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Tip when at WDW with 16 month old

Discussion in 'WDW with Kids' started by mdktf, May 7, 2017.

  1. mdktf

    mdktf Active Member

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    Hi,

    We are very experienced WDW travellers but this summer will be the first with our 16 month old!

    Any handy tips or things we should look out for or do?

    Thanks.
     
  2. TDGMedley

    TDGMedley Active Member

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    We took my daughter last at 19 months and she did good. slept in stroller when she was tired and I did baby wear lot. she was heavy but made it easy. Just drop the stroller and got in line. Bring snacks, drinks, and something to do to pass the time. Not sure when your going but a fan on the stroller helps with the heat. Also use the baby care areas in each park they are nice and good place to cool off a little while you re-group.
     
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  3. dreamfinder

    dreamfinder Well-Known Member

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    Plan on throwing all plans out the window. Figure out food options in advance, nothing's worse than trying to figure out where to get something they will eat when they are already hungry. Be comfortable with the stroller/carrier you will use. Figure out resting areas or plan on going back to nap/play at your hotel.
     
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  4. helenabear

    helenabear Well-Known Member

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    No, you do not have to throw all plans out of the window with a toddler. In fact planning sit downs at regular meal times was helpful.

    My son was still napping at that age so we repected the nap and brought him back to our villa. Not all children will stroller sleep, especially at the parks. We kept to his normal schedule and had a blast. We did carry snacks and water with us in case he got hungry. Nothing major though, pretzels or goldfish or the like.

    At that age my son was too big to carry (on me at least) so he walked or used the stroller. It was a pretty easy age to take him actually. No where near as hard as some were saying it would be. I do think respecting his usual sleep and eating schedule (and type of foods too) kept things quite normal for us.
     
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  5. dreamfinder

    dreamfinder Well-Known Member

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    Oh, by all means try to have a normal day. And sticking to something close to a normal routine will help, meals, naps, etc. But accept that you may very well be walking to ride Dumbo, and end up spending 45 mins wandering around staring at the elephant prints and peanuts embedded in the pavement. Or trying to wander around World Showcase and spend 20 mins gibbering at ducks. I've done 4 trips with a few different kids under 2yo, and would be lucky to make it to maybe 50% of booked FP. We have yet to successfully walk past the fountains in Epcot between FW and WS without stopping and playing for 15-20 minutes, and I now purposely detour one of the long ways when we have a timeline to keep. Enjoy the small kids stuff and just have fun.
     
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  6. helenabear

    helenabear Well-Known Member

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    I think every family is different. Not all kids want to do what yours did. Mine would rather see different things and never really was interested in fountains unless at the pools. We have never missed FP when we schedule them and never found scheduling a lunch was all that difficult to keep.

    Maybe as a parent I just think that most assume life with a child is oh so different, and sometimes it's not. We aren't commandos in the least either, but I have never found having children makes 'normal life' not happen. Maybe our normal is just enjoying a stroll, but we also are good with "lunch time, gotta go" and my family just says okay and goes on to it. We stop to smell the roses plenty so to speak, but not if I want my lunch. Being a parent is about finding balances of letting your child be free and letting them know that we can come back and do what they want later if something is scheduled. If I have lunch scheduled, I want to keep it. We do so few ADRs as it is and don't go insane with FP+ either that for us the balance is to not schedule too much, and enjoy things, but when something is scheduled be there. It teaches them responsibility too. Vacations for us have never been about 'whatever the kids want' all the time. Sure they get a say but we balance all of our needs.
     
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  7. jaklgreen

    jaklgreen Well-Known Member

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    We were actually a mix of what dreamfinder and helenabear said. We let the kids sleep in, had a relaxed breakfast then headed to the park. We have plenty of down time (not in line or on a ride) where we had the kids drink and snack and stretch their legs a bit. It is not just about fitting them into your life, it goes both way, you need to fit in your kids life too. And trust me, I am not one of those parents that makes my whole life just about my kids, but there are compromises both ways. Also, kids get visually over stimulated and do not process what they see the same way we do so we would go on a ride and then had some down time. But by all means, make your FPs and enjoy a nice meal but keep it balanced. Especially at that age, they don't understand "we have to do this now". They just want to touch the darn water. There is joy in the little moments too.
     
  8. helenabear

    helenabear Well-Known Member

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    Not sure why you said between me and the other poster as I never said we scheduled like crazy. In fact you just echoed a lot of what I said including the idea of balancing. Just because I won't skip a lunch ADR doesn't mean I don't let magic moments happen. I just don't let it carry on for long if we have somewhere to be, but I noticed at that age you can say "okay time for lunch" and they do understand. After all they are starting to use words to convey things and hunger is something they get ;)
     
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  9. jaklgreen

    jaklgreen Well-Known Member

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    Don't skip ADRs, but also enjoy the little things, a mix of both.
     
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  10. helenabear

    helenabear Well-Known Member

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    That's exactly what we do - and always have done.
     
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