one year old in parks

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by JenetixK, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. JenetixK

    JenetixK Mouseketeer

    Mar 2, 2005
    We are thinking of taking a trip when our DD will be almost five and DS will be one. I can't decide if taking a large baby who won't be walking very well will be a disaster. We didn't take our daughter until she was almost 2. I am most concerned about waiting for rides. There's no way around holding the baby while you wait in lines, right? I am petite and wearing him already gets tiring after a short while. Can you wear the baby onto rides or would I have to take him in and out? Do you think we should go for it or wait until next year? :sad1: Thanks!
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  3. ElenaRN

    ElenaRN Mouseketeer

    Jul 24, 2011
    We took DD when she was 11 months. It was a great trip.
    She wasn't walking yet, but cruising a lot.
    I think it was perfect bc she was still content to be in the stroller or carrier.
    I did wear her a lot. I left her in the carrier for most rides.
  4. souslesoleil

    souslesoleil Wishing for Sun!

    Jun 6, 2011
    I do not believe you're allowed to wear babies onto rides, however, there are baby/child swap areas where you could always wait with the baby while your husband rides with your daughter, and then switch off.
    I've heard stories of people bringing babies to Disney and having a wonderful time; the characters are very accommodating and will often sit the baby on their lap for pictures, etc. It's really up to you and your family's preferences, but overall I think you would still manage to have a great time! :)
  5. tpoo

    tpoo Earning My Ears

    Dec 27, 2012
    I wore my 8 month old on most rides last year. It does help if you have a SSC that allows for side positions like a Beco Gemini
  6. msmama

    msmama DIS Veteran

    Jan 21, 2009
    Took my son at 10 months, but he was already walking.

    I did wear him on some rides (Mexico boat ride for sure) but took him out for many others (when I wanted him facing forward).

    We had my Mom with me at the time so sometimes DH and I would ride while she and baby stayed outside to play and walk (which she was happy to do) so maybe you and DH could take turns riding with your older child.

    Or, if baby isn't walking well yet, maybe he'd be happy just cruising in circles around you.

    As crazy as my son can be, we've never really had many issues with lines (knocking on wood right now so I don't jinx myself).
  7. sbeaulieu

    sbeaulieu Mouseketeer

    Jul 10, 2010
    I'm here now and have carried my 6 month old in the Bjorn, forward facing, for most rides. When he is sleeping in the stroller or when we ride a ride with a height restriction, we have taken turns sitting out with him. It helps that my parents are with us. My other 2 have been so excited when their little brother is able to ride.
  8. SweetMissy

    SweetMissy DIS Veteran

    Feb 18, 2006
    IMO a 1 year old will be easier than a 2 year old. Our son was 2 when we first took him and I wouldn't recommend it (terrible 2s). For our trip next month our son will be 17 months old and I wear him....yes you can wear on the rides if you choose to. I did when he was 4 months old. So my opinion, the younger the better. :)
  9. caitlincutshair

    caitlincutshair Earning My Ears

    Mar 21, 2013
    We took my dd for the first time a week before her first birthday. She was not yet walking on her own , but had a great time! We didn't ride too many rides on that trip but when we did I always held her. She took her first solo steps in "The Living Seas" aquarium area after riding Nemo, which was her favorite! It's alot of work having a one year old at the park, but she had so much fun and yet was SUCH a great trip!!!!!!
  10. Tropics

    Tropics Mouseketeer

    Jul 22, 2012
    We took DD at 11.5 mo and she was walking. I wore her a lot but I have a carrier (Beco Gemini) that allowed for both an inward facing position when she need to nap or needed reduced stimulation and an outward facing position for both rides and so that she could see everyone at eye level. The carrier was a must for us. I think that a lot of the comfort of a carrier comes from the quality of the carrier. I have a really bad back and I have had no problems carrying my very large 1 year old around. I wore he on almost all of the rides that we went on, both front facing when she was awake and also rear facing when she was asleep.

    DD LOVED the characters so we ended up doing a lot of character meals.

    Overall we had a great trip with so many wonderful memories, including her first hair cut, and it was our most relaxing trip because DD forced us to take breaks and relax.
  11. ironpig70

    ironpig70 DIS Veteran

    Nov 29, 2004
    Took my oldest when she was one to Disneyland and it was just the DW and myself. It was the DW first trip and we had a great time.

    Later we took the oldest then 8 and twin 2 year olds and again a great time.

    Parent swaping is great.
  12. jlsmith376

    jlsmith376 Mouseketeer

    Jan 15, 2013
    We just went over spring break (peak time) when our youngest was 6 months and it was a breeze. We just carried him through the lines. We were able to utilize rope drop, morning extra magic hours and fastpasses and we hardly ever waited longer than 5 minutes, so I think with a little planning you can eliminate much of the waiting in line headaches. The only attraction that was a challenge was Enchanted Tales with Belle. You might want to wait outside with the baby for that one.
  13. tinkerpea

    tinkerpea DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2010
    We have worn our children on most of the family style rides, and I've seen many others wear babies too,
  14. JulieODC

    JulieODC DIS Veteran

    Aug 6, 2009
    We took our 14 mo old last year and it went very well - she was walking at the time, and I kind of wished she wasn't quite there yet (i.e. less interest in hopping out of the stroller). We avoided LONG lines, and wore her in an ergo carrier while in line.
  15. BSanchez27

    BSanchez27 Earning My Ears

    Mar 28, 2013
    Great to know about wearing them on the rides! Does that only work for rides like boats and trains or also for rides like the teacups, dumbo, etc.?
  16. kt_mom

    kt_mom DIS Veteran

    Jan 27, 2007
    I agree! DS was much easier at 4 months and 16 months then he was at 2.5 yrs. We had a hard time keeping him in the stroller this last trip. He wanted to get out and touch everything and gift shops were a nightmare.

    At 16 months he was more go with the flow and just taking it all in. And he enjoyed the characters. This past trip he wouldn't get near them.
  17. JenetixK

    JenetixK Mouseketeer

    Mar 2, 2005
    Thanks for all the responses! I really don't think I'll be able to use a carrier too much even though I'd love to. He's chunky and I'm a wimp! I agree about a 2 year old being difficult, though, so we'll make it work. Also, I really don't want to wait another year. :)
  18. danceintherain

    danceintherain DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2007
    DS didn't walk until he was 22 months old and while we were VERY excited when he finally decided to take those first steps, things were quite a bit easier before that. He didn't argue about the stroller at all.
    Now that he's been walking for a's starting to be battle....
    Yeah...the carrier can be rough with such a heavy kid (I think DS was a bit over 25 lbs before he started walking) but sometimes it's still the easier option.
    I was very excited when DS could simply stand on his own, because then I could stand him next to me while I dealt with the stroller etc.

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