Travel with an
Infant to Disney
Why yes! I did just get back from Disney World! I was invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration for the first time and I had to get my family there for sure!!
I flew in with Boston & Hudson (ahem-yes-I traveled with a 10 week old A.L.O.N.E!) on Thursday. My husband arrived on Friday and we played all weekend till this morning when we returned home.
I have to admit... as much as I am a travel PRO - I wasn't too sure about traveling with an almost 5 year old and a TEN WEEK OLD. Yes. 10 weeks. That's a whopping only 70 days old baby.
And the great news is that HE WAS AN AMAZING little traveler!!
I did learn a few things along with way that I'd LOVE to share with you.
Please note-I'm in NO WAY a "DISNEY EXPERT". I actually have only been there 3 times. This being the 3rd. Each time I learn a little something new. That place can be incredibly overwhelming for newcomers-add a BABY to the fold? Could mean a yes or no on your family go.
TIPS FOR TRAVEL - 10 WEEK OLD TO DISNEY
*DON'T FORGET TO PACK ENOUGH FORMULA - Yes. I ran out. (YES. Gasp. I'm NOT breastfeeding...so please refrain from hassling me on that one. My boobs don't work-'nuff said.) I ended up having to buy the already mixed formula in the gift shop and it wasn't the same brand. Um. MEGA blowouts for 2 days. Poor baby. He didn't complain at all. In fact he loved the formula...but his body and that quick switch isn't the best thing for a baby.
*BRING A SUPER LIGHT COVER TO SHIELD FROM THE SUN - The sun in Orlando is HOT HOT HOT. I brought a really lightweight cover and laid it over the top of our stroller. It was a lifesaver!! The cover was breathable and he didn't burn while tramping around the parks. *Note, some strollers have special spf screens or covers for them. If your stroller offers it-BUY IT! It's worth it in the end.
*HAVE A SPRAYBOTTLE HANDY - Yes. We got suckered into buying another one of the Disney misty thingys that are fans that spray water. We already have one at home-but why would I be brilliant enough to pack that one? Ugh. Anything will do...but have one. Babies get hot easy and some misting might make them feel better.
*PLAN TO NOT HAVE A PLAN - We actually didn't have a plan other than the events I had to take part in with the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration that I was there for. But we decided to take it easy the entire time. If we could fit something in - we did... if not... we just went with the flow. By not 'planning' every second we were able to relax a bit.
*STAY AT A RESORT ACCESSIBLE BY MONORAIL - This was a big one that I learned. By using the monorail, the baby was able to stay in the stroller and I just tipped the stroller and drove it up onto the platform. If you take the strollers with a baby on a bus (which we had to do to get to Downtown Disney) then you have to have someone hold the baby and break down the stroller - then hold the baby the entire ride there...and on the way back. The monorail was great for convenience with the dude and the stroller.
*BRING A BABY CARRIER - I honestly only used this when doing the travel there and back part. It was great on the airplane to have him hands free. It helped him sleep the entire time both ways! WINNER! But I can tell you that there are some rides that allow babies to ride! Can you believe it?!?! (THANK YOU Joovy!)
*BABY RIDES - YES! There are some rides that allow the babes! I about flipped when they said there were. Hudson, my 10 week old got to ride the Toy Story, Peter Pan Ride, It's a Small World, Under the Sea at Epcot and a few others!! I highly suggest the baby carrier when going on those rides....but you can hold your little peanut too!