Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Jul 20, 2013
    Jack from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Anna, My husband and I are taking our 11 month old for her first trip on August 4, 2013!!! I was wondering if you had any tips about taking baby girl on the rides.

    How fun!  I love first trips, and have taken my girls since they were infants.  I hope you tiny princess loves her first visit as much as mine did!

    So, here's the thing when it comes to attractions.  I always felt with my kids that if they didn't know something was supposed to be scary, it wasn't.  As a result, I was able to take them into the darker attractions, like Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean for example, and they were never frightened.  If your little one already has fears - which she may at this age - be careful of things you think may trigger the fright.  Loud noises might make Muppet Vision something you'd want to avoid.  If she doesn't like the dark, you want to reconsider the Haunted Mansion.  

    Also, utilize the child swap option on attractions she's too little for.  You and your husband can both wait in line once, then ride separately for some of the things Princess Pint Size might not be able to do.  It saves a lot of time, but you and Dad both get to enjoy the attractions.

    One thing I learned the hard way was to make sure you go onto a ride with a pretty dry diaper.  We waited over an hour one Christmas day for an attraction, and didn't do a diaper check before getting in line.  By the time we were done on the attraction, both Mom and baby needed a change of outfit.  

    Bring a few small toys along that you can play with in line, and don't forget a drink or even a pacifier.  And when you all need to just chill out and cool off - hit the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover.  Best nap place at Walt Disney World!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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