Reduce To These Essential Baby Items On Your Family Cruise

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Illustration of numerous different items you could possibly pack when taking your baby on a cruise

Babies and toddlers are small people bundles who often require lots of stuff to get through a typical day.  One of the challenges of taking a cruise with a baby is figuring out how to accommodate all of that additional stuff without hauling a large steamer trunk onto the ship. Here are some tips on strategic packing when you cruise with a baby.  

You can make your packing easier by arriving at your port city early and buying some basic items at a local store.  (But you should do some research in advance to find out how far your preferred stores are from your hotel or the port.)  You can easily purchase many bulky items like diapers and wipes before you board (at major U.S. port cities).  This cuts down on your packing.  It also save you on checked luggage.  Since you will consume things like diapers, wipes and baby food on your trip, you shouldn’t have to worry about excess bags on your return trip.

If a pre-embarkation shopping trip does not mesh with your plans, then you should plan to pack everything that your baby or toddler will likely need on your trip.  Make a list identifying things that you would be very sad not to have for 3 days, e.g., items such as diapers, wipes, formula, and preferred baby medication.  You should not assume that you will have easy access to purchase necessary items that you forget or use up once you are onboard your ship.  Although you can often find usual sundries on board – they may quickly run out of your preferred item.  Also, you will not always be able to find what you want when you want at any given port.

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These Awesome Cruises Actually Have Childcare For Babies

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The ideal family cruise will provide opportunities for every member of the family to have fun.  The kids’ club and related youth programming offered by the cruise ship can be a key part of making that happen.  For one thing, those programs provide an array of activities and facilities throughout the cruise that appeal to a wide range of youngsters.  And, while the kids enjoy the youth program activities, their grown ups have the chance to pursue their own agenda.  Win-win.  So, can you find these same types of opportunities when cruising with a baby?  Yes, but it may take a little more work.  (Find more tips on cruising with a baby here.)

One key challenge with cruising with a baby is identifying cruise ships that have childcare and play options for babies and toddlers.  While almost all major cruise lines have a kids’ club and youth programs that welcome kids that are at least 3 years old (with a few starting at age 2), options for kids under two are less common.  That said, they do exist, and parents can find a variety of options with some advanced planning.  cruising with a baby-cartoon drawing of four different baby faces

When evaluating options, you should distinguish between options that require a parent or caregiver to stay, and options that allow parents to drop off their kids.  Many cruise lines will offer play facilities or play times where parents can come play with their kids along with other families.  For instance, Celebrity cruises offers “Toddler Time,” which is a designated play period when parents bring kids under 3 to interact with other kids and families.  Celebrity provides the play space and a variety of appropriate toys.  Similarly, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a “Guppies Program” for children under 3 that requires parent participation.  The Program includes both open play sessions and hosted activities. Read More …

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6 Essential Steps To Cruising With A Baby Confidently

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Are you intimidated at the prospect of cruising with a baby? Fear not! By following a few simple strategies, you and your baby can sail with ease. These are six essential steps that you can follow – listed in short-hand form. For more detail, click though to the full article on our website.

  1. Choose a cruise line that offers infant childcare in some form.

Although most ships don’t start providing drop off kids’ programming until age three, many ships do offer some type of infant care for at least a few hours a day.

  1. Reserve a stateroom that has an option for some kind of privacy.

This will allow you to still be up and about enjoying yourself while your baby naps or after she goes to bed for the night.

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