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    Hello Everyone..i have been a member on there for over a year but have not posted in a while. I do check in frequently but now i would like to start coming on everyday like i used too.
    Any way im having a baby in March our first baby! We are very excited. I have been going to disney every year about 4 times a year ever since i was 9 mo old!
    My question is i have obviously never taken an infant. We are planning a disney trip in the end of may with our infant. He/She will only be 3 mos.
    Any suggestions? Like i said im a disney freak so i know it like the back of my hand but just wanted any advice from people who have traveled with babies that young...we will be taking a plan from boston too!
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    Congratulations!! New babies are so exciting!

    3 months is very young to be taking an infant. The biggest concerns I would have are sun, heat and dehydration. Sunscreen is not recommended for infants under 6 months old, so you will have to be very very careful to protect baby from the sun, while not covering him/her so much that they overheat. Also, at that age they are generally not drinking fluids besides breast milk or formula, so you must be extra careful to make sure they stay hydrated. Also, if you are carrying formula, bring the powdered kind and mix it with a brand of bottled water the baby is familiar with from home, and throw out any leftovers. The heat will spoil the milk/formula very quickly and you don't want a baby with an upset tummy!

    Personally, I would wait a few months longer and go in the fall, but that is your personal decision to make.

    For additional advice, I have an article here on DWT about taking infants to WDW: http://www.disneyworldtrivia.com/art..._with_infants/

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    Thank you....my mom took my younger brother and sister when they were this age and it worked out great! Im not worried about the age at all. I have seen so many infants in disney. We were there in Oct and i was pregnant at the time so of course i noticed it even more that there were so many babies. I asked a handful of people how old their babies were and the youngest was only 2 mos!!! So cute!
    Thanks for the advice!
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    We did it. My DD was just two months old on her first trip and we had our 5 yr. old with us too. May is not generally nasty hot. Here are some things that I learned with the baby:

    bring an umbrella stroller. Disney strollers are not great for an infant. The cheapest version makes them snuggle up in a ball and she was a happy baby in that stroller. I brought a bottle warmer for the hotel room. The baby center is by far the best place to change an infant, they also have facilities to warm bottles, food and feed babies. Far cleaner than restrooms for an infant. Bring a receiving blanket just for changing the baby. Now Disney's version of a crib is not ideal for an infant. Traveling as far as you are I'd consider upon arrival a quick run to the Super Walmart, not very far from Downtown Disney. You can purchase a cheap umbrella stroller (if you don't have one) and a portable/folding crib (I wasn't keen on re-using Disney crib for new born) and pick up diapers/wipes etc. For around $l00 you can pick it all up there.

    Best place to get baby to take a nap...HM in MK. Slow moving, dark. Those slow moving rides had a real calming effect on her. My DD had her days and nights mixed up from birth, nothing we did altered her pattern until Disney. She was in and out of that stroller so many times the first day in the parks that she slept through the night the next evening. First time.

    That trip was so wonderful for me. It was great to be on the go after a couple months of routine, change, feed, sleep and do it over again. Just be prepared as you are winding through the lines for repetitive questions. Boy or Girl? How Old? Isn't She too young? Do you think she is enjoying Disney? Every few feet, ride after ride as you are next to a new person, so you can answer the same questions 20 times per ride. We joked we wished we had a button for her to wear
    reading, Name Suzie, 2 months old, Girl (pink dress didn't stop Girl or Boy question, go figure)

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    Congratulations on the baby, so exciting. My sister froze little bottles of water and took those with her she could wrap them in the blankets to keep the baby cool and use them to mix formula when they thawed. She did occasionally put a drop or two at a time in the baby's mouth, anything for more hydration. I've seen little babies in the parks, never did it myself. I did notice that all of the restrooms have changing tables with emergency packs you can buy, and the CM's were good about letting nursing moms use the changing rooms for nursing. Beats nursing in a bathroom. How cute are the scrapbook pics with different characters holding the baby? Too cute!!

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    The baby center by first aide has rockers and comfy chairs for nursing the babe. I didn't use the changing table in the restrooms as infants immune systems are so fragile at that point.

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    Congratulations - you must be very excited!! I have said that I won't go to WDW until my little one is about 5 years old at least, but that has more to do with the cost/flight than anything else.
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    The best advice I can give you is to ignore everyone's advice... especially those who say it's pointless or stupid to take a child that young because they won't get anything out of it. It's much like having a baby really. The best advice I got when I was pregnant was to ignore all the advice and go with my gut and that's what I've done. My little guy was 10 months old the first time we took him. He's been 3 times since and has had a blast each time. Even at 10 months when he couldn't really focus a lot on what was going on, he still loved being on the rides and seeing all the people. I was told over and over again to wait until he was at least 3 or 4 years old because he'd not remember the trips etc. but let me tell you... he's not even 2 yet but every time a WDW commercial comes on the TV he points and flips out and says "Meee Mowww!" (Mickey Mouse) over and over. He totally gets it and loves to go. Just have fun and enjoy seeing your little one's reactions to everything. Even if they don't remember it, you will!
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    I think it really depends on how comfortable you with being a new mom and I doubt you'll know that until after the baby comes. At three months you're all just getting used to schedules and figuring out what cry means what. I've had friends that took a grandparent along to allow longer hotel breaks for small children during the day, and a break for mom and dad to enjoy being in the parks without a stroller and all the paraphernalia it takes to keep baby happy and comfortable. I did not take my 15 month old daughter to Disneyland many moons ago. My college roommate insisted that I let dd stay at home with her for the day. I don't regret that decision, but then we were only at DL for one day. May isn't usually super hot in FL, but it's probably a lot sunnier than you or the baby is used to so you'll have to be extra alert to keeping the sun off the baby. Babies with sunburn usually aren't very happy people. Be prepared to have adults and children touch the baby or be close to the baby.

    My dh reminded me that there is a downside of NOT taking your baby to a Disney park; they may grow-up and become a cm and hold it over your head that you left them at home the first time to went to DL. Of course, dd now goes to MK and or AK several times a week, which should pretty much make up for missing out on the first trip, AND she gets us into the parks for free. I guess there really isn't a downside to not taking the baby.
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    The youngest baby the DW and I have ever seen at WDW was 8 days old--we asked. Since this is your first, you might have second thoughts come May, but if not, just use common sense and have a magical time.
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    thanks for all the advice...i know me i will not have second thoughts about taking him/her come may. I have been a nanny for 15 yrs and basically helped raised all my younger brothers and sisters. Im around babies constantly! Right now i nanny for a 3 mo year old and started watching him when he was 2 weeks. Im like a second mom to him so i know what it takes to care for a baby!
    Jenn thank you for the advice i completely agree with you when people ask me "WHY WOULD YOU TAKE YOUR NEW BORN TO DISNEY?
    I have been going to disney all my life more than once a year. We just went in Oct and were there in May before that. This year we plan on going in May, Oct. then hopefully the day after christmas. It is just what we do and i dont plan on changing that now that we will have a baby!
    Thanks again for all the advice!
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    I love the ideas and tips in this thread. We're going in May too and that will put my baby boy at right around 3 months old. The best tip I can give is to be able to adapt to the baby's needs first. If my lil Ryder is fussing and would be better off at the condo, then I'll happily take him there for a while and let the rest of my family enjoy the day. I have several family members coming with us on this trip as our first DVC trip (I wanted to treat my parents) so that will help us to have some alone time too if we want it. I'm a believer in starting immediately to introduce your child to things that will always be a part of your routine or life. I don't believe in sheltering too much. My husband's parents sort of felt we weren't being responsible by going to WDW so soon, but my husband also rarely went on vacation growing up and was at WDW for the 2nd time in his life with me last year, I've been going since birth! If anyone has more tips and ideas, I'd love to read them. I hadn't even realized I could attempt to take him on rides like HM until I read this thread and the article linked above. That makes me happy that we can test the waters to see if he will ride the non height required rides with us. Now if I can find away to keep him out of Stich's ride in the next few years all will be well (I hate that one lol!)
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    Just don't plan to take your little ones to Victoria and Alberts... you'll be kicked out. LOL!! (sorry had to do it)
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