I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have an emergency Disney packing plan in place so we could be ready to go at a moments notice! 😉 But in all seriousness packing for a trip (especially with a baby) can be difficult. Since we have taken Reed to Disneyland a few times now we have really narrowed down what is necessary and what isn’t. So keep reading to find out what we bring with us to make the trip a WHOLE lot easier! Be sure to also check out Part 1 in my Disney series HERE so you can find out my 7 steps to getting on as many rides as possible. Trust me #3 will save you SO much time!
WHAT TO PACK IN THE DIAPER BAG:
Your diaper bag is a necessary evil when going to Disneyland. Having to carry a bag around is no fun, but trust me you will be glad you did. The bag I have loved for our Disney trips is my Fawn Design bag. It holds so much stuff, but doesn’t look or feel like a huge bulky bag. It is also really easy to organize. I also love that you can easily clean the outside and inside with just a wipe or water. Between the churros and Mickey suckers everything is sticky by the end of the day! 😉 ha! Now here are the 10 things I pack in my diaper bag to make a day at Disney as easy as possible! (If your really brave you could just throw some diapers and wipes in a small bag and call it good! I tend to be a “prepared for anything” type of person, but have really narrowed down what you actually need. Everything I pack we use when we are at Disney!)
- Diapers and Wipes: (who would have guessed? HA) There is a really thin line between too many diapers and not enough though. I usually always pack more to be on the safe side, but since we started using the Honest Co. diapers Reed doesn’t go through them as often. They are great quality, Reed hasn’t had a single rash since using them, and they have the cutest prints! Try them out and get $20 off your first box by clicking HERE. But i wouldn’t stress too much about running out of diapers or wipes. You can buy them in the park at the Baby Centers if you need to. (They only take cash though so be sure you have some on you.)
- Bottle/Sippy cup: We have been to Disney with Reed through quite a few different stages. When he was nursing, formula fed, and now eating and drinking regular food. Taking him while he was still nursing was the easiest by far. I didn’t have to bring anything but me! Ha! When he drank formula though that was the hardest. Luckily we had been using bottles from a company called “Twist Shake Baby” Their bottles are designed to be anti colic so that is a huge plus! They also have a mixer net in them that dissolves clumps. The best part though is the bottles have a container that you store inside the bottle. So you can put your formula in the container, store it in the bottle and you are ready to go. It is all compact so it takes up less room! It’s such a genius idea. Now that Reed doesn’t drink formula I use them for snacks and toys! I also love their sippy cups because they have a fruit mixer in them. You can make flavored water right there in the sippy cup. SO COOL! Check them out HERE and use code SIERRASBEAUTIES30 for 30-40% off a range of their products! (because hey who doesn’t love a discount?)
- 5 in 1 cover from Copper Pearl: We LOVE Copper Pearl at our house. They have the cutest, most functional, quality covers and we have been using them since day one with Reed! Here are the 5 ways you can use it and how we utilized it at Disney! You can use it to 1. Nurse (I love the 360 coverage and the lightweight material so we don’t sweat to death) This was perfect for when I had to nurse Reed real quick on a ride or while we were eating. 2. Car seat cover. If your baby is still in a carseat this comes in handy at Disney to keep people from touching your baby, help them stay asleep, or just to keep the sun/wind away from them. 3. High chair cover. Disney is one of the cleanest amusement parks I have ever been to, but still those high chairs can get nasty. And I don’t know about anyone else’s baby, but Reed LOVES to immediately put his mouth right on the sides of the high chair the second he gets in it. It really saves this poor germaphobic mama’s heart hahaha. 4. Shopping cart cover. There aren’t any shopping carts at Disney so you won’t need it for this purpose on your trip, but it is another cool way you can use it. 5. A scarf!! When I was still nursing I never took my cover off because it was too stressful digging through the diaper bag to find it when Reed was screaming his head off because he wanted to eat. They look just like infinity scarves when you have them on and Copper Pearl has so many cute prints so it actually looks good! Check out all of their cute prints HERE!
- A Bib: This is another copper pearl item we love. Their bandana bibs are the cutest and most functional bibs ever. They are perfect for spit up, drool, and food. I would usually just make Reed’s bib part of his outfit and pack an extra just in case one got dirty. They don’t take up much room and it’s way easier (and more convenient) to change a bib rather than a whole outfit! Check out my favorite patterns HERE.
- An extra pair of clothes/PJ’s: Baby’s are so unpredictable. They could be fine in the same outfit all day or you have to change them 12 times. HA! So I always pack an extra outfit just in case. I have found it’s easiest to pack the one piece body suits like HERE and HERE. They are easier to find than a top and bottom and don’t take up as much space. I know the space in your bag is valuable, but you will be so glad you have an extra change of clothes if your baby does need it rather than having to buy an expensive outfit in the park. Unless you want to buy your baby a new Disney outfit you can “forget” to pack the extra clothes 😉 We also brought Reed a pair of Pj’s because we stayed at the park late and I wanted to be able to put him straight to sleep when we got back to our hotel. You know your child best though so how many outfits or if you bring any at all is going to be totally up to you!
- Wet bag/Diaper sacks: Speaking of having to change your babies outfit, you’ll want somewhere to put their dirty clothes if you need to. We got a reusable wet bag like the one HERE and it has been a lifesaver. I used to use my disposable diaper sacks to put his dirty clothes in, but I was running out so fast and having to constantly buy more. I also, on occasion, accidentally threw his clothes away thinking they were a dirty diaper. oops. So having a reusable one is really nice. I do love the diaper sacks though for stinky diapers when I have to throw them away in public restrooms or keep them in my car/stroller until I can find a garbage can. I have this Munchkin one HEREthat just clips onto my diaper bag.
- TrackR: This is one of my absolute must have things now! I am always nervous to leave my stroller and especially when I have to leave my diaper bag too while we go on a ride. Our first trip to Disney with Reed we over heard a lady say she had her entire stroller taken and I got super worried and never took my bag off! (Yes I am a paranoid person hahaha) SO it got me thinking about how I could feel better about leaving my stuff and enjoy the rides. I came across a company called TrackR. It’s a little tracking device that you hook on anything you want. Then it connects to your phone via bluetooth and shows you a GPS location of where the device is. It also makes a ringing sound so you can find it easily. If your TrackR is out of bluetooth range though, it connects to anyone near by who also has the TrackR app, and then sends you a notification of where it is. Isn’t that amazing?? After reading about this device I thought it would be perfect to put on my stroller and diaper bag. Not only so I can find it if someone takes it, but I have left my bag on more rides than I care to admit! Cast members also have to move strollers to make room for new lines, crowds, parades, etc. So having the TrackR when that happens would really come in handy. I used my TrackR this last trip we went on and it was AMAZING! I kept one on my stroller, one on my diaper bag, and one on my keys. Luckily I had nothing stollen, but I felt very prepared and dared anyone to try and take my stuff. 😉 I still use them now I am home and have to constantly use it to find my keys thanks to a mischievous 1 year old that hides them 😉 Click HERE to learn more about TrackR and get one for yourself! Use code “TINSEL10” for 10% off your order!
- Travel Size Items: There are always those random little necessities you need in your diaper bag. I always have diaper rash cream/powder, medicine, hand sanitizer, aquaphor, and lotion in my bag. Those are things we tend to use almost every day, but they can take up a lot of room. So I get the travel size bottles so I can have them with us. I like to get bottles that can be re-filled so I don’t have to keep buying travel size products I can just re-fill them with my full size bottles.
- Toys: You shouldn’t need a ton of toys because…well you’re at Disneyland!! BUT I do like to have a couple things for when we are in a long line or need a distraction. A Mickey doll is a great thing to bring! Reed snuggled up next to it while he napped and loved showing it off to everyone when he was awake! My other favorite things to bring are these silicone and wooden teethers from The Sweet Mint Co. They are so cute + you don’t have to only use them when your baby is teething. Reed loves to shake them and throw them at people! hahaha (I could never get a good picture of Reed with one because he doesn’t hold still 🤦🏼♀️) She has a lot of other awesome products in her shop though, like Reed’s binky clip in these pictures. So be sure to check them out HERE.
- Snacks/Food: Disney food is expensive, especially for a baby or toddler who will take one bite and then drop the rest on the ground. Anyone else been there?? So having a few things for them saves a lot of money. The easiest thing to bring is the food pouches like HERE. No mixing, preparing, or having to pack utensils. You can just give them the pouch to eat without even stopping. We use these re-useable toppers that make it so Reed can’t spill them all over himself when he squeezes the pouch. Yes they are life savers. Get yours HERE. Like I mentioned above we also use our Twist Shake containers to store our snacks. It’s nice to fill them up and store in his bottle or sippy cup to save room.
Here are a few questions from readers about things they should or shouldn’t bring!
Should I bring a carrier? And what kind? YES! (but also no…keep reading and I will explain why!) When we went to Disney the first few times with Reed we used a baby wrap from Tuck and Bundle. It was THE BEST! I put my wrap on in the morning and didn’t take it off all day. I just took Reed in and out of it when I needed to. All of the prints from Tuck and Bundle are so cute that it just looked like part of my outfit when I didn’t have him in it. Strollers can be hard to navigate through Disney, especially during busy times, and holding a baby or toddler all day can get tiring. So I loved using the wrap when it was super busy and crowded. I also loved that I could see his face as he experienced Disney for the first time. I also really liked having a wrap over a carrier because it took up A LOT less room ( I could store it in my diaper bag) + it was lightweight and not bulky. This last time we went to Disney though Reed had outgrown his wrap (SO SAD!) so I got an Ergo Baby carrier. Well he HATED it and would scream when I tried to put him in it. It was also extremely bulky and I was sweating before I even had it on. It also took up so much room in my stroller. We ended up just leaving it at the hotel after the first day. So while I definitely think a wrap or carrier is a good idea it also depends on your baby. If they are old enough they won’t stay in one anymore or they just don’t like them I wouldn’t bother bringing one. Practice putting them in your wrap or carrier a few weeks before your trip to see if they will like it or not! It could also give them time to get used to it because I really loved having our wrap with us when Reed fit in it!
- Bubnest: This has become an essential when traveling for us.Basically what a Bubnest is, is just a little baby bed. Check them out HERE. Reed does not sleep well in the hotel cribs (they are so uncomfortable though so I don’t blame him.) So we just lay the bubnest in his crib and he sleeps so much better. Which means more sleep for us and that’s totally a parent win!! It was also really nice because some of the hotels we’ve stayed in didn’t even have cribs. We were able to make him a place to sleep with the bubnest and eliminate a lot of stress of where he would sleep. It’s also much easier to bring and takes up a lot less space than a pack and play/portable crib.
- Sound machine: Reed sleeps with a sound machine every night so I brought our portable one to help him have some familiarity from his bedtime routine. It ended up being really great because we didn’t have to be silent or feel like we couldn’t breathe or he’d wake up. haha You could just use a white noise app on your phone, but I liked having the machine better. That way I could still use my phone or leave if I needed to without taking the noise away. We love this portable sound machine HERE.
- Crib Sheet: For the hotels we stayed in that did have a crib I brought my own crib sheet from Copper pearl. The hotel crib sheets aren’t fitted and I was worried about Reed getting tangled up in them. + they are kind of gross. (remember I’m a germaphobe ha) I also felt like having a sheet that Reed slept on at home would maybe help him sleep better on vacation. And I think it totally helped! Being in a new place is hard for babies so I wanted to make him feel as much like he was at home as possible. Check out my favorite Copper pearl sheets HERE.
- A travel size bottle of dish soap: I know this sounds so weird, but trust me it’s genius. Milk can get so gross in a bottle SO fast. Our first trip with Reed I didn’t even think about having to wash his bottle and learned real quick that it is completely necessary. Luckily they have soap in the baby centers at Disneyland so you don’t have to worry about taking any to the parks with you. But for the hotel (especially in the middle of the night when you forgot to put the bottle in the fridge and your baby wakes up screaming) or any other time you are traveling you will be glad you have some soap.
Now I hope you all are prepared for your next Disney trip!! If you have any other questions about what to bring or have an item you think makes the trip easier please comment below or email me! I love hearing from you all! Be on the look out for Part 3 of my Disney series coming soon!