Well we are back from our first family vacation at Disney! We had a great time and we definitely learned quite a few things about traveling with a baby! I plan on doing a full trip report, but for now I leave you with a small recap of some of our great and not-so-great findings!
1. Rent a stroller. Best decision I ever made! Seriously it was so nice to not have to worry about trying to fit a huge stroller in the car on top of all of the other crap I piled in there.
2. If you live far away from Disney World — fly! We made the 17 hour trip from Pittsburgh to Orlando by car, and although we didn’t have any issues on the way down (the way home is a whole other story!), it was a long drive and it would have been much easier to be there in 2 hours via plane. Having a car was nice, but we mainly used Disney transportation anyway.
3. Getting, and expecting to use, four day hopper passes was just too ambitious. I planned a trip like we are used to taking and got the hoppers. We would have been fine with two day tickets and really could have just run on a one day ticket.
4. If you are spending more than one day at the park, do it slowly. We had great success on our longest day by going back to our resort and letting Lily take a nap on the bed.
5. Don’t expect your kid to have the same sleeping patterns as they do at home. Lily would not, under no circumstances, sleep in her pack and play. Since we drove I thought it would be best if we brought our own pack and play so she had something familiar, not to mention I have a thing about germs. Turns out that, despite the fact that she loves the PnP at home, she hated it on vacation and insisted on sleeping with me every night.
6. Don’t project other people’s horror stories on your own child/trip. I heard terrible things about babies hating and/or being terrified of characters so I was very leery of introducing them to Lily. Turns out the kid is a character ham and loved the attention she got from them. She could not get enough of giving them kisses and holding their hands.
That is a quick overview of the things I learned while traveling with an eight-month old. Stay turned for our trip report!
… should be packing a baby for vacation.
Ugh! Talk about frustrating! I find it a constant internal battle just to dress her day to day let alone picking out outfits in advance for a week! I pretty much pulled everything out of her closet to try to fit in her little suitcase when I realized this was ridiculous and I needed to go through.
The main problem is, we planned this trip before she was born so I have known for about a year we were going to Disney with an eight-month old. This in turn means I have been shopping for this trip for that long. Well, I pretty much forget my own last name on a daily basis so remembering all the things I had already bought while out shopping was just not going to happen. Couple that with things that friends have bought her to wear on this trip and the kid could probably wear straight Disney clothes for about a month.
It took me two days, but I finally narrowed down what outfits she was going to wear (with sheer luck that some of them would just be way too hot to wear in Orlando in June). This may or may not have included all but crying while hanging some outfits back in the closet that I really, really liked.
But I digress…
So clothes are packed, 12 bathing suits (I kid you not) are packed, now on to all the other crap we need to take. Our rental car is not as big as our SUV so we were trying to really pack light. Yeah… that almost happened. Honest-to-goodness if we would have had to put the stroller in the car, we may have to strap me to the roof for the ride because the car is going to be packed! Mucho praises to the people who thought of stroller rentals delivered and picked up at your hotel!
So here is to hoping we didn’t forget anything and that when it’s all said and done, we have room to actually put the baby in the car too!
Ok I’m pretty sure everyone is well aware of my love for Disney. I base my year upon countdowns to my next trip! Well, it has been two years since we’ve been there (ridiculous I know) and as we are getting ready to head to visit the mouse I have been in full planning mode.
I’m pretty sure my husband is ready to jump out the window with the millions of questions I’ve been asking him and trying to get everything ready for Lily’s first trip! This trip is a little different as we are heading to Orlando so that Kevin can attend a conference. We luck out as his company is paying for the majority of our trip (SCORE!) What is not so fun is that he is a last minute, never-has-all-the-details person and I am an over-the-top planner who cannot handle his lack of detail.
Anyway, I made all of our dining reservations at the magical 180 day mark so that we could eat at the best restaurants and get tables at our favorites. Well, today I was going over everything to make sure all days were covered and it hit me….
WE HAVE A KID.
Not in the sense that we have been keeping this little girl alive for almost 8 months now, I obviously know we have a child, but we are taking a child to Disney on vacation. Looking down at my dining reservation list I realize that almost none of these restaurants are geared toward children and, although it is Disney, I don’t want to pay all that money so that my child has a melt down and we can’t enjoy our $60/plate meals and every adult without kids gives us mean looks during dinner.
Looks like we will be dining with Pooh and friends, Mickey and his gang and Cinderella and the princesses….
Bring on a whole new way to vacation in Disney!