Taking Baby to Sea World Tips
Are you planning a fun family vacation to Sea World? Are you worried about bringing your baby along? While it may seem a bit daunting, a family vacation to Sea World, even with a young baby, can work out well for everyone. With a little pre-planning and organizing on your part, taking your baby to Sea World will be just fine! You, your baby, and the other members of your family will be able to thoroughly enjoy all the Sea World has to offer!
Keep reading to learn a few tips that will help you when taking your baby to Sea World.
1. Plan Out Your Visit
One of the most important things you should do when you are taking a baby to Sea World is to make a plan for your visit. Find a copy of the park map online and prioritize what you want to see. Sea World has numerous animal shows at various times that are sure to excite your baby.
You will want to decide which shows you’d like to see first. Then, you can use this information to plot out your visit to the park. Be sure to pay attention to where each show is located, and try to schedule them in an order that makes sense. You don’t want to walk back and forth across the whole park multiple times.
When you are planning out your day and deciding which shows to see at various times, be sure to allow yourself extra time. If you only think you’ll need 30 minutes to make it from one show to another, plan for an hour. This will allow you time to deal with unforeseen issues, such as diaper changes, water breaks, or other items.
2. Plan for Naps
When you are planning out your visit, don’t forget to add in time for a nap. This doesn’t mean that you and the rest of your group have to stop what you are doing to watch your baby sleep. There are a few things you can look for that might help encourage naps when taking your baby to Sea World. These include a stroller that will lay flat, a light blanket to keep your baby cozy, and a canopy or shade to block out some of the sun from your baby’s eyes.
3. Plan for Feedings
You will also want to make sure that you have a plan for keeping your baby fed. Whether you are nursing or bottle-feeding, you will want to find a cool area where you can feed your baby. If your baby has started eating solid food, you will also want to have a plan in place, so they’ll be able to eat at Sea World as well. The restaurants on-site should have high chairs available for you to use.
4. Take Breaks Inside
Whether you are planning on taking your baby to Sea World in Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio, you should be prepared for a hot day. All three of these locations can get quite toasty. Taking breaks inside can help give your baby, and everyone else, a break from the hot sun. If you are planning to purchase your meals from one of the restaurants at the park, choosing to eat somewhere with inside seating is an easy way to give everyone a break from the heat. Other ways you can take indoor breaks include browsing through a gift shop or stopping by an indoor exhibit.
5. Keep Your Baby Cool and Comfortable
Since it will likely be warm when you take your baby to Sea World, you will want to find other ways to keep your baby cool and comfortable. Bringing them inside for breaks for the heat is important, but you are not going to be able to spend the whole day inside.
Be sure to dress your baby for the weather. If it is going to be a scorcher, consider dressing them in just a onesie or another lightweight outfit. If it looks like part of the day may be overcast or cooler, dress your baby in layers. That way, as it warms up, you’ll be able to remove some of the warmer clothes without having to completely change them.
A stroller fan is great product to bring when you are taking your baby to Sea World. This way, you’ll always be able to keep your baby cool when you are out in the hot sun.
6. Accept That You Won’t Be Able to Do Everything
While you’ll still be able to see a lot when you take your baby to Sea World, you will not be able to do as much as you would without a baby. You’ll need to work in time for breaks, diaper changes, and feedings. You also won’t be able to do some of the rides and roller coasters (or, at least someone in your group will need to stay back with your baby). If you go in knowing that your visit will look different than if you didn’t have your baby with you, you will be less likely to get frustrated or upset that you didn’t get to do and see everything.
7. Set Expectations for Others in Your Group
It will also be important to make sure that the other members of your group (your spouse, children, friends, family, etc.) understand that taking a baby to Sea World will be different than visiting the park without a young child. Make sure that you’ve communicated that you’ll be needing breaks to feed your baby, change their diaper, or to just give them a break from the heat. Communicating this before the visit will make your trip go much more smoothly.
What to Pack
Now that you’ve read through our list of tips, it is time to start thinking about everything you’ll need to pack to help your visit go smoothly. You’re probably used to packing a lot for your baby, and taking your baby to Sea World will be no different. When you bring all of the items on our list below, you’ll find that your visit will go as planned, and you’ll hopefully be able to avoid spending a fortune on last-minute items at the park.
Plenty of Fluids
Pack plenty of fluids to keep your baby (and everyone else in your group) well-hydrated. Bringing your own bottles of water will also help you save money since you won’t need to purchase water at the park. Be sure to pack enough milk, formula, or breastmilk to get your baby through the day. Since it is likely going to be hot, you’ll want to pack a little extra since your baby will need some extra fluids.
If your baby has started solid foods already, you will want to pack easy-to-feed snacks. Consider puffs, pouches, or other easy to grab and eat foods. You’ll likely want to give these items to your baby when you are on the go, so be sure to pick items they’ll be able to eat in the stroller or on your lap easily.
Insulated Cooler Bag
Don’t forget to bring an insulated cooler bag along with you as well. This can help keep any drinks or snacks cool. Everyone in your group will appreciate a cool drink on a hot day.
When you are taking your baby to Sea World, you’ll want to be sure to keep them protected from the strong rays of the sun. Put sunscreen on them before you arrive at the park, and be sure to bring the sunscreen with you. You will want to reapply it to your baby after about four hours in the sun.
A hat is another important item to pack when you are taking your baby to Sea World. A hat will help keep the sun out of their eyes and will make it easier for them to see. Also, since many babies don’t have a full head of hair yet, a hat can prevent the top of their head from getting burned.
You will definitely want to bring a stroller with you when you are taking your baby to Sea World. This will make it so you do not have to carry your baby all day. However, you may also want to bring a wearable baby carrier. You will be unable to bring your stroller into most of the shows, so you may want another option for carrying your baby.
Fully Stocked Diaper Bag
Finally, don’t forget to bring a fully stocked diaper bag. You may want to consider bringing a backpack diaper bag, since it may be easier to carry when you need to leave your stroller behind. Here are some of the essential items you’ll want in your diaper bag.
- Two changes of clothes
Sea World is a fun and exciting place. There are so many sea animals that are sure to keep your little on amused and in awe. However, the park is quite massive, there are tons of people there all the time, and the weather is often very hot. Plus, babies are not always the easiest of travel partners and definitely pose their own set of unique challenges. None of this means you should skip that family vacation to Sea World. If you plan accordingly, you’ll find taking your baby to Sea World to be no big deal.