Well… we survived Holden’s first trip to Disney World at 10 1/2 months old. Before you judge me as absolutely nuts for taking a baby to Disney World, let me just say 1) my parents are in the Disney Vacation Club so we go like every other year 2) yes, I know she won’t remember any of it. That being said, I do believe she enjoyed herself and overall the trip wasn’t nearly as bad as I was anticipating.
My fidgety little crawler was quite the trooper through the two-hour car ride, two-hour wait in the airport and two-hour flight. Though she did spend half the flight crawling back and forth from her dad’s lap to mine, she spent the other half napping. I was so psyched by this that I didn’t care that my arm was asleep for a full 45 minutes. The air pressure during takeoff and descent didn’t seem to bother her a bit, thanks to her trusty Nuk.
(remind me to tell you more about that fantastic pashmina later).
The pool accessories I picked up for her were clutch to ensuring a misery-free week at the pool.
- UPF 50+ Sun Protective Baby Suit by NoZone: prevented me from having to worry about reapplying sunscreen all over my squirmy little crawler and made sure her baby skin remained burn-free in the hot Florida sun.
- UPF 50+ Sun Protection Flap Hat by Iplay: protected her head, face and neck (even if she did look like Sheikh!). The chin tie and drawstring in back ensured that the hat stayed on, despite her best efforts to remove it.
- Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy: was perfect for my daredevil who pooh-poohed the baby pool and wanted to go right for the real thing. She floated along happily until her fingers got pruney, with the shade providing an extra layer of sun protection.
I had so many parents at the resort asking me where I got each one of those items (Amazon!).
We only ventured to one park, hitting up Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Festival.
It was so stinking hot that we looked for any excuse to get out of the sun with the baby, which actually turned out to be a great thing because we went on rides that I had deemed “too boring” to visit during previous trips. Holden loved The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Seeing the huge grin on her face made me briefly forget my ichthyophobia (google it).
Thank god for the Baby Care Center in Epcot (which is located in the Odyssey Center, between the World Showcase and the Test Track). We escaped the heat, did a diaper change, drank a bottle, and had a full-on, sprawled-out nap, all in the blessed air conditioning.
Sadly, we lost a good man in Epcot that day: our beloved “Monkey Nuk” (the Nuk clip on her shirt in the photos) didn’t make it home with us. RIP, good buddy. You were an integral member of our parenting team.
Overall, it was a–dare I say it?–magical trip. To see my daughter’s face light up with delight over and over again made it all worth it. Spending all day, every day with her for seven straight days definitely made it even harder to return to work today.
My favorite part of the trip?