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  • On Mar 29, 2013
    Kristie Asked

    My family and I have visited the past 3 years.We were in the beginning stages of planning this years vacation for December, until I found out that I was pregnant. I am due in October.I need your advice.Have you been to WDW with a newborn?Should I cancel?

    Hi Kristie,

    Congratulations! I have been to Walt Disney World with an infant. My younger daughter was two months old on her first visit, and we had a great experience. In many ways, that's the easiest stage to travel with a baby because their needs are simple: eat, sleep, diaper. All of those things are easy to do in the parks, either in the Baby Care Centers or a quiet bench.

    Here are some of the things you might want to consider as you make your decision:
    • Will having a newborn keep you from doing many of the things you enjoy most? You can use the child swap option to take turns on rides and attractions. But a young baby's schedule (or lack of a schedule)  may curb the ability to plan dinner reservations or other activities that are time-specific.
    • Are you okay with the idea that you may spend much of the visit sitting with the baby while the rest of the family plays? I actually enjoyed the opportunity to find an out-of-the-way place to read or people-watch while my daughter nursed or napped.
    • Will you be worried about exposing the baby to so many people? I felt like my daughter was as protected there as anywhere because she was always in a stroller or my arms.
    • Will the rest of your family feel like the baby will put a cramp in their Disney fun? That wasn't an issue for us. Our older daughter, who was 5 at the time, still got to do everything she wanted on that trip.

    Whatever you decide, embrace the choice. If you still plan to come, enjoy every minute, even if it is a different experience. (And ignore the few disapproving glances you may get.) If you delay a few weeks or months, you can still keep planning and anticipating the baby's first Disney adventure.

    Please let me know if I can answer any other questions or expand on this answer. My space is limited. Good luck!

    Wilma

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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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