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Breastfeeding in Disney

Breastfeeding in Disney- Great ideas for the future! Gracefulmommy.com

Breastfeeding in Disney- Great ideas for the future! Gracefulmommy.com

We just got back from a 5 day trip to Disney World with our 5 month baby, Gracie. While on the trip, Gracie was exclusively breastfeeding (we started bananas the day we got back!). I quickly learned where the baby care centers in each park were. However, it’s not always easy to get to the baby care centers (especially if baby needs to eat ASAP)… so I found other great spots to nurse. Here’s what I learned about breastfeeding at Disney!

Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com
The feeding room of the Magic Kingdom baby care center!

Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com

It’s allowed ANYWHERE. You can feed your baby anywhere in Disney. Actually, you’re legally allowed to nurse your baby in anywhere in the state of FL. I also asked a cast member and she said they aren’t allowed to ask a nursing mom to move somewhere else while feeding. That’s awesome!

BABY CARE CENTERS. I love the new movement of normalizing breastfeeding. I think it’s awesome that more and more women are choosing to nurse their babies in public. While I’ve fed Gracie in public multiple times, I prefer some place more private. Actually, Gracie does too. She gets easily distracted while feeding, so I like finding quiet spots to feed her. In Disney World, there is a baby care center in EVERY park. They are all centrally located and they are all pretty similar. We went to each park on our trip, and I nursed Gracie in every baby care center. Not only do the baby care centers have a designated nursing room, but they also have a changing room, feeding room, and play room. They also each have a little store in them to buy diapers, wipes, medicine, and baby food!

Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com

Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com

MAGIC KINGDOM// The baby care center in magic kingdom is located right next to the Crystal Palace restaurant. It’s also right by the first aid building. You can’t bring your stroller in this one, but there is stroller parking right outside the door. This baby care center has super comfy recliners! I could’ve sat in these for a whole hour. Seriously so comfy- they are like lazy boys. The changing room in this center has (I THINK) 5 changing tables. The feeding room has plenty of high chairs.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS// The baby care center in this park is located right after you enter. It is right next to guest relations. You actually can bring your stroller into this one, but I wouldn’t because this is the smallest baby center. There is one private nursing room with one recliner and a bench. There is a main room with a TV and a few high chairs and couches. And there is a changing room with two changing tables.

EPCOT// The baby care center in Epcot is located between Test Track and the World Showcase. It is right next to the first aid door. You have to park your stroller outside before going into this one! The nursing room has 4 rocking chairs, with side tables. There is a changing room with 3 changing tables. There is a feeding room with highchairs and there is a play room with a TV and even a coloring table.

Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com

ANIMAL KINGDOM// This baby care center is located to the left of the tree of life, right before you cross the bridge to Africa. I like this baby center because they have three private nursing rooms. The nursing rooms actually have a changing table in them! That was awesome. Additionally, they have a changing room with 6 changing tables. They also have additional rooms for feeding and hanging.

Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com
This is a changing pad in the private nursing room in the Animal Kingdom baby care center!
Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com
Does anyone else think the cow + cat picture is a little funny in the nursing room?

The baby care centers are so CLEAN. Every time I went into one of the baby care centers, I saw a staff member disinfecting the changing tables and counter tops! I think they have someone in there designated to that task! I loved seeing that. Also, there is clean paper to place on the changing tables prior to changing your baby. I thought that was awesome.

Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com

You can probably tell- I love the baby care centers! I love that Disney offers this to moms! They are not just for nursing moms, but for all moms- even with older kids. Take advantage of the peaceful, cold, and dimly lit rooms!

Nurse on rides and in shows. Even though the baby care centers are located in the center of each park, sometimes it’s not possible to get there in time. When Gracie was hungry that instant, I just nursed her on a ride or in a show. All of the parks have great rides and shows for nursing. Here are some of my favorites!

MAGIC KINGDOM// Hall of presidents, Haunted Mansion, Winnie the Pooh, PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, or the train!

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS// Frozen sing-a-long or the Great Movie Ride

EPCOT// Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, or Finding Nemo

ANIMAL KINGDOM// It’s Tough to be a Bug or Finding Nemo the Musical

Nurse in other spots. If you look carefully, there are perfect areas in the park for nursing that are almost private. There are some great nooks that no one goes by! I fed Gracie in one of the dressing rooms because it had a nice bench in it. I also fed Gracie in the gift shop by Space Mountain.

Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com
Feeding Gracie on the Magic Kingdom train!

Other tips. I personally hate nursing covers (and so does Gracie). And in Florida, they just get way too hot. So, to be discreet, I always wear a cami and a looser shirt. That way when I lift my top shirt up from the bottom, my cami underneath is covering my stomach. I can pretty much feed Gracie with no skin showing. Also, if you’re more coordinated than I am, you can always bring a wrap or baby carrier to feed your baby in! If you are pumping, you don’t have to carry your breast pump around with you! Drop it off in the first aid building and they will keep it for you!

Don’t worry! For the most part- no one will bother you in Disney World when you’re feeding your baby! In fact, when I was feeding Gracie- all I got were some sweet smiles and nods from fellow moms. Honestly, no one really knows or cares what you’re doing if you’re being discreet. And besides, you have the right to feed your baby ANYWHERE you want! So don’t worry!

* EXTRA TIP * A few times, we were late for our FastPass because I was feeding Gracie. If you tell the cast member why you were late, they will still let you go (even if you are a few minutes late!). So don’t worry about RUNNING to the next ride!

Breastfeeding tips for Disney World. Some great tips I never thought of. Gracefulmommy.com
Changed Gracie into her nighttime outfit in the Magic Kingdom baby care center!

Disney World with a Baby

Disney World with a Baby- Tips and Tricks at Gracefulmommy.com

People have mixed reactions about bringing a baby to Disney World. The thing I heard the most was that “she won’t remember it”. But- isn’t that what pictures are for? hehe! Also, it was surprisingly easy with our 5 month old, Gracie. I actually think the toddler age may be more difficult. We had tons of fun with our baby there! I can’t wait to bring her again!

Here are a few of my tips + tricks for bringing a baby to Disney. This is what helped us!

Buy outfits ahead of time. We spent a couple of weeks finding cute Disney outfits for Gracie. We found some great ones at TJ Maxx, Bealls, Burlington Coat Factory, and even ordered a few from the Disney Store when they had a sale. This saves you tons of money because the cute outfits in the park are pretty pricey!

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com
Find the Baby Care Centers. Oh my- these will be your best friend. Every park has a baby care center and they are amazing. Most of them have a few different rooms- a nursing room, changing room, feeding room, and even a play room for older babies. I nursed Gracie in here many times!  The baby care center in Magic Kingdom actually had comfy recliners to nurse in- the other centers had rocking chairs! It was nice to get in the air conditioned, dark room for a while.

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com

Good nursing spots. For times when I didn’t feel like walking to the baby center, I found other great nursing spots. It was sort of hot when we went, so I didn’t want to feed Gracie on one of the benches outside (Gracie gets really sweaty). Instead I fed her on the bus, on a ride, on the train, in a gift shop, or in a fitting room.

Bring sunscreen. We went to Disney in December- and it was still HOT. So always pack sunscreen even if you think you won’t need it!

Bring your own stroller. We brought our Britax to Disney. I recommend you bring your own stroller because your baby is probably used to yours. Also, the ones to rent do not look that comfy. Gracie took all of her naps in her stroller. I don’t know if she would have slept in the rental one.

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com

Pack a diaper backpack. Instead of a diaper bag, bring a backpack. It was so much easier to have a backpack because when we waited in line, we could wear it on our backs instead of carrying it on our shoulder. It’s just more comfy + easy.

Pack essentials. In our diaper backpack, we had a few things that really came in handy. First, a ziplock bag. One day, Gracie pooped all over her clothes. It was easy to just throw it in the ziplock bag and put her change of clothes on. Which reminds me. Pack a change of clothes for the park. Also- bring pacifier wipes. Disney is full of germs, so we wiped down Gracie’s pacifier and stroller many times! Oh, and don’t forget hand sanitizer!!

Take baby on rides. Babies are allowed on rides that have no height requirement. It’s surprisingly more rides than I thought. Our favorite rides with Gracie were Little Mermaid, Haunted Mansion, Finding Nemo, and It’s a Small World.

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com

Do other things, too! Don’t assume that rides are the only fun parts of Disney World! There are so many other things to enjoy in the parks. We took Gracie to meet a lot of Characters. There are also plenty of shows, too! Also, Disney Springs is a fun place to walk around and shop.

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com

Request a crib. Don’t worry about bringing your own pack + play if you are staying at a Disney resort. They will deliver a fold up crib to your room! They even bring Disney sheets.

Know your transportation. There are plenty of ways to get to the Disney parks! You can always drive, but when you stay at a Disney hotel, you can take the bus, ferry, and sometimes the monorail. It helps to know the stroller rules for each transportation method. If you are taking a Disney bus, the stroller MUST be folded up. However, you can keep baby in the stroller on the ferries and the monorail! This is helpful when baby is sleeping!

Purchase Disney PhotoPass. This is so worth it! When you buy the PhotoPass package, you get all photos taken by the Disney photographers. There are so many in the parks. It made it way easier to get group shots and the classic shots in front of the castle. You also get all photos taken on rides and at character meet and greets. I loved having this for Gracie’s first time at Disney. The photos are priceless. Okay not priceless, but only $149 if you buy it 3 days in advanced. If you wait until your trip starts, it is $169. If you don’t have the PhotoPass, one photo printed in a 4×6 will cost $14.95! Whoa.

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com

Plan out your days with the My Disney Experience app. This app really comes in handy when you have a baby! You can plan out all of your FastPasses for each day. We never rode a ride if we didn’t have FastPass. It’s just too hard to wait in line with a baby! But, you can also see the wait times for each ride. Also, on the app you can make dining reservations! You can also find the Baby Care centers on the maps. And, you can view and download all of your PhotoPass photos. This made the trip easy because we knew what we were doing each day.

Be flexible + go with the flow. While it was really helpful to plan out our days with the Disney App, it also helps to just be flexible. Gracie ended up sleeping in each day until like 10 or 11, so we had to move some of our reservations and FastPasses around. Sometimes you have to just go with the flow. We also ended up skipping a few things because Gracie was sleeping. That’s okay too! Most important part is keeping baby happy + having fun!

Tips and tricks for bringing a baby to Disney! Gracefulmommy.com

 I hope these tips and tricks help you with your little one in Disney!

Gracie’s First Disney World Trip

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Baby's first trip to Disney World. Great tips and ideas on what to do with a baby at Disney. Gracefulmommy.com

We’re home from the most magical place ever- Disney World! We had so much fun with Gracie. We’ve been to Disney World plenty of times, but this time was different because we were seeing it though the eyes of our 5 month old princess, Gracie. We went with Gracie’s grandparents (Dave’s parents) and aunty Kaity (Dave’s sister)! We all stayed in a two bedroom villa in Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. It was an awesome resort- we loved it.

Here’s a recap of our amazing trip!

FAVORITE MOMENTS OF THURSDAY 

Gracie’s first bus ride. She loved the Disney buses! It was fun holding her while she looked out the window.

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

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Hollywood Studios. This is such a fun park! We didn’t ride much, but we walked around and ate at the 50’s primetime diner!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie’s first show! We went to the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. It was surprisingly funny + Gracie liked it! She loved the songs because Aunty Kaity played them for her for a while before the trip!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Very Merry Christmas Party. We went over to Magic Kingdom for the party! Gracie got into her Christmas outfit. The party was fun! They offer free cookies and hot chocolate to everyone. The ride lines are like 5 minutes long. There are special parades and fireworks. And it snows on Main Street! So cute!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

FAVORITE MOMENTS OF FRIDAY 

Meeting the Talking Mickey. There is a Mickey that talks in Magic Kingdom. It’s cool- his eyes blink and he actually says stuff to you. This was Gracie’s first character to meet, so we were curious to see if she’d like it. She did!! I thought for sure she would cry- because she cries at most strangers haha. But she did good!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Crystal Palace Restaurant. We ate at this buffet for dinner. Gracie got to meet all the Winnie the Pooh characters! She loved them all- even though it looks like she isn’t quite sure about piglet.

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Tinker Bell. I think Tinker Bell was one of Gracie’s favorites. She smiled the most for her over any other character. Tinker bell was so sweet to Gracie!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Meeting Cinderella. Later that night, we changed Gracie into her Cinderella dress (ordered from the Disney Store). We made a fastpass for Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom where Gracie met Cinderella and Rapunzel. Gracie could not take her eyes off of Cinderella. She just stared at her. It was the CUTEST thing in the world! She did the same thing to Repunzel! Both Cinderella and Repunzel melted over Gracie. It was soooo cute. I need to frame these pictures!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Look how cute Gracie is holding onto Cinderella’s finger. And that’s Repunzel in the background! AW!!!!

FAVORITE MOMENTS OF SATURDAY

Matching Tees. We acted like major tourists and wore matching t-shirts that we made in Disney Springs. Even Gracie had a little tee on (then later pooped on it!). But it was cute while it lasted. We also met Mickey + Minnie again in Epcot!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Garden Grill Restaurant. YUMMMMMY. This place rocks. First of all, it spins around while you’re eating. You get great scenery of the Living with the Land ride which is like a jungle theme. Also, it’s character dining so Gracie got to meet Pluto and Chip + Dale!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

FAVORITE MOMENTS OF SUNDAY 

Gracie’s outfit! This is by far my favorite outfit of the trip. Gracie dressed up like Minnie Mouse in her personalized outfit from the Disney Store . She looked so cute.

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Tusker House. We ate at another character dining restaurant (in Animal Kingdom) where Gracie met Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald + Daisy duck. It’s so funny when the characters come around. She just kinda stares at them haha!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Festival of the Lion King. We got front row seats to the Lion King show in Animal Kingdom. It was awesome being so close! Gracie wasn’t too sure if she liked this show, but hey- she didn’t cry!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

So there’s a recap of the trip! Gracie did awesome for only being 5 months old. She only cried a few times. Her least favorite part was Turtle Talk in Epcot. For some reason she HATED this. I had to leave to calm her down HAHA! Other than that she was truly a princess. We had the time of our lives!! We took a million more pictures, but these are my favorite moments! Thank you to Grandma + Grandpa Ogg for a trip of a lifetime!

More Disney posts are coming!