One of the best things about taking a baby to Disneyland (beside the obvious magic) is that babies are free until they’re three!
Baby Care Centers.
There is a baby care center in Disneyland and one in California Adventure. It has rocking chairs for nursing/bottles, changing tables, toddler potties, high chairs, a microwave, and it even has a vending machine full of baby necessities. The cast members are super nice and it is a very calm quiet air-conditioned environment.
What We Packed:
A nursing cover or formula and bottle, a cute outfit for pictures, and an extra outfit, a baby carrier, diapers and wipes, sunscreen/hat, jacket for baby, extra bib, and a sleeper in case we stayed until nighttime.
There are lockers that you can rent for the day if you feel like you have to much to carry around (for instance, if it’s cold weather and everyone has a jacket).
I know a lot of moms love using their baby carrier but the stroller works better for us (plus then the stroller can hold all the stuff!). Lily isn’t a big fan of the carrier so we didn’t bother with it, but if your baby enjoys it, it’s a great place to carry your baby (lots to look at). During this trip, we figured out that she does take naps in the stroller (we were worried she would be overstimulated and just stay up so we couldn’t stay long).
Make sure you get family pictures to remember the special day with, and not just pictures of your baby (normally I have tons of pictures of her but only a few of the three of us). One of my favorite things about Disneyland is the cast members; they help make the magic real at Disneyland and are helpful whenever you need to find something or need someone to take your picture.
Keep loose plans:
Every baby and every day is different so don’t have too many things on your “must-do” list. Happy baby is a happy mommy so do what baby needs. I knew I wanted a picture of her with Mickey, with Minnie, and with Pooh Bear that first trip to Disneyland, and everything else was just a bonus. We didn’t even ride anything that first trip, and I had a blast showing her around my favorite place in the world. Download the Disneyland app and you can see wait times for rides, where and when characters are available for pictures, show and parade times, and even mobile order food.
There are lots of places to rest at Disneyland, including shows to watch (mkmamas has lists of rest stops, shows, parades, etc) but one of my favorite relaxing air conditioned places is the Art of Animation in California Adventure. It plays music and scenes from different movies and has couches to sit on, as well as different attractions inside that building.
Get a “First Visit” Button!
They are available at City Hall/guest services and if you get them in the beginning of your trip then baby can wear it for all the pictures.
A Great Resource:
one of my favorite places to find tips on doing Disneyland with babies and kids is mkmamas.com. She shares lots of great tips, food, rides for babies, places to hang out with baby, etc. Also her instagram is super entertaining and full of tips too!