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Old 07-14-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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Take a baby at 3 months or 7 months?

Hi! We are DL regulars but first time parents. Our little guy is due at the end of September and we (okay mostly me) can't wait to take him to DL! I know at this age the trip is really for us, but I am looking for some advice. We have two options that we are toying with.

A little back story- I am a teacher but currently laid off. I might be recalled the week before school starts but I have not decided if I will go back or take a year Leave of Absence. The idea of returning to a new school, new staff, new kids and setting up my room at 8 months pregnant is very overwhelming. So, money is a bit tight but not unmanageable.

Option A) Go in mid December, baby will be almost 3 months old. We have GAD tickets that will be expiring if we don't use them. If we don't do this trip, I will donate them to the Boys and Girls Club. We would stay at the Hilton on DH's points. Pros- pretty cheap trip, baby should be fairly easy at that age, Xmas decorations

Option B) Go in early May- baby will be about 7 months old. We would have to buy tickets. We might stay on property if a good deal comes out, but could stay at the Hilton if money is still tight. Pros- baby will be more "engaged," possibilty of staying on property, more time to save money, better weather

What do you think? My biggest concern is the baby- when would you say is a "better" time to take him? Oh yeah- either trip we will be driving (5-6 hours)
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:02 PM   #2
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I would take option A. Your baby will sleep almost the whole time (except for feeds) whereas at 7 months they could possibly be a little more fussy
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I did a lot of traveling with dd when she was little... since either trip will really be more for you guys, I'd do the earlier cheaper trip... at 3 months the car ride will be much easier on all of you... you'll just have to pull over to nurse/diaper change a couple of times... and the rest will probably be sleep... at 7 months baby will be more active... and have started some solid foods, so you'll have to haul that stuff with you too! Get a good baby carrier (I loved my ergo) and go when the bambino is tiny... then save up your $$ for a really fun trip when they are 2ish and will love riding dumbo etc!
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:05 PM   #4
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I would go when the baby is 3 months--he'll be content to be in a carrier, snuggled up close to you.
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:37 PM   #5
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Hands down, go in December! A 3 month old will be much easier to travel with than a 7 month old.
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:46 PM   #6
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Took my grand daughter at 1 month and then again at 9 months old. Both trips were great. The first one she slept most of the time and the baby statins became our way to get her fed (Heated bottles ect....) At 9 months she was more alert to watch and interact. She hated Mickey and minnie mouse. That trip was still as much fun. Id vote plan A because of money saved.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:34 PM   #7
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Are those the only options ~ why not 5-6 months, not quite so new and not yet mobile..... But if it's 3 or 7 months I'd probably say 3.
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I would take option A. Your baby will sleep almost the whole time (except for feeds) whereas at 7 months they could possibly be a little more fussy
Yep. 7 months and it's likely they will be crawling and want to be put down and exploring. I would go at 3 months, no doubt.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:19 PM   #9
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We took our daughter at 3 months and other than my wife having to stop and feed every few hours she really just slept and hung out in a baby bjourn. I agree with the others and would reccomend 3 months vs. 7.
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I would wait until she's 7 months. At 3 months, she's still building up the last of her immunities. With so many people from all over the world congregating at Disney, there's so many germs! Some Asians have a 100-day celebration for new borns because that's the time when the baby is believed to be strong/healthy enough to not have to worry about those things. Then again, it's an extremely antiquated tradition.
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I vote for 3 months too. A 7 month old get bored easier and might be crawling at that point and want to get in/out of the stroller.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:48 PM   #12
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Thanks guys! I am actually surprised and I really thought everyone would say 7 months! 5-6 months is spring break/ Easter time and we want to avoid the bigger crowds. Easter is April 24 this year and AZ spring breaks start March 14, so I figured it was best to avoid everything in between. I guess late Feb/ Early March is a possibility. Any earlier than that, I figure we may as well go when we have our free tickets.

Thanks for all the advice!
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:46 PM   #13
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Either age is great fun. Christmas is beautiful though and less ride closures.
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I'd vote 7 months. Babies are not nursing quite as frequently, but they still sleep a lot.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:01 AM   #15
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I'm torn...I'm a mom of 4 (oldest is 18) with nearly two decades of experience with DLR trips with kids. I'd say 3 months because the trip will be easier on you, but then again, as a PP stated, I'd be concerned about the baby's immature immune system and all the GRIME and germs floating around the parks and hotel.

Case in point...we just got back Saturday from 5 days in the parks. My kids are currently 5,9,12, and 18. When I got to the hotel, I wiped and sprayed the entire place down with Lysol and Clorox wipes (including spraying the carpet AND the sheets/pillowcases!)...we used Purell after almost every ride, and I had the kids wash their hands probably half a dozen times per day. Made them shower and wear clean jammies each and every night of our trip. EVEN had them gargle with saltwater and used Qtips to put saltwater in their nostrils (not every single night, but a few times...) to ward off anything they may have been exposed to.

And still, after all that, my two boys started with sore throats the morning we left the hotel, and now we all have a really heavy duty, miserable cold.

A 3 month old is easier to keep away from the germs, though...they aren't quite as ept at having their hands out grabbing every surface before promptly stuffing their little fingers into their mouths. On the other hand, Christmas time is flu season; just something to keep in mind. Not sleeping for days on end while caring for and worrying about a tiny sick baby is noooooooo fun.

Take care, and be well. Congratulations on your impending arrival!
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