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  • On Nov 14, 2011
    Amanda from SC Asked

    Any suggestions on going with a two year old? I am concerned about how to get her to sleep at night and nap times with me and hubby in the same room. She will be sleeping in her Pack and Play.

    Hi Amanda,

    Our son was two years old when we first took him to WDW! While I won't say that it was all completely easy, I will tell you that some of our best Disney memories are from that visit.

    For sleeping, try to mimic your routine at home. Our son used a sound machine which we brought with us. This is a good idea for any guests as sometimes the noise from hallways can be disturbing especially during the afternoon naps. Some resorts are close enough to hear fireworks from nearby parks during the evening too. For night time, we followed our home routine. Bath, book, bed.

    Many parents will tell you that getting a child to sleep while at WDW isn't a huge issue. The kids (and adults) are extremely tired at nap and bed time. A good idea is to take a swim in your resort pool prior to naps or bed time. The water tires and relaxes everyone!

    During both nap and bed time, we would douse the lights and draw the curtains. We used book lights for reading and/or took turns going to the resort gift shop, etc. while our son fell was sleeping. Once he was asleep, we could turn on the TV and lights and he never woke up. You'll have to do what works best for your child.

    To lessen your fears for your WDW vacation, try escaping to a nearby hotel in your hometown for a trial run. Then by the time that you take your magical trip, you'll have more confidence about the sleeping situation for your daughter.

    When we stayed at the Wilderness Lodge, we got a room with a bunk bed and used extra blankets to build a "tent" around the lower bunk, along with bed rails, of course. This worked very well during an early visit to WDW!

    Sweet Disney dreams!

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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