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Choosing Halloween Costumes for Babies and Toddlers

Each year when the fall season rolls around, I look forward to three things. Cooler temperatures, fall festivities and planning my kid’s Halloween costumes! Figuring out Halloween costumes for babies or toddlers is my favorite. As a parent, you’re in charge of coming up with the baby costume for Halloween, head to toe. But there are definitely considerations before you buy or make your toddler or baby their costume. I’m sharing dozens of ideas on choosing the best Halloween costumes for toddlers and babies!

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Halloween Costumes for Babies and Toddlers

These are all the baby costume tips, whether you choose to make your own Halloween costume, buy a costume online or at the store or simply put a costume together from the closet. First I’ll give you a ton of ideas on how to choose the best toddler or baby costume for your kiddo. Then keep reading for the practical tips on purchasing costumes, making your own and how to do Halloween on a budget with your baby!

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.


What Are the Best Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids?

While your preschooler and elementary aged kids are going to have strong opinions about their Halloween costumes, your baby and toddler have no choice in the matter. They’ll wear whatever you choose for them!

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

My cousin’s daughter as Tinkerbell and her son as Peter Pan (Photo Credit: Marianne Pendleton)

What Costume Are YOU Going to Wear for Halloween?

If you have already planned your own Halloween costume, consider choosing a coordinating costume for your little one. There are so many wonderful family Halloween costume ideas out there. Just look to your favorite Disney movies or story books and purchase or make costumes in a theme for each person in the group.

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Family Halloween Costume Ideas:

  • Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Caterpillar, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  • Toy Story characters – Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Rex, Hamm, Barbie
  • Scooby Doo characters – Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma
  • Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy, Pluto
  • Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga & Roo, Owl, Christopher Robin
  • Monsters Inc – Sully, Mike & Boo
  • Super Hero family (everyone choose a different super hero character)
Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

Captain Hook and the rest of the crew! (Photo Credit: Becca Robins)

  • Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Michael, John, Lost Boys
  • Inside Out characters – Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, Fear, Riley, Bing Bong
  • Star Wars characters – Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Stormtrooper, Yoda, Chewbacca, Ewok
  • Wizard of Oz characters – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Wicked Witch, Good Witch
  • My friend Tania at LolaLambchops has the cutest family costume for 101 Dalmatians you just have to see!

If the entire family isn’t on board, another option is to create a baby costume that goes with an older sibling’s Halloween ensemble. I created this 10-minute scarecrow costume for my toddler the year that his older sister dressed like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. A pair of overalls, plaid shirt, a floppy hat and a few random strands of raffia completed the look.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

Cute Halloween Costumes for Babies

Babies and toddlers are just so cute, so why not put your little sweetie in an adorable Halloween costume too? There are many gender neutral Halloween costumes for baby girls and boys. These choices in particular are perfect for hand-me-downs and may be easier to resell for next Halloween as well. Consider adding feminine details, like a bow for your daughter’s hair to distinguish her as a girl, if you wish.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

My cousin’s son, the lion.

  • Wild Animal (like a bear, skunk, tiger, leopard, elephant, etc)
  • Farm Animal (like a bunny, pig, lamb)
  • Family Pet (like a dog and cat)
  • Skeleton Bones
  • Pirate
  • Incredibles character
  • Bugs or Insects (butterfly, ladybug, spider)
  • Pumpkin


  • Career (Doctor, Firefighter, Police Officer, etc)
  • Ghost
  • Chef
  • Fruits/Veggies/Foods
  • Cat in the Hat/Thing One & Thing Two
  • Sports Athlete (think baseball, football, soccer player)
  • Dinosaur
Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

My cousin’s son, the Ladybug

DIY Halloween Costumes for Babies

If you have a creative streak, definitely consider sewing or putting together your own baby costume. Make your own Halloween costume for baby and you can customize the look, fabrics, style and most importantly, the cost.

If you need more tips on sewing your own Halloween costumes, I have 100+ tips and ideas for making budget Halloween costumes.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

Baby Halloween Costumes Straight from the Closet

Another great way to save money on your toddler’s Halloween costume is to choose items right from their closet. Put together and paired with some accessories, you can make your own adorable costume on a budget.

  • Clown – choose the most colorful and most bold patterns.
  • Little Rascals character – wear short pants, overalls, and newsboy cap.
  • Mickey Mouse – black tee and leggings with a pair of red shorts. Add on a mouse-ears hood, instructions here!
  • Cowboy/Cowgirl – pull out the denim, boots and a red banana.
  • Bath Baby – dress in baby bathrobe then add a shower cap & rubber ducky.
  • Puppy Dog – dressed in black, white or brown. Glue felt ears onto a beanie cap.
  • Princess – dress her up in her fanciest outfit and top with a tiny crown.
  • Scarecrow – just like my son in the photo here, I put him in overalls, plaid shirt and a floppy hat, then added strips of raffia.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

Funny Halloween Costumes for Babies

I’m not a fan of snarky or costumes for kids that are based on adult themes. Maybe it’s just me, but I just don’t think it’s cute to have your baby dressed in a costume that’s pushing the boundaries of taste (no matter if it makes people laugh). However funny costume ideas for babies and toddlers that give everyone the giggles is what makes Halloween great for all. Here are a few funny costumes for babies and toddlers this Halloween.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

  • Garden Gnome
  • Old Man or Old Lady
  • Oompa Loompa from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
  • Generational (like from the 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s)
  • Sumo wrestler
  • Alien (like Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.)
  • Fitness instructor, complete with tiny legwarmers & water bottle
  • Muppets characters (like my cousin’s kids, dressed like Kermit the Frog and Fozzy Bear!)
Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

My cousin’s kids as Kermit and Fozzy from the Muppets! (Photo Credit: Marianne Pendleton)


Tips for Buying Halloween Costumes for a Baby

Before you run out and buy your baby Halloween costume, first check out these tips in regards to practicality, convenience and comfort.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

Adorable Halloween costumes, but are they appropriate for babies or toddlers?

Practicality & Age-Appropriateness

There are some considerations to be made for practicality and age-appropriateness before buying your baby or toddler costume. The costume you purchase for your infant or newborn is going to be different than what you’d get for your older toddler. The stores don’t always keep these things in mind and often carry a variety of sizes. It’s up to you to inspect and make sure they’re appropriate for your child. Following the age recommendation on the packaging is also important when it comes to small pieces that may be a choking hazard.

  • Costumes with over-sized wings or plastic pieces may not be practical for babies & small toddlers. Consider how you’ll be able to safely hold your child in your arms with these costume attachments.
  • A costume with feet (like footie pajamas) is only practical for babies who aren’t walking. Toddlers will need to wear their own shoes so make sure they’ll be able to wear a costume with their shoes.
  • Costumes with long pant legs that slip over the shoes or longer skirts may be tripping hazards for your toddler. Have your child try the costume on and hem it up to a better length.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

Fabric Choice

Breatheability is important when choosing a Halloween costume for baby or toddlers. Some fabrics, including polyesters and metallics trap in heat, causing excessive sweating. Cotton, stretch knit, lycra and fleece are generally safer choices and will be more comfortable for your little one.

Many Halloween costumes for children have been treated with fire resistant material. If you’re making your own Halloween costumes, the fabrics are probably NOT treated in such a way. Be sure that baby stays far away from the bonfire, candles or fireplace when wearing their homemade costume.

Babies and some toddlers are going to put the fabric in their mouth, particularly around the sleeves or neckline. Ensure that the fabric is safe for chewing on and won’t flake off in their mouth. Certain metallic fabrics are highly suspect for use on babies or toddlers who will put it in their mouth. Use care with tulle fabrics, like what is used on a tutu. This fabric tears easily so watch that your baby doesn’t rip off a piece with their teeth.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

Diaper Changes

This is one thing that is so important and we tend to forget! Make sure the costume is easy to remove and replace for diaper changes. A bodysuit like this Snow White version from ShopDisney has inseam snaps for diaper access.

Car Seats & Strollers

A very small baby is probably going to spend most of trick or treating riding in the stroller! For babies who need to be buckled into their car seat or stroller, does the costume allow for this? Long bunting style costumes may hinder you from being able to properly buckle the safety belt.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

Sweet baby elephant (Photo Credit: Marianne Pendleton)

Temperature

Yes, those adorable fuzzy animal costumes are sooo cute but if you live in a warm weather climate that’s still toasty in late October, these cozy costumes are probably best to skip. If you live in a cooler climate, consider layering to keep baby warm. Light layers like leggings or tights, or long sleeves tees under a thin costume can add a layer of warmth.

Choosing the right Halloween costumes for babies and toddlers is one of the most fun parts of childhood! Here are the tips on picking the best costume that's appropriate, cute and comfortable for your little one! Dozens of ideas, including family costumes, Disney and how to make your own on a budget.

What is your favorite baby costume idea? Share in the comments!

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6 Things to Do With a Toddler

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My third baby was my little “surprise”. Several years ago I was “lucky” enough to be laid off of my full time job. The same month, I found out I was pregnant with my third child. That’s the surprise! It all worked out for the best because now, for the first time, I’ve been able to be home with one of my children. I’m just delighted to spend time teaching her and learning everything about her. Toddlers have such fun personalities with their adorable voices, at times-indecipherable language and all that boundless energy! You know, even the little tantrums don’t bother me (too much!)

Things to Do With a Toddler

It’s been a great few years and I love how we’ve been able to connect, play and grow alongside my toddler. However there are some days when I just don’t know what to do with her! I want her to learn through communication and age-appropriate activities but it can be a challenge to know just what a toddler will enjoy. My daughter has only just turned two, so she still needs lots of supervision and parental guidance with everything. How can you keep your toddler healthy inside and out? I’ve come up with a few simple crafts, exercise activities, brain-building games and ideas for proper toddler nutrition.

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1. Creative Play & Crafts for Toddlers

Many toddlers will insist that you either play with them or at least remain with them while they’re playing. Encourage the use of toys that are “open-ended”. Classic toys like wooden blocks, vehicles, colored silk cloths and stacking cups let toddlers play creatively and in their own unique way. Here are a few suggestions for creative play and crafts to offer your toddler.

  • Finger Painting with Pudding – If your toddler keeps trying to lick off the paint, try using pudding to paint with instead. I set this up outside where I can rinse off the concrete when my daughter is done painting.
  • Indoor Tent – Set up an easy “tent” by draping a towel over two chairs or angling pillows to create a crawl space. Don’t be surprised if destroying the tent each time you set it up becomes the game!
  • Magic Mirror – Sit side by side facing a mirror and make faces. See if your toddler can mimic your expressions.
  • Sponge Stamping – Soak sponges of various sizes with water and show your toddler how to stamp them on the ground outside to leave a wet impression.
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Clay is a classic for toddler’s creative, open-ended play.

2. Fun Indoor Physical Exercise for Toddlers

Toddlers absolutely need physical exercise every day. If you can’t get outdoors or to the park, try these indoor exercise ideas with your toddler to help them strengthen their muscles and improve coordination.

  • Balloon Toss – Blow up a balloon and show your toddler how to tap the balloon gently with the palm of their hand to keep it in the air.
  • Stretching – The slow movements of stretching are easy for little ones to learn. Put on some peaceful music and use kid-friendly connotations like “melt to the floor like ice cream”.
  • Dance Party – Play some kid-friendly songs like the “Hokey Pokey” and “Ring Around the Rosy”. Instructional songs like these that teach the lyrics along with movements are ideal. Make up silly moves like, “wiggle like a dog after bath time” or “waddle like a penguin”.
  • Marching Band – Grab an old pot and a wooden spoon to beat out the rhythm. Teach your toddler how to march and clap and then how to synchronize both movements together.
  • Balance Beam – Tape a piece of blue painters tape on the floor and show your toddler how to walk on the line.

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3. Brain-Building Learning Games for Toddlers

Your little one probably isn’t quite ready for board games with lots of rules. Try these basic learning games that help your toddler make brain-building connections.

  • Basket Toss – Use a laundry basket and balled up socks to create a tossing game to improve coordination.
  • Bean Bag Balance – Show your toddler how to balance a bean bag on the back of their hand, their elbow, top of their foot or her head.
  • In and Out – One of my toddler’s favorite things to do is empty the kitchen drawer that holds her sipper cups and flatware. Give your toddler some kid-friendly general use items (like cleaned-out bottles in a variety of sizes with the caps removed) and a small box to let him load and unload.
  • Sing Along – Encourage toddlers to learn lyrics and sing along to a rhythm (you’re going to have to sing along yourself to facilitate this!)

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4. Toddler Story Time

Turn off the device and television in favor of story books and snuggles. Toddler story time is a great segue between playtime and nap time. Sometimes the books that toddlers love aren’t the ones that you’re usually drawn to! If you’re bored of reading the same books over and over, head for the library to borrow new stories.

5. Restful Time for Toddlers

As much as they might protest, a proper rest and nap time is so important. Not only for your toddler but for you as well! Toddlers that have a nap schedule just seem to have better nighttime sleeping habits too.

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Start by cleaning up toys, indicating to your toddler that playtime is over. I offer a sipper cup with Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step™ and my toddler will sit on my lap while I read, and she drinks. Once I feel her relaxing, I’ll segue into singing some of her favorite songs and she’s ready to sleep. If she’s resistant to lying down in her crib, we’ll often go for a walk in the stroller instead, which usually helps her to nod off.

I’ve been flexible on the nap time lately, noticing that my toddler hasn’t been tired or doesn’t sleep as long with an earlier nap time. I’ve adjusted my nap schedule, pushing it back 90 minutes and finding that she’s falling asleep easier and sleeping longer. It’s all about watching and knowing your own child and what works for them.

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6. Ensuring Proper Toddler Nutrition

Toddlers are fickle little people, especially when it comes to what they eat. One day they love peas and can’t get enough of them. The next day they’d rather toss peas on the floor than eat them! It can be frustrating and worrisome; when you’re concerned your toddler isn’t getting proper nutrients. My just-turned-two-year old is already a picky eater and I worry she’s not getting enough nutrition from the little amount of food she eats.

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85% of brain growth happens in the first three years of life, so help ensure your toddler is getting important DHA to help nourish this brain growth. Experts recommend that toddlers have 70-100 mg/day of DHA to support early brain and eye development, but most toddlers only get 25% of the recommended amount of DHA, leaving a gap in their nutrition. The main source for DHA is fish and unfortunately many toddlers refuse to eat fish. Most of the foods that appeal to toddlers (like cereal, cheese, bananas, regular milk, chicken nuggets, mac & cheese) have 0 mg of DHA.

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Looking for fun things to do with your toddler? Check out these ideas for brain-boosting games, indoor exercise, toddler-friendly crafts and healthy nutrition. #AD

I was excited to find out about Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step™. Enfagrow Toddler is a milk-based drink ideal for kids aged 1-3 years. It has DHA and complements a toddler’s diet to help ensure good nutrition for their changing needs and tastes. I had no idea that there was a product available that has DHA for toddlers! And my little girl absolutely loves the Enfagrow Toddler, she sips it right up!

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Holiday Shopping Guide: Disney Gifts for Toddlers

That first holiday when your child is old enough to enjoy the season is just the best! They can enjoy the holiday meal. They love looking at lights in the neighborhood. And of course, they’re old enough to open gifts now too! I can’t wait for my toddler daughter to see the Christmas tree this year. But I have a feeling we won’t be setting any presents out under the tree, for fear she’ll open them all before the actual holiday! Holiday shopping for toddlers is already so much fun. And of course adding a pixie dust sprinkling of Disney in with the presents is so magical. Here is the shopping guide with my suggestions of Disney gifts for toddlers!

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Disney gifts for toddlers including stocking stuffers, toys, bath and meal time fun and favorite books and movies!

Disney Toys for Toddlers

Number one on the lists of all little boys and girls – TOYS! These adorable Disney-themed toys for toddlers include Little People and LEGO Duplo blocks.

Fisher-Price Little People

LEGO Duplo Disney blocks are adorable and really feed a toddler’s imagination!


Adorable Outfits and Clothes

Toddlers love to wear comfy clothes that also feature their favorite characters! These machine-washable outfits are great for a day at Disney…or any day!

 

Disney Books, Music and Movies

What’s better on a chilly day than snuggling up to read, watch favorite movies or listen to songs together with your toddler? These are all perfect for little ones and make great Disney gifts for toddlers. These DVDs are family favorites!


Disney Dollies

Toddlers love to emulate mama and that means having a baby to care for of their very own. Each of my kids had their own special Disney-themed stuffy or doll (even me – my lovie was Winnie the Pooh!)

 

Outdoor Play

Toddlers love to explore the great outdoors. These outdoor play items with a Disney twist will keep them active outside.

           

 

Disney Dining

A favorite character featured at meal time makes lima beans look more appealing! Okay, maybe not, but toddlers love to see Disney characters on their cups, plates, bibs and placemats.



Toddler Games

These games are fine for little ones to play on their own, but everything is more fun with family! Include these fun games on your next family game night to include your toddler as well.

  


Dressing Up Disney

Kids of all ages love to play dress-up! Toddlers too, so keep their dress-up box full and fill their imaginations!

 


Disney Travel Gear

Hitting the road? Even if you’re not headed to the Disney Parks, you can pack your toddler’s favorite characters on everything from pint-sized backpacks, lunch boxes and sunglasses.


Bath Time

I have a hard time dragging my toddler out of the tub, she loves it! But if your toddler has a bath time aversion, perhaps these fun toys and products would help encourage some clean up?

“it’s a small world” Bathtub Boat


Bed Time

What better place to read a bed time story than from your very own toddler sized Cars chair? And how sweet to cuddle up in your toddler-sized blanket set with a favorite Disney character!

Stocking Stuffers

My toddler loves seeing her favorite characters in unexpected places like on her toothbrush! Stuff their stockings with these Disney gifts for toddlers, like toothpaste, Band-Aids, slippers and undies (perfect for those toddlers who are gearing up for potty training!)



For more Holiday gift ideas,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


 

One Day Itinerary – Insider Tips for Disneyland with a Toddler

Planning a trip to Disneyland with toddlers? I’ve been taking my little ones to Disneyland since they were babies. I’ll admit that vacationing with a toddler at Disneyland can be a challenge. There are definite considerations and adjustments that need to be made in your trip when you have a toddler in tow! If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland with toddlers, check out my ideal one-day Disneyland with a toddler itinerary.

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This one-day Disneyland with toddlers itinerary has all the insider tips for a magical day!

Disneyland With a Toddler

Before your trip, here are a few ideas and additional posts for Disneyland tips with toddlers about what you should plan ahead of time.


Disneyland With a Toddler

This is a one-day Disneyland itinerary with a toddler. I’ll outline what things you can see, do and eat in a single day at the Disneyland park with your toddler. You won’t be able to do EVERYTHING (you’d need more than a single day for that!). But these are the essentials that your toddler will enjoy!


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Extra Magic Hour and Rope Drop

Most toddlers are early birds, which will make it easy for you to get to the Park before opening. Have a quick breakfast at the hotel or do what I do with my toddler – Give her a granola bar or dry cereal and a cup of milk, and let her nibble in the stroller while we’re walking to the gates!

Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours to enter the Parks one hour before official opening. Not all attractions are open but Fantasyland is! And Fantasyland is the perfect place to start with your toddler. Note that there are specific days that the Disneyland Park is available for Extra Magic Hour so check at the hotel for the schedule.

If you aren’t staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, you’ll want to take advantage of “Rope drop”. This happens in the 30 minutes before the Park opens officially. If you arrive during this time, you may be able to enter onto Main Street U.S.A. before the rest of the Park opens. There are often character greetings and the shops are open for browsing.

This one-day Disneyland with toddlers itinerary has all the insider tips for a magical day!

Character Greetings

Toddlers are fickle little people. Some toddlers LOVE the characters. And some toddlers HATE the characters! I recommend letting your toddler watch from afar at first and judge from there if you really want to do the character meet n’ greets. There are plenty of characters around the entrance and hub of Main Street U.S.A. and if you’re there right at rope drop, you’ll be able to meet with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald and more.

Check out this TravelingMom post with tons of tips on how to meet characters (with practical advice from a mom whose toddler is scared of Mickey!)

This one-day Disneyland with toddlers itinerary has all the insider tips for a magical day!

Fantasyland

The first two hours inside Disneyland are important to maximize! Many vacationers will sleep in and arrive to the Park later in the day. It’s good to be an early bird and take advantage of the lighter crowds during those first few hours. I recommend hitting Fantasyland first with your toddler. Walk straight down Main Street U.S.A., across the Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge and into Fantasyland!

Most of the rides and attractions in the Fantasyland area are toddler appropriate (save for the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which have a 42″ minimum height requirement). I’ve included all of the attractions here with key notes for taking your toddler –

  • Alice in Wonderland -Most toddlers enjoy this ride
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train- MUST DO
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant – MUST DO
  • “it’s a small world”- MUST DO
  • King Arthur Carrousel- MUST DO
  • Mad Tea Party-Can take Toddler but they might be scared (fast moving)
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride-Can take Toddler but they might be scared (dark elements)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight-Most toddlers enjoy this ride, however it is dark inside
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey-Can take Toddler but they might be scared (dark elements)
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough-Most toddlers enjoy this ride (lots of stairs to climb, which toddlers usually enjoy!)
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures-Can take Toddler but they might be scared (dark elements)
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats-Most toddlers enjoy this ride (slow boat ride, storytelling & miniatures)

This one-day Disneyland with toddlers itinerary has all the insider tips for a magical day!

Lunch with Littles

Most dining locations offer toddler meals on their menus. And of course you can always request an extra plate and feed your toddler from your own meal. Feeding your child who has not yet turned three at a buffet location is free. I have more dining tips for little ones at Disney on this post.

I’m not a fan of full-service dining with a fidgety toddler. When toddlers are hungry they want to eat NOW! Also, my toddler tends to eat quickly and then clamor to get out of her highchair. This means I’m usually having to rush my meal or take it to-go!

Character dining can be hit or miss with a toddler. If your little one loves the characters, then yes, by all means book one of the character meals. But if your toddler doesn’t like the characters, I’d definitely skip the pricey character dining experiences.

Here are my favorite places to eat for lunch with my toddler at Disneyland:

  • French Market in New Orleans Square- outdoor covered patio dining with roast chicken, meatloaf and corn chowder. The restaurant often offers live jazz music.
  • Red Rose Taverne in Fantasyland-indoor dining. My toddler liked sharing the flatbread and fries.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country-outdoor covered patio dining with chicken nuggets on the kid’s menu.


Disneyland With a Toddler Requires Play Time

Toddlers can only take so much of being strapped into a stroller. They need to get out, run around and play a bit (best to do right before their regular nap time).

There are places for you to let your toddler walk (like Main Street U.S.A. and the plaza near “it’s a small world”) that aren’t too congested. Other areas like New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland tend to be very crowded and it’s easy to get separated. Here are a few places to let your toddler out for free play (for more details and more locations, check out this DisneyBaby post about play areas at Disneyland).

  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • Toontown Play Areas including Donald’s Boat, Goofy’s Playhouse, Minnie’s House and Mickey’s House

This one-day Disneyland with toddlers itinerary has all the insider tips for a magical day!

Nap Time

Do NOT skip the nap! I repeat, do not attempt to skip sleep with your toddler! It’s tempting to want to power through your Disneyland day but you’ll pay for that skipped nap with tantrums and meltdowns!

You have several options for nap time, whether it be returning to the hotel, finding a quiet location or letting your toddler stroller sleep (my personal choice). Read more on this DisneyBaby post about ways to encourage naps at Disneyland.

Toddlers Love a Parade

You can’t miss the Pixar Play Parade or Paint the Night! Toddlers will love the vibrant colors, familiar characters and dance-able tunes. I keep my toddler in her stroller and roll it right up to the curb during the parade. This allows her a front row view to the show!

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Dinner at Disneyland

As dark falls on the Park, thoughts turn to dinner. As I noted at lunch, I recommend sticking to quick service locations. These are my favorites:

  • Plaza Inn on Main Street U.S.A.- Both indoor and outdoor dining. The fried chicken, veggies and mashed potatoes can’t be beat and the large platters are perfect for sharing.
  • Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland – Outdoor dining. I love the atmosphere here at night, with the beautiful colored lanterns that hang over the dimly lit patio. The Mexican food offerings are good. Just be sure to check the menu before sharing because some of the items are on the spicy side.

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Other Must-Do Toddler Attractions

Any ride or attraction that does not have a height restriction is a-okay for your toddler! Rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion do not have a height restriction but use your best judgement before bringing your toddler aboard. Skittish little ones who do not enjoy the dark aspects or “spooky” elements likely will not enjoy these attractions!

I’ve noted the following attractions that are must-do with your toddler-

  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Enchanted Tiki Room (snacks are allowed inside!)
  • Jungle Cruise (there is a loud gunshot during the ride; the Cast Member “Skipper” will alert you to cover your ears)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (let her wield her own “blast” gun!)
  • Finding Nemo Submarines
This one-day Disneyland with toddlers itinerary has all the insider tips for a magical day!

Inside Finding Nemo Submarines – Toddlers can stand and look out the porthole.

Nighttime Entertainment

If your toddler doesn’t mind the noise and can stay up late, the fireworks spectaculars at Disneyland are amazing. Another excellent nighttime show is Fantasmic! I recently viewed this show with my toddler and have a few pointers. You’ll need to collect a FastPass ticket for Fantasmic! early in the day to have standing room viewing. Note that you’ll be arriving to your designated location about an hour early and standing to wait for the show. That’s a LONG time to hold a squirmy toddler. By the time the show came my arms were spent!

I highly recommend booking a Fantasmic! Dining Package in advance. You’ll receive a meal at one of the designated locations and a seat to watch the show front and center. I’m totally doing this next Disneyland trip!

 

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Walt Disney World Guide for Toddlers at Magic Kingdom

Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? A toddler’s emotions can go up and down quicker than a roller coaster! Is a trip to Magic Kingdom a good idea with your little one? I’m for taking kids of all ages to Disney theme parks and I’ll give you the practical advice. I’ve taken babies, toddlers, tweens and teens to Disney parks over the years, so I have the insider Disney tips! Here’s your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day when visiting with toddlers at Magic Kingdom. These are my tried and tested tips for Walt Disney World with toddlers!

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My toddler & preschooler meeting with Mickey in the Magic Kingdom

Toddlers at Magic Kingdom

Toddlers can be a fickle bunch. One moment they’re happily clapping along with Mickey during a meet n’ greet and the next they’re screaming in Pluto’s face when Mom tries to snap a photo. You might be wondering if it’s a good idea at all to take a toddler to Disney parks. Is there anything for two year olds at Disney World?

I’ve been traveling to Disney parks all my life, including my very first visit to Disneyland when I was just one year old. I’ve been taking my children to the parks for years, even taking my then-6 month old daughter cross-country to Walt Disney World! There are rides for babies at Magic Kingdom, so you know that there are things toddlers will love too! I think taking toddlers to Disney parks is a wonderful idea and I’ll tell you why Magic Kingdom in particular is the perfect toddler vacation spot.

Of all the Walt Disney World parks, I think Magic Kingdom is tailor-made for toddlers. There is really so much that little ones can enjoy here including shows, attractions and dining. Many of the rides in Magic Kingdom do not have height restrictions, so toddlers can join their parents in the fun.

Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? Here's your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day.

1. Do Your Research & Get Toddlers Prepared for the Trip

As noted, toddlers can be unpredictable. That being said, there is quite a bit you can do pre-trip to get them ready for Disney.

  • Brush up on which Disney rides your toddler will be tall enough for on your vacation. This list of Magic Kingdom rides that do not have a height requirement will be safe for everyone!
  • Watch YouTube videos of the rides you think they’ll want to go on. They’ll be less stressed out or worried if they have an idea what to expect ahead of time.
  • Read Disney-themed books and watch age appropriate Disney films or Disney Junior programs to get toddlers familiar with some of the characters. I have this post with Disney themed book suggestions for toddlers.
  • Create a countdown calendar that will count down the days until your vacation.
  • Choose some Disney outfits for kids that feature their favorite characters (more on picking the best Disney vacation clothes).
  • Download a Disney travel planning video and watch it with your child to show them what Disney World looks like.
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Toddler Tip #1: Find out from your toddler what their top three “must-do” things are for the trip. Whether it’s meeting a certain princess or eating a churro, put those things at the top of your vacation list and make sure they happen!

Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? Here's your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day.


2. Have a Well-Stocked Toddler Bag

Every great Disney day begins with a well-stocked bag. These are a few of the essentials you should consider packing in with you.

For more packing tips, see this free printable packing list for Disney with kids.

  • Disposable bibs
  • Snacks
  • Sipper cup
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Diaper supplies (changing pad, diapers, wipes)
  • Change of clothes
  • Wet bag (for storing wet or soiled clothing)

Toddler Tip #2: Choose a backpack instead of a diaper bag. You’ll be able to wear the backpack in queue and remain hands free. Here are more Disney diaper bag packing tips!

Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? Here's your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day.

3. The Early Bird Gets the Magic Kingdom Rides

If your toddler is an early bird, I’d recommend getting to Magic Kingdom at park opening, aka “rope drop”. Arriving early will allow you to experience many of the rides in Fantasyland with less of a wait than if you arrive mid-day.

Once you’re inside Magic Kingdom, immediately hit Fantasyland. Rides like Peter Pan’s Flight, “it’s a small world”, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Dumbo the Flying Elephant are toddler favorites.

Toddler Tip #3: Start the day with a quick snack in the hotel room. Something like fresh-cut fruit, a granola bar or even dry cereal (avoiding sugary snacks) will get toddlers on the right side of the bed in the morning.

Enjoying a morning snack while Mommy packs the Disney day bag!

4. Shows to Make Toddlers Smile

  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
  • Move it! Shake it! Dance & Play it! Street Party

Toddler Tip #4: Most toddlers will enjoy a day that’s well-balanced with rides, shows, play and rest. Instead of rushing around the park tackling all of the rides, make sure to schedule in some downtime. Plan time before and after some of the shows that will allow for a nap, free play or a snack.

Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? Here's your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day.

Toddlers that are too shy for meet n’ greets might just enjoy waving to characters at the parade instead.

5. A Full Belly Makes for a Happier Toddler!

A grumble in a toddler’s tummy will make them turn from beauty to beast! Here are some dining tips to keep toddler bellies full and happy.

Children Under 3 Eat for Free (sort of) – You are welcome to share your meal with your toddler at no additional charge. You can also prepare them a plate at any buffet meal without cost. However if you order your toddler their own plate from the menu or something from the kid’s menu, you will need to pay for it.

Look for the Mickey Check – Kid’s Mickey Check meals meet Disney nutrition guidelines as a healthier meal. These dishes limit calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar.

Snacks – There are snack locations and carts all over Magic Kingdom with savory and sweet treats for toddlers.

Toddler Tip #5: Don’t think you have to rely only on the snacks sold in the park. Pack in your toddler’s favorites; you’re allowed to bring snacks in the parks with you! Be sure to balance out snacks with fresh fruits, veggies and lean proteins to avoid mid-day crash!

Where to Eat with Your Toddler at Magic Kingdom

Full-Service Dining –

  • Plan ahead by making Advanced Dining Reservations for any full-service meals you wish to eat in Magic Kingdom (here’s how to get the reservations for the meals you want!).
  • Research menus ahead of your trip before deciding what restaurants will work best for your family. While you might be hungry for the Layered Ratatouille at Be Our Guest restaurant, your toddler may be less than thrilled at the Chicken Brochette. Make sure that what’s on the menu will be something your toddler will eat.
  • Plan on a much longer dining time at full-service locations. If your toddler can’t sit through a usual restaurant experience or fusses because he’s done and wants to leave, consider dining quick service instead.
Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? Here's your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day.

You want Disney dining & your toddler probably only cares about the corn dogs!

Quick-Service Dining – 

  • Quick service meals are often delivered fast, making them great for when your toddler is hungry RIGHT NOW!
  • Divide up the adults when in a quick-service restaurant. One adult can grab a table and high chair for the toddler and the other adult can place all the orders.
  • Use the My Disney Experience app, order and pre-pay for quick service dining at many Disney World park locations. Once you arrive, click the “I’m here, prepare my order” button and your food will be ready in a flash! So awesome when you have a hungry toddler.

Character Meals – Toddlers may especially enjoy the buffet character dining in The Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and friends. One caveat: If your toddler is afraid of characters (or you suspect they might be), avoid booking character dining or risk having them cry during the entire meal!

 

Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? Here's your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day.

Let your toddler think he’s in control behind the wheel!

6. Let Them Think They’re In Control

Disney parks puts toddlers in control of the fun. Some rides let little ones take control. And everyone knows that toddlers like to take the reins! These are some of the best rides for toddlers at Magic Kingdom. If your toddler likes to push buttons, turn the knobs and take charge of the wheel, check out these Magic Kingdom attractions –

  • Astro Orbitor
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (for the cost of a few quarters)
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Tomorrowland Speedway (32″ or taller)

Looking to entertain them while waiting in queues? Check out these tips and tricks for waiting in line at Disney!

Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? Here's your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day.

7. Sleepy Kids (aka: Avoiding the Meltdown)

If your toddler is accustomed to napping you might want to consider returning to the hotel before nap time to ensure that she gets the rest she needs before the dreaded meltdown ensues!

If your toddler can sleep despite the extra noise and excitement inside Magic Kingdom, start by winding things down a bit and enjoy a few mellow attractions like Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover or Liberty Square Riverboat. Then seek out a location where your toddler can rest in the shade of their stroller. I found a nook near Gaston’s Tavern to be a great resting place that included a seat in the shade for me!

Toddler Tip #6: Use a stroller, even if you think your toddler won’t ride in one. Little legs get very tired from all the walking and it’s great to have a shady place for them to rest or just eat a snack. If you don’t want to bring your own stroller, consider renting one during the trip from Amusement Park Rentals.

Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? Here's your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day.

8. A Place to Toddle

Take your toddler out of the stroller and let them roam in these fun and save environments (naturally, you’ll need to follow closely behind!)

    • Swiss Family Treehouse
    • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station (bring a swim suit, towel and waterproof, slip-resistant shoes)
    • Tom Sawyer Island


9. Things That Might Make Toddlers Scared

Even if your toddler is tall enough to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Splash Mountain, it doesn’t mean they should. There are some rides at Magic Kingdom (like Haunted Mansion) that don’t have a height restriction. But these attractions may be frightening for little ones. Some toddlers are even scared around characters which means character dining meals may be too much exposure for them. Only you know your child and whether to push or step back. Be sure to read more on 5 Helpful Tips for Calming Scared and Anxious Kids at Disney.

10. It’s the Little Things

With a focus on the big shows and attractions inside Magic Kingdom, you might miss out on some of a toddlers favorite little things to discover. Toddlers often need more time to just watch and absorb the entertainment so make sure you’re taking this into account before pushing the stroller away. These little things might be your toddlers favorite too, so be sure to spend a bit of time checking them out:

  • Toddlers love to sing and dance. If you see Casey’s Corner Pianist playing or the Dapper Dans singing, let your toddler get up out of the stroller to dance and clap along.
  • Pressed coins. What toddler doesn’t love to turn the crank on the pressed coin machine and have a quirky souvenir to show everyone? Aim to collect several from around the park.
  • Save a souvenir to hand your toddler when you leave the Park. Something small like a race car or a bottle of bubbles can help prevent cranky kid meltdown at the end of the night (and also give them something to entertain themselves on the bus back to the hotel). These are a few Disney souvenirs you can pre-purchase and have in the diaper bag!
  • Electrical Water Pageant. Another great way to get your toddler out of Magic Kingdom, by showing them this simple and sweet parade that takes place each night outside the park exit.
Toddlers at Magic Kingdom? Here's your Walt Disney World guide including what attractions are best, where to eat and what to pack with you for the day.

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