It’s hot in Central Florida! It’s not even the end of May, and the weather reports show heat indexes in the 100 degree plus category for this weekend. Here’s 9 tips to keep your infant or toddler cool on your next Disney vacation:
- Return to the hotel or resort in the middle of the day, which is the hottest part of the day. This is a great way to cool off, nap, or take a break for swimming. If going back to your room isn’t an option, plan a late lunch at your favorite indoor restaurant, this will give everyone a chance to cool off in the air conditioning and sit down for a while.
- Plan your park days out well, with the heat in mind. Choose indoor attractions during the hottest parts of the day.
- Invest in hats for your infants and toddlers.
- Make sure that your stroller has a large sunshade. If it doesn’t consider adding an extra sunshade to it.
- Take a few minutes to play in the splash zones at the theme parks. All Disney theme parks (and Downtown Disney) have areas that feature misting fans, spray jets, or splash pads. If you don’t want your infant or toddler to have wet clothes, don’t forget to bring a change of clothes.
- Bring a misting fan. Themed fans are available within the theme parks, but you can save some money if you purchase one before your vacation. Personally, we love the O2Cool Deluxe Misting Fan. We have been using the same two fans at Disney for over a year and have never had any issues.
- Invest in a Frogg Togg Chilly Pad. These neat towels stay cooler than the outside air when they are damp. When they stop cooling, just get them wet and they will get cool again. They cost about $12 each, and are easy to use at Disney. Our family wets them in the restrooms and we place the pad behind our toddlers in their stroller.
- Indulge in frozen treats! You’ll find plenty of Mickey bars, frozen lemonades, and slushes to help your youngest ones stay cool.
- Don’t forget to keep your infant or toddler hydrated. A small lunch sized cooler under your stroller is a great place to store water bottles. Did you know: All quick service style restaurants will provide you tap water and ice free of charge in the parks. It is not a hassle, just ask!
While it won’t help them keep cool, don’t forget sunscreen for your infants and toddlers. Amazon has a list of approved sunscreens for children under age 3.
Photo above was taken getting out of the sun one afternoon on the PeopleMover at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.