Taking your one year old to Disney? Congratulations! It’s going to be a blast! One thing you’re going to need is an amazing packing list for taking your baby to Disney. Look no further! Here is everything you will need to pack for a one year old for Disney!
People thought I was crazy that I was bringing my daughter to Disney World for her first birthday! Of course, if you know me personally you would think that it is only natural for me to do this since I am a Disney F-A-N-A-T-I-C!
Now, I’m a packing planner- meaning I plan for weeekkkssss before I start to pack. But this was my first trip packing for a week-long vacation with a baby. And I also had to take into consideration things she would need for flying for the first time too! So, I made a crazy detailed list that was super helpful for me and I wanted to share all of my packing tips and my packing list with you!
Packing for an infant requires some effort but packing an infant for Disney World needs special planning. Needless to say, packing for a one year old for Disney was not easy- but it was successful!
Packing an infant for a Disney trip should be well thought out but also fun! Here’s how to do this in 3 easy steps without wanting to pull your hair out but also making sure you’re packing everything you need to:
- Make a list of all the things your baby uses every day (including food).
- Make a list of things that you are going to need for your Disney vacation.
- Combine all the lists and pack efficiently (weed out what you don’t need for your destination.)
Do not worry because I include ALL 3 of these steps right here in this very post! Following these steps and lists, I was able to bring everything I needed for Baby L and I didn’t forget anything so I didn’t have to spend money at the park or resort buying something that I could have effectively packed.
Not only do I just lay out the steps for easy packing but I also include a printable Disney Infant Packing Checklist for you to have so you can make sure you don’t forget anything! I’m all about making things easier for you so I created an ultimate Disney infant packing list so you can have an amazing vacation without forgetting anything. I used this list twice already and I didn’t have to buy anything when we arrived at Disney because I had everything! Be sure to access the free checklist below!
What to Pack for a One Year Old for Disney
Let’s begin the packing!
1. Making a List of all the things your baby uses everyday
The first thing you need to do before you start to pack for a one year for Disney is to make a list of things you are going to need. This list is going to change based on your baby’s needs. Include what you need to and make sure to make a list of things your baby uses that isn’t on this list. Make a list of everything, even though you may not bring some things, it’s easier to cross something out than to forget to bring it altogether.
- Diapers: Baby L uses about 4 diapers a day. I will plan to bring 6 diapers a day just in case of emergencies.
- Diaper cream: Bring what your baby is used to using. Orlando can be hot and humid so you don’t want your sweet one to get a rash. We use Cera Ve Healing Baby Ointment for Treating and Preventing Diaper Rash. You can apply it after every diaper change and your baby won’t get any diaper or heat rash!
- Wipes: I order a big box of Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes for convenience. The wipes come in a big box in 3 refill re-sealable big bags. I usually go through one bag every 20-25 days. I’m going to bring a bag just to be on the safe side. Wipes can be used to wipe hands and face too so I don’t want to under pack them. Also, remember that you are going to need wipes for your diaper bag and wipes for the hotel room. I refilled my diaper bag wipes every day and used the bag of wipes for the hotel room.
- Clothes: We’ll go over which clothes are best to bring in the next section because it’s based on when you are traveling to Orlando Florida.
- Shoes/socks: Same as the clothes, we’ll go over this more below.
- Bottles: Bottles are very important. Think of which bottles will be best for your baby to take on your trip. Baby L uses Doctor Brown’s Wide Neck bottles so I always make sure to pack all of the parts. Try not to switch things up on them. They are already going to be out of their element and in a new place so try to keep things as consistent as possible regarding things that they eat with. Meaning, now is probably not the best time to try a new bottle because what if she doesn’t like it and won’t drink out of it? Chances are, you’re better off with playing it safe. If you want to transition your baby into a new bottle, try doing it at least a month before so she has time to get used to it.
- Food/Snacks: What kind of foods does your baby eat on a regular basis? Will it be accessible on vacation? (You can check the menus at Disney world online including kids meals). Maybe you want to try to introduce new foods to your baby a month before so they will be able to eat a variety of different things when they are away on vacation. Is there a special yogurt or fruit that they like? Can you bring it with you?
If you can, great! Pack it! I love the Happy Baby organic food pouches. They taste great and do not have to be refrigerated so I thought they were great for the parks. The Disney kids meals come with 2 sides and the options are applesauce pouch, grapes, carrots, and yogurt.
I ended up buying her a kid’s meal for breakfast (only $6.97 and it came with a drink, Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes and 2 snacks) and saving the snacks for the park day.
(Planning what your one year old will eat at Disney world)
- Toys/Books: Bring 2 toys they love and 2 books they love. Especially if it calms or comforts them. You want your baby to feel as comfortable as possible. Trust me, sad baby = sad vacation.
- Water: Do you need water for formula? Does your baby drink water? Little inside tip- Florida water does not taste very good. Disney will give you free courtesy cups of water but sometimes it does not taste the best. I don’t recommend bringing gallons of water on your trip.
Especially if you’re flying! But I do recommend bringing a filtering water bottle. That way you pour the water in and it filters when you pour it back out! The water bottles in the parks are $3.00 each for a regular Dasani bottle so my filtering water bottle saved me a bunch of money!
- Milk/Formula: If your baby is still on formula then bring enough for the number of days that you are there and then some extra. Keep in mind bringing enough for your travel days as well. If your baby is on regular milk and you are staying on the Disney Property there is also a little convenience “grocery” area in your lobby gift shop where you can buy a gallon of milk.
We bought one for our room and it lasted us the week we were there. I used it for her morning and night bottles and then brought milk with me a thermos bottle for her day bottles. You can also purchase milk with your kid’s meals and just use it for baby instead of drinking a soft drink.
- Sippy Cups: Don’t forget your baby’s sippy cups. Baby L uses the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Transition ones with the handles and she loves them! She uses them to drink her water throughout the day.
- Specific Utensils: Does baby use special fork or spoons that they like to eat with?
- Any Medication/Vitamins: Make sure to bring your baby’s medication or anything that they take every day. Also, bring some extra medication for emergencies. Maybe Benadryl or Tylenol or Zarbees (natural cough suppressant)? Always ask your doctor before administering anything to your baby for the first time!
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- Special Blankets/Stuffed Animals: Bring anything for comfort that you know your baby loves. We brought her fluffy blanket that she sleeps with and her Rapunzel dolly that she plays with. We packed it in the luggage that we checked so it didn’t take up too much room in our carry on’s.
- Bath Time Items/Lotion: You’ll definitely want to give your baby a bath at least once a day. When you think about all the places your little one will be in one day and how many things he’ll come in contact with you’ll want to bathe your baby! Your little one will also sweat and just like we want to take a shower and get nice and fresh your baby will too!
Bring baby’s bath soap, lotion or anything else that can be easily packed. We love the Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion. You can find travel-sized baby soap and lotion at your nearest Walmart or Target.
I’m flying to Orlando so I cannot bring the whole kitchen sink with me but like I said, I write everything down and then crossed off things as I saw fit. I made sure everything I was bringing fit into one under the plane suitcase for Baby L. I brought anything that was essential and left things that I knew she could survive without.
2. Make a list of things your baby needs for a Disney vacation
Now, this may seem redundant but a list of everyday necessities is different from a list of things you need for Disney. You’ll see why after we get into the list! Do your research and add things that you think you’ll need if it’s not on this list. Also, research the weather for Orlando, Florida during the time that you are going.
Usually, winters are hot but cooler at night, spring is hotter than winter but not scolding like summer, Summer is super-hot and humid and usually rains for 15 minutes a day but the sun comes right back out. Fall is hot but cooler than spring and hotter than winter.
- Mist Fan: It’s pretty humid in Florida (understatement of the year!). I didn’t want Baby L to be dying of sweat and heat in her little stroller so every so often I would have her sit with the mist fan and cool off.
- Ponchos/Mini Umbrella: Again, Florida is notorious for rain during the day for a short amount of time. Maybe it will or maybe it won’t but I’ve been there for all 4 seasons and I’ve always experienced some sort of rain. Ponchos were great! I got mine from the dollar store and would buy enough for every day so I can throw it out after I’m done using it and didn’t have to carry a wet bag of plastic around.
I also use them to sit on the floor when I’m waiting for a parade. You can also bring a mini, compact umbrella to keep in your bag. We went once and it literally rained ALL week and each rain was about an hour! Ponchos do the trick when its sporadic, short rains, but an umbrella may help when it’s actually a rainy day.
- Travel Stroller: Now I love my stroller but I couldn’t have possibly carried that gigantic, heavy stroller with me all day. If you are staying onsite at a Disney resort then you will be taking the Disney buses to and from the parks. You do not need a car seat but you need to have a stroller that closes easily because you have to close all strollers on the bus.
Be courteous and make sure your stroller closes somewhat small because you don’t want to have a gigantic stroller taking up the whole bus or sitting on someone’s foot.
- Diaper Bag Book Bag: I usually have a regular diaper bag that looks like a purse but when we travel we switch over to our diaper book bag so we can swing it on our backs and keep it moving. This comes in handy when you have to close your stroller fast and your hands will be free.
- Sunscreen: Don’t forget sunscreen! Florida heat is no joke and you don’t want your sweet little baby’s skin burning. Use the sunscreen that you feel most comfortable with. I love the Babyganics mineral based baby sunscreen. It comes in travel sizes too so it doesn’t take up my whole pocket in the diaper bag but I can reapply it on her whenever she needs it.
- Bathing Suit: Don’t forget the bathing suit! I brought 3 for Baby L because I wanted to bring 2 for our pool days and then I kept an extra one in the diaper bag for the parks because every park has some sort of sprinklers and this is great for a hot day!
- Towel: Disney provides you with pool towels but I like the pool towels that are bigger and have designs on them so we can leave them on our pool chairs and know it’s ours. I always buy them when the Disney store has a sale for free personalization.
- Light Clothes: Based on the weather for the time you are visiting, you want to pack the right clothes. Even when it is chilly, it’s not cold, cold. I always tend to pack lighter clothes that can be layered. That way I can remove or put on clothes based on the temperature that day.
This year we are traveling in Mid-May so I’m packing a lot of short sleeve and tank top onesies with shorts/skirts so I can remove as I need to. Always pack a change of clothes in the diaper bag too, it’ll come in handy!
- Ribbon for the Stroller: Disney world is full of strollers! Sometimes it just looks like a sea of heads and strollers! For any ride that you go on with your baby, you will need to leave your stroller in the stroller parking. Sometimes cast members will move the strollers so I always put a colored/patterned ribbon on my stroller so I can know it’s mine.
Also, be sure not to leave any valuables in the stroller when you leave it. This is also when the book bag diaper bag comes in handy so you can just strap it on your back and head on a ride.
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- Comfortable Shoes: If your baby stands or walks then you want to make sure to have comfortable shoes or sandals with you. Make sure it’s nothing where their feet can get too hot but also make sure it has enough of a sole to walk and not fall apart.
- Light Blanket: Baby L loves her blanket! I always bring a muslin lightweight stroller blanket for her so she can nap while we are out.
- Sunhat: Don’t underestimate a good baby sunhat. I use them all the time when she is not in the stroller and when she is in the pool. It prevents her head from burning too. You can find nice lightweight ones that are water friendly and dry fast.
- Disney Gear: After all, you’re going to Disney! Try to bring as much Disney themed things you can find that way you don’t have to buy things when you get there. I found great Disney onesies and tank tops/dresses at Walmart and Marshalls before my trip.
When I got to Disney I saw their baby apparel was over $20 for some items! Baby L fit right in with all of her Disney gear and mommy got to save a fortune!
- Autograph Book/Sharpie: If you are taking your baby to meet characters at a character reservation or at the parks then you’ll definitely want to bring something for them to sign!
- Crib sheet: if you are staying onsite then you will most likely be requesting a pack and play for your baby to sleep in. Baby L is accustomed to sleeping in pack n plays because when we stay at my mom’s house she uses one. If your baby never slept in a pack and play I recommend getting your little one used to it before the trip that way they can enjoy a full night’s restful sleep.
Disney provides pack n plays with mattresses and sheets. I always bring my own sheet and blanket for Baby L to feel comfortable and it makes her feel at home.
- Lysol Travel Wipes: I’m not a compulsive person (though my husband would say otherwise) but I am a bit obsessed with everything being clean. So, add the fact that the thousands of other people have touched the same tables and chairs that my daughter is going to be eating at- can drive me a little insane. I always have in the diaper bag a pack of travel Lysol Disinfecting Wipes so I can clean down the high chair and table that we sit at.
I also use it to clean down any surfaces that Baby L will be sitting at for a while. Disney Cast Members do an AMAZING job at keeping things clean so there are sometimes when I don’t worry too much about it. Only if I see the table is dirty or something do I really do a huge clean down.
- Lysol Spray (Travel Size): Like my Lysol wipes, I also carry a Travel-Sized Lysol Disinfecting Spray with me. I use it to spray down her travel changing pad every time she uses it. I also use it to sanitize the remote, door knobs, phone, faucet knobs whenever we check into a hotel.
Disney Mouse Keeping does a great job at making sure the rooms are clean so I don’t go crazy cleaning everything like I would if I were somewhere else.
- Swimming Diapers: Of course if you want your baby to go into the pool you’re going to need to have swimming diapers. They are a bit expensive at the resort so I packed 6 swimming diapers with me and it was the perfect amount. I planned to use 2 per day for the 3 days that we were going to be in the resort hanging out.
- Travel Size Dish Soap/Sponge: If you are staying at a Disney Resort in a regular guest room (not a suite or studio room) then you will definitely need to bring some sort of soap to clean and disinfect your baby’s bottles. I have only stayed in regular rooms that only have one sink (the sink in the vanity area of the bathroom) and having soap was a lifesaver! You want to make sure you have something to clean your bottles and dishes with. You may even want to bring a sponge or bottle brush.
- Pop Up Hamper: This is not a necessity but definitely will come in handy. When you have a couple of adults and a baby in a room- you will have A LOT of laundry. You don’t want to just stuff all the dirty clothes back in your suitcase or in a plastic bag. So I always bring a popup hamper that folds flat but then pops up into a tall hamper.
This keeps all of our dirty laundry in one area. If you choose to do laundry in the hotel then it can also be an easy way to carry your laundry to and from the machines. I purchased this Mesh Popup Laundry Hamper that is portable, has handles, and collapses easily for storage and packing in your luggage.
Remember you don’t want to over pack but you also don’t want to forget necessities!
3. Combine your lists and start packing
Step 3 to helping you pack for a one year old to Disney is to combine those lists! Take the 2 lists you make and combine them into one master list. Then figure out your luggage. Are you bringing just carry on’s? Are you bringing suitcases to go under the plane that you are going to check in? How much you bring depends on how you are going to transport it.
How We Packed It All
You can read all about how we packed our things on this list in 2 carry on size bags and a 1 checked luggage here (3 Steps to Easily Pack for a Flight to Disney With an Infant)!
I recommend packing little by little about a week in advance. If you have to clean things then do laundry throughout the week. If things are clean then start placing it in piles throughout the days. You can’t imagine how much time this saves and how much of a headache you’ll prevent on packing day!
Recheck everything on your list and ask yourself do you really need it? Will your baby use it throughout the vacation or just once or twice? Don’t compromise on the things your baby loves! Pack those things and weed out other things that will just take up space.
Don’t forget to download your copy of my Disney Infant Packing Checklist! You won’t want to arrive at your vacation and realize that you forgot to pack important items so be sure to get the checklist below! Instead of stressing about making sure you have the right items, just download the packing checklist and you’ll be good to go!
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Well, there you have it! Here’s an easy way to pack your infant for a Disney Trip! I hope this list is able to help you easily and effectively pack for your awesome trip to Disney! Have a greaaatttttt vacation!!
Do you have any other tips for helping pack your kids for vacation? Share them in the comments below!
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