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  • Writer's pictureLogan Horn

Bringing Your Baby to the Parks

The hardest thing to do with a baby is pack light. Especially for me. I'm a "what if" type of person and I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. I feel like, though, this will only be true with me as long as I'm bringing a stroller into the parks. My adults only days were very different.

As far as packing, I bring the diaper bag that includes a changing pad and extra food along with the other essentials that go in the diaper bag like diapers, wipes, and ointment. I got the smallest container of the formula that I could find and brought that with us. I would refill it before we went into the parks each time.

I brought a separate bottle bag that included an ice pack. Each day I had 2 bottles that were pre-filled with water so I could mix formula quickly. I also would bring one bottle designated for the pedialyte.

As we all know, Florida is HOT. Keeping your baby cool is going to have to be a priority.

Tip: Since your baby is going to be hot, you'll need to bring extra food with you to keep them going. My son at home eats about every 4-5 hours. In Disney he was wanting to each every 2-3 hours.

Before we went to Disney, I bought a stroller cover that also had a sun protectant layer on it. The one I bought had the option to zip down and fold the front part up for that spotty shower days. Don't worry, I made sure this one had air vents so he wasn't cooking in that little bubble.

Tip: You can also use a poncho. This will keep them out of the rain and sun when needed.

One thing that was helpful for us was the attachable stroller bag. It's a little bag that can velcro on to the handle of the stroller. It's got a little pouch on it and also was able to hold our drinks.

I also purchased a rechargeable stroller fan. Definitely bring your portable charger with you. And don't forget to charge it once getting back to the room.

No matter how hard core Disney you are, your baby is going to want to nap. I am not the type that wants to waste time going back to the room so my baby can nap. Instead, since his stroller has the option to lean all the way back, I would use that to my advantage. I'd find a drink and a shady spot or a spot in AC to sit and let him sleep. It gave me time to rest as well, which I rarely did in my adult only days.

We all know we have to keep applying the sunscreen. What I didn't realize until it was almost too late was that his little feet would stick out in the sun as we were walking. I ended up having to put socks on him so they wouldn't burn.

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