Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Changing, feeding, and more!

For a blog dedicated to helping parents traveling with babies, I've never fully described the baby care centers for this blog!  I wrote all about them for Chip & Co., another Disney website that I write for, but never fully explained them here!

For first timers (or first time with kids) - Disney tries to make everyone, including babies and parents, comfortable for their vacation.  Located in all four parks:
Magic Kingdom - next to the Crystal Palace, on your way to Adventureland
Epcot - Inside Future World's Odyssey Center
Hollywood Studios- Near the entrance in the Guest Services Building
Animal Kingdom - in Discovery Island, behind Creature Comforts *marked by ladybugs*
Animal Kingdom Baby Care Center
I wish I had pictures of the inside of these - but alas...

They're divided into different rooms or areas - one having a television for older kids to relax in a comfortable air conditioned setting.  Forget diapers, food, wipes, sunscreen, other essentials?  They sell all of that there at a nice, Disney high price.  They have individual changing stations, tables or mats, that have covers and are cleaned in between uses by the cast members working the rooms.  There are also high chairs to feed the little ones that aren't good to eating with distractions.  They have microwaves and fresh, filtered water to help mix foods/formula, or to refill for your water bottles!

They even have private rooms with rockers or gliders for nursing mothers.

My only complaint - there is only 1 per park - and as you know, these parks are so large, if you have a hungry child and you're not nearby, they're not always the most convenient option.  

Luckily, if you're a nursing mother, you can nurse wherever you feel like!  
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1.      The breastfeeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and family values.  A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.
I recommend longer attractions or shows - or even a quite area.  There were times I nursed in restaurants, but I prefer to have a little privacy - just my own personal thing!  I always use a cover, but as the law states - if you're comfortable without one, do your thing.

As for changing diapers?  I don't leave home without my diaper mat - a carry all that has a big foldable mat (like this one from Babies R Us)and storage for diapers, wipes, creams, etc...  This way, I don't feel like I need to find a changing table - just a flat piece of land!

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  2. Great post Jenn!! It is super nice that Disney had these centers for all of us mommies out there. Hugs!

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  3. The baby centers were awesome and a total lifesaver. We just went to Disney in June with a nine month old and being able to go somewhere semi-private and air conditioned to nurse my baby and change her diaper was really amazing. The women that staffed them were very helpful and kind and while there is only one per park, I remain eternally grateful that Disney provided them to their guests. Makes it so much easier to do Disney with a baby. Thank you!!

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