Here are the Top 10 Tips For Traveling To Disney With Babies & Toddlers:
1. Always have a plan-It is important to make a daily plan prior to your vacation that includes which park you plan to visit each day, where you plan to eat (make your ADR’s at the 180 day mark) and your top ‘must do’ rides/attractions.
2. Make a list-I always tell people that it is so important to make a list for anything and everything…make a packing list, make a list of ‘must eats’, ‘must do’, ‘must buy’s’ while at Disney World and daily clothing list, etc. You get the point. Lists help me stay on track when packing for a vacation. It can be overwhelming packing for your whole family, trying to organize everything, remember everything, etc. and lists can really be beneficial.
3. Pack your clothes in sealed bags-If you pack each child’s clothes for each day in an individual sealed baggie then this will help save space in the suitcase and save your sanity when you are on vacation. Your kids will simply pull out the baggie labeled by day of the week and have the outfit with coordinating hairbow, socks, etc. ready to go.
4. Stick to your routine-Babies and toddlers especially need routine and when you are on vacation their routine tends to go out the window. I recommend trying to stick to the routine as much as possible. Example, if baby naps every afternoon at 2 o’clock then try to allow for a daily naptime by going back to your hotel for a break from the theme parks. If you absolutely can’t make it back to your hotel at least try to find a cool shaded spot where your little one can rest in the stroller. Bring a blanket to drape over the stroller to provide darkness.
5. Pack plenty of snacks for baby-Disney allows guests to bring their own food and drinks into the parks (no glass items) and I highly recommend doing so. This will help save money and time. When waiting in lines for rides babies tend to get cranky very fast. By having their favorite snack you can distract them. Baby fishies, cheerio’s, crackers, etc make great mess free snacks.
6. Pack the essentials in a backpack-Be sure to pack a backpack full of diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer that you can easily access (front pocket), change of clothes, hat, sunscreen, camera, snacks, sippy cup, etc. You don’t want to have to return to the hotel early because you forgot a change of clothes and baby got soaking wet or had a diaper leak.
7. Be flexible-remember that this your vacation too. Try to avoid over scheduling your family. Too many sit down meals at table service restaurants can be overwhelming for children, especially toddlers. If your family does not eat out often then I suggest avoiding eating out every single day.
8. Take a mid-day break. Children get cranky, hot and tired after six + hours in a theme park. Take a mid-day break and return to your hotel for a nap, dip in the pool and quiet time.
9. Don’t overspend. Children will beg and plead for just about anything that catches their eyes in the stores even if it is something that they do not necessarily need. They may have a thousand stuffed Mickey’s already at home but still beg for just one more. Learn to say no. Don’t overspend. Going to Disney in the first place is the biggest gift they could get. Budget out a specific amount for each child to have for souveniers. When that money is gone then they are done.
10. Take plenty of pictures. Capture the moment. Children are only little for so long. Disney is such a magical, special, dream come true place to people of all ages, but especially to children.
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Written by Hayden Davis who blogs at Disney with Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers. It is a great blog for anyone planning a vacation on a budget. The blog focuses on time and money saving tips and creative idea’s for traveling with babies, toddlers and preschoolers