Fun fact: I took my daughter to Disney World, Disneyland and on a Disney Cruise all in the first year of her life. Some called me crazy (…okay, everyone called me crazy) but as a mom, these are memories that I will cherish forever, even though she won’t remember them! Along the way, I’ve learned a little bit about taking kids – particularly the smaller ones – to the Disney Parks!
Here’s a little bit I wanted to pass along to you:
keep a normal routine
If your child still naps – try to keep their sleep schedule the same as it would be at home. The biggest thing is that at Disney, you have more sleep options: a baby carrier, stroller, or a nap in the room. I try to opt for one “real” nap in the room – even if that means going back to our resort in the middle of a park day! No one needs a one way ticket to melt down city, and a really good nap is the best way to avoid it!
prep well for the parks
Know the rules and ways of Rider Switch, study where the bathrooms are located, take note of where the Baby Care Center is located in each park – and most importantly, be sure to pack all of the essentials in your bag for the day: snacks, small toys or games for staying occupied while waiting in lines, and don’t forget the sunscreen and water!
practice napping on the go
Stroller naps are a vital part of the Disney experience. 😉
Some kiddos will fight it, though: my daughter started fighting stroller naps around 9 months old, just in time for our Disney Cruise, of course! We took trips to Target in the stroller riiiiight around nap time. I brought a portable sound machine, stuck her in the stroller, and walking around the store until she eventually gave in, and made sure slept at least 45 minutes. It was good practice, and good news – she’s a great stroller-napper again! The bad news: more went into my shopping cart than probably should have during that practice nap.
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