We just took our son for his first visit at Disney World. We tried using a stroller and using a baby carrier and there were pros and cons to both. Here are my thoughts on using a carrier or babywearing at Disney World and why it might be a good idea for your family.
Why Use a Carrier
Many people love and prefer to babywear at Disney World. A carrier gives you the freedom to have your hands free, not need to park or fold up your stroller, not leave it unattended, and baby is always safely attached to you! It is super easy to walk around the parks while wearing your baby. It truly makes getting on and off rides a snap! This is especially useful for families with more than one child. On a hot day, you may think that wearing your baby it out of the questions, but we used our Airflow LÍLLÉbaby carrier and my husband was very comfortable. I highly suggest using a carrier with good airflow!
Cons of Using a Carrier
If you have a bulky carrier that is hard to get on and off than you may not want to use it. Also, if your carrier is very thick and better for winter, I do not suggest using it in summer. It can get hot in the parks and you and your baby will not be happy. Unless you also have a stroller you won’t have a place to put the baby down during the day. Some people that does not bother for others it’s a deal breaker. Using the carrier, you will not have any extra storage. We used a backpack and the person not wearing the baby wore the backpack. Make sure your baby is used to being in the carrier! If your baby isn’t, you all may be miserable.
What do we prefer, stroller or carrier?
Our son slept in his carrier and loved looking around at things when he was awake! It worked out very well and we loved not having to fold or park and leave our stroller. I did wish we had somewhere to put our son while we ate and extra storage throughout the day. After going with and without the stroller we enjoy the convenience of having both. I like to have the stroller to put our son in while we eat or at random times throughout the day and to store things in. I like the carrier for rides and have free hands. During half days this is the perfect scenario you can easily use the carrier part of the day and the stroller part of the day. If you are going on lots of rides the carrier is key! If you are walking around the World Showcase in Epcot than stroller all the way! What is right for you?
We use and LOVE our LÍLLÉbaby Airflow carrier. It’s a multi-position carrier that can be used from birth. Our son is old enough and prefers to face out, but when he was younger he was happy resting on our chest and mostly slept! It’s super comfortable with back and neck support. Our son is also very comfortable in it. Check out the new Pixar themed carrier they just released! I wish they had this style when my son was born, it’s perfect for the Disney parks.
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We went to Disney World for my birthday this year and it was our five-month-old baby’s first visit. For a baby, he has a ton of hair! I thought it would be fun and memorable to have his first haircut done at Disney World.
Harmony Barber Shop
If you didn’t know, Magic Kingdom actually has a barber shop on Main Street. You probably haven’t noticed it tucked away on the left side of the entrance near the barn where parades and the horse carriages come in and out of. Harmony Barber Shop is a cute little shop with three salon chairs and friendly barbers. It is actually kind of deal for Disney. At $18.00 for a Child’s Haircut, $19.00 for an Adult Haircut and $25.00 for the My First Haircut package it really isn’t any much more than I would have paid elsewhere for his hair to get cut. The My First Haircut package comes with a printed certificate of bravery, a pair of commemorative Mickey ears with “My First Haircut” embroidered on the back and a clipping of hair in a mesh bag to take home. The little ears cost almost that much at the store next door.
Our Child’s First Haircut
Once I found out when we would be going to the Magic Kingdom (around two months before) I called to make an appointment and got one for noon. My son is so young, so I was extremely nervous leading up to the appointment. It’s not typical for a 5-month-old to get his haircut so I had no idea how he would handle it and how the barbers would be with him.
We arrived for his appointment about 10-15 minutes before our scheduled appointment to check in. We used this time to take some photos and get him situated, check his diapers, etc. There were people of all ages kids, adults and even other babies getting haircuts and the Barbers were calm and had toys to make it a fun experience for the kids.
Once it was his turn our barber, Susan, sat him on a little booster and my husband held him along with a little spinning Mickey. (His barber is actually the woman in all the advertisements and the website for Harmony Barber Shop, which I think is really cool!) She asked what style we wanted and then quickly got to work. She was so talented! The second he would move she was prepared and didn’t miss a beat anticipating every squirm. His haircut took about 15 minutes and afterword she took photos for us and gave us a little certificate, the ears, and a hair clipping to take home. She did a fantastic job with his cut and I really think our baby had fun. He loved the toy and all the extra hugs and kisses after!
Overall it was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to take him back to get his haircut again there in the future! They also offer “Pixie Dust” for older kids and adults. Lots of people stop by to get “a little Pixie Dust” sprinkled on their heads. So, if you don’t get a haircut you can also just pop in for a little sparkle.
Harmony Barbershop Tips
- Try to get a reservation first. Call 407-939-7529 to get a reservation up to 180 days ahead. You can always try to walk-in. I saw two people walk-in just while we were there and get times to come back later in the day.
- If you walk in and there is a wait you can always go ride some rides or see a show while you wait.
- Even the littlest baby can get a haircut, so don’t worry that your child is too young or too old! They cut hair for all ages.
- You can save money with the My First Haircut package as it comes with Mickey ears, so no need to buy those elsewhere in the park.
- Arrive with clean hair, they may dampen hair with water, but they will not wash hair before the haircut.
- You only need 15-30 minutes in total, so it won’t take a big chunk of your park day!
- Make sure you have a camera (or charged phone) ready for lots of pictures!
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