Bringing Babies to Disney World: They are never too little!
When I told people I was taking my son to Disney World when he was 9 months old, they looked at me like I was crazy. "He won't even remember it" they said "wait until he can appreciate it" they said "He's too young!". Well I'm here to tell you they were W-R-O-N-G! Because bringing my son when he was that little was one of my favorite trips! I'm going to tell you why Disney is truly for kids of all ages and easier than you would think!
Every Park has a baby center. Let's start by saying they are air conditioned saviors! Each one has a room with chairs and a tv and a couch to relax and cool off in the middle of a hot day. There is a separate room for nursing moms that's quiet and comfortable. The best is each baby center has a changing table ROOM with 4 or 5 changing tables. (Anyone that's ever tried to change a baby in a crowded bathroom will appreciate this!) They all sell diapers, wipes, and baby Tylenol and some other things for baby. All can be a a true help if you've run out of anything. There is also a microwave and sink available. It can just a nice place to cool off and take a break from the noise and chaos of the park. Check Park Maps for the location. This makes bringing baby to Disney a lot easier!!
Babies travel easier in the parks
During my trip I lugged my stroller on the plane, the bus, the monorail, through security and through the parks. Leaving it at Stroller Parking to even go on rides. After using it as a bag holder for the second full day I said forget it I'm leaving it in the room! Instead I put my son in a baby carrier (Ergo 360 is the best one by far) it was the easiest way to get through the park. No stroller = no stroller wars! Hurray! I don't have to apologize for clipping yet another persons heals! All the rides that you can bring baby on, you can keep them in the carrier. (Felt a lot safer on Dumbo!) It's truly so easy! Also at a young age before they can walk they won't want to run around all over the place yet! It's actually more of a laid back trip with a baby.
Seeing little eyes light up for the first time
Oh my goodness! Seeing your baby's face when they see Mickey or the parade or all the beautiful wonderful sights of Disney is Magical in itself. They may not remember this trip but you always will!! Just to see the big smiles is worth all of it! And oh the pictures you will get and have to cherish forever!
Disney is accommodating
If you are staying at one of the Walt Disney Resort Hotels you can request a crib, pack and play, and bed rails for your room. Calling ahead of time to request it is better because it will be in your room right when you check in. If you happen to forget you can request it at the front desk when you arrive. All rooms have mini refrigerators and some hotels will get you a microwave upon request. It is much easier to know you don't have to bring a pack and play from home.
Ship things ahead of time
Up to 10 days before your arrival at a Disney World resort you can send yourself packages that they will bring to your room when you check in. I've sent down extra diapers, wipes, and formula and baby food jars (Food should be shipped down close to your arrival date, because, well it's food). Anything that would be too much to pack in your suitcase, ship ahead. You can even order groceries ahead of time to be delivered when you get there. This perk makes travel with baby a lot easier!
Enjoying The little things
Sometimes when we are on a Disney trip it's a mad dash to get everything done. Or get to the "big" rides. Sometimes you are in such a hurry your forget to stop and just enjoy your surroundings and how gorgeous the Disney Parks really are. When you go to Disney with a baby you get to slow down and enjoy Disney World in a different way. Just sitting on a bench watching people go by. Or watching one of The stage shows. Or just walking around and looking at the scenery. You might find some hidden treasures! I enjoyed Epcot a lot when I went when my son was so young. Walking around the world showcase and looking through all the shops and each country was so much fun and relaxing. Even with all the walking! You might just appreciate and enjoy Disney a little more when you're there with baby. It is never too soon to introduce the magic that is Disney. And it's not as hard as you might think it would be!