March 23, 2018

6 Tips for Flying with a 1 Year Old

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Our Disney trip was the first time we ever flew with our daughter. She was 13 months on the way down and 14 months on the way back. Both times we got lucky and she fell asleep before take off so we never had to deal with her crying about her ears as she was sleeping! I was prepared though and had her sippy cup ready just in case.

For our first flight with a baby, it went pretty smooth, but we were prepared as I had asked questions in advance, so I knew kind of what to expect, but we also learned some stuff as we went! 

Before I share my tips for flying with a 1-year-old, I want to mention that we flew with Delta Air Lines. This is important as each airline has different rules and policies when it comes to traveling with infants and toddlers (Delta is extremely baby friendly). I also want to mention that TSA will vary at each airport, so what we experienced may not be the same for you, but the idea is just to help you to be a little more prepared for your flight!

1. Bring Snacks For Baby


Babies and toddlers are allowed food as long as it is a reasonable amount. This is really vague and I asked around before our flight to see what I could get away with. I ended up packing 2 ready-made Enfamil toddler formula bottles (the kind you buy at the store, you can't bring premade bottles) and 8 food pouches. All went through TSA, but it did take an additional 10-15 minutes waiting to have them scanned as they had to scan each pouch and bottle individually! 

I have heard stories of food getting taken though if they think you have too much, but I have also heard of others getting through with 20+ food pouches, so I feel this all depends on the mood the TSA agents are in at the time. 

One thing I did discover is stores inside the airport do sell food pouches! We had to buy some on our trip home as we used up what we had brought with us during our trip. They are going to be double the price you pay in store, but at least there is a backup option if your pouches are taken and/or you feel you don't have enough.

2. Travel During Nap Time If Possible


We had planned both our flights in the afternoon, around our daughter's nap time. This worked to our advantage as she slept on take off both times, so we never had to worry about her ears popping and being upset about it. 

Another upside to an afternoon flight is you don't have to worry about waking baby in the morning as that would just make everyone grumpy!

3. Take Advantage of Early Boarding


Delta offers early boarding for families with children under 2! I just recently found out not all airlines offer this, which is a shame, as it was so helpful! You don't have to worry about other people pushing and shoving. You get on first and get out of the way, made the trip less stressful.

4. Have a Bottle or Sippy Cup Ready During Take Off


This was a tip recommended to me by many, but I don't have any experience using it as our daughter slept on take off, but if you aren't as lucky, this is supposedly the best way to help their ears adjust as drinking forces them to swallow. Breastfeeding will also work too!

5. Babywear If Not Using a Carseat on the Plane


I got mixed answers when looking online to see if we could use our Ergo on the plane. We chose to do infant in lap as plane tickets are expensive and we didn't want to lug around a car seat as we wouldn't need one at Disney World, but we were worried about turbulence and felt the baby carrier would help keep her safe. However, it sounded like some airlines don't allow this at all and others don't allow it on takeoff or landing, but do once in the air. 

My husband chose to keep our daughter in the Ergo until someone told him he couldn't. We figured if we asked, that would give them the chance to say no, so instead we would just wait till we were told we couldn't. Well, no one ever said anything! So either Delta allows this, or the flight attendants we had on both flights were not as strict.

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6. Pack a New Toy or One They Haven't Seen in Awhile


To keep our daughter preoccupied we decided to buy a couple of new toys for the trip. This was a great way to prevent her from being bored and keep her distracted. She had started walking before the trip, so sitting for hours made her super wiggly at times. We got her this rainmaker from Target which was the perfect distraction. She loved watching the falling beads and shaking it to make noise!

We also got her a couple of indestructible books, perfect for the flight and in the hotel room. These are great as they are thin, so they don't take up much space, and they can't be ripped or torn! It functions as a book and a toy.

It helps when it's a toy they haven't seen before as they can spend hours just exploring the toy before deciding they are done. We did bring along some of her other favorite toys, such as her banana teether and links, but since she already seen those before, they didn't catch her attention as long. 


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March 9, 2018

Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World with a 1 Year Old

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You Are Never Too Old For Disney


When we told family and friends we were taking a family vacation to Disney World with our 1-year-old, I got a lot of:  "Why? She's not going to remember it," and "Why not wait till she's older?"

Well, news flash: Disney is not just for kids! I LOVE Disney! This trip was not for her, but for us, well mostly me. I had signed up to run the Disney Princess 10k! It just so happened the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend fell on my Birthday weekend, so this was basically my birthday present, the best one so far!

In my opinion, one is never too old for Disney and I find it a shame when people think that you are only going for the sake of the child. We definitely plan to go again when she is older so she can fully enjoy the experience and remember it, but even if we didn't have our daughter, I would still want to go! I would go every year if we could afford it!

Walt Disney World Is Very Baby Friendly


All the Disney World parks have Baby Care centers, which are places that allow you to nurse, change your baby, and buy supplies if needed. We actually never had to go to one because all the women's restrooms had changing tables and I never ran out of supplies.

We never had issues finding or getting a high chair when it was time to eat. A lot of the outdoor areas will have high chairs available, though you may have to search for them. These often aren't clean, so bring Clorox or Lysol wipes! In the restaurants, they always asked us if we wanted one and these ones were always clean.

There are also a lot of rides that babies are allowed on. Plus they can attend all the shows and meet the characters! Here is just some of the stuff we did in each park:

Hollywood Studios
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • March of The First Order
  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid

Epcot
  • Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus
  • Meet Mulan in China
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Living With the Land
  • SeaBase
  • Spaceship Earth
  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Magic Kingdom
  • Cinderella's Royal Table
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It's a Small World
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Meet Merida at Fairytale Garden
  • Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall

My husband and I are not thrill seekers so we didn't miss out on any rides we wanted to go on, well except the Avatar boat ride in Animal Kingdom, as the wait time for that was over 100 minutes and we weren't going to wait that long, but that ride is also baby friendly. 

However, if you are a thrill seeker, Disney World does offer Rider Switch on many rides, which allows parents to take turns riding a ride while the other one watches the child not old enough to go on the ride. 

You can go to the Walt Disney World website to find information on all the rides. The ones that say "all ages" are baby friendly!


Babywear If You Can!


We went without a stroller thinking if we really needed to we would rent one. We never had to rent a stroller. My husband carried our daughter in our Ergo with no issues. Occasionally she would get hot, so we would take her out and just carry her normally. We also took her out during shows and parades so she could watch and dance, so cute!  

The nice thing was we never had to worry about stroller parking. Stroller parking can get so bad they actually have overflow areas! We also didn't have to worry about lugging the stroller on and off the shuttles. Although since we planned on renting, that wouldn't have been an issue for us either way, however, if you plan on bringing your own stroller, just be prepared. 

Another thing we didn't have to worry about was pushing a stroller through crowds. Having a stroller would have definitely slowed us down in getting around the parks, so I'm glad we were able to manage without one!

You can also babywear on all the rides! They have to be facing you, so tummy to tummy. I highly recommend babywearing on the rides as kids can get wiggly and some of the rides would have made me nervous if she wasn't strapped to daddy. The Frozen ride actually has a drop, where water will splash onto the seat! 

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Be Flexible!


The important thing to remember when you go to Walt Disney World, unless you live close enough or plan on spending a month there, you are not going to be able to see and do everything. Be mindful of your child's nap times and head back to the hotel if needed during the day. Also, accept the fact now that you may not be able to see any of the nighttime shows or fireworks due to your child's bedtime. 

If those things are important to you, then I would suggest not traveling until your child is older. We knew that with a baby, we would be on her schedule, and we already have future plans to go again, so missing out on stuff this time around was not an issue for us. 

Also, get the My Disney Experience app on your phone! It allows you to select fast passes in advance and modify them if needed. We actually had to change times on a few as we got to the parks late on some days due to our daughter sleeping in. We aren't ones to wake a sleeping baby. If there is a ride you just have to get on, make sure to plan it in the middle the day when you know your child will be awake just in case they run out of fast passes.


Have Fun!


If you are going to Disney World with a baby, you are most likely going because you want to go, not for the child, so don't worry about what anyone says and just have fun! You are never too old or too young for Disney!



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