when DD turned 1. We had an absolutely ball with her.

FWIW, DH and I always took our kids wherever we went. DD was born in late May, and we went to the beach over 4th of July. We had a great time. Just like you would expect, we had to work around her, but I'm really glad we went.

By the way, I hope an early congratulations are in order!!! party:

Gary Pinkos
03-20-2010, 11:06 PM
Hello:
We have three daughters, that are now 20, 16 & 14. But in 1992 Our 20 year old was a only child and 2 1/2 years old. My wife and I wanted to go to Disney (it had been about 10 years since we had last visited) and family and friends advised against it, that our daughter was too young.

Well we didn't listen, and our 2 1/2 year old had a great time, although some days we may have pushed her too far (I like to go to parks early and stay late).

This was right around when Disney started selling the Disney Vacation Club, we did not look into it while we were there, but 6 months later we made a purchase of 270 vacation points, and we have been going once or twice a year ever since (almost every year).

When my next two daughters came along, we kept going to Disney, my wife knew where all the nursing stations were, and she always loved the great accommodations. Naturally when the girls were infants we didn't stay till closing and didn't always get there at opening. We would often do a baby or child swap (I guess Disney still does this?) and this was always very helpful on the adult rides.

For many years drove from PA (18 hour trip from door to door), mostly because I am cheap......although we fly now. We had a two person stroller, and this was great for carrying all our stuff (snacks, baby bottles, juice boxes, diapers, etc) and at the end of the day, it would often be our oldest daughter getting a ride, while I carried one of the smaller ones.....stroller was priceless! As time went by, we did rent strollers on some trips, hated spending the rental money, but I got over it.

I miss the autograph books, and waiting in line to see Mickey or Goofy, we no longer go to Toon Town, or do much in Fantasyland, although we do spend some time there.

My wife did not know she was pregnant on our trip in January 1995, but my youngest daughter who was born in July 1995 had been on Tower of Terror, Space mountain and all the rest while she was in the womb........that actually explains alot about her! :rotfl2:

Enjoy every trip, as the kids grow, the trips change, but they are all priceless!

Take a picture with the whole family in the same place every trip.....we don't have them all, but we have many in front of the train station just outside Magic Kingdom.

Best Wishes,
Gary

hakepb
03-20-2010, 11:12 PM
I really enjoyed appx 6 months. Old enough to notice and enjoy the surroundings, young enough to be happy carried or in a stroller (Once they start crawling/walking, they more want to experience the world on their terms and too much strollering can be difficuly) We drive and We always bought an upgraded umbrella stroller (~$25 on sale) with a reclining seat and basket beneath and get 1 or 2 trips out of it..

Take your time in the parks, you cannot go as fast, learn where the baby stations are in each park. keep afternoon nap times at the resort... If you want pictures, figure out the most agreable time (post nap, post eating or whenever, and do character meet and greets during that time. ) If you still want to do more adventerous rides, learn about the rider swap options... Be prepared for the child to most love something too simple, like the playgrounds (for slightly older ones)..

iwrbnd
03-20-2010, 11:19 PM
We took a 6 month old once and he was a dream from the flight all through the trip.:thumbsup2 Now, taking a teenager? That's another story! :lmao:

vicki_c
03-20-2010, 11:31 PM
We took my son when he was just 2, and we flew. The only thing that was a pain was the car seat on the plane, getting it in the seat and locked in to the seatbelt. Getting on the plane is always so stressful anyway!

My daughter went for the first time when she was 2.5, along with her 4 year old brother! We drove that trip. In fact, we didn't fly again until they were 9 and 7 but that's more because we prefer to drive.

It's a great age to take kids -- they really really are into the magic and the characters (well my kids were). My kids have been many many times since then - they are 8 and 11 now and they definitely have the Disney bug.

loveswdw
03-21-2010, 01:33 AM
DS6 went for the first time when he was still in the womb. DH and I still love to talk about how DS went absolutely crazy kicking Mommy's inside to the music of the American Adventure! But his first "actual" trip, he was 15 months. He was a champ! Couldn't have asked for a better trip.

DS2 was also in the womb his first trip--then he went again at 9 months old. He also was a trooper. And LOVED everything!

Both our boys now have multiple WDW trips under their belts and they both absolutely LOVE WDW and anything Disney.:love: They both have always flown and do fantastic on the planes. DS2 is a little more work right now but for DS6, its old hat. He loves to fly. I personally can't fathom driving 16 hours in a car with 2 little ones. I couldn't stand to be in the car that long, I definitely don't think they'd handle it well.

We've always taken our own strollers but are considering renting one this trip from either Orlando Stroller Rentals or Magic Strollers. We have a Combi Soho that's been great through both kids but its pretty beat up and with DS2 already we don't want to have to "buy" another stroller. We'll see.

Muhlenberg
03-21-2010, 05:17 AM
I just have to say congratulations! And continue planning!!! You're at the point where we were.

My DD25 and I planned a family trip for this coming August. She was in grad school and THEN...she announced there was a little bundle attending her graduation. And so...DD and Nana thought about it...and continued planning. DGD will be 6-1/2 months when we go.:love: There will be 6 of us accompanying her on her first trip. We'll see how this goes.

maryloubsw
03-21-2010, 05:58 AM
Obviously Disney is a place for children, but at what ages did all of you take your first child to Disney? There is a pretty good chance that DW and I are expecting. We have a trip planned for late this year as new DVC members and then....SURPRISE!!!

We are trying to figure out what to do. For those of you who took the little ones, how many of you flew? Did you rent strollers down there? What was your experience while you were there? We are obviously obsessed with Disney and we want our little one to enjoy it was well.

Any experiences would be appreciated...

I personally would never want to take a newborn, but I am new to Disney so I want to ride all the rides. That being said I saw a TON of mothers with their tiny newborns when we were there in February, so I think it's pretty usual to take little babies. Our "baby" was 20 mths when we went down. She walks but rode in the double stroller with our 4.5 yr old most of the time. All the newborns I saw were strapped to mommy's chest in a baby bjorn. I think it will be fine as long as you have someone to help you like a DH or mom or MIL, just another adult:goodvibes
EDIT: I forgot to say the plane ride was kinda torture with the 20 mth old, she squirmed and did not want to sit still and cried for the first hour. It would've been worse in the car so plane is definitley better IMO

n2mm
03-21-2010, 06:40 AM
Been taking our grand children since they've been born. My Grandson's first trip was at 22 months old (before DVC--14 years ago). Stop counting the trips after 20. But as a teen he is no longer interested in going and told me last August he didn't want to come back again. Still trying to get him to go on our cruise with us in November this year! Actually last summer when my GS was 15, we took TWO of his 15 yo friends with us to keep him entertained. We stayed at the BCV in a 2 bedroom and all 3 were no problem at all.

Our first granddaughter's first trip was when she was 6 months old (4 1/2 years ago). At 5 years old she's been about 12 times now (2-3 trips a year)

Our second granddaughter's first trip was when she was 3 months old (she's 2 1/2 years old now) note to self -- this was too young for us especially since it was August and she was not a happy camper! She will be going with us next month and it will be her 6th visit to WDW (and she's not even 3 yet).

Both of the older grandkids are AP holders, and we still have at least one more under 3 trip to make with the younger one.

But there's another one who will take her first trip in Oct/Nov this year on the family cruise. She will be 18 months old. Her mom is not a Disney fan like my other daughter, so no real interest in going to WDW on a regular basis, so guessing she'll only come every other year.

BTW -- we always fly. It's only 2 hours from Dulles airport to WDW and no way would I ever consider taking a train or car to WDW. My back couldn't take it, my nerves couldn't take it and I don't think the little ones could take it either. I take a train to and from work every day (5 hours round trip 4 days a week) and even the idea of a train gives me cold chills. If we can't fly, we would not go. We are very lucky to have several airports an hour's drive from us and have been lucky to score great fares.

kid-at-heart
03-21-2010, 06:41 AM
Our daughter had just turned four when we took her on our first trip. For us and her, it was the perfect age. She still believed every character was real and throughly enjoyed herself. Plus she was low maintainance, did not take naps, could handle several hours of touring, etc. We flew down and again, she handled the trip beautifully.

BBG-BLT
03-21-2010, 06:47 AM
Wow - we took our first (twins) when they were 18 months but I think your question is more when should I take a baby.

Of our third and fourth children we took as babies, we found that before they can walk Disney is great. They stay in their stroller and you can pick them up, go on rides, have pictures taken and then back in the stroller they go. At this age bring your own stroller b/c the WDW strollers aren't that comfortable.

Once they can walk well... that's another story. The most stressful trips have been when our toddlers can walk (or run) but they don't listen. We were dealing with the older 3 this last trip and the almost 2 year old unbuckeled herself from her stroller and started to run (yes I mean run):scared1: down away from TSM. We caught her just before she turned a corner. :eek:

Anyway - we have found baby good :cloud9: between 18 months and 3 years difficult:eek:. Between 3-5 good but they have to get some rest and past that just pretty darn fun.

oct2014
03-21-2010, 07:38 AM
Obviously under 2 months is not advised. We took DS at 4 months (drove/took own stroller with infant carrier attached). I had been really opposed to taking him so young, but it worked out well. You have to be willing to work around the baby's schedule though and don't assume that stroller naps will always do. We took him again at 16 months and found it best to either get that morning nap in the room, or head out early and get back to the room for lunch and the afternoon nap. To some this might seem like a waste of a trip, but we really enjoyed it. These trips were totally different for us. We got to focus just on being at Disney instead of trying to cram in everything!

Caroline

nunzia
03-21-2010, 08:10 AM
We took our daughter at about 3 for the first time. Then we took a bunch of kids and grandkids last May with ages ranging from 18 months to 7 yo (see photo below) and they all had a blast. We heard the same thing about the littlest "she's too little, she won't remember"..but WE will remember and she will THINK she remembers when she looks at the vacation scrapbook I made her family. In January we are taking a son and his new family, and the wife only went once on a band thing and spent part of one day and the kids have never been..so whooo hoo..new eyes to see it all from. Their daughter will be 18 months and I just know how much she'll love all the sights. We typically take the train, and the kids enjoy it enough to not be a pain..my only problem was I didn't realize that the free tickets for under 2 meant they didn't get a seat, and our train was packed and that didn't work as well as it should...I bought a ticket for the 18 month old this time around.

supersuperwendy
03-21-2010, 08:21 AM
We took our oldest when she was 17 months and it went well.

We have a trip coming up in May and we are not brining our new baby who is 4 months old. She is staying with her Grammy!

But...this November is her 1st birthday and we are taking her for that! :yay:

Starr W.
03-21-2010, 09:41 AM
Our daughter had just turned four when we took her on our first trip. For us and her, it was the perfect age. She still believed every character was real and throughly enjoyed herself. Plus she was low maintainance, did not take naps, could handle several hours of touring, etc. We flew down and again, she handled the trip beautifully.

My youngest was 5 on his first trip. Past nap age and would have had a fit if I even suggested a stroller. Walked the parks no problem. Was just about a .5 inch shy of the height limits for the "big" rides, but 6 months later he was tall enough to ride Space Mountain and it's still his favorite ride at WDW.

Though his first comment about the characters was, "they're just people in suits" until he met one up close. He's almost 9 and he you should have seen the smile when Chip stopped to high five him during the AK parade.

tjhsr
03-21-2010, 09:49 AM
First trip for our children they were 2 yrs old. Our 3 DGC made the first trip last Oct. all 3 were 8-9 months old then. There next trip is to VB next month.

dsneygirl
03-21-2010, 09:57 AM
DS went at 3, 5, 10 and 14 months. He was a dream baby and he was free :) He was just along for the ride. At 3 months all he did was sleep. We even took him to the pool set him up in some shade and enjoyed the sun.

medic318
03-21-2010, 09:58 AM
My dd was 21 months on her first trip and she loved it. She is 5 now and counting the minutes till we go again in October. DS will be 7 months then, so it should be interesting. McClaren makes a great umbrella stroller that reclines, has handled that extend, pockets, etc. that is great. Going to borrow it from my in-laws for the trip. My only concern was transportation. We don't rent a car, and there is going to be 7 of us going plus the baby, so we are going to be using buses to get around. We are staying at the THV which we are excited about, but the transportation isn't the most convenient.

DbleTheFun
03-21-2010, 10:07 AM
Took our twins on their first trip to WDW at 11 months, (we did Hawaii with them at 6 months), then again at 15 months (DCL and WDW), 23 months, and have another trip planned for May, where they will be 3 yrs old. All were flights over 5 hours each direction; and needless to say, with the number of times we have done it.... I would do it again in a heartbeat. Each time they enjoyed it for different reasons. We purchase peltor ear muffs to block out the loud noises and allowed them to sleep through the craziness when they were young, and they worked great. Best investment ever! (Used them the first couple trips)

88golf88
03-21-2010, 08:29 PM
Thanks everyone! If we go it looks like we may take the little one around 6 months (again, this may all be speculation at this point). We will have both sets of grandparents with us plus some our siblings (aunts and uncles to the little one) to help out. I agree with the post that says that WE will have the memories from this trip and that we will take our time and really enjoy our trip.

Again, we are still hoping at this point and should know a little bit more by the end of the week!!!:yay:

letitsnow
03-21-2010, 09:00 PM
It might sound crazy but I brought my baby girl when she was only 3 weeks old. We had a baby bjorn which is the greatest invention ever. It kept her warm and people did not touch her. The weather was perfect in January and during the night timesy mom would stay in the hotel room with the baby. It was soooo fun! My 4 mo old niece rode dbo, pirates, Peter pan and all the little kid rides.

Ellester
03-21-2010, 09:11 PM
It might sound crazy but I brought my baby girl when she was only 3 weeks old. We had a baby bjorn which is the greatest invention ever. It kept her warm and people did not touch her. The weather was perfect in January and during the night timesy mom would stay in the hotel room with the baby. It was soooo fun! My 4 mo old niece rode dbo, pirates, Peter pan and all the little kid rides.

Our youngest was 7 weeks when we took her last year (the older kids had first visits at 24 months, 18 months, and 21 months respectively). The newborn was a breeze! She spent most of the day in her sling or snoozing in the stroller. We didn't have to worry about highchairs or feedings (she was totally nursed at the time). We had my mom with me, so we were able to ride everything with the baby swap. The characters LOVED the baby. They all made such a big deal about her. We went in Feb. so the weather was not too hot. She rode many rides in the sling (pretty much everything she was allowed on). She is 15 months now and I know she would be a ton more work. Pre-crawling is a great time because they won't be always wanting to get down and move around. I think crawling is the worst time, there just aren't that many clean places to let them out to crawl in the parks. When they are walking is better, but if they are really little they may like to bolt. Our 15 month old thinks nothing of taking off at a run the second we put her down.

In any case, CONGRATULATIONS! It is SO much fun to re-see Disney through your childs' eyes!

Natalie meeting Mickey.

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r168/jepillar/IMG_0553-1-1.jpg

Sandisw
03-21-2010, 09:27 PM
Congratulations!!! My DD was about 20 months old the first time we went (DS was 5).

My other DD was about 15 months the first time she traveled with us. In all cases, we flew to Disney and it worked out fine.

Of course, we have been traveling most years since 1994 and what we love is that every time we went and they were a different age, they had such a different experience.

The only piece that was a bit tough that first trip was the bus trip back to the FW cabins where we were staying. DH had to stand for over 45 minutes holding her as she slept (no seats). From that point on, we used the rental car and drove to/from all the parks. Much easier with little ones!

zmanandshan
03-21-2010, 09:35 PM
My DS was just under 3 his first trip. He was a trooper, far exceeded expectations. So we'll be taking our youngest DS at 1. My friends originally from CT started a business down there sponsored by this site. Didnt know it my first trip, but I'll be using them this time. They are called Orlando Stroller Rentals. Check it out. They deliver strollers to the resort and pickup.

nunzia
03-22-2010, 07:26 AM
Just a little comment to OPs..the long distance train is, I find, so much nicer than commuter type trains. The route we take, we board the train at 4:30 PM, so they have a few hours of playing, going to the observation car, having snacks, etc..then it's out for the night and when they wake up we are there (train arrives at 6:30am). On the way back we board at 7:30 PM, off to sleep after a busy day in the parks and then get back at noon.
As for the bolting years, not to start 'that' discussion again, but leashes were handy, although rarely used.

movie77
03-22-2010, 09:17 AM
We took our daughter when she was 11 months and this past year she was 2 and her brother was 6 months. It does take a bit longer to get ready in the morning and get everyone out the door. You have to go slow and be ok with that. We rent everything stroller, toddler bed, bumbo seat. Order diapers and baby food so you have to carry less down. That all helped. This October we will be there for our daughters 3rd birthday and her brother will be 18 months so it should be a fun trip :-)

88golf88
03-22-2010, 09:42 AM
Our youngest was 7 weeks when we took her last year (the older kids had first visits at 24 months, 18 months, and 21 months respectively). The newborn was a breeze! She spent most of the day in her sling or snoozing in the stroller. We didn't have to worry about highchairs or feedings (she was totally nursed at the time). We had my mom with me, so we were able to ride everything with the baby swap. The characters LOVED the baby. They all made such a big deal about her. We went in Feb. so the weather was not too hot. She rode many rides in the sling (pretty much everything she was allowed on). She is 15 months now and I know she would be a ton more work. Pre-crawling is a great time because they won't be always wanting to get down and move around. I think crawling is the worst time, there just aren't that many clean places to let them out to crawl in the parks. When they are walking is better, but if they are really little they may like to bolt. Our 15 month old thinks nothing of taking off at a run the second we put her down.

In any case, CONGRATULATIONS! It is SO much fun to re-see Disney through your childs' eyes!

Natalie meeting Mickey.

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r168/jepillar/IMG_0553-1-1.jpg
That picture is priceless. That is the draw to want and take our (hopefully) little one at a young age. With lots of Gma's and Gpa's to help, it should be easy enough. We have been to Disney several times that we are not going to have to rush to get everything in, especially being DVC members. If we need to spend extra time in the room, then we will, no worries!!!

puffkin
03-22-2010, 10:43 AM
Well, technically DS's first trip was in the womb when I was 25 weeks along. We then took him back at 12 weeks old. It was June and I had used all my vacation for the year with my maternity leave, so we figured we would use my last week as a family vacation before I went back to work. He was so easy on that trip :thumbsup2 Would take a baby that young again in a heartbeat!

We didn't go back again until he was 19 monhts old. That trip was much harder. We have since been back every 6 months and each trip has its plusses and challenges (he just turned 4). I must say, he was the easiest on that 3 month trip although when he behaves, he is a ton of fun now to take!

RadioFanatic
03-22-2010, 10:49 AM
I took our only DS at 7 months and then 19 months. Both times went well; however, 7 months was actually easier because you just carried him everywhere and he slept anywhere. AT 19 months, he actually was tougher because we had to go to the room to nap because it was too stimulating otherwise, but still fun.

helloconnie
03-22-2010, 10:55 AM
I was pregnant when I won a trip in the 'Year of a Million Dreams" contest. In case you did not know, these trips have an expiration date on them. Knowing that I would have a newborn (second child) I wanted to make sure we went before it got too hot. So, the date we chose put my newborn at 9 weeks old. Yes, I discussed this at length with my pedi.

It turned out great. We took the infant seat and the stroller. Grandma also came with us. The baby slept the majority of the time and being at WDW did not even phase him. We were allowed to take the infant seat right onto most rides. For the other rides, one of the adults did not ride or we did a child/parent swap.

My pedi just gave us basic common sense rules. Don't let anyone touch the baby. Drape the infant seat with a light weight blanket when the LO was sleeping. Use lots of hand sanitizer before we pick him up.

Congratulations on your pregnancy! And don't worry, Disney World is very doable with babies.

corpcomp
03-22-2010, 06:42 PM
We took our youngest when he was 2 years old. He is now 14 and has been to WDW about 15 times and will be there three more times this year!

Whew! maybe we need a break and go to Tuscany. But the roller coasters in Tuscany are boring.

cel_disney
03-22-2010, 10:13 PM
We have taken DS for his 1st, 2nd, and 3rd birthday. In December, we are planning to go back with him - he will be 4, and presumably his 4 month old sister will be joining us (we are due the end of july)!!

I am actually quite looking forward to traveling with the baby at this age - I think it will be easier than traveling with a 7 month old (4 months means no baby food, just bottles/nursing, and much easier to entertain than a crawler!)!!!!

We always get airplane seats for our kids, so we'll have the carseat on the plane and will bring our inglensina zippy stroller for the airport and when we need a single in the park. I also plan to rent a double stroller (BJCM) for our entire stay since we wont own our own and will need it depending on the time of day we are in the parks. We have taken the Zippy to the parks the past 3 years and I have loved it - it collapses really well so it was easy to bring on transportation but has all of the features that we needed for DS to be comfy in his stroller for the occasional nap as well as our needs to be able to store 'stuff' (and not have it tip over when he got out - which is why we dont bring our Maclaren Quest!).

That being said - if we werent DVC members, I'm not sure we would go (despite the fact that I am dying for a vacation!). Having the washer/dryer in our room is really what sealed the deal - the idea of bringing a weeks worth of clothes for a newborn would kill me!

Also - if you do decide to bring a baby, make sure you have a good baby carrier that you both like! We own a baby bjorn that just doesnt work for us - lots of back pain and baby isnt that comfy either...We are goign to try out an Ergo carrier with this little one - I've heard that its more comfy for baby and parent!

Lastly - we have traveled with family and friends for parts of our trips the past few years...I have to say - its not necessarily easier!! We are deliberately NOT inviting anyone with us for this years trip as it will be much easier for us to care for our children and react to their schedule needs if we dont have to worry about anyone elses plans/agenda!! We still managed to go on all of the big rides thanks to parent swap/fast pass/single rider lines and have had a great time even though we dont go on them together!! We also did get a babysitter one night for our anniversary when DS was 1 - again a better plan for us than leaving our child with family that was there...at least the babysitter was a professional and trained to deal with kids and first aid (heavin forbid it was needed!)! Definitely not the case for my BIL/SIL!!

christa112
03-23-2010, 08:59 AM
We took our youngest when she was 1 1/2 yrs old. Would I have taken her if she was our only child no, but since we had a 6 and 4 yr old at the time we figured what the heck they boys are at a great age to go and she had a great time. She was a bit scared of the characters but liked the princesses.

I love looking back at how little they all where on our 1st trip.

jpolak
03-23-2010, 09:13 AM
DD made her first trip to WDW when she was 10 months and this was pre-DVC. DS was six months when he made his first. We are expecting another DD this June and were supposed to go in August ,but that might be too much for us. We always rent a car so he hit Super Wal-Mart to stock up on diapers, wipes, etc. It is easier to pack what you need for the flight and buy the rest down there. Traveling with kids is a completely different experience. Also bring your own stroller. You check it at the gate and it makes getting through the airport much easier. Alos we rented cribs, and toddler beds from http://www.abbf.com/ and have been thrilled with their service and products. Good Luck and Congrats.

kenny
03-23-2010, 09:16 AM
Just came back from a trip last week with a 5 month old. DD1 went the 1st time when she was 2 1/2.

Didn't find it too bad. Had to slow down a bit as everything takes a little longer with a baby. There were a few times that DD1 and I would go on rides while DW feed DD2 but mostly stayed together.

DD2 is a trooper though. She never complains/crys. Would fall asleep in the stroller or the carrier. She was definitely tired though when we came back from the trip. Slept a lot the 1st few days back.

We did notice we did less this trip then in the past. Meal time took a little longer as DD2 was just starting solids so takes a while to eat. Also seemed like every time we were ready to leave the room, she needed a diaper change.

All in all, would do it again in a second. Just know that the overall pace is a little slower than what you are used too.

WDWMom
03-23-2010, 09:20 AM
We took our first one at 2 1/2 but on her second trip she had a 6 week old DB. I think we took our regular stroller (don't really remember it was 15 years ago). We flew.

I think the only problem we had was being in a hotel room for a week with 4 people. Stayed at Dixie Landings and the nightly feedings woke everyone up. Not much sleep and we were a crabby bunch.

Did it again 18 months later with a 5 year old, 18 month and 3 month old. Had a double stroller by then that all 3 kids could get in if necessary.

dvcdisney
03-23-2010, 09:45 AM
The first time we took our son was when he was almost 3 years old. With our daughter, she was almost 9 months when she went on her first trip to Disney.

I found it to be alot easier when they were smaller. The strollers were used for napping and resting and the baby care centres were good for feeding and changing diapers.

Kewz1
03-23-2010, 10:09 AM
My daughter was 5 months and my son was 7 weeks.

Kristen

daddey
03-23-2010, 10:47 AM
The first time we went my kids were 3,4 and 10 and that was in 2004. My daughter was born in 2007 and she was just shy of a year old when we took her. She actually loved the characters. She is now 3 years old and she has been 5 times and has a blast. The only thing that is cumbersome is the child swap when you want to go on certain rides. We were really excited last year when we went in August and she went on the haunted mansion with us. She loved it! My 7 year old went on it for the first time also. Eventually we will all be able to ride together but it is still a great time regardless. It's not all about rides.

jelwallace
03-23-2010, 10:51 AM
My girls were 1 1/2 years old when we first went to disney. One of the reasons I bought into DVC was so that I can have a nice room to stretch out in and have a kitchen and a washer dryer right in the room. As you will soon discover children are always hungry and are very messy! Having the kitchen in the room meant I always had snacks and having the washer/dryer meant I could do laundry at anytime.
My only piece of advice is let the child dictate the day. In other words you won't see and do everything anymore. Go back to the room and get a nice rest time and pool time away from the crowds and the heat. You belong to DVC now which means you will be going to Disney for years to come. Every trip with the kids is different in its own way. Enjoy

helloconnie
03-24-2010, 01:37 PM
BTW... If you are formula feeding, I would recommend getting the already mixed formula in the 6 oz (and/or 2 oz) bottles. You can buy disposable nipples like the ones they give you in the hospital on eBay. When you are done with a feeding you can throw the entire unit away. It makes travel a lot easier and you don't need to worry about cleaning or santizing bottles in a hotel room. The con is the price tag. However, if you plan in advance and buy a little at a time, it will be worth it. I would start with the nipples since I found purchasing them on eBay a bit competitive.

A2Goofy
03-25-2010, 06:41 AM
The first tim we took our oldest when he 18 months. He had fun, but may not remember much from it. We went with my in-laws, so there was four of us with one little boy. A check in clerk at the airport commented on our need for four adults to take one kid to Disney World! :rotfl2:

The first time we took our youngest was when he was about 11 months. Again, he had fun, but probably does not remember anything from it. He does remember things from when he was 2-1/2, though.

With younger kids, try not to do too much all at once. I would recommend at least one down day to go to a pool, etc. We have had meltdown issues with our oldest, due to issues with being too tired or something. We have had to leave DHS twice due to his meltdowns on two different trips.

Good luck, and enjoy the trip to WDW! :thumbsup2

Crystal_27
03-25-2010, 08:42 AM
Our first trip with DD was when she was 3.5 year old, and we had such a wonderful time - - I truly wish that we would have taken her much sooner than we did. Granted, we drove down, but she did great with the 8 hour drive and, aside from a couple of meltdowns at the parks, she did great! :goodvibes

rocketriter
03-25-2010, 11:41 AM
We gave each child a trip to WDW as a 5th birthday present. Our son, at that age, was overwhelmed and did not enjoy his first three days. Then he took the Peter Pan ride and something clicked, after which he was fine. Our daughter, on the other hand, was ready for anything the moment she stepped into the parks.

nexttripdisney
03-30-2010, 07:24 PM
Our fourth child visited WDW for the first time when he was just shy of 2 months old. The doctor had no problem with this. We purchased a stroller at Wal-Mart that reclined flat and had a "mosquito net" that rolled down over the normally open space. I liked this A LOT because it kept curious people from touching or getting too close to the baby.

We utilized the baby stations but it was easy to change him in the stroller if needed. He mostly slept whenever he felt like it (often) and it was quite easy to have him in the parks with us.

Of course, I didn't ride very many rides but it was a blessing just to be there with all our children and I knew there would be many more trips in our future. And there has been!

SassyLassy
03-30-2010, 09:00 PM
This will be the 1st trip for both of our kids. Our DS will be 2.5 and our DD will be almost 15 months! We cant wait to experience it with them and hope you have a wonderful time!

my2disneydivas
03-31-2010, 08:24 AM
We started going to WDW when our oldest dd turned 5 and our youngest dd's first trip was when she was 2 and she did really well.

JasonDVC
03-31-2010, 08:47 AM
We are taking our 1yo. next month.

We took her on a road trip to Monteal and Quebec City when she was 2 months and she did better than great so we hope for similar results this time. Only difference this trip is that we are flying. We'll see how that goes. :thumbsup2

dr&momto2boys
03-31-2010, 01:53 PM
5 months old was are youngest so far, but I'd actually like to plan a WDW trip with a ten week old. I'd like a trip at the end of my 12 week maternity leave. :) The oldest any of my kids has made it without going to WDW is 15 months!

Derby4me
03-31-2010, 07:45 PM
Took our 10 month old in December and had the BEST time! We brought our own stoller (the airline lets you take one for free) and a backpack carrier for when we were in line for a ride. We just took everything in stride and had NO expectations. She did wonderfully and we are actually going back in a few weeks.

Ericandjenng
03-31-2010, 07:56 PM
Our first was 13 months old and has loved it ever since. Now we are taking our Princess at 5 months old. We'll see how it goes. I did find the cutest Princess dress for her today at Penney's for her first Princess breakfast.princess:

Cuddlemama
04-01-2010, 08:58 PM
My youngest was 4 months on her first trip. She was only 7 pounds at the time (preemie), though, so most people kept asking if she was a newborn. She spent her vacation in the sling or, rarely, in the stroller (her 2 year old brother was in the stroller most of the time). It was an incredible vacation.

She likes to tell everybody that she's so brave she rode Haunted Mansion and Pirates when she was only a tiny, tiny baby.

My other kids were 2 1/2 and 1ish on their first trip, and that was far more complicated.

lilosurf11
04-02-2010, 11:15 AM
My mom told me that she started taking my twin brother and I when we were 18 months old. :cool1: (I have an older brother though)

katied
04-02-2010, 12:25 PM
DS went first at 6 months. He's been again at 8 mo, 13 mo, 18, mo, 20 mo, 2 1/2 yrs, and now we're planning a trip for Jan 2011 with DS at 3 1/2 + new baby who will be 5 mo at the time.

We've flown every time.

We take our own stroller every time too.

We've always booked DS a seat on the airplane, so 13 mo and under we took the car seat. 18 Mo & older we had a CARES harness for him on the plane.

DS (and I) have had a blast on all trips. Now, he loves to look at pictures of himself as a baby at Disney!

SEC
04-02-2010, 02:36 PM
We took our daughter at 11 months for the first time. Baby number 2 will probably go earlier since now we know the younger the easier! We always fly and bring a small stroller.

delaneyc52
04-02-2010, 06:54 PM
We waited. Six was the age we first took our frat boy/girl twins to Disney. I could have taken them earlier - but as it all turned out, six seemed to be a very magical age. My heart thumps when I think of that trip because it was wonderful.:love:

edk35
04-02-2010, 07:45 PM
In 1993 our son was born on on Oct. 13th and we too him and his older sister that had just turned 3 in Oct. to WDW the 1st or 2nd week of Dec. We stayed at the CR so that was nice with the monorail and all. We were very surprised at all the iddy biddy babies we saw on that trip. Our dd was 21 months old the first time she went. Our third child ds was almost 4.... :guilty: poor guy...but we have since made up for it. ;)

Prometheus
04-03-2010, 07:16 PM
DS was almost 2 for the first time he went. It was land and sea vacation and he enjoys the cruise part much better. Part of it I think it was the weather, it was very hot. Since then, he went back several times and enjoy each of the visit. I found WDW is the easiest place to take kids for vaction. There is always place to buy food and drinks when necessary and more important, there is always a clean bathroom close by. Somehow, nothing can wait with my kid.

We always fly and I usual pick times that he will spend part of the trip sleeping such as later morning. Red eye flight worked really well with him as well when he was little.

We took him to DL the first time when he was 6 months old and he was taking in everything as he was sitting in the stroller or while in an adult's arms. I have some of the cutest video when he was trying to dance as the parade was going on.

Now he is almost eight, and start asking to visit other places instead of WDW. We don't go as often now compare to a few years ago. I miss the convienance thar WDW offers compare to all the other places that we visit.

ses1230
04-03-2010, 07:56 PM
Obviously Disney is a place for children, but at what ages did all of you take your first child to Disney? There is a pretty good chance that DW and I are expecting. We have a trip planned for late this year as new DVC members and then....SURPRISE!!!

We are trying to figure out what to do. For those of you who took the little ones, how many of you flew? Did you rent strollers down there? What was your experience while you were there? We are obviously obsessed with Disney and we want our little one to enjoy it was well.

Any experiences would be appreciated...

DD#1 was 15 months old and DD#2 was 9 months old. We have always flown down - I get carsick and Philly is just too far away for me to drive.

We always bring our own stroller. The kiddos are more comfy in it, it reclines and it has decent storage. I would not rent from Disney b/c I think they look uncomfortable (hard plastic, no recline) and it's expensive. We find it helpful to have the stroller at the airport since we always have a few carry-ons and at MCO you have to get on a train-shuttle thing to get to where ME is.

Find out where the baby centers are at each park and make use of them. They are great for a quiet, cool break. It is also so much nicer to change a diaper on a real changing table as opposed to the rest room.

A front carrier was helpful when they want to be out of the stroller.

If it is hot, a battery powered clip on fan and a light blanket helps cool down the stroller.

We ship a box down with diapers, wipes, baby food, our ponchos, etc. to save room and extra weight in the suitcase. I also buy a return label and ship the box back home.

We also have done grocery delivery for water, milk, soda and small snacks.

Have fun and congratulations!

cush1
04-03-2010, 08:59 PM
We ship a box down with diapers, wipes, baby food, our ponchos, etc. to save room and extra weight in the suitcase. I also buy a return label and ship the box back home.

Have fun and congratulations!

How does the return label thing work? Do you pay in advance?

Thanks!

jamaka66
04-03-2010, 09:13 PM
I took my daughter at age 3 then my grandson at age 3 both had a wonderful time and they do remember it. This year we took my 16 month old granddaughter and we had a great time. We flew so we brought her car seat on the plane and then had it for the rental car. They have an umbrella stroller which we brought and used in the airport as well as in the parks. She was great, not very understanding about waiting in lines but loved the characters. I would say the most important thing is to let the kids control the pace, when they are done then you're done. We went back to the room and let her nap everyday and it was a nice break for all of us. Having a DVC room is a huge advantage because you have space and a kitchen, so much easier. I think that you should bring the baby along, everybody loves Disney.

kimberh
04-03-2010, 10:44 PM
I took my son at 7 months old in 1978, then last Oct we took our Granddaughter at 7 months. My son took his son at 10 months old. They all did great.

nytimez
04-03-2010, 11:04 PM
My daughter's first trip was at 8 months. She's now 4 1/2 and has been there 7 times. She's spoiled. Except for that first trip, when she wasn't even walking yet, she's been in complete love with the place, and each time we're there she surprises me with the level of interest she has.

Iggipolka
04-03-2010, 11:18 PM
I took my daughter Lillian, when she was three months old and then again when she was 10 months old. She did great both times, but I was more relaxed when she was 10 months and didn't have to worry about her frying in the Florida sun.

We rented a stroller, but I mostly wore her in a Moby Wrap when she was 3 months and a Mai Thai when she was 10 months. It was just easier than dealing with the stroller and she napped much better when she was on me than in the stroller.

The plane ride wasn't fun, but it could have been much worse.

sandieb
04-04-2010, 05:43 AM
We started bringing our grandchildren before they were a year old. When they were little guys we spent more time at the pool or Typhoon Lagoon. We now have 7 grandchildren and they have been once or twice a year their whole lives. They know and love WDW. We usually stay at our home resort, BCV. We have stayed at Saratoga Springs the last few years when we made spur of the moment trips, and we really like the convienent parking, bus stops and "neighborhood pools." We also own at Hilton Head - they absolutely love it there! I wish we had more points, but we have twice gone and stayed with cash reservations.
Sandie

ses1230
04-04-2010, 06:24 AM
How does the return label thing work? Do you pay in advance?

Thanks!

Yes. I shipped it from home to the resort from our local UPS store. At that time I also bought the return label - I think it was $16 each way.

Then the day we departed WDW, I put the new label on the box and took the box to bell services and they sent to it for me.

Disney93
04-18-2010, 04:29 AM
On our last trip we had our grandchildren, all 4 of them ages 11yo, 4yo, 11months and the baby, 20 days old. We flew from Wa. St. and the kids were great all the way there and back, lots of sleeping. :grouphug:

TK Brown
04-18-2010, 07:43 AM
We took DS5 when he was 3mo old. It was great! He slept most of the time, so we got creative. We took pictures of him with all the characters while he was snoozing. Now, we show him the pictures of that trip and it cracks him up.

brandylouwho
04-18-2010, 08:00 AM
The youngest child we ever took was 4 months old. 4 months was less work than the 18 month old. ;) It got better when the kids turned 3/4.

She flew as a lap child (terrible of us, I know) but DH refused to lug the carseat around. Flight was awesome, afterall, she was in momma's arms.

She used an umbrella type stroller with an extra head support insert (like you can buy for carseats). We also wore her around the parks in a bjorn air and a ring sling. Again, DH said a big no way to taking the travel system stroller to the parks. On eof held or wore her while we ate.

She was mostly breastfed, so no issues with carrying bottles around. I am not shy and BF just about anywhere (covered up of course). I loved doing so in the dark shows like Philharmagic. We did take several changes of clothes though along each dayand on at least one occassion still needed to buy more in the parks (was not an easy task to find a tiny outfit in DHS).

We toured a bit differently--had to be more laid back, take things slower. It was nice. Sometimes I'd go to the baby station while the rest of our group did a ride or two. That was my choice for some quiet time with baby. We are get up and go morning people, but we did not always stay very late. That year we skipped Fantasmic & Illuminations. We did stay late for Wishes & Spectromagic one night. The crush of people scared me. We ended up in the hub area and I was carrying the baby. I felt like I could not escape. I may have been some strange momma bear instinct, but I will never put myself in that position again.

My kids were always sleep anywhere sort of kids, so they just slept in the stroller.

We usually order groceries anyway, so I just had WeGoShop buy our diapers & wipes too (less to pack).

JWG
04-18-2010, 09:43 AM
11 mos. but not yet walking (good).
Slept through most stuff, so was still "our trip". We went back when she was 2.5 and the trip was much more about her. Went again at 3.5 and the trip was ALL about her.

She'll be 5 on the next trip, so we'll see how that goes.

katied
04-18-2010, 10:10 AM
DS was 6 months for his first trip. We flew down (actually, I flew down with DS, and my MIL flew on her own, because DS was along with me for a work trip on the East Coast before our WDW trip).

DS has been at 6 mo, 8 mo, 13 mo, 18 mo, 20 mo, 32 mo ...

Next trip is planned with DS at 3 1/2, and his soon to arrive baby sibling. The new baby will be 7 mo for this trip.

Obviously, I've found it a really easy, and fun trip, with little ones or we wouldn't keep going back.