Listen. I am all about nursing in public. I'm on my third kid and I just do not care anymore. I've nursed in some wild places because ultimately baby’s gotta eat and my older two haven’t suddenly slowed down now that their chunker of a baby sister wants to eat every two hours. But Disney World is a game-changer. First of all, it's HOT. It was 80 degrees on our February trip and summer temperatures easily reach into the 90’s on a daily basis. Secondly, crazy crowds. And no I don't mean I'm worried about all the onlookers. My distracted eater just can't focus on feeding when there is so much activity going on around her.
So then what do you do with a breastfeeding baby at Disney World?? Find a bathroom stall? Run back to your car or hotel? No!! Disney has something better for you. The Disney magic extends to the smallest of guests as well, in the form of the enchanted Baby Care Centers! There is one center per park and while they all look different, they all serve the same purpose: getting you out of the heat, away from all the park goers, and most importantly providing a safe space for mama and baby. The baby centers have nursing rooms, changing tables, a sitting area for older children, and a small shop with essential baby items for purchase. There are also a few microwaves and bottle warmers available for use. Oh, and the centers are air-conditioned! Did I mention that? Please take advantage of these free-to-use spaces. A well-fed and happy baby will make for a much more pleasant vacation for everyone, especially us moms!
Is your baby bottle-fed? Do you pump? You can use the baby centers, too! There are electrical outlets in the nursing rooms. I actually witnessed one mom at the Magic Kingdom baby center pumping and bottle-feeding her baby at the same time! Amazing!
Mom Pro Tips:
Walk by the baby center when you first arrive at the park even if you don't need it yet. Good to know exactly where to find it when you do! Babies can get hangry fast!
Pack a small diaper bag that is easy to grab and go. I use a reusable grocery bag for essential baby items.
Purchase a lightweight nursing cover.
Are you planning to travel to Disney World with a breastfeeding baby? Did you know about the baby centers? Or have you visited a baby center during a previous trip? Please comment with your thoughts and questions, we'd love to hear from you!