We first took Gideon to Disneyland just before he turned 2 months old. Some may think that’s too early to take him to such a crowded place, but he was a very healthy baby and we needed to get out of the house! Our whole friendship, dating relationship, and marriage had been spent going to California’s Magic Kingdom, so we knew it was the first big trip we wanted to take with our little one.
Caring for a newborn can be daunting in itself, so how are you supposed to do it at Disneyland?? Even if your baby is past the newborn stage it can be a challenge. But don’t worry! I have some tips to help you enjoy your time there, no matter how young your baby is (or how freshly postpartum you are!).
Whether you’re a Disneyland regular or going for your visit of a lifetime, most people expect to jam pack their day at Disneyland to make the most of their ticket price. With a baby though, this has to change! Your baby will need to nurse, have diaper changes, nap, get fussy, and you’ll need to roll with the punches. I typically go to the park with only 1 or 2 things I really want to do, and then just go with the flow for the rest of the day!
Especially if your are pretty newly postpartum, all the walking may not be super comfortable for you, but you can still have fun! Do what you can, be be willing to take breaks when your body asks for it. People-watching at Disneyland is just as entertaining to me as the rides!
This is such a perfect way to care for a fussy baby at the Happiest Place on Earth. Especially if your baby hasn’t been to such a crowded place, it will be so comforting for them to be close to you with all the hustle and bustle. You can even wear your baby on some rides, just be sure to ask the cast member at the ride if you aren’t sure.
If you’ve never babyworn before, make sure you practice beforehand! If you don’t have a baby carrier and don’t know where to start, hop on Facebook and search for your local babywearing group. They’ll typically have a library of carriers that you can try on (with their expert help) to see what you like! I personally love my Solly wrap for newborns, Wildbird sling for quick carries, and my Happy Baby Carrier for longer wears.
Some moms like to go stroller-less and just babywear all day, but if you want to give your back a rest (and something to carry your diaper bag in) a stroller is great! I’ve recently taught my son to nap in the stroller and it’s life changing for our Disneyland trips! If you’re going between January and April you should bring a rain cover for your stroller to keep your baby and your stuff dry.
Sometimes cast members will move your stroller if it’s in the way or if they are setting up for a parade or show. It’s usually not far, and if you need help finding it cast members are happy to help! I put a Tile tracker on my stroller so I can find it if I lose track of it.
Disneyland allows you to bring food into the parks! Glass containers aren’t allowed in, except for baby food jars, so feel free to bring them in if you’re going to need them! A lot of restaurants in the park have toddler and kid meals if your little one is eating lots of solids.
Don’t feel like you need to bring food in though! Price of food in the parks is comparable to prices outside the park, and there’s some really good food! You don’t have to eat dole whip and churros all day. If you’re looking for healthy food to keep your breast milk supply up, look ahead of time to be prepared, and check out the Disneyland app for menus at every park eatery.
Bring your reusable water bottle! Most counter service restaurants will give you a free cup of water, but there are also lots of places you can fill up your water for free, including eateries with guest-accessible beverage refill stations, as well as First Aid and the Baby Care Centers.
Baby Care Center
There is one Baby Care Center in Disneyland and one in California Adventure, and these really make a difference, especially if your baby is very young! Inside you’ll find big comfy changing tables that are cleaned regularly, quiet and dark nursing rooms with rocking chairs and outlets for pumping mamas, high chairs to spoon purées into that little mouth, a kitchen with microwave, filtered water and a sink for preparing bottles, and a TV playing Disney movies for older kids.
There is also a vending machine in each Baby Care Center so you can buy anything you may have forgotten or run out of: diapers, wipes, pacifiers, formula, sunscreen, juice, baby food, etc.
Don’t be afraid of going to Disneyland with a baby! It can definitely be such a fun and enjoyable experience, so long as you know what to expect. Have you taken your kids to Disneyland before? How old were they and how did it go? Let me know in the comments below, and if you have any questions be sure to Ask a Bestie! And if you want to see more posts about Disneyland, let us know!