Packing for a trip to Walt Disney World, with four theme parks, two water parks and Disney Springs, can be a massive undertaking. Add a baby or toddler to the mix and it can be downright intimidating.
Aside from the usual diapers, pull-ups, PJ’s and daily clothing, what else will you need for a trip to Walt Disney World?
Below are my favorite-must-never-be-left-at-home items that have helped me through countless Disney vacations. My “babies” are now 12, 12 (they’re 10 months apart) and 23. I’ve had plenty of trips to hone the list.
Take a copy with you for your next trip so you are never left unprepared!
Disney Packing List For Babies And Toddlers
- Stroller. Depending on the age of your baby or toddler, you may want to bring your own stroller. We found the strollers at Walt Disney World perfect when our kids were toddlers. Not so much when they were babies. There are pros and cons to both options. Click here for more detailed info.
- Maya Wrap or Similar Baby Sling. I loved my Maya Wrap. When our babies (and even toddlers) were fussy, out of the stroller they went and into the sling. A great alternative and change of scenery for your child.
- Scarf or Bandana. To tie onto your stroller. YOU may think your stroller is unique but you’ll be surprised at how many look the same. With a unique identifier, you’ll find yours quickly!
- Clip-On Fan and Cover For Stroller. In the same year, our trip to Disney World in June and December brought the same hot, steamy temperatures. Better to be prepared whatever time of year you visit.
- Sunscreen formulated especially for babies and toddlers.
- Hand Sanitizer. Or, as we call it in our house, “Han San.” Toddlers touch everything. And everything seems to go in a baby’s mouth. Definitely don’t forget the Han San!
- Extra Poncho or Cheap Shower Curtain. Rainstorms are frequent in the tropics of Florida. We found a cheap shower curtain provides better coverage and folds up compactly when not in use.
- Ziploc bags. Use large Ziplocs to store a change of clothes (complete with diaper or pull-up) per bag. Anyone can help baby get dressed. Just grab a bag! It’s also an easy way to keep a spare outfit handy in the diaper bag or backpack. The “now empty” large Ziploc is perfect for storing a soiled diaper relatively odor free until you can dispose of it properly. And small Ziplocs are perfect for snacks on the go!
- Insulated backpack. Speaking of snacks, your baby’s favorite, soothing treat may not be readily available in the parks. Bring an insulated pack to keep treats refreshing and at the ready.
- Pre-Measured Laundry Detergent. Either the pods or pre-measured scoops that you create at home, popping a few of these in your luggage allows you to wash a quick load to keep stains from setting.
- Nighttime Gadgets and Toys. Especially with toddlers, they are going to be just as happy with the glow-in-the-dark necklaces you bought at Michaels as they would be with the 10x more expensive gadgets that Disney sells.
- Grandma. If at all possible, a trusted relative or friend, to help provide relief for an evening or even an afternoon is priceless. If you can at all afford to bring the grandparents, DO! You won’t regret it!
- Favorite Blankie or Lovie. No other explanation necessary.
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