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RivalOfTheRose
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3 year old ryan wants to go to amusement park.
amusement parks have germs.
1 month anthony isn't fully vaccinated yet.
emphasis on 'yet'.

does the whole family go to amusement park?
or does mommy stay with anthony and daddy bring ryan?

thanks!

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The entire day at the amusement park will be focused on Ryan's wants (toddler spinny rides). All Ryan's parents will do is point out rides he could go on and watch him do it.

I assume this isn't Disney, so they don't do a "baby swap" where Disney lets the parent who sat out on the ride cut the line after the first parent went through. Disney has some attractions where someone could sit with a kid, but most parks don't. Disney also has characters and shows.

Anthony is just along for the ride (albeit with free admission), but one parent must be with him at all times. You are paying to have a parent babysit Anthony at the park, which will involve schlepping all sorts of gear on the very little sleep parents of a 1 month old get.

*I* remember doing to Disney World at age three, but most kids don't remember. I'd hope my kid forgot he wanted to go. Personally, if I had a three year old and a one month old, I'd be a jerk parent and not subject myself to the exhaustion (and fun) that an amusement park can bring until I wasn't in possession of an infant.

Also, consider whether your wife might handle Ryan better and enjoy the park more.

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I would just send one person or get a sitter for the baby if he will take a bottle, but not primarily out of fear of germs. I assume your 1-month-old will not be touching anything at the park, so provided that you have hand sanitizer to clean your hands regularly he will not be directly exposed much more than he would at the grocery store or the mall. But I wouldn't take him because it sounds like a miserable day for him and the parent saddled with him.
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I spent ten days at DisneyWorld with a not-quite 2 year old and a one month old. It was a blast.

But, that was before the recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. And it was Disney, which is full of little-kid friendly stuff. If this is a park that both parents would enjoy and enjoy seeing Ryan enjoy I would all go. If it's going to be boring for the parents I'd just send one.

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quote:
Originally posted by theamazeeaz:
Personally, if I had a three year old and a one month old, I'd be a jerk parent and not subject myself to the exhaustion (and fun) that an amusement park can bring until I wasn't in possession of an infant.

Me too, but I wouldn't even consider myself a jerk parent. I'd just be the parent who didn't think that sounded like a good idea.

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Originally posted by dkw:
I spent ten days at DisneyWorld with a not-quite 2 year old and a one month old. It was a blast.

I already suspected, but this confirms it. You have some kind of parenting superpower.
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Yeah, I'd say wait on the disney vacation until the youngest is about 3 or 4 -- young enough for it to be really magical for them, but old enough to actually do a few things and hand off to the other parent as needed.
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I think I was 2 or 3 when my grandmother took us to Disneyworld.

I vaguely remember the anniversary cake they had out that year for the park's Birthday, but really I think I'm just remembering pictures of the cake. I have no recollection of what actually happened.

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I was four years old the first time I went to an amusement park. My mom had just come down with the flu, and my dad was trying to quarantine me from her by taking me out of town for the weekend.

Instead, I brought the flu to everyone at Disneyland and spent the trip throwing up on everything in reach.

I vote "everyone stays home, try again next year."

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Just me and the 3 year old went to Sesame place yesterday. Mommy was a little sad, but the park wasn't crowded at all and we got to go on everything multiple times.
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