Mom And Son Safari
  • On Aug 31, 2009
    Amy from IN Asked

    Hi! 1st trip to Disney, littlest guy (3 older sisters) just turned 2. Do you recommend a regular stroller or umbrella stroller? I can't decide. We are driving to FL. Also, what other general safety tips can you recommend?

    Hi there Amy!

    If your little man still takes naps, I would recommend a lightweight stroller that reclines and has a decent-sized canopy.  This way,  you may be able to "squeeze in" an afternoon nap inside the parks without having to return to your resort while your older children are still in full-blown park mode.  I've seen many, inexpensive strollers that fit the bill. 

    As for safety, I, like you (and most parents) am paranoid about keeping my kids safe and in my line of sight at all times.  This can be tricky when your kids spot their favorite characters and make a mad dash towards them in the middle of a crowded park!  I've always "identified" my kids using a variety of "concoctions".  I started out by sticking our cell phone numbers on mailing address labels on their backs.  (I simply wrote/typed "If I'm lost, please call....)  Through the years, I got a bit more sophisticated, and had custom "dog tags" printed with the same information.  I clip the tags to their clothing, and ensure that my kids know where they are and what to do if they get separated (i.e., find a Cast Member and tell them to call mom or dad).  Last year, I even had t-shirts printed with Mickey on the front and the same "If I'm lost, please call...." on the back.  I can't tell you how many moms stopped me and told me what a great idea the shirts were!  At the water parks, I use soft "event bracelets" (the kind you get at a local carnival) with permanent ink on them.  You can pick these up at a party supply store. 

    Other tips for ensuring your kids are safe include helping them identify Cast Members (they all have distinctive pins with their names and home state, country, etc. printed on them), and agreeing upon a meeting place if they get separated. 

    Have a wonderful vacation!

    Tanya
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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