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10 Tips For Taking Baby To Disney
When I first saw that my cousin, Jacquelyn of j&j brusie photography, had taken her three-year-old son and not-even-four-month daughter on a Disney vacation, my first thought was one of incredulity.
What? I thought to myself. A baby to Disney? That would be torture!
But as it turns out, Jacquelyn and her family had a wonderful three-day trip to Disney–instead of the squalling, whining, exhausting fest I would be prone to imagine (I’m a fearful kind of mom, I guess), their family got to experience the fun and magic that makes Disney the stuff of memories that last a lifetime.
And although Jacquelyn is the adventurous, calm mom that would think of taking a baby to Disney in the first place, she also is passing along some tips for other moms for making a trip to Disney with baby picture-perfect.
Baby At Disney
Click through to see how to make your Disney trip with baby truly magical!
Focus On The Positives
While I would be quick to think of all the reasons why I shouldn’t take a baby to Disney, Jacquelyn did the opposite; with her son clamoring to go, she decided to focus on all the positives of taking a baby to Disney. “I didn’t want to go while I pregnant,” she explains. “So we waited until [the baby] was born and before she got to the crawling stage, I figure she’d be easier to carry around in my pouch sleeping than to have to find safe/clean places for her to crawl.” Genius!
A Good Carrier Is Key
The key to doing Disney with a baby? A good-quality carrier! Mommy and daughter were able to explore the park together in comfort with their favorite carrier. How adorable is she?
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
Along with a good carrier, Jacquelyn made sure that they were 100% prepared for any baby-related items they would need. “We prepared for the trip by bringing all of the items to make her feel comfortable, my Boba carrier, her pack n play, lots of diapers and plenty of sun hats,” she comments.
Embrace Your Inner Kid
With good preparation for baby, Jacquelyn and her husband focused on the best things they could do to enjoy Disney with a baby and their son–embracing their inner kid. I hope Dumbo wasn’t moving too fast for Dad there…
Take Baby For A Ride
No sitting on the sidelines watching the boys have all the fun for this mom-n-daughter duo. Jacquelyn and her little one joined in on all the rides, with baby safely stowed in her carrier. “The best part about bringing a baby to Disney is that you can take them on all of the rides that have no height requirement (which were the only rides my son could go on as well). There were plenty of rides we could all go on together!” Jacquelyn exclaims.
Stay On Site
Hands-down, Jacquelyn recommends that families with little ones stay on-site at Disney. “We stayed for 3 nights at a Disney resort (Buena Vista Palace), which was the perfect amount of time. It was nice having transport to to all of the Disney resorts from our hotel that were stroller friendly, but we were also able to park our car for free at the hotel and go off Disney property if we wanted,” she explains.
Take a Break At The Baby Center
“My #1 tip for enjoying Disney with a baby is to take full advantage of the Baby Center,” recommends Jacquelyn. “There is a Baby Center at each park and it’s an air-conditioned place where you have your own personal room to change diapers, nurse (with a rocking chair), take a breather from all of the people and restock on any baby supplies (diapers, baby food, formula). It’s also big enough for your whole family to come in with you,” says Jacquelyn.
Get a Fast Pass
“I would actually recommend taking a baby to Disney to other moms since they do make it very accommodating for moms with babies,” Jacquelyn comments. “Just make sure you use your Fast Passes (three free ones come with every ticket). That way you’re not waiting in the long lines with your baby!”
A baby at Disney means altering some of your expectations of the day. It might mean changing up the itinerary a little to allow more breaks or cutting a visit short. “The hardest part about bringing a baby to Disney was that we couldn’t stay as long as we wanted at the park,” admits Jacquelyn. “Once she got tired at night, we had to head back to the hotel. She is a baby that is used to her routine!” Being realistic and learning to laugh when things don’t always go perfectly is part of a successful trip.