Nursing and Cloth Diapering At Disney
I am pro-cloth diapering and breastfeeding. I no longer have young children, so I feel awkward talking about it. So it’s not something I usually bring up. However, because I did take care of a child that was cloth diapered, I do know a lot about cloth diapering.
I’m a big advocate of breastfeeding. I’m not vocal about it because I don’t feel my website is the most appropriate place, to be frank about it because it’s not what I intended to do with this site. It’s more about taking care of yourself and having fun. I write about fashion and beauty. I write about cleaning. I also write about Disney.
Nursing and diapering just don't fit. Because this is a Disney post, I feel that I can openly discuss that topic because Disneyland is one of the best places for breastfeeding moms go. I used to do it back in the day in a baby carrier and walk around, and no one was none the wiser.
That's the secret of baby wearing you can have your hands free and nurse, or let baby take a nap and carry on with your day.
I don’t like to say anything about the topic because I don’t want to make anyone feel bad. We all know mom is shaming takes place on both sides of the subject, and that's not my intent. The fact I think I need to defend my choice in the subject matter is a testament to that. Feeding the baby is what matters, not what they eat. I hear moms asking questions about feeding their babies at Disneyland all of the time.
Disneyland accommodates babies. The baby care center provides a place to bottle and breastfeed. There is a private place to pump as well. Most people do not know this though.
You don’t have to go and try to find a corner where there’s an outlet to pump and try hiding your pump under a hooter hider (cover) and then pray nobody notices what you’re doing.
If you use formula, you do not have to go and search out hot water. The baby care center provides hot water and a microwave.
There’s a baby care center in both parks. They have a real changing tables with pads like you would have at home. They have microwaves and highchairs so you can prepare baby food and bottles. They have dim lighting and comfy chairs to nurse. There are tiny toilets for smaller children. Places to pump. Tables for kids to sit and read or color.
The baby care center on Main Street has a dunk toilet! Did you know that? Disney provides these because Disney is all about family. Everyone is welcome here.
I'm irritated because there is a big debate out there especially between Disney fans that babies don’t belong in Disneyland. Especially newborns and especially children in strollers.
Disneyland is for everybody including babies and the baby care center is proof of that. So I am now reposting an edited for grammar version of an article I wrote years ago for a cloth diapering website. It was on how to cloth diaper at Disney, and I threw in some nursing tips. I wrote this before there were sites like Magic Kingdom Mamas to tell you where all the excellent nursing spots were.
Missing of course are these tips. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was my favorite place to nurse my kids. The train is another great place. It's a Small World, and the Haunted Mansion are longer rides to nurse on too. I love the dock behind Edelweiss Snacks you can nurse and watch the ducks. You can find a comfy place to sit pretty much anywhere in the park to nurse. Redwood Creek Trail has some benches by the logs, and the older kids can play while you nurse.
Here is the article. I hope you find it helpful:
Many people think you can’t use cloth diapers at Disneyland or any amusement park for that manner. I set out to prove them wrong. Disneyland opened in 1955 and what do you think babies were wearing back then?
So yes its entirely possible to use cloth while having a fun day at Disney. Note, I am not a fan of the changing stations in the restrooms as most are marble or steel and have no sanitary liners to put down, on a busy day you could be waiting in line to get in and change a diaper.
Ditch the diaper bag and opt for a backpack. It’s easier to carry and stow and organize. Opt for one with at least two large compartments. One big compartment is for diapers only. That way everything else in the bag like baby food won’t be with dirty diapers.
Opt for a trim All in One like GroVia, Bottombumpers, or Simplex. It is easier to pack trimmer diapers. If you can get a few Velcro diapers, it makes for a quick change.
If you don’t like AIO’s adding a Thirsties hemp insert in the place of the bottom microfiber insert, this makes, in my opinion, a trimmer and more absorbent diaper.
If you’re concerned, the diapers will smell bring a small ziplock bag with a little baking soda and sprinkle into the wet diapers.
Bring two wet bags one for clean, so your not digging for a diaper and they are easy to find with a squirmy baby and one for wet/dirty diapers.
Both Disney parks have a Child Care station. There are small toilets for potty trained littles and places to pump. Best of all they have real changing tables like you would use at home.
If Main Street is too far away at Disneyland Tom Sawyer Island is a place to change a diaper as there are some more secluded and scenic places to sit. If you have a distracted baby and need to Nurse, this is an excellent place to go. Especially if you have other children, they can run around and play.
Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country on both levels have a charming view and tables in the back where you could nurse without that many people looking on. Be careful where you sit because the train does pass by and if you have a baby that likes to unlatch and look around that could make nursing harder.
In Toontown, there is a “park” next to Goofy’s house that has benches where you could nurse and change a diaper if you're not a fan of the restroom.
If carrying wet diapers is not on your agenda opt for a few Flip shells and the disposable liners. You can wipe the shell with a wipe between changes. After a few changes then swap for a new shell.
There are accessible stalls with sinks and family restrooms located in the park. Add a Disney map app, and you can usually find one near you. You can hand wash or rinse diapers in the sink and will have more room and privacy. Of course be the cure that you're not taking the restroom away from someone who needs it.
If you use reusable wipes, use a small zippered pouch to hold the clean ones and opt for a travel size spray bottle from the trial size section of the store to carry your wipe solution.
Be sure to pack at least one diaper for every 2-3 hours if that is how often you change at home. I always bring a few spares just in case.
You can use cloth diapers at Disneyland. If you plan and pack well you can easily carry cloth diapers, baby food, a change of clothes, and a few extras with no issues.
What I cannot stress enough of is making sure you bring your trimmest diapers. You do not have to buy new diapers you can add a disposable insert at a low cost or buy a few hemp or bamboo inserts that are trimmer to make your favorite pockets trimmer and more absorbent. It's likely our Grandmothers clothed diaper on the go as well with less fabulous diapers then we have today so if they can do it, we can too.
So there you have it. An old article pretty much re-hashing what pretty much every Mom and Disney bloggers say today about nursing here. I've yet to hear anyone I know personally have issues. Cloth Diapers, however, are something most people do not blog about using at Disney. It's doable and it needed to be said.