Should we bring our baby with us to Disney?

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by Ashley Marie, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Ashley Marie

    Ashley Marie Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    81
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. Woodmnky

    Woodmnky DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2012
    Messages:
    1,134
    There is no way DH or I would ever consider leaving DS at home while going on vacation. If you need time for the two of you try letting the grandparents watch DD for the night at home. No the vacation won't be the same, but life after children isn't supposed to be.
     
  4. chloelovesdisney

    chloelovesdisney DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    6,578
    Ds had a great time at six months at Disney. No, you can't do everything you usually do but who cares. The most I would go alone is for a weekend (and personally wouldn't even do that), but never for a whole week with a young baby. It is a big change but a trip with your baby can also be wonderful. I would take my baby before my boyfriend.
     
  5. momto2js

    momto2js DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Messages:
    526
    Let me start by admitting that my youngest is 3.5 years old and has never slept under a different roof than me. He has gone to be with out me in the house but I have always been here when he wakes up in the middle of the night. My oldest stayed with grammie once before the youngest was born for about 23 hours. That said, no I wouldn't leave my baby home for a week.

    We did have my mom come and join us on a trip last year for a couple of nights and it was really nice to go to dinner and do some rides together at night. But for the most part we use kid swap and ride alone. It is just the price of parenting. Good luck in making a decision
     
  6. RachaelA

    RachaelA DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2007
    Messages:
    5,184
    There is no way as a first time mom that I could leave my 8 1/2 month old daughter at home while I went on a week long Disney vacation. My husband would not even think to ask that we do.

    When you have a kid, life and vacations change. I could see if this was some big wedding anniversary trip and your child was older than this or if you were just going somewhere for a weekend. But leaving her for a week to go to Disney when she's less than a year old? I just do not understand.

    ETA: Also there is no way I would miss my child's first Halloween (or ANY holiday) to go on a vacation. Even if they don't remember it, you will.
     
  7. Granny square

    Granny square Always planning a trip!

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    Messages:
    2,734
    Deleted for the better.
     
  8. Ashley Marie

    Ashley Marie Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    81
  9. MinnieFan4ever

    MinnieFan4ever <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2003
    Messages:
    2,762
    We have left our daughter at home with Grandma/Grandpa several times for vacation. The first was when she was 6 months. Was is hard for me, YES! Was it hard for her, NO!!! She was just fine even happy with Grandma. We were gone for 6 nights :eek: Night 3 was the hardest for me, then it was, we get to see her in 2 days. Then we get to see her in 1 day. Then we were home :woohoo: Everyone was happy, healthy and great! She is very used to stay with both sets of grandparents. I truely believe that it was harder for me than it was for her.
     
  10. jnscott4

    jnscott4 Huge Disney World Fan

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    130
    Well I will be the minority opinion here in this thread. Let me start by saying that I am married but do not have kids at this time. My wife and I go to WDW at least once a year if not more often than that. With that said, I would have no problem planning a trip to WDW without my child. We go to WDW every year because we enjoy it. We enjoy the rides, the restaraunts, the drinking around the world, we just enjoy every part of the Disney experience. I personally believe draging a young child along would ruin this experience for us. I think it is important for adults to have a vacation alone, expecially after all of the hard work and sleepless nights that come along with a new baby. Yes there are many photo oppurtunites and experiences to be had with a baby at WDW, but what is the child really getting out of it? Are they really going to remember being at Disney at 8.5 months? Don't take this as me saying not to ever bring your kids along. It is just my opinion that children should be a little older before they are brought along to the world. I would suggest 5 years old would be a perfect age to bring a child. At this age you dont have to worry about diapers, potty training, strollers, frequent naps, etc. At this age the child will remember their first trip and cherish the memories that were made.

    This is just my opinion FWIW. Please don't be offended by my comments, just wanted to express another opinion. :)
     
  11. BubMunkeyBles

    BubMunkeyBles DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2007
    Messages:
    1,065
    We've left our kids at home while we vacationed... but never left them at home while we went to Disney World. I can't imagine not bringing them to Disney with us though. We get a sitter the nights we want to go out alone or bring family to help watch them.
     
  12. hgeisler

    hgeisler DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2012
    Messages:
    879
    This! Did the same with my DD at 8 months. Our trip was an anniversary trip It was hard, but I got some well deserved rest. Let's just say DD didn't believe in sleeping:/
     
  13. Ashley Marie

    Ashley Marie Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    81
  14. Ashley Marie

    Ashley Marie Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    81
  15. SaraJayne

    SaraJayne <font color=red>Stop moving those smilies! <img sr

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Messages:
    12,080
    DH and I take adult-only trips at least once a year, and yes, even to Disney. ;)

    Your boyfriend is telling you he wants to spend time with just you, his partner and lover. To me, that is significant, and his feelings are just as important in the decision.

    If you're worried about the length of time, is there any way you can shorten the trip to five days?
     
  16. Granny square

    Granny square Always planning a trip!

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    Messages:
    2,734
    Deleted. I'm sure we aren't going to see eye to eye, and in the end it doesn't matter.
     
  17. SaraJayne

    SaraJayne <font color=red>Stop moving those smilies! <img sr

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Messages:
    12,080
    I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. I see nothing wrong with a couple having child-free vacations. We've done it since our DS was 11 months old and he's 15 and a half.

    Going away when your child is this young is actually the perfect time. She will be comfortable at home, in familiar surroundings with a familiar caretaker who loves her. She won't even know you're gone.

    Just because you need a break from your child/ren doesn't mean you aren't committed to them.
     
  18. Ashley Marie

    Ashley Marie Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    81
  19. Ashley Marie

    Ashley Marie Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    81
  20. Granny square

    Granny square Always planning a trip!

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    Messages:
    2,734
    I was offensive and I apologize. Someone irritated me and it came out here. Have a nice trip. And if you are feeling pressured be strong. :) if not, enjoy your break.
     
  21. kim_d

    kim_d DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 18, 2005
    Messages:
    542
    We took my DS at 9 months and my DD at 3 months and 11 months. All 3 of these trips were fun and i have so regrets taking them and since I was breast feeding my DD during both trips leaving her for 10 days wasn't an option. Further, we are DVC members as our both my parents and in laws so we had grandparents on all 3 trips so it was the best of both worlds. We had our babies with us but could have some free time as well. I think 9 months is such a great age I'm pretty sure even without grandparents we would have brought the kids.
     

Share This Page