Monday, August 15, 2011

All in the Bag

To go along with my recent return to trip tips, I wanted to give a list of some of my park "must-haves" with a baby/toddler.  The list has changed each trip, but several things have remained the same.

  • Baby Carrier.  For our first trip with a 6 month old, the wrap (babywearing!) was essential.  I couldn't imagine a trip with a non-mobile baby without babywearing!  
  • Sunscreen.  I stocked up on organic considered the best from the EWG.. of course, I applied to Noah several times and forgot myself.. whoops.
  • Mini fans- Those Dollar Store mini fans - they were so helpful, especially waiting for the Safari!
  • Diaper mat/wipes combo- As I mentioned in Friday's post, I love my portable mat that holds enough diapers for at least half the day, plus wipes, creams, lotions, etc... Other people talk about diaper kits, but this one was easier for me!
  • Antibacterial Hand Soap - 'Nuff said.  Oh, except that I'm giving some away
  • No-wash soap - I found this stuff at my local grocery store on the clearance rack and now I swear by it.  Instead of those plastic table covers (which Noah always started to pull off) this soap can be sprayed on a surface (table/rental stroller/high chair, etc...) and you've got a nice safe surface!  
  • Mister Fans - These were a new addition on our most recent trip.. my sister actually bought the pretty Disney ones for us our first day.  We didn't use them every day, but throw some ice in the water area, and you're blasted with nice cool water.  Plus, they're a great souvenir!
  • Changes of clothes - Noah's definitely been known to go through 3 outfits in one day!  
  • Water/Bottle - We'll usually bring our own bottles of water with us, but another tip is to bring a bottle (if you've got a stroller, you won't have to carry it!) - we got one at the Yak and Yeti quick service - just about any counter service will give you free ice water.  What's better than free?
  • Snacks - Our favorites?  Go Go Squeez (squeezable apple sauce), goldfish, gerber cereal bars, clif kids bars
  • Weather appropriate clothes/blankets- in January, a blanket was a must! 

Waiting for the monorail!

Here's a good basic list.  I'm sure I'm missing some things - what are your park must haves?
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  1. 400 Miles to DisneylandJanuary 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    As my 3 year old gets older, my list of items keeps changing! But one thing that I've found most useful is a pair of sweats for night time. Even though it's warm during the day, the weather at night can come down as chilly and instead of just a blanket, I change her into a pair of sweat pants.

  2. I am curious about this no- rinse soap. Is it for your hands, or the table, or both?

  3. Go Go Squeeze is a brand of pouch applesauce with a straw - it tastes good, and it's no fuss/no muss! They have different foods like that these days, but apple sauce is the easiest option! We bought a case of it on amazon. And yeah, the wrap was a lifesaver. I was lucky that a coworker basically said "go use this now"!

  4. good point!! we always bring cars, stickers, and bubbles! I'll need to add that into my list!

  5. Looks like you've covered all of our must haves... The only thing I might include is something to keep little hands busy. My little guy is a people watcher so it doesn't take much, but we usually keep a couple cars or something in there just in case.

  6. Great post! I saw you talk about G-Go Squeeze before but I don't know what it is. I am going ot have to check that out. The wrap you use looks amazing! I wish I would have purchased one when I needed one. Now Lucas is just 3 so we don't have a use for it. Thanks for sharing!!