May 28

Baby Care Stations Around the “World”

 It is my pleasure to have Sonja join us here as a guest blogger.  She is a Florida resident.  Thanks Sonja for you help in explaining the Baby Care Stations around the “World”.
Hello fellow Disney Fans! My name is Sonja Burford and I love all things Disney! My husband and two sons (6 and almost 1 yr) and I visit often as we are Floridians and seasonal pass holders. My first trip with my husband was at Christmas 2007, and our oldest son was 10 months old. I wish I knew on that trip some of the things that I know now when traveling with my youngest. Of course, I don’t know it all, and that’s part of the fun of loving Disney, that I never will because they are always growing and changing, just like my kids!
We’ve taken my 11 month old three times now to WDW. On our most recent trip, another Mom asked me how old he was and how it is traveling the parks with a little one. My answer was  “not as hard as you think. Take time to rest and relax and use the baby care centers in each park!” Did you know that each theme park at WDW has a baby care center? This is a special area for families of little ones. I have never used the one in Hollywood Studios, but I’m told it’s the smallest of the four. Magic Kingdom’s is located next to First Aid, in between Casey’s Corner and the Crystal Palace (turn left at the end of Main Street at Casey’s as if you are heading to Adventure Land. It’s tucked into a little courtyard to your left.) At Epcot, you’ll find the baby care center again next to First Aid, on the backside of the Odyssey building (this building used to be a restaurant but is now used for special events; it’s between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion.) In Animal Kingdom, the baby care center and first aid are just off the main path to Africa (pass the Tree of Life, it’s on your left behind the Creature Comforts gift shop.) In Hollywood Studios, the baby care center is on the left right after you come through the turnstiles.
Each of the baby care centers has several rooms. First is a changing room with several changing tables and a sink. I really like the changing tables at MK and Epcot the best because they are large and padded. There is a shelf underneath with large pieces of paper, so you can get a clean sheet with each use. There is also a playroom with a TV showing Disney cartoons. This room usually has tables and chairs, a few toys, and even high chairs. There is a separate private room for nursing moms, too! Finally, there is a kitchen area with a microwave, sink, water fountain and small store stocked with baby and kid items. Here you will find a cast member to assist you and you can purchase everything from medicine or formula to a spare outfit.
I have found these areas to be a life saver when traveling to the World with a baby. Often throughout the day, I take him there to cool off, let him get changed and have a drink or a snack in the a/c while big brother and dad ride some big kid rides. It’s great for him and me too. We are fortunate to have passes, so we don’t feel like we have to see and do everything WDW has to offer in one trip. But even if you do, when taking the little kids, remember to give them time to rest and re-group–even if it’s just 5 or 10 minutes in the shade with a cool drink. It’s the best way I know to avoid the dreaded 3:00 meltdown!
I am 33 years old and a lifelong Floridian. I’m a work-outside-the-home wife and mom. My husband, six year old son, and almost one year old son travel to Disney as often as we can afford to! I love pin-trading, riding the rides with my kids, and getting to be a kid again every time we go! My must-dos every trip include The Haunted Mansion, Dole Whip, and Soarin’. Epcot is my favorite theme park.
 
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