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jerzyzkat119 09-06-2012 02:12 PM

Infant Tips
So I am starting to get a little stressed. I have been to Disney numerous times in the past 10 years, yet I have never done Disney with a child. I just recently had a baby boy, July 31, 2012 and we are planning our first trip with the baby March 1st-8th. We were originally supposed to go in December, however, I decided I wanted to wait until he was a few months older. He will be 7 months old at the time of travel. What I am looking for are any tips on traveling with an infant and doing Disney with an infant.

Where: AoA - LM section and have the normal dining plan.
When: March 1st-8th
Who: Me, DBF, DS, and my boyfriend's mom (we are all flying from NJ) also joining us will be my mom and her husband (who are Florida residents)

I'm just concerned that I will fail at this because I usually feel like I have Disney so under control. This time, I'm concerned. I appreciate any advice you may have.

Like silly stuff I'm thinking about - a diaper that something I can leave with my stroller in stroller parking, or do I carry a smaller bag so that I can take it on rides and what not? (I would of course carry my personal items in a smaller bag to take on rides and all)

Here are a few pictures of my family!

CHASE PATRICK with his Mickey Mouse blanket (he is my Disney Baby :) )

Here are the proud Mommy and Daddy

MHSweb79 09-06-2012 02:19 PM

I've seen a TON of diaper bags left with strollers at Disney. It's up to you if you feel comfortable doing that or not. Just be sure that they are closed up tightly- the squirrels have learned that a little digging through an open (or even partially open) bag can give big rewards and they'll hop right in.

As for planning, well, you are of course aware that your entire trip will revolve around DS's schedule and moods, so you'll have to be a lot more flexible. With all those grandma's around, you should be able to get a few hours to yourselves, and that's where I would spend my time on planning.

As for what a 7-month old will enjoy at WDW, I'd say he'll enjoy whatever he enjoys at home- music, singing, colors, motion, etc. Just be sure to keep him comfortable and well rested.

I would consider getting the Photopass CD so you can get lots of pictures of the whole group- everyone will want one of the baby (and themselves) in front of the castle!

pikaboo27 09-06-2012 02:30 PM

Aww, what a cutie. My DS has that same green onesie! lol

I would not leave a diaper bag on the stroller. We carry a Skip Hop diaper bag (it's black and grey and therefore masculine enough for DH to carry lol) and it has my wallet, the camera, and everything DS needs. I did leave things like his Ergo carrier and the floppy seat in the stroller when we weren't using them, but otherwise, everything went with us on the attractions.

We've done 3 disney trips with DS (at 10 weeks, 4 months, and 6.5 months) and it's been great. My favorite though was this most recent trip at 6.5 months. Before he was just along for the ride. Now he loves the characters and all the people and the colors. Such a great time.

jerzyzkat119 09-06-2012 03:00 PM

Thanks ladies! I know we will have a lot of extra hands to help us and give us some time. I know I will be working off his schedule. As of right now he seems to have a pretty laid back temperament. Hoping he stays this way. :)

hipporina 09-06-2012 10:34 PM

I understand your stress. We are leaving a week from Saturday and our youngest will be 7 months too. We adopted all of our other kids older, so this is our first time traveling with a baby and I'm stressing. I'm planning on ordering most of the stuff I will need for him (diapers, wipes, baby food, etc) from and having it delivered to the resort (we are at AoA too). Our little guy is very easy going (as the youngest of 9, he has to be) and I think he will love it.

2binak 09-08-2012 08:18 PM

We took DD when she was 8 months old and it was actually a great trip! We kept a bag attached to the stroller that held a few diapers, wipes, changing pads, snacks & a blanket so we could quickly grab them as needed. We kept extra of those items in our backpack which was with us at all times. We'd replenish the stroller bag as needed. We also kept water, bottles, formula & babyfood in our backpack so that we could feed DD where ever we were, with or without the stroller.

Ziploc #1 - clean disposable bibs, disposable spoons, disposable table toppers & bottle nipples
Ziploc #2 - for dirty spoons & dirty bottle nipples (we used Playtex Nursers)

We also had a Rayshade which provided full protection from the sun. I would highly recommend getting one, even if your stroller has a great sunshade like ours did. The shade helped keep out all light and some noise during naps.

dsneprincess 09-08-2012 09:19 PM

We took both our sons as infants. We left the diaper bag with the stroller for the most part if we were just on a ride & off, like POTC. However, in Tomorrowland, we would carry because we would park stroller & go on TTA, Buzz & COP, so there would be more chance of needing something out of it. I carried bottles of water & used the formula packets for formula so no need to keep bottle cold or try to heat up. Brought extra receiving blankets, too: for warmth, makeshift changing pads, to cover baby when person nearby was coughing or sniffling, sun protection, etc. We used UV swimshirts for DS#2 as infant as that was an August trip. Carried extra wipes to wipe high chairs, which I covered with a high chair protector. Carried change of clothes in a ziplock to keep dry in case of rain & to have for wet clothes if needed. Had a bar of fels naptha soap in room to wet & soap formula stains (or any other stain on anyone's clothes) at end of night, hang to dry & then can hold to wash when get home & stain will still be gone. Poncho or rain cover for stroller, the bags they sell for pet cleanup for dirty diapers, esp. in hotel rooms! I will keep thinking.

esquared221 09-09-2012 09:14 AM

First of all- what a CUTE baby!

I've been to WDW with DD when she was little and so I thought I'd weigh in on this :)

A smallish back pack is the way to go. You can pack all the essentials for DS and your wallets, phones etc and easily take it with you on the rides. Whatever doesn't fit (hoodies, changes of clothes etc) can be stashed in the under the stroller compartment.

Just follow DS' cues, take it slow and take LOTS of pictures. Sounds like there will be more trips as DS gets older so don't feel like you need to cram everything into this trip. Have fun!

crzyeeyoreangel 09-10-2012 01:23 PM

Just started to plan our 2nd trip and babys first....he will be a year old makes me feel better than you all have younger than me going.

turtle man 09-11-2012 10:33 PM

i would recommend, not going. Do you really want to be one of the mothers pushing stroller around all day, up hills, down hills. Pushing a stroller through crowds. I would wait until my child can walk around on his own all day and remember the vacation. It would be easiest for you, and less stress on your family.

dsneprincess 09-12-2012 12:55 AM


Originally Posted by turtle man
i would recommend, not going. Do you really want to be one of the mothers pushing stroller around all day, up hills, down hills. Pushing a stroller through crowds. I would wait until my child can walk around on his own all day and remember the vacation. It would be easiest for you, and less stress on your family.

Ignore this!! We took a toddler & a 12 year old in August. It is SOOO much easier when they are happy & contained in the stroller. Disney is not a tough park to push a stroller through, unlike some others. (Hershey's hills come to mind here!) Yes, the baby sets the pace & schedule somewhat, but no one has to deal with the wisecracks & attitudes you get from a 'tween. Disney is super baby friendly.

jerzyzkat119 09-12-2012 07:15 AM

Ohhhh no it doesn't bother me! People who judge and try to discourage me only make me laugh. That was not a tip i was looking for, but everyone has the right to speak their mind! We are going regardless of what any debbie downer thinks. My mom couldn't afford to take me until I was 16, and though I absolutely loved it, and still do, she wishes she had those younger memories with me.

This will not be DS only trip! Because I'm so obsessed, we will visit once a year if we can. So yes, I want to be one of those stroller pushing moms, who must conquer the "hills" with an infant and his schedule to follow. He's only this young once and my entire family is more than willing to help. My son will not "ruin" it for anyone!

Disneyprincess - yes those hills in Hershey are a nightmare, and guess where else... Sea world! I did that pregnant in March and was aching by the end of the day. Like I said my mom is a Florida resident so I only see her once or twice a year now. She thought sea world would be great because of all the shows and exhibits, well those hills and large spread out layout were enough!

We will take it slow and enjoy what we can - there will always be another trip on the horizon!
I thank all who gave useful information and will be using it while we plan for March!!! :)

Samuelle 09-12-2012 12:58 PM

Hi, we took our DD when she was 6 months old and it was no trouble! I really recommend using the babycare centres in each park, they are a lovely place to feed and change your baby and just take some time out if you need it. Have a great time!

Tricia's mom 09-13-2012 11:02 AM

You will never travel to the world this easy ever again !!! LOL.

Have a magical trip.

GS2263 09-13-2012 11:51 AM

I took my son when he was a baby. It was NO problem at all! No, he didn't remember any if his trips until he was 3 1/2, but we LOVED watching him have fun. I'm certainly not keeping him home until he'll remember everything! ;)

My daughter was 5 and we still took her in a stroller. It's a great place to stash jackets, etc., and most kids aren't used to walking for 12 hours a day. (We NEVER go back to the hotel during the day.) Keep what you'll need with you for the amount of time you think you'll be away from the stroller. (Ex: 30 min. wait time, plus the length of the ride.)

They have great baby stations as well! (Check out the one in MK behind Crystal Palace!)

Don't forget a light blanket, and maybe clothespin type clips to use as a sun shade when they are napping!

Have a magical trip!!!! :)

(Stop in town hall for a first visit button. If the baby is in need of a haircut, the barber on Main Street does first haircuts, with perks!...Chevk it out!)

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