Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Aug 1, 2009
    Jane from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We're coming back this fall to stay for our first time at the Polynesian! I am super excited, but this is our first trip traveling with a baby. Our youngest daughter will be 11 months. Is there any advice you can give on seeing Disney with a baby? Thanks!

    Hi Jane,

    You're already taking the first bit of advice that I would offer, GO!  Often times hear the argument that it's to hard to take a baby to WDW, or they won't remember it so why bother...but I really believe that some of the best family vacation memories are when the children are babies.

    Ship a box of necessities directly to the resort.  Include things such as diapers, wipes, sippy cups, feeding supplies, hats, sunscreen, bath supplies, food, bibs, medicine and anything else you can think of!  This provides familiar items for the baby, and less luggage.  It also forces a little bit of organization so that last day of packing is quite a bit easier. 

    Bring your own stroller.  The strollers available for rent are a hard molded plastic, and do not recline.  Also bring a lightweight blanket to use as additional sun shade.  Purchase a rain cover.  I always used a clear plastic tablecloth to cover the stroller when not in use.  This keeps your belongings from getting wet in the event it starts raining while you are on an attraction or dining.

    Check your park maps first thing each day and find the Baby Care Centers.  There is one in every theme park and they provide a fantastic place for changing, feeding, and resting with your little one.  There are facilities for warming bottles or food as well as washing your supplies.  They have a stock of baby related items for purchase such as pacifiers, formula, diapers, wipes, medicine etc.  It is a clean, cool, and in my opinion under-utilized environment so don't be afraid to stop in!

    Start your day early!  You can accomplish a lot in the first hours after park opening.  I always suggest taking a break from the parks around lunch, and head back to the resort for a nap and/or swim. 

    I'm out of room! Feel free to send me follow up questions if I haven't covered a specific area for you!
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