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  • On Jun 17, 2019
    Gwendolyn from IN Asked

    We arrive July 4th with our 5 month old. We are annual passholders so we know how to do Disney but this will be our first time with a baby. What items are absolute necesities? I have a huge list going but I'd like to get your opinion. Thanks!

    Hiya Mama!

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I am so happy to help you today as babies are what I do - at work, at home, and now at Disney!

    I am the momma of twin boys, and they are 21 months younger than their sister, and the first time we took them to Walt Disney World was about the same age as your babe. I remember how concerned I was that I would miss something, so I overpacked! I eventually got it down to a science, so hopefully, some of the things I did will be helpful to you!

    First - a comfortable stroller that will carry the diaper bag. When I took my daughter the first time, we took an umbrella stroller, and I ended up lugging the diaper bag as it was too heavy for the stroller. Never again! From there on out, we brought our stroller that was sturdy enough to carry the bag as well as the kiddos. In the diaper bag bring one change of clothes (with an extra onesie - its hot, so sometimes that’s the most comfortable for them) and a few more diapers than you anticipate for the day. I also pack extra wipes. Not only are they for diaper changes, but we use them to wipe down handles, tables, and even our faces in the heat. If your babe uses a pacifier, invest in a clip that sturdily attaches the paci to their clothes! Many a pacifier was dropped on Main Street, U.S.A. before we bought clips. Baby sunscreen is a must, and a baby hat and fan that attaches to the stroller are fantastic!

    Bring at least two more feedings than you need in a day. Disney has a way of making time magically disappear, and you will find yourself in the Parks longer than anticipated. If your baby is starting on puffs, bring those too! We used to put them in little snack-sized baggies and throw a couple in the bag. That way we weren’t carrying the whole box, and if a baggie got dropped, there was always more. One last thing in feeding - dedicate one bottle to just water. You are visiting at the hottest time of the year, and need to stay hydrated!

    Finally, we utilized the Baby Care Centers to the max! They are the best place for you and your little one to recharge and do all the essential things. There is a changing area, a fun little rest area with your favorite Disney movies (it’s a great place to have a snack and hydrate), private nursing rooms and a small store that sells baby essentials.

    Gwendolyn, I’m chEARing for you! Have a fabulous vacation.

    Rayna
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Meet the Panelist: Rayna, Florida

Hi y'all! I'm Rayna: wife, mom, anesthesiologist, and long-time Disney enthusiast. I've lived all over the country, but these days life has my family of seven in Florida. We're fantastically close to the most magical place on earth, and as Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members we couldn't be happier about it. We've visited almost every Disney Vacation Club resort, so I'm thrilled to be here doing what I do best: Helping plan magical vacations. Learn More About Rayna

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