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Taking a trip to Walt Disney World Resort is every child’s dream, but it’s also a magical moment for parents. There’s nothing quite like seeing the twinkle in your kids’ eyes as they get their first glimpse of Cinderella’s castle or when they get to meet Mickey Mouse for the first time.
However, taking kiddos anywhere has its challenges. Lucky for us moms and dads, Disney Parks makes things easier for vacationing families by providing Baby Care Centers. There are many ways to utilize these specially designated areas, so let’s take a look at some of the best ways to maintain the magic of your Disney day.
1. Scope out the store!
Missing some necessities? Head straight to the Baby Care Center. Located inside, you’ll find a wealth of supplies for purchase, like extra onesies, diaper kits, pacifiers, bottles, over-the-counter options, and more. If baby pitched their pacifier out during the amazing sights of Mickey’s PhilharMagic, you can easily pick up another one here.
You’ll also be able to protect your brood from the perils of the day with sunscreens, hand wipes, bottled drinks, and even formula for your tiny guest.
2. Take a moment to rest and recharge.
Many guests think the Baby Centers are just for babies or toddlers, but my young grade-schooler takes refuge from long park days in the center, as well. Each Baby Care Center offers a TV room with couches, chairs, and a TV playing Disney programs that can entertain kids while you tend to younger siblings, or simply recharge with your entire family.
3. Spread out for a change!
Blowouts happen. If you need a little more space than the regular changing tables in Disney Parks’ restrooms, head to the Baby Care Center. I’ve carried my little one across the park for those enormous paper sheets that cover the sturdy tables in the Baby Care Center. Take your time cleaning up the mess in sanitary style before getting back to the fun with your family.
4. Go ahead and heat things up.
Often, baby food or formula needs warming before baby partakes. Each of the four main theme parks boast a microwave in their Baby Care Centers for warming food items, as well as a bottle warmer with instructions.
Feeding is made even easier with rocking chairs, high chairs, couches, and more. When you’re finished, feel free to rinse out your items in the available sinks.
5. Score a little privacy while you nurse your baby.
If you’re a nursing mother or the parent of a finicky eater, the Baby Care Centers offer nursing areas where you can score some privacy. My baby and I found some great private time to cool down and focus in comfort several times a day while at “the most magical place on Earth.” Here, kids can center themselves in a quiet, calm environment. The Baby Care Centers are just the thing to make your vacation a little easier!
For additional Disney vacation tips, check out the Disney Parks Mom Panel.