When traveling to Disney World with an infant or toddler, a stroller is a necessity for most families. While Disney is stroller friendly, Disney does not allow the use of strollers inside most attractions. Carrying your infant or toddler through the lines can be tiring, especially if they can not walk on their own. The perfect solution is to use a baby carrier. And, on many attractions without a height requirement, Disney allows infants and toddlers to remain in the carrier during the attraction, so you don’t need to worry about loading and unloading your child once you get to the front of the line. Our family owns both a Moby Wrap and an Ergobaby Carrier. Here are my thoughts on using either of them at Disney World:
The details: If you aren’t familiar with Moby Wraps, they are pieces of stretchy fabric that you can tie in several ways to carry your baby. When our children were younger than 4 months, I preferred to use the Moby Wrap.
- Babies are snug in the wrap and will often fall asleep.
- You can discreetly nurse on the go while your child is in the wrap.
- Includes a carrying pouch and folds to be about the size of an average umbrella when not in use.
- It takes some practice to use the Moby Wrap.
- Tying and untying the wrap can be time consuming.
- It’s hot in Florida and all that extra fabric, plus a warm baby against you, a wrap might be too hot depending on the season.
The details: Once our children gained good head control, I switched to the ErgoBaby carrier at Disney. Again, if you aren’t familiar with it, it is a soft carrier that allows you to carry your infant or toddler on your front, your hip, or your back.
- Quick and easy to put on and take off.
- Puts your child in a healthy, seated position.
- Takes less practice and can easily be adjusted to different sizes, so dad wear the child, too.
- Most models include a privacy hood that can cover baby from the sun or light if they are sleeping.
- Older babies or toddlers can be carried on your hip or back.
- Young babies can use the Ergobaby Carrier with an infant insert.
- Not all models fold compactly when not in use.
- To use the Ergobaby Carrier, your child must face you (front carry), older babies might prefer to look out.
Alternatives and Renting a Baby Carrier
I have a lot of babywearing friends that love other carriers like the Boba Carrier or the Beco Gemini Carrier. If you are purchasing a new baby carrier, expect to spend around $130 for a high quality carrier, while a wrap will cost you around $45. If you don’t think that you’ll get much use from a carrier once your return from Disney World, you can rent an Ergobaby carrier from Orlando Ergo Rental or choose from a selection of rental carriers at PAXbaby.com.
Child shown in photo is 5 months old and is in an Ergobaby Organic Carrier in River Rock Green.