19 September 2017

Disneyland with a Baby

As you may have noticed via Instagram, we recently were crazy enough to bring a 6 month old to Disneyland. I am thrilled to report that it was much easier than we expected and she did incredibly well (especially given the 90 degree heat).

This was our second round trip flight with Audrey so we at least knew what to expect on that front. A couple things about that - The Ergobaby is my best friend for air travel. We check the stroller at the gate (put it in a protective bag! Alaska airlines offers free thick plastic bags that you can throw away at the end) and that helps us schlep our bags around the airport. We've also found that dressing her in zipper PJ's seems to work really well (just make sure to pack a back up in your carry on). I always worry about germs when we travel with Audrey on airplanes, so we bought a bunch of these Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer in travel size - it was so nice to "wash" our hands super often (especially after being on rides).

But anyways, back to Disneyland.
It was insanely hot and sunny while we were there (What gives, September?!) so sunscreen was super important. I used two different ones on Audrey - a spray and a cream. For the spray we used Goddess Garden Organics Kids SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen and cream was Coola Baby Suncare Unscented Mineral Sunscreen . We had her in the stroller so she was shaded by the canopy, but when she was in the Ergobaby, she wore this brimmed bonnet (buy all the brimmed bonnets, trust me. They are insanely cute.).

She had several Disneyland outfits, all of which came from the Gap. I think their Disney x Gap line is super adorable.

(her Disneyland bows are from  HERE!)

Two items that were worth their weight in gold were a) stroller fans and b) hearing protection earmuffs. I can't stress those two items enough - don't go to Disneyland in the summer without them.

I bought two fans ahead of time, just in case something happened to one of them, but we ended up using both at the same time on either side of her stroller. Super happy with the decision to buy two, so I'd recommend that. Make sure to bring extra batteries because the fans just sucked the life out of batteries really quickly.

As for the headphones, Audrey literally slept through a 9:30pm fireworks show at Disneyland thanks to those earmuffs. It made nap time actually possible without having to leave the park. She just snoozed in the Ergo or in her stroller, totally unaware to the loud amusement park she was in. We went on rides with her WHILE SHE SLEPT. Yeah... just get some noise canceling headphones for your babe.

Next up, our dock a tot. Seriously, this thing makes travel a cinch so we bring it everywhere. She can sleep anywhere (pack n play, bed, the floor, anywhere) really easily because her bed that she uses at home every night, travels with us. Making sure she got good sleep at night was important to us so she wouldn't be a terror the next day and I owe that all to the dock a tot. I am seriously considering buying her the next size up because I don't know how we are going to live without our current one once she outgrows it.

Lastly, the Magic Kingdom Mama's blog was SO helpful when planning our trip - especially this post that told us every ride we could go on with an infant.

I don't really have any park trips, as this was our first trip with babies (my sisters and their kids came too!) and I am not sure we were very efficient. Regardless, we had such a fun time and are all are really excited to go back!

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