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  • On Apr 26, 2008
    Courtney from MA Asked

    My husband and i just had a baby, and are itching to go back to WDW. We first went together when we were in high school, and went again for our wedding anniversary. We cant wait to take our son and are wondering when it would be appropriate to take him?

    Courtney,

    I've taken my girls starting at about 10 weeks old!  The question is more about what you want out of the trip than when a trip is possible.  It's always possible!  :)

    If you want to go to Disney for the sake of going to Disney (and I certainly can't blame you for that!), then go anytime.  I personally wouldn't take a brand-new baby because of the germs and the heat, but after 2-3 months of age I'd feel comfortable.  Since you've already been I'm sure you know that your infant will be able to ride most rides right along with you.  When you want to do a grown-up ride just ask the cast member at the entrance for a baby swap pass and you will be able to take turns enjoying the experience.

    If you want the trip to be something your son actively participates in, then you'll need to wait until he's about a year old.  Once a child is walking and talking they are really able to dive into the Disney experience.  A risk you run at that point, however, is a fear of strangers.  If your child has stranger anxiety they will very likely have larger-than-life-character anxiety as well!  That's not fun.

    If this trip is meant to be something your child will remember, well...I'd say 3 years old is about the earliest that might be accomplished.  However, I personally wouldn't go this route.  When you take a baby or a toddler, it's true that they will not remember it for life, but you most definitely will.  Pictures of my newborn Catie snoozing away next to Minnie Mouse are very near to my heart, and the picture of Lilly's pudgy little cheek with a bright red kiss from Mary Poppins is definitely frame-worthy.  Besides, it's fun to snap pictures of them on every trip and see how much they've grown since last visit.  My girls are literally growing up with Disney!

    So go now, and don't forget to buy him a Disney World rattle while you're there!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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