06 Jul Packing a Diaper Bag for the Parks
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black loop! Today we are sharing our must haves when we are traveling with little ones.
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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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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Black | Must Haves for Traveling with Little Ones Loop:
- 1st Stop – Disney Mamas | What to Bring and What to Leave at Home
- 2nd Stop – Mousekatools | Packing a Diaper Bag for the Parks
- 3rd Stop – Capturing Magical Memories | Deciding to Bring or Rent a Stroller
- 4th Stop – What’s The Point | Using a Grocery Delivery Service
- 5th Stop – Love Our Crazy Life | 10 Items to Make Road Trips with Littles Easier