Parents have enough to remember, so we’ve put together the Ultimate Disney Packing List for Babies, including a free printable checklist!
Welcome to our Disney Baby 101 series, where I, as a first-time mom, discuss the ins and outs of preparing for a Walt Disney World vacation with our baby! We’ve also included a printable Disney Packing List for Babies for you to print off at home!
I have been to Walt Disney World many times, but never with an infant in tow. I became a first-time mom last year and will be bringing my little one to The Most Magical Place on Earth in December!
Disney Packing List for Babies
If I have learned one thing so far by being a mom, it is that I am a PLANNER. So when thinking about our upcoming trip, I have many things on my mind. In the coming weeks, I will share a variety of content – such as navigating the parks with infants, tips, and tricks, and my top questions and subsequent answers. For today’s post, let’s discuss packing for the trip!
Sleep – the most precarious thing for our little cuties! Personally, the foundation of a great trip is getting decent shuteye, and this momma needs her sleep, haha! My husband and I have worked hard to create a successful bedtime routine for our baby that we hope to continue when going on vacation. For us, that means:
- Sheets, sleep sacks, pajamas, and pacifiers from home.
- We requested a crib from our Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Although you can always ask for a crib or pack ‘n-play when staying at a Disney hotel, they are not guaranteed. Between that and the fact our little guy likes to move a lot, we plan to also bring our Joovy Room² Playard. It’s larger than most standard pack ‘n plays, and he has had success sleeping in it.
- If you would like to request a crib or pack ‘n play during your Walt Disney World stay, visit the My Disney Experience page under your reservation or call (407)939-1936.
- A dark sleep spot. We love the portable blackout curtains that suction to any window. We have a set of two, which accommodates multiple windows or one really large one.
- We also bought a blackout cover that goes over the pack ‘n play – I will see if it is useful or not!
- White noise! We use our Apple HomePod at home, which we plan to bring. We are also bringing our Frida Baby 2-in-1 Portable Sound Machine as a backup and to take with us on the go/in the car.
- Earplugs – those are for me, haha! I have become SUCH a light sleeper and wake up to every cry, moan, and squeak. Earplugs have helped me sleep through those little sounds.
How much and what kind of food you will need to bring depends on your child’s age. For us, our little guy will be nearly one. That makes prepping for meals easier in my mind because he can eat what we eat! Packing-wise, I plan to include the following:
- Bottles and burp clothes
- I am somewhat neurotic when it comes to washing bottles. I will bring a small bottle of soap, a spare drying rack (we like this one), a washing basin, and a drying mat from the Dollar Tree. I love this setup when traveling because I know everything being washed is free from other dirty plates and dishes; plus, it’s so inexpensive.
- For the reason above, I’ll be testing out these bottle liners in the parks, haha! I will be sure to update how it went after our trip.
- Containers for small snacks and formula.
- Bibs (both reusable and disposable) and baby utensils. We used these on our trip, and they worked perfectly. There’s our boy in one enjoying a french fry!
- A highchair/cart cover. I love these things – such an easy and quick way to be sanitized! I recently bought these Disney-themed disposable ones.
- A portable high chair to eat in the hotel room.
This is a relatively easy category to prep for. We will need the following:
- Diapers. I love using our tracking app to see how many diaper changes we do on average – this helps me know how many diapers to pack. I take that average, multiply how many days we will be gone, and then tack on some extra!
- As for wipes, I KNOW we will be going through a lot more than usual. My cutie will want to touch anything and everything, so I will be wiping ALL the things. I highly recommend these baby-safe sanitizing wipes for cleaning tables, high chairs, or anything else baby may touch when you’re on the go.
- Disposable puppy pads for makeshift changing liners. They’re plastic lined on the bottom and absorbent on top and help protect babies from unsanitary surfaces. I always lay one down on the diaper-changing tables in public restrooms!
- Travel-size containers of diaper cream, Aquaphor, and baby shampoo.
- Baby brush and washcloth. As of now, I am okay with using the resort’s towels and bathtub for bath time.
If we run out of supplies, there are multiple stores (Target, Walmart, Publix, etc.) around the Walt Disney World Resort area. Disney also has baby items in many of their gift shops and within all four theme parks’ Baby Care Centers.
No Disney packing list for babies is complete with the most obvious item – clothes! When packing clothes to wear on your Walt Disney World vacation, the time of year is crucial! We discussed how unpredictable the weather at Disney World is in this post. Disney World in summer is much different than Disney World in winter. For us, we will be heading to Disney World in December. Past trips in December have me prepping for warmish weather midday (around low 70s°) and chilly evening temperatures (low 50s°). I plan to pack:
- Various tops and bottoms: long and short-sleeved, thin and thicker material, sweatshirts, and joggers. We will dress our guy in layers in case the temperature varies wildly.
- Both lightweight and winter coats. I want to be prepared!
- Cute socks and soft shoes. If the little dude is walking by then (fingers crossed!), we will bring more “walkable” footgear.
- Swimsuit and swim diapers – those pools are heated year-round!
- Multiple days worth of pajamas! I am on the hunt for fun Disney-themed ones. Speaking of which, I have found cute Disney-branded baby clothes at Walmart, Target, and H&M. Tell us in the comments if you have a favorite store to shop for Disney clothes!
- Baby sunglasses. Even babies need sunnies when in the Sunshine State, right?!
Usually, strollers wouldn’t need their own category – but when visiting Disney theme parks, there are SO many things to consider! Here is what I have thought of:
- A stroller, of course! Since we are driving down, I’m leaning towards bringing both our lightweight umbrella stroller and more heavy-duty one.
- TIP: If you’re flying and can’t bring multiple oversized items, consider renting from one of the numerous companies in the Orlando area!
- Portable and rechargeable fan that attaches to the stroller.
- A lightweight blanket to drape over the stroller’s sun shade and clips to secure it.
- A rain cover for the stroller. You know it rains nearly every day in Orlando, Florida, right?!
- Toy straps are excellent for keeping your baby’s toys and pacifiers nearby and NOT on the ground!
- Extra ways to add storage to our stroller:
- Jumbo carabiner. I love to clip these to our stroller handlebar and attach bags. This will be convenient when browsing the gift shops!
- Cargo net that attaches to the side of the stroller. I picked up this Disney-themed one recently. I think it will be a perfect spot for toys and smaller items!
- TIP: Our stroller luckily came with several useful accessories. However, if yours is more on the bare side, consider items like diaper bag clips, cup holders, stroller organizers, etc.
We also have to factor in items needed for theme park days, hanging out in the hotel room, visiting Disney Springs, and so on. Here is what I have thought of so far:
- Baby sunblock and a hat. Even though the weather will be milder when we visit, those sun rays can be intense all year long at Walt Disney World.
- Carrier/sling to baby wear in the parks and around the resort area.
- Favorite toys from home! These will entertain and soothe our baby on the drive, traveling to the theme parks, waiting in ride queues, and eating at restaurants.
- Souvenirs we’ve already purchased before the trip. I have been picking up Disney items at Target, Walgreens, and even Dollar Tree. I plan to divvy them up by spreading them out throughout our vacation. This is an easy way to save at Disney World!
- Several grocery store bags from home to hold wet clothes, dirty bottles, etc.
- Big and small diaper bags to accommodate all-day visits to theme parks and quick trips to restaurants and shops.
- Case of water bottles. The free water at Disney can sometimes taste a little sulfury. This will help Mom and Dad stay hydrated and easily make baby bottles!
- TIP: If you want to be more eco-friendly, Walt Disney World Resort has several refillable water bottle stations!
While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it covers most of the bases when traveling to Walt Disney World with a baby. If you’d like to print this for your next trip, click the link below to get your free checklist!
Ultimate Disney Packing List for Babies
Did I forget a must-have item, or do you have a favorite thing that you have found to be a lifesaver on Disney trips? Please leave a comment below and share it with us! We would love to hear from you all!