Tips for Babies at Disneyland

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Bringing a newborn or baby to Disneyland or California Adventure? This article is for you!

Top Tips for Babies at Disneyland

If you think a Disneyland vacation is out of the question now that you have a new baby, think again! Disneyland is totally doable with babes in arms. Here are our top tips for babies at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
 
It’s never too early to start your baby’s love affair with Disneyland. When you bring a baby to the Disneyland Resort, you’re going to have a different experience than if it were an adults only trip or even a trip with school-aged children—but don’t let that baby keep you away! There’s still tons to do and enjoy even with a baby at Disneyland.

Top Tips for Babies at Disneyland

Photo Credit Michelle Byrd
Photo Credit Michelle Byrd

I have brought all my children to Disneyland as newborns, babies and/or toddlers. I’ve even persuaded my sister to bring her newborn to Disneyland too. It’s certainly a different type of trip, but it’s definitely worth it if you plan and prepare well.

Babies at Disneyland Essentials

As a new (or returning) parent, you’ve probably learned the art of a well stocked diaper bag. Now is the time to turn that knowledge into action!

Bring a fully stocked diaper bag to Disneyland with these essentials, plus some convenience items you’ll definitely thank me for later. This adorable Disney diaper bag will fit right in with your Disneyland vacation and keep everything you need within quick reach.

Diaper Bag Must-Haves:

  • Diapers! And plenty of them. If you’re traveling from out of town, read about how you can order groceries and diapers to be delivered right to your hotel room. Pack about 1 diaper per hour you’re in the park, plus a few extra.
  • Baby wipes like these Disney princess baby wipes. Wipes are not only good for keeping baby’s bum clean but any surfaces that need a little sparkle. I carry these for giant-sucker-sticky-hands clean up too.
  • Hand sanitizer. A life saver after holding onto railings and lap bars on rides.
  • Ziplock bags, gallon size. Perfect for storing clothing after a blow out or saving those silly giant suckers your older kids will never be able to finish.
  • Change of clothes for mom and baby. Because you never know when said blow out will occur.
  • If you love your baby carrier, like a bjorn, and are comfortable using it, bring that along too, just make sure you’ve had lots of practice using it beforehand.
  • Blankets and burp cloths for cleaning up and staying warm.
  • Mickey Mouse disposable bibs and self-sticking place mats for babies old enough to sit at the table. You’ll have a clean surface for food to sit on and you can toss the dirty bib when you’re done.
  • Bottles, formula, frozen milk and anything else you need to keep the baby nice and full. Keep reading for more tips on feeding time below.

About Strollers . . .

With a good stroller, you might not even need to rent a locker. I have always used a stroller as a portable locker. Remember never to leave valuables unattended in a stroller.

Pack your baby’s favorite stroller (more on strollers at Disneyland here) for the perfect place to stash all your baby gear. Strollers are also a great napping spot for baby and easy to get baby in and out of.

Disneyland now rents double strollers, although the single strollers are better equipped for older kids like toddler aged and up. If you need to rent a stroller for your baby or kids, I suggest City Stroller Rentals who delivers to most area hotels.

I love these extra large stroller hooks  that clip right on to the stroller handle and easily hold your diaper bag, water bottles or whatever you need to keep your hands free. It also gives you more space to store stuff in the stroller basket below.

Still stroller shopping? Check out these adorable Disney strollers with Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh themes.

Babies at Disneyland Attractions

You can enjoy tons of attractions with your baby at Disneyland.
 
For infants, you can hold your baby in your lap. Some attractions will allow you to keep your baby in a carrier like a bjorn during the ride, but be prepared to take the baby out if instructed.
 
Many of these attractions have a simple pull down bar or no type of harness at all, so your baby should be very comfortable.
 
What can my baby ride at Disneyland? There are so many rides your baby can go on at Disneyland that do not have minimum height requirements including:
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Astro Orbitor
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse
  • Disneyland Monorail
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Donald’s Boat
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Main Street Cinema
  • Main Street Vehicles
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mark Twain River Boat
  • Mickey’s House
  • Minnie’s House
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Adventure
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse

What rides can my baby ride at Disney California Adventure Park? many attractions your baby can go enjoy at California Adventure that do not have minimum height requirements including:

  • Animation Academy (learn to draw your favorite Disney characters)
  • Sorcerers Workshop
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Disney Junior Dance Party
  • The Bakery Tour (you can smell it already, can’t you?)
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • Jessie’s Critter Carousel
  • Pixar Pal A-Round (be sure to get a stable gondola)
  • Toy Story Midway Mania (be careful, these cars move swiftly!)
  • Monster’s Inc- Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Red Car Trolley
  • The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Don’t forget parades (check out our free parade guide here) and shows are all options you can enjoy with the entire family. Parents can also take advantage of the rider switch options on larger thrill rides that baby will sit out on for now.

Babies at Disneyland Feeding Time

Nursing on the go at Disneyland. I am not one to sit out on the fun, so when we took our infant to Disneyland, I took advantage of longer rides like Pirates and it’s a small world for feeding time.  If you’re nursing you might try the following attractions for feeding time:

  • Disneyland Monorail
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (although it can be very tricky getting up and down those steep steps while holding the baby)
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise (if you don’t mind an audience)
  • Mark Twain River Boat
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Finding a top to easily nurse in can be tricky. I recommend Savi Mom and Bearsland nursing tops which are super on-trend and make nursing in public simple and discreet. Partner these chic tops with a nursing cover and you’re good to go.

 

 

 

 

 

My baby was so little when we took our trip that a few times she fell asleep nursing and I just kept the nursing cover on and let her sleep under it while I carried her around the park. If you’re comfortable nursing in public, feel free to use benches, tables and chairs or really any comfy spot throughout the park as a pit stop as well.

 

Baby Care Center

Disneyland baby changing station

 
Need a little more privacy? Enter the Baby Care Center. This full service, complimentary facility in both parks (Main Street next to First Aid, and near Plaza Inn at Disneyland Park and next to Ghirardelli at California Adventure) is your best bet for privacy and amenities.
 
Inside you’ll find nursing areas (comfy chairs!), changing tables, microwaves, highchairs and even extra supplies (for a fee) in case you run out. Another great option is staying close to Disneyland during your vacation. Hotels like Holiday Inn Express & Suites are just a short walk over so you can take mid-day breaks as needed. 
 

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Babies at Disneyland: Have Fun!

No babies at Disneyland article is complete without giving you permission to have fun! Having a newborn is stressful, and being out of your element can make things even more chaotic. Just remember to have fun and relax.

 
Listen to your sweet baby, carry him around all day, snuggle him and just enjoy being at Disneyland together.
If something goes wrong, take some time away at the hotel or in a shady spot. Hopefully our tips will prepare you and have you ready for this trip and trips to come.
 
Remember this trip isn’t necessarily about the memories your baby makes, but the memories you can share with them later about their baby visits to Disneyland.  Some of my favorite memories at Disneyland include taking my infant there with our two older kids and having my newborn nephew with us on one of our trips.
 
If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, let us help plan your day at Disneyland with our VIP Custom Park Plans. We’ll strategize your day just for your group’s interests, ages and more. How did your trip to Disneyland with baby go? Share your tips! Tell us what other parents need to know when bringing baby to the Disneyland Resort.

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