One of the best perks of having babies is getting to dress them up in adorable, pint-sized ensembles — and what better excuse for playing dress-up than a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth? If you’re planning on taking your little one to Disneyland (or World!), dressing the part is half the fun, but there are a few extra things to take into consideration when chillier weather is upon us. Here are a few tips to make dressing your babe for Disney a breeze in cold weather!
1. Add layers, but stay in character.
The weather at Disney parks during the winter can be unpredictable, so dressing in layers is key. Dressing your baby up as your favorite Disney character is a fun idea, but sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. It’s nothing a few well-considered layers can’t fix, though! This Alice in Wonderland dress is a perfect example. When paired with knit tights and a little cardigan, it still works well for a chilly day, but once the sun comes out, those layers are easy to shed. A bodysuit or extra cozy stocks that stay in theme with your chosen Disney character are other simple ways to add to the look rather than take away.
2. Throw on a hat.
Babies aren’t so great at regulating their body temperature when they’re tiny, and a good portion of body heat escapes from the top of the head, so a hat is the perfect solution for keeping the cold at bay. This Dumbo knit hat is an absolutely adorable option for staying warm while still showing off that Disney spirit!
3. Opt for sleeves.
Sleeves are a super simple way to add a bit of warmth to your baby’s ensemble. Sometimes baby boys get left out of the fun when it comes to style, but this super-sweet Dumbo button-up is proof that dressing boys is fun too! You can keep it buttoned when the temperatures are colder, or leave it open with the sleeves rolled up for more mild weather.
4. Choose an easy-to-change costume.
There is no better time to pull out all the costume stops than when you are at Disney parks, because “when in Rome.” That said, costumes and babies don’t always mix. Because babies body heat can fluctuate greatly, they can become overheated or uncomfortable in an ensemble, so it’s best to pick something that isn’t too fussy and that you can easily take off should the need arise. This Mike Wazowski costume would be perfect. It’s easy to throw on over a bodysuit and comfy pants, and the padding and hat offer an extra layer of warmth. Bonus: Your baby will be even more cuddly than usual!
5. Consider baby wearing + cozy clothes.
If baby wearing it your thing, it is a wonderful way to keep your little one from getting overheated in hot weather or helping them stay cozy and warm in cooler weather. When you’ve got Baby in a carrier though, you’ll want to keep them extra comfy — nothing to itchy or constricting – and these cozy Woody pajamas are just the thing. (There’s also a Buzz Lightyear option — bonus points if you have twins and dress one as each character!)