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Old 12-28-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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1st trip to WDW for older 2, leaving baby at home? Advice?

Okay, DH and I have decided to take our older boys (they will be 6 and 4) to WDW for their 1st trip after school lets out in late May. Our DD will be 11 months, and we're thinking of leaving her home with my parents while we're gone. I hate the thought of traveling without her, but my DH thinks we'll be able to move alot quicker through the parks without her with us.

Has anyone here done this? thoughts? We both think that it will be too hot for her, and that everyone (including the baby at home with Grandma & Grandpa!) will have a better time with this arrangement (except for me--we've never traveled without our kids!).

We're thinking 5 nights...most likely on property at a moderate resort.
Any advice would be appreciated....we're newbies! TIA
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:24 PM   #2
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I couldn't but that is just me. Our kids have always gone. We took DD when she was 15mos in the middle of August. It was hot but we worked around it.

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Old 12-28-2009, 05:27 PM   #3
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I have done it with all 3 of my kids. On our honeymoon we left 1st (and only at that point) with granny. Then when we took our 1st we left our 2nd who was 16 months and then when we took both boys we leftt DD who was 11months. My mum kept each of the kids for us and they had a great time. My mum done some nice things with them and when we came home she had made us a photo album of what they had got up to. We were away for 15 days each time and the kids were fine. The kids that we took each time with us enjoyed their trip and it meant we were all able to ride together as we never had a baby with us. The baby will not know any difference and will enjoy whereever she is.

You can have a nice trip with the older kids and think about what you can do with your little princess when she is slightly older and you take her. It is nice for the older kids to get away without baby as we all know how much time babies take up. When I took my older boys I told them it was their treat at being great big brothers and being patient while I had to deal with the baby.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:29 PM   #4
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I couldn't but that is just me. Our kids have always gone. We took DD when she was 15mos in the middle of August. It was hot but we worked around it.
I'm still struggling with the decision....but I can always change my mind if I need to. She won't need a plane ticket or park ticket....
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:29 PM   #5
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I've left all of my kids at home with the grandparents, the earliest at 6 weeks. When dd8 was 3 months old, we left her with the grandparents to spend a week at the beach, 10 hour drive. We had a great time with our 3 and 5 year old, and the grandparents had one on one time with their granddaughter. My parents are so close with my kids - yesterday mom took dd13 and her 5 friends to the mall, and took dd6, ds6, and dd8 to BAB at the mall today!
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:32 PM   #6
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We took DD when she was 10 months old and had a great time and she was HARDLY an easy baby. I was mortified to go up until we go there and thought it was going to be absolutely miserable. She did great and there were so many moments that we will never forget. She may not remember but we have pictures and memories. If you do decide to take the LO realize that you won't be able to do Disney quickly and there will be speedbumps along the way but at the same time it's so much fun to see how much they can enjoy! DD learned a lot while we were down there too!
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:32 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=scottish mum;34782954]I have done it with all 3 of my kids. ...The kids that we took each time with us enjoyed their trip and it meant we were all able to ride together as we never had a baby with us. The baby will not know any difference and will enjoy whereever she is.

That's what my husband is thinking. My boys are so close in age that they will love riding with both of us without worrying about ride switch etc.

Thanks so much for your insight and story about how you have done helps to hear!
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:33 PM   #8
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"DH thinks we'll be able to move alot quicker through the parks without her with us.

If that's the reasoning, and the ONLY reasoning, I don't think it's sound.

If anyone's going to slow the group down, it's the 4 year old. 4 year olds drag and want to look at flowers and ducks and they get so tired and all of that. 11 months old sit in the Ergo carrier or in the stroller and are happy. At least that's been my experience with my one kid. Except that DS wasn't ina stroller at 11 months so I have NO idea how he would have been, but he was happy to be in arms or the mei tai!

The 6 year old will be able to go on things the 4 year old can't (most likely) so a parent will have to sit out for some rides anyway...might as well have the littlest one, too!

I would think the pictures just wouldn't be the same without all of them there... At least until they are all old enough to understand solo-kid trips, that is.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:37 PM   #9
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We don't have anyone to leave our kids with for that long, so I can't help with that decision (believe me a weekend away with out kids would be bliss)

That said we have taken our little ones with us and we found it easy as pie. Including the 12 hours of flight to get there. My kids are quite well travelled.

Good luck with your decision, it must be hard, but what ever you decide don't feel guilty it will be the right decision for your family.

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Old 12-28-2009, 05:48 PM   #10
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I think it's definitely a personal decision. I doubt the little one would make things much slower (other than maybe needing to head in earlier at night if she won't nap in the stroller?), as she can do most of the things her older brothers can do. For me, I can't imagine a big family trip without one member of our family. We did 2 nights away when DD2 was a baby, but that was just me and DH... both of our girls were gone. Just one gone seems kinda silly to me - she wouldn't mind right now, but may when she's older and sees the pictures.

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Old 12-28-2009, 06:16 PM   #11
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I couldn't do it with a little one that age. Our DD was 16mo for our holiday trip and just loved every minute of it! Your middle child is still stroller aged and probably not big enough for many of the thrill rides anyway, so I really don't think having the baby along will slow things down too badly. I don't mind traveling without my kids as appropriate - our May trip will be without DH & the 11yo, who have no interest in Flower & Garden festival - but Disney is one of such a small number of destinations that really has something to offer even the youngest children that "too young" just doesn't enter into my thinking at all.

Our little one slowed us down a bit because she's walking (running, jumping, splashing...) and wanted some time to explore under her own power (and Disney is GREAT for offering safe places to do that if your little one does happen to be walking by 11mo), but she spent most of the time happy in her stroller just watching everything go by and she LOVED the rides she did go on. At 11mo she'd have been even easier, because at that point she wasn't walking well enough to want out of the stroller when we were moving. My older kids are 11 & 8 and they didn't feel the baby slowed us down too much; they loved baby swap because they got to ride so many things twice with only one wait in line and we pretty much went at their pace for the entire trip.

As a side note, my DH was very skeptical about taking such a young child too, but he's a total convert now. Disney is so much fun for kids that age, all the music and colors and parades are just awe-inspiring, and it was great fun watching her reaction to things that we take for granted or overlook altogether. Something as simple as the Mickey balloon we tied to her stroller tray on our first MK day got a big smile and a giggle and a "me mouse" every morning for the whole week, and the look on her face when she saw the huge mass of balloons the vendor on Main Street was carrying was priceless!
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When DS#1 was 5 we took him without his brother who was just 2.5. When ds#2 was 5 we took him with his big brother and left dd, 16 months with grandparents.

We took all 3 when dd was 3 and I took DD when she turned 5 for a girls only weekend.

Your daughter would enjoy WDW but it will change your trip. Take just your boys and they will enjoy the time "alone" with you.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:08 PM   #13
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I couldnt imagine a vacation of mine without one of my kids. Our first trip my youngest turned one while on vacation. He and our entire family enjoyed the entire trip...bottles, binkies, diapers and alL!
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:30 PM   #14
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I would definitly leave the baby at home. We took older DD when she was almost 4 on a trip to an amusement park a few hours away. Younger DD was 1.5 years old and had lots of fun at home, and didn't realize what she was missing. It was just 100 times easier! Not having to worry about naps and diapers, etc.

DOn't feel guilty at all! YOu're spending a lot of money and want to get hte most out of it!
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:57 PM   #15
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It is totally a personal decision, but we just got back from Disney with our 6yo, 3.75 yo, and 9 mo. Like someone else said, it wasn't the baby that slowed us down at all. It was the almost 4 yo. He just had to explore *everything*. Or perhaps it was the 6 yo that had to ride every ride 4 times. The baby loved everything about the experience, though. She rode rides, she watched shows and she love, love, loved the characters.

I wouldn't stress about it if you decide to bring her. For us, it was a natural part of our family vacation to have her along. She wasn't a 'burden' (not that you are saying your baby is--but you know ). And, the older kiddos loooooved the rider swap. It meant they got to ride all the big rides twice in a row.

All that said, we've already told the boys we'll go back once DD hits 40 inches so we can all ride most of the rides together.
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