Planning on doing Disneyland with an infant? Just the idea of bringing babies to a huge amusement park can be stressful and overwhelming for the whole family. Read on for our 5 favorite hacks for keeping everyone happy when bringing a baby to the most Magical Place on Earth.
I’m by no means a Disney fanatic, but I do love taking my kids to Disneyland, especially in smaller groups so we can really have a great, quality time together!
I’ve had to bring along a small baby twice on our Disney trips so far (once when Alice was a newborn, and earlier this year when Dean was teeny tiny) so I’ve collected a handful of hacks that kept me from going crazy when hauling a tiny baby around the Most Magical Place on Earth.
1. Bring along a big kid or adult helper
Back when we took the whole family (all EIGHT kids) to Disneyland a few years ago, we brought along our young adult babysitter and she was an amazing help! It allowed Luke and I to go on rides with smaller groups of kids and to leave the baby behind for a few minutes here and there.
If you can’t find an extra adult to bring along, a teen or preteen works almost as well. Got an older niece, nephew or cousin that wants to tag along? These kids can be the perfect helpers to take older kids on rides while you sit with the baby, or vice versa.
2. Bring a great carrier AND stroller
I love baby-wearing but walking around with even a tiny newborn strapped to you all over Disneyland for hours on end is exhausting (ask me how I know). I love a good combination of babywearing to keep baby close, happy and safe from germs as well as a comfortable stroller for baby to nap in and to give your back a break.
3. Find the Baby Care Centers and plan pit stops!
One of my favorite parts of Disneyland is their baby care centers! They have one in the main Disneyland park and one in California Adventure. They are awesome little offices with first aid stations, changing tables, tiny toilets and sinks and private cubicles to breastfeed a baby or even pump milk.
I’ve used these centers countless times and every time I walk in, I just can’t get over how well planned out they are. This is a great place to pop in when baby becomes overstimulated or you just need a nice air-conditioned break to put your feet up and nurse in private.
This is also where you should go if you ever have the terrifying experience of being separated from a child and need help finding them. Get more details about the baby care centers and see where they’re located in each park here.
4. Figure out which rides you can go on with baby
There are a surprising number of rides you can go on with a small baby, and many of them allow you to leave baby in a wrap or carrier! This is Disneyland, after all, and there’s no reason to feel left out of the fun just because you have an infant in tow.
Here’s a comprehensive and updated list of all rides and attractions that have no age or height minimum!
5. Plan for hotel naps or quiet time
This is actually a tip that helps out ALL children under about age 8. If you’re a fan of hitting the park from open to close, an hour or two of rest time in the middle of the day can go a LONG way in avoiding meltdowns from babies and parents!
This is one reason we love staying within a quick walk of the park; whenever baby starts to get totally overwhelmed and exhausted, we can walk back to the hotel to rest and recharge. This is also a great time for the other adult/parent to have uninterrupted one-on-one time with the other kid(s).
I hope these ideas help you have the courage to go forward with your amazing trip to Disneyland with an infant on your hip.