Packing a Diaper Bag for the Parks

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Packing a Diaper Bag for the Disney Parks

Babies and little kids make the best guests at a Disney park. They giggle on the rides, they hug the characters, and best of all, when they stand in front of you, they don’t block your view of the parade. While they may or may not actually be the best guests, they are definitely some of the most special. These special guests often travel like tiny rock stars with roadies parents (cough cough *ME* cough) packing everything but the kitchen sink. The question is, since the parks already supply an adorable Mickey kitchen sink that comes complete with ice cream, what should you bring for babies and small children while spending the day at a Disney park? Here is what you’ll find me packing in my family’s diaper bag at Disney.

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What to pack in a diaper bag at Disney

A lot of these things can be found in my Diaper bag year round, but a few are special things we bring just for Disney. Here is the breakdown.

Diaper bag for Disney Parks

Let’s start with the basics: diapers, wipes and diaper cream. Super standard finds in any diaper bag. My tip here is to use new diapers instead of ones that have been sitting in your diaper bag for a while already. The new ones are flatly folded & take up less room. I like to bring about 10 diapers for newborns and about 7 for toddlers. Wipes are always great for cleaning off messy ice cream faces, so be sure you have plenty! If your diaper bag isn’t one of the many that includes a changing pad, remember that you can use the changing tables in the amazing Baby Care Centers located at each of the Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort theme parks (with the exception of the water parks.)

Packing a diaper bag for Disney

Feeding time! I pack 1 cup/ 2 bottles, formula (if used,) water bottle, snacks, placemat, & burp rag. When using bottles, I always travelled with two of the Playtex Nursers with disposable drop-in liners. While I could rinse out one bottle and reuse it quite easily, it never fails that one would get dropped on the floor and kicked by someone walking by. In the event that happens, it is nice to have a backup. If your little one is drinking from a cup, I love these take & toss Disney themed cups. They’re cheap enough that I don’t have to worry if it gets lost at the park, but sturdy enough that they’ll last a long time. I don’t really find I need to bring two cups because if it gets dropped, I can always get a cup of water and a straw from one of the restaurants or stands. Snacks are important to keep on hand because while you and I love churros and dole whips, you never know what your tiny one is going to like that day! Plus, when you’re in an hour long line for Peter Pan and your kiddo is hungry, rather than leave the line you’ve already waited 40 minutes in, you can just give them one of their favorite snacks from your handy diaper bag.

Packing a Diaper Bag for Disney

Distractions! A book, a game, stickers, rattles, musical toys, etc. I usually pack at least two things that I can pull out at a moments notice. When you’re sitting on Main Street U.S.A., waiting for the parade to come through, this is a perfect time to just break out a good book and read with your little ones. This is also a great tip for older siblings as well.

How to pack a diaper bag for Disney

More goodies: medicine, toothbrush & toothpaste, sunglasses, sunscreen, Boogie Wipes,  chapstick, and pacifiers. I always like to have Tylenol in my diaper bag just in case the ugly teething monster shows up! Sunscreen is a must so that you can reapply on those sunny summer days. I just love Boogie Wipes and I hate traveling without them, even if nobody has a boogie nose. A toothbrush and toothpaste can be a good idea if you plan on staying  past your little one’s bedtime. That way, they can fall asleep in their stroller or carrier and you can just put them straight to bed when you get back to your hotel. Packing a Diaper Bag

These ones are probably best stored at the bottom of a stroller or maybe in a locker, but you’ll want to be sure to bring a blankie or any lovey that your child has. In the case of a nap time meltdown, a little bit of comfort goes a long way. Also an extra blanket or a nursing cover can help shut out the excitement of the parks when you’re trying to put your little one to sleep. You might want to bring a hat to help shield their little face from the sun. Depending on the hat’s design, this can be attached to the strap of your diaper bag with a small hook in the event that your kid is like mine and won’t wear it. And of course, don’t forget a sweater as it gets cool at night.

Packing a Diaper Bag for Disney

An extra set of clothes in a ziplock bag. With little ones, you never know what kind of crazy mess will await you. All you know is that there will always be a mess. Be prepared with an extra set of clothes (down to the underwear and socks) and ziplock bags. This way, your child’s dirty/wet clothes can find their way back home without getting the rest of the items in your bag dirty/wet as well. Ziplocs are a great item to bring to the parks and have multiple uses. I always travel with at least 2 in my bag o’ tricks.

Since this mom doesn’t want to have to carry a diaper bag AND a purse (can you say “pack mule,”) I usually shove my wallet and phone in the diaper bag as well. If you do this, just be sure to take it with you as you wait in line for rides and don’t leave it behind on your stroller.

And there you have it! A diaper bag full of all of the goodies needed for a day in the parks. How do you pack your diaper bag? Did I miss your must have item? Leave a comment and share with us your diaper bag wisdom! Thank you for joining me on my first trip on the Magical Blogorail! Your next stop is Capturing Magical Memories as she discusses the great debate of bringing versus renting a stroller.

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  • Lin @ DisneyMamas
    Posted at 15:48h, 07 July Reply

    What a well organized post and diaper bag! We’ve been out of the actual diaper bag for a couple of years but are headed back that direction this fall. Definitely keeping this handy!

  • Lisa @Home is Where the Mouse is
    Posted at 16:36h, 07 July Reply

    Back in the day, my diaper bag looked a lot like yours. Even though the days of diapers are gone, I still bring the diaper bag to hold things like extra clothes, snacks and things to do.

  • Rosanne @ What's the Point?
    Posted at 18:07h, 07 July Reply

    This is a great post! Thank you so much. I have my Costco Disney Huggies in my bag too.

    I always pack my wallet in my diaper bag to cut down on bags, but I never thought about taking my bag when I’m in line. I think I may just stick to a magic band and make my husband pack our important cards in his wallet.

    Thanks again!

  • Becca
    Posted at 20:55h, 08 July Reply

    I love these suggestions. And I am all about extra diapers. There is something about being in Disneyland that made my son poop (TMI?) way more often. Although, if you do run out, you can buy more in the baby centers.

  • Mary at Capturing Magical Memories
    Posted at 16:47h, 10 July Reply

    So glad to see you included the emergency poo pack in the bag. Not only is it necessary for the parks but also for the trip there. Airplanes somehow bring out the worst messes! Zip lock bags are a must!!

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