Traveling With an Infant
- Accommodations Considerations
Here are some things to consider when you're choosing
your accommodations for your trip:
Room Location - Request and get a room
that is close to a bus stop. In fact, the first bus stop
on the route is nice as it facilitates travel to the parks
substantially. For one thing, in the morning you're much
more likely to get on a bus that's relatively empty (so
it's easier to find seats and a place to stash the stroller,
etc.). You'll have to sit through a "commute"
around your resort then, but at least you'll be seated.
Also, on the way back to the resort, you're among the first
people dropped off. Since you're more likely to be tired
then, versus the trip TO the park, it's nice to avoid the
commute around the resort...especially if you weren't fortunate
enough to get seats for the return trip (dealing with a
stroller while standing on a moving bus is a wild experience).
Room Amenities - If you can swing it,
a room with kitchen facilities is very handy for bottle
The in-room laundry that we had at Old Key
West Resort was very handy. The Boardwalk Villas Resort
and the Villas at the Disney Institute also have rooms with
that feature. Of course, if you have the wherewithal to
pack enough clothes, spit rags, etc. so that you don't need
to do laundry, this isn't an issue.
Cribs, Etc. - You can request a crib
for a room at any Disney hotel (and I'm sure that non-Disney
hotels can accommodate a baby, too). At Old Key West, the
two-bedroom vacation homes are permanently equipped with
a Pack-N-Play. At some non-Disney hotels that we've stayed
at in the past, we've had the misfortune of being provided
with a very poor quality port-a-cribs that were flimsy and
even dangerous. (One in the Seattle area had several loose
screws that eventually worked their way out of their respective
brackets and dropped onto the baby's sleeping surface. Fortunately,
we found it before he ate it.) When Allan was an infant
and toddler, we took our "Happy Camper" Pack-N-Play
kind of a unit, by Evenflo. The "Happy Camper",
that has a bassinet attachment. By the way, Graco makes
the name brand Pack-N-Play which is a similar unit, but
Graco's bassinet doesn't support the baby's weight as well
as the Evenflo one does. Also, we really liked the ease
of set-up of the newer design "Happy Camper".
It's really quite simple for one person to set up by themselves
without taking a yoga class or earning an engineering degree.