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Everyone said we were crazy to take a nursing baby to Disneyland. And you know what? We were! But it couldn’t have gone any better.
The most important thing when it comes to tackling Disney with a baby is your mindset. If you walk through the gates expecting to dash around, grab all the fast passes you can, and conquer the whole park in a day, I guarantee you will find yourself disappointed. The key is to throw your agenda out the window and simply focus on soaking in the magic that surrounds you. Because, let’s face it, when is staying on schedule easy with a baby? No schedule = no worries.
Your packing list is equally vital. One blowout can ruin your entire day if you’re not adequately prepared with an extra outfit or two. Trust me. Harley needed her back-up within minutes of arriving at the park. Which was a huge bummer for mom, because this is our only picture of Harley in her sweet little Minnie Mouse outfit, and we weren’t even in the park yet!
Not to mention the fact that she spent the rest of the day without socks (no-show socks took on a whole new meaning). Talk about embarrassing. It was a long day of tucking her toes into the blanket and her quickly kicking it off, all while hoping people weren’t thinking I was a terrible mother. The good news is, if you do happen to forget anything, Disney has gift shops for clothes and Baby Care Centers in both parks for just about everything else. Thank you
These Baby Care Centers are a LIFESAVER. Fully stocked with baby essentials for purchase, they provide a quiet, fairly private, space to nurse or pump. They have clean changing stations, potty-training sized toilets for big brother or sister, and an amazing set-up if you’re a cloth diapering momma!! They even have a waiting area for your hubby. Disney’s Baby Care Centers became a safe haven for Harley and me. A place to escape the crowds and the lines and just breathe.
Since Disney is expensive enough without having to buy something you left at home, I’m here to help you avoid my Minnie Mouse mishaps. Here is a packing list for all you mommas planning a Disney trip.
What to take to Disney with a baby:
- Easy-to-fold stroller (Preferably one that reclines! This will make nap time much easier.)
- A large storage basket (The Kolcraft Cloud Plus is a fantastic option and at a great price point.)
- Baby wrap or carrier (We love the Ergobaby Omni 360)
- Extra outfit(s) with socks that cover the ankle and stay put
- Sun hat
- Blanket for shade and/or warmth
- Baby food/snacks
I also chose to buy a manual breast pump for the trip. Having the option to nurse or pump gave us a little more flexibility with our day, which was really nice. The manual breast pump meant I didn’t have to lug around my regular pump. If you’ve got it in your budget, this Medela Freestyle
Now let’s move on to the fun part: rides! I was shocked by how many rides Harley was able to go on at three and a half months old. Just to give you an idea, here is a list of some of the rides and attractions without height requirements that are safe for little ones:
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Little Mermaid
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Jungle Cruise
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sully to the Rescue
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Enchanted Tiki Room
One of my favorites was The Little Mermaid. Harley’s face was
And of course there are the character meet and greets.
Here is a link you can reference to get the full list of baby-friendly rides and attractions.
And with that, you’re ready to take on the magic of Disney! Just remember to be willing to stop and rest now and then. Disney is obviously a very stimulating environment (which is part of what makes it so exciting), so finding a nice, quiet and cool place to take a breather is important. Our favorite place to unwind was the Starbucks inside of California Adventure Park. It’s big and climate controlled. Plus, of course, caffeine!
Have fun mommas! Take lots of pictures and enjoy making memories that will last a lifetime.