How young is too young?

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How young is too young?

My DW and I are having our first baby in March and we originally planned on waiting on WDW again until we have 2 kids and they are both at an age where they might remember the trip. Well....I dont want to wait that long (who does) and my DW now feels like we might want a vacation sooner than later after Penny is born. Soooooo, how long should we wait? mickey

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We took a 6 week old there last May. I would say that was a bit young only b/c Mom (not me, btw, my best friend) was constantly in the baby center nursing, but otherwise, all worked out well. She just stayed in the stroller, which they hooked up a little fan to. Her older brother enjoyed Disney, she slept through most of it. When mom and dad wanted to do the same ride, the grandmas took over and watched her. Made for super cute pictures. We have one of Pluto sticking his notes in the carrier to see her!! We did get some lectures for having her out so young, not having sunglasses on her and a host of other things, but we all had a great time.

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We took my kids for their first trip to WDW, my oldest was 5, which is a great age! My middle son was 9 months old. I think that is a good age because he was a little older and had a pretty good schedule down and went a few hour between feeding (I didn't breastfeed) when I had my third she was about the same age, 8 months, when she first went. At this age they enjoyed the sights and sounds of some rides (It's A Small World, the train etc), they like the parades. They didn't like the characters at all!!! They would cry when the characters came over! LOL! this age was also good because they were still mostly in the stroller and liked being in the stroller. We also had a fan that we clipped to the stroller. They do sell Mickey style stroller fans at WDW, we actually got ours from Walmart.com. There are good reviews and bad reviews but we like the fan. Some say it's not "strong" enough but for a baby we thought it was fine. Even the older kids like it!

http://wdwstrollers.com/stroller-fans-in-walt-disney-world/

Personally I think 6 weeks is a little early, they usually have only had their Hepatitis vaccine and nothing else yet. And yes, I know they get immunities if you breastfeed. But i wouldn't bring a newborn into such a crowded (potentially germy) place. I am not a total germaphobe but.......PLus mom's body at 6 weeks is still recovering, never mind if your breast feeding. Don't forget a baby won't be sleeping through the night. We were lucky our kids started sleeping through the night around a month old inconsistantly, but usually around 6-9 months they might start sleeping for long blocks of time. Just MHO.....

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I think whatever age you are comfortable with is the best. A lot of people have a lot of opinions but the most valuable opinion is your own. You know your baby best and when you love Disney you know you are going to go no matter what. Just do some research and know where the baby centers are ( I hear they are quite comfortable spaces)for those times when your baby and you need a break. Also a lot of people on here have gone with young infants so they may have some great advice for you on how to make your trip more magical. I wish you guys the best and have a great trip with your little ones!! awesome

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I wouldn't personally bring a baby or toddler to the parks. I don't want to have change diapers and worry about having a diaper bag. I also don't want to have a huge stroller. I would only bring a simple fold up stroller that's easy to transport if needed. I really dislike strollers in the parks. I would also want them to remember parts if not most of the trip.

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We're planning on taking our Penny when she's 2-1/2 years for her first trip so that she's old enough to really enjoy some of the rides and shows and character interactions but she's still young enough that she's free Smile Plus then we can start trying for baby #2 right after that trip.

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We took our daughter on her first trip when she was 7 months old. She didn't remember the trip obviously but it was very easy to travel with her and there was the whole awesome part about her being free. As far as starting to remember things from trips I would say right around the 2-3 year range

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I went on my first trip when I was 2 1/2 and I still remember things from it.

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coreyp wrote:
My DW and I are having our first baby in March and we originally planned on waiting on WDW again until we have 2 kids and they are both at an age where they might remember the trip. Well....I dont want to wait that long (who does) and my DW now feels like we might want a vacation sooner than later after Penny is born. Soooooo, how long should we wait? mickey

This question is always amusing to me, because I just don't understand waiting. If you love Disney - go to Disney! It really doesn't matter how old your kids are, you will still have a great time. Who cares if they don't remember their first trip YOU WILL! I took my oldest daughter to Disneyland when she was 12 days old, it was awesome.

Little kids are fairly portable, and you'll be a pro at having the diaper bag packed in no time. I pretty much just doubled everything for a day at the park. If your budget will allow there's no reason at all to wait.