Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Jan 11, 2020
    Lydia from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My Fiance & I are planning a trip in early November. We will hopefully have an 8 week old with us. What is the best way to bring our infant into restaurants? I don't want to take up too much space but also want the baby to be safe.

    Hi Lydia!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! First, let me say a big chEARs and congratulations to you and your fiancé! What an exciting time in your lives indeed! You'll definitely want a stroller for your whole visit so your little Mickey or mini Minnie can have a nice and safe place to rest while cruising the parks, and also to give you a break from holding them the whole time. However, since strollers are not allowed at Table-Service dining locations (strollers are welcome at most indoor Quick-Service locations, and there are no restrictions on outdoor locations), and babies this young can't sit up on their own yet, I have some ideas:

    Your best bet for a compact, secure space, will be for either parent to wear your Mouseketeer in a sling, wrap or backpack-style baby carrier. Luckily the timing of your trip shouldn't be too warm weather wise to wear a wee one. And this is a perfect age to wear a baby to a restaurant because they won't yet have muscle control over their hands, so they won't try to grab your utensils or food as you're eating it. And bonus: babies can even be worn on most attractions that don't have a height requirement.

    Even though your babe won't be dining on delicious Disney delicacies just yet, they will need to be included in the total head count at all dining reservations you make (for fire code reasons), so there will definitely be a place to put them. I personally loved the bassinet attachment that we had for my sons stroller, as the flat-bottom design meant he could be placed across a booth or chair without a worry.

    And lastly, infant "bucket" style car seats that are designed to click into a car seat bases and stroller adaptors are welcome in Disney's Dining Locations. I don't super love them because the bottoms are curved and give a kind of rocking motion when placed on a flat surface. But it should be find if placed on a booth seat at a Table-Service location and definitely fine when attached to a stroller at a Quick-Service.

    I hope the above gave you some good ideas, Lydia! I'm glad that you're thinking ahead so you can resEARch your options over the next few months. And if you think of anything else, please feel free to reach back out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Congrats again, and We'll See You Real Soon!

    ~Kristen

    PS - Definitely stop by the Baby Care Centers while you're in the parks for a super clean and usually calmer environment to change a diaper, but also to find all of the feeding and other emergency baby needs you may have.
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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