Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Apr 27, 2008
    Naomi from ON 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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    Hey Moms and Dad, My question is I have 7 1/2 month old twins. We are going to be at Disney May 20-30 should I be concerned about the sun and heat with the babies. I will of course have hats and sunscreen. Any suggestions!

    You might be lucky enough to have a cool day or two, but in general the end of May can be quiet hot at WDW. There are many strategies you can use to keep your babies cool.

    The first step I would take would be to bring your own stroller equipped with a large hood or canopy to keep the sun off your children. If your stroller does not have this as standard equipment, most larger baby supply stores sell parasol-type umbrellas that can be attached to strollers to use as sun deflector.

    The second thing you can do is to time your park touring to avoid the hottest part of the day. I nearly always recommend that people leave arrive at the parks when they open, tour for a few hours, and then go back to their hotel for a nap and/or a swim. In your case, this is a particularly important strategy. Staying inside or in the cool pool during the hottest part of the day will go a long way to keeping your babies comfortable.

    You can also use some other tricks to keep the kids cool. Some baby supply stores carry clip-on fans that you could attach to the stroller to make sure they have a cooling breeze. Another thing some people do is keep an icepack or a very cold or frozen water bottle in the stroller. You obviously wouldn't want to have this directly on your child's skin, but having a cold object nearby can take the edge off the stroller's microclimate. Similarly, I have seen people dampen a bandana and freeze it overnight in a ziploc bag. As they get out into the parks, this will thaw, but stay cool for quite a while. You can use it as a cooling face wipe.

    Also be aware that there are baby care centers in each of the theme parks. These are well air-conditioned. If your babies (or you) are feeling overheated, you could stop in there and cool off for a bit. Also, many of the rides and attractions are air-conditioned.

    With all of these strategies, I think you and your kids will have a great vacation.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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