Taking Baby to an Amusement Park
Bringing your baby to an amusement park opens up a world of family fun and adventure beyond the confines of your home. Parenthood often transforms your perspective on enjoyment, and while heart-pounding adult rides may no longer be your go-to choice, amusement parks can still be an excellent destination for quality family time. Whether you're seeking a change of scenery with your little one or planning an entertaining day out for your older children, this guide will provide valuable insights into the essentials of taking a baby to an amusement park.
Tips for Taking Baby to an Amusement Park
Table of Contents
- Can I take my baby to an amusement park?
- How do you pack a baby for an amusement park?
- Can you baby wear on rides?
- Choosing the right theme/amusement park for baby
Can I take my baby to an amusement park?
Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean that life stops—amusement parks can be fun for the whole family! Just be sure to prioritize the safety of your baby and bring along the right essentials.
How do you pack a baby for an amusement park?
From diapers to wipes to breast milk to formula to blankets (did we miss anything?), there’s a lot to bring along for a long day with your baby. When visiting an amusement park with a baby, you’ll likely want to bring a stroller and a baby carrier with all of your essentials.
Before visiting, check to see what is and is not allowed in the park – some have restrictions on strollers that you’ll want to know before you get stuck with one that’s not allowed. You should also consider how long you plan on staying and park your car close to the park, if possible. Pack methodically and do your best to be prepared, but stay flexible, as life with a baby is far from predictable.
Can you baby wear on rides?
You should not babywear on rides unless the park permits it. The park should offer ride safety guidelines, which can be referenced as recommendations. However, as a parent, if you feel like something isn’t a good idea, opt out. At the end of the day, you’re the one responsible for the safety of your baby.
Choosing the right theme/amusement park for baby
While most theme or amusement parks are kid-friendly, some may be more baby-friendly than others. The age of your baby can influence your plans for your trip to the amusement park, and especially for young babies, you may just want to stroll around. For older babies, you may want to provide them with some stimulation while enjoying extra bonding time. You may have to factor other children into the mix, so an outing to the amusement park might be about more than just you and your baby. Consider the occasion and attendees for your next amusement park adventure to help you choose the appropriate park.
Once you’ve picked the perfect amusement park, it’s time to plan out the details. Here are some things you’ll want to pack and consider when taking a baby to an amusement park.
#1. Pack essentials for baby
Going to an amusement park usually entails a long day on the go, so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for the unexpected and the expected. Be mindful, though, that you do your best not to overpack. Strollers can be helpful when you have multiple kids and feel like you have to bring the whole house along, but it’s wise to keep the essentials and valuables in a bag that you can carry if you have to park the stroller.
The Tushbaby Hip Seat Baby Carrier has five storage pockets, making it ideal for taking your baby on their own personal ride through the park— simply strap it high and tight above your waist and place your baby on the plush seat while supporting them with one arm. Tushbaby ergonomic design will evenly distribute baby’s weight across your body and has built-in lumbar support for your back. And for hands-free baby-wearing, simply pack The Snug attachment wrap. It’s soft, easy to use, and can fit in the front pocket of your Tushbaby.
Need even more room? Complete Dad’s outfit with The Pack, a crossbody mini wearable diaper bag that can be worn as an extra bag or your go-to go-bag on days without baby. Its simple and practical design makes it ideal for comfort, and convenience, no matter who’s packing it.
#2. Go at the right time of year
The weather can make a big difference in your amusement park experience, baby or not. Whether it’s sunny outside or you’re babywearing in the rain, avoid extreme temperatures and unfavorable weather conditions if possible. You may be enticed by cheaper tickets or smaller crowds, but rest assured, going at the right time of year can make for a safer and more enjoyable day for you and your baby. If you can find ess crowded times with good weather conditions, this may be ideal for visiting an amusement park with a baby.
#3. Use a stroller
Strollers are valuable assets at amusement parks. From offering a safe, comfortable, and shaded spot for your baby to storing your belongings, strollers can be a game changer. Most amusement parks allow strollers and may even have stroller parking. However, as we mentioned, there will likely be times throughout the day when you do not need the stroller, or it will not be allowed in certain parts of the park. That’s when our Totebaby diaper bag saves the day—this buttery vegan leather tote can adapt to any occasion and comes with removable baby tote features like an organizer, changing pad, and divider pocket to fit a Tushbaby.
#4. Use a baby carrier
Whether you have a clingy baby or toddler or just an active family, babywearing can support you and your baby while keeping you close. There’s a lot to see at the amusement park, and you may be in and out of your baby carrier (just as your baby may want on and off).
Wearing an open-face carrier at an amusement park can be a secret weapon, especially with one like Tushbaby. With the Tushbaby carrier, you can support your baby in four carry positions while reducing painful spine curvature and the traditional aches and pains that come from carrying children every day. Our stylish hip seat carrier features an ergonomic design with five storage pockets, a plush seat for babies up to 36 months, and a feeding position to make nursing in public more supported and comfortable.
#5. Check for rider switch passes
If the park offers fast passes or rider passes, 1) get them, and 2) make sure they can be switched between riders. After all, you never know when your baby will need mom, or want to feed, or want to sleep. Flexibility is key when doing anything with a baby.
#6. Be patient if baby gets fussy at the amusement park
We understand that patience may run low with a baby. When you add the stimulation of large crowds and unfamiliar places, it can be even harder to be patient with your baby. Preparing yourself ahead of time for potential situations that may arise can help you stay calmer when something unexpected pops up.
From nursing in public to changing diapers on the go, it’s important to keep the things you need to care for your baby accessible at all times. Our Tushbaby Hip Seat Carrier allows you to nurse comfortably by supporting your neck, back, and shoulders (yes, even on a hard park bench!), and our Totebaby diaper bag lets you have all the essentials on hand, such as a foldable changing pad made of vegan leather to keep baby comfortable during diaper changes.
And of course, don’t forget the binky! Our Paci Pod keeps baby’s pacifier clean and at arm’s reach for all the fussy moments that may come up while touring the amusement park. You’ve got this!
#7. Dress yourself and baby comfortably
Prepare for a long day that could include weather changes, lots of walking, breastfeeding on the go, and more. Dress yourself and your baby appropriately to be comfortable for your amusement park excursion, and consider bringing along a change of clothes if you plan to stay all day.
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