Diaper Changing Prep 101
If your family includes a baby, toddler or preschooler, then you are probably still dealing with diapers. Diaper changing on a vacation can be a bit of a drag. Our family is still in the diaper stage, and we are mapping out a plan for our Disney trip for how to efficiently and effectively deal with diaper duty!
For travel time and park time, I carry what I call the “bathroom bag”. This zipper pouch is water proof and compact, and we take it into the bathroom for diaper changes and accidents.
Some of the things we carry in the bag are:
- Desitin or diaper cream
- Cottonelle wipes
- Ziplock bags for messy clothes
- Changing pad
Another item to think about bringing is baby powder, as diapers in the heat can cause some bad rashing. Frequent changes are the best, but if your little one has sensitive skin, you may want creams and powders to help with irritation.
For planes, I carry disposable changing pad covers. We purchased this box at Target and they are a decent quality. For the parks, I don’t want to have to use a lot of disposable pads as that can be expensive. I made this changing pad for this trip.
It is very patriotic! That is because it is made from tablecloth material, and this was the best choice at the fabric store. I simply cut the mat with pinking shears to make the edges cleaner. The final size is 18×31 inches. This changing pad is pretty large because we will be changing a toddler/preschooler. Regular changing mats are made for babies, and are usually too small. This material isn’t very thick, which is great for folding up and putting in your bag. But it also doesn’t provide a lot of “cush” for my little guy. I made a little pillow on one end by sewing felt in a rectangle and stuffing some light filler in before finishing the rectangle. It makes a light pillow for his head for changes.
At all Disney parks, there are changing stations in the bathrooms. Changing stations are in both men and women bathrooms. At Disneyland, they are usually equipped with two changing stations in each bathroom. At Disney World, there are usually only one changing station, so expect a bit of a wait. The best place to change your little one is at the Baby Care Center, located at each park. This center features:
- Large, padded changing tables
- Toddler/preschool size bathroom if your child is potty training
- Feeding area with highchairs
- Private nursing room with rocking chairs
- Kitchen with microwave, oven and sink
- On-site shop to purchase formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing
MousePlanet has some great pictures of the Babe Care Center if you would like to see what it looks like. They are really awesome! Lost children are also brought to the Baby Care Center at each park. Here are their locations in each park:
- Magic Kingdom: End of Main Street near Crystal Palace
- Epcot: Odyssey Center between Future World and World Showcase, Mexico Pavilion
- Hollywood Studios: Left of Main Entrance
- Animal Kingdom: Near Creature Comforts and First Aid Center
- Disneyland: End of Main Street on the right before Plaza Inn Restaurant
- California Adventure: In Pacific Wharf near Ghirardelli
If you have older kids in your group and you need to use a family restroom or companion restroom, here is a list of where those location are at each park. A companion restroom is a larger, single restroom that is wheelchair accessible and can be used by families with children of different gender so they don’t have to use the main restrooms. It is also handy if you have a potty training preschooler who needs extra assistance. Keep in mind that not all companion restrooms have changing table stations.
- Lower level of Cinderella’s Royal Table
- Mickey’s Toontown Fair
- Next to Space Mountain
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Splash Mountain
- Transportation and Ticket Center East Gate
- East side of Spaceship Earth
- Future World East Block opposite Test Track
- Future World West Block opposite The Land
- Near the Canada Pavilion
- Near the Germany Pavilion
- Near the Morocco Pavilion
- Near the Norway Pavilion opposite the Viking ship
- Next to Soundstage 3
- Opposite Star Tours
- Opposite “The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror”
- Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- To the right of the entrance to Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
- Asia near Maharajah Jungle Trek
- Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures in Dinoland U.S.A.
- Discovery Island opposite Flame Tree Barbecue
- Harambe Village in the Mombasa Marketplace
- Expedition Everest Area Restrooms
- Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Blizzard Beach Water Park
- To the rear of the Locker area on the north side of Main Change
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
- Near Guest Services
- In Adventureland near the Tiki Room and the Tiki Juice Bar
- First Aid Center on Main Street
- Tom Sawyer Island near the fort
- Left of Main Entrance as you enter
- In A Bug’s Land near Flik’s Flyer
- Carsland back around Flo’s V8 Cafe
- Restrooms on street across from The Little Mermaid-Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Diaper changes can be difficult, but planning ahead will make it a little bit easier. And using the Baby Care Centers as much as possible will make it even easier. We have found that having the small “bathroom bag” makes diaper changes go quickly and easier rather than carrying a larger diaper bag.
Our family is looking forward to Disney trips sans diapers, but until then, we will try to make the best of it and use the services that Disney provides to make it easier.
Other posts in our Disney Travel Planning for Families Series:
Part 1: Countdown To Do
Part 2: These Feet Were Made For Walking
Part 3: Preparing for Medical Issues & Emergencies
Part 4: Travel Backpacks for Kids