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The Ultimate Secret of Toddler Cruising

Here are tips for taking a cruise with a toddler without any problem. Check out this guide, find out what you can do, how to do it, and what you need to do for a hassle-free cruising with the infant!

Thinking of taking your first-cruise with your toddler? These trip preps will help you in a long way towards ensuring your family is shipshape and ready to hit the deck and ports.

When do people ask whether they can cruise with the babies and toddlers? The answer is yes, you can. But the real question is, should you? The answer is yes. Cruise is an ideal way to spend family vacations because toddlers are catered to and adults. Cruise ships offers activities and playrooms for kids under trained staff for all aged groups. There are even small bathrooms and sinks, specially designed for toddlers. So, if you want to acquaint yourself with these pointers, read below:

A How-to guide about a Toddler Cruising

Can you cruise with your toddler?

Yes, you can cruise with your toddler in a few cruise lines. But you need to take care that there are some adult-only cruises. Most cruises allow parents to travel with their six months or old baby. While on some itinerary, toddlers who are more than one year are permitted when parents plan for long ocean crossing or exotic cruises.

Do you need to pay for the toddler?

Generally, cruise lines charge a cost per person, which includes infants and toddlers. For example, if two adults pay for full-fare in the carnival cruise and share their room with the third one, the third person will get some discount on the charges. Children who are less than two years of age are not required to encompass the gratitude. Some cruise lines also charge port fees and taxes for children of all ages, including babies and toddlers.

What should you pack for a toddler?

Packing for little toddlers is a challenging task. So, you have to save a lot of time and energy. To maintain your strength and save your time, experts have gathered a few must-pack items for a toddler.

Formula water bottles

Sippy cups

Night light

Magnetic whiteboard

Portable video game

Beach toys

Sun protection and hat

Toddler's medicine

Quiet-time activities

Cords

Inflatable tub

Diapers and wipers

Baby sunblock

Antibacterial hand wipes

Disposable bottles and nipples

Enough clothes according to weather

Water shoes

Pajamas and crib sheets

Where will your toddler sleep?

Most cruises have limited cribs, so it's good to request on the embarkation day itself. Or in case, you're planning that your toddler will sleep with you on a bed, check out whether the cruise line provides you bed rails or not. Else you can bring your rails. Don't forget to request a mini-refrigerator to keep the milk and milk products for your toddler.

How can the toddler bath on a cruise?

Generally, the cruise bathrooms are shower-only. So, you can take your toddler with you for a shower or use the removable shower-head for spray-down. Even you can bring your child's inflatable tub with you and sponge down your toddler.

How to feed your toddler?

To feed your toddler, make a meal plan in advance. You can reserve those early dining seating or opt for an open-seating dining area. If your toddlers don't like to eat in public, you can ask your steward to bring the room's food. With 24-hours services, you can order food anytime and eat anytime.

Is baby-sitting available onboard?

There is a childcare facility available onboard for some family-friendly cruise lines, and sometimes it's complimentary. As a parent, you can drop your toddlers off, and the staff will take care of them and feed them. Your toddlers will enjoy all kids' activities and run an adventure fun.

What toddler activities are they providing?

Before booking the cruise line, first, check out which types of activities they provide to your toddler. Ask specific questions to your travel agent or search online, such as which programs are specially designed for toddlers? Does the little one require diapers in the swimming pool? How many years of experience or certification, or training does the onboard child caregivers have? Do toddlers have to share their space with big children, or they have their room?

Also, don't forget to checkout. If you're traveling with more than two or more kids, can you put them in one group, or you need to put them indifferent? Not only have these questioned but also clear your doubts regarding the other programs cruise lines are offering.

Can the toddler use the swimming pool?

Unfortunately, your toddlers can't use any of the main swimming pools unless they are potty trained. There might be a kiddie pool where toddlers who are not potty trained can enjoy swimming with their diapers. Only the Disney cruise and Royal Caribbean has the splash zones certified by the CDC where the little one can swim with the diapers.

Should you bring a car seat or stroller?

If you're planning to reach the departure port by driving or hiring a taxi, then carrying a car seat is essential for your child's safety. And if you want to avoid bringing that, you can travel via a bus that might be organized by the tour operator. The same goes for a stroller. Some cruise lines like Carnival gives the stroller on rent while the MSC cruise line offers it on the loaner. So, it's ideal for bringing a small umbrella stroller rather than bringing that big baby jogger.

Can you take them to shore excursion?

Some cruise-lines offers the shore excursion but with age limits. Sometimes even the youngest child can't join the shore excursion program. Consider planning your shore excursion or find out some activity that your toddler can enjoy. Also, ensure that you keep things simple. Because the smaller the kid, the smartness is to keep the program simple. You can head down towards the beach or garden on the port. Doing this will make your trip more enjoyable for you and your toddlers.

Can you do laundry onboard?

Some cruise line allows you to do laundry onboard, while some have their laundry rooms. You need to ensure that the detergent, bleach, and starch that ship laundries use doesn't create any infection or allergy to your toddler.

Travel gear to bring on your cruise

Here are some vital things that you need to bring on your cruise for you and your toddler.

Citizenship proof: It is essential to travel to another port away from your home country if you travel to another port.

Diapers, wipes, and swim diapers: It can cost you more or else might not be available onboard.

Umbrella stroller: You can use it onshore or ship. Even bring the small one because it'll be hard to put a full-size stroller in a small-size stateroom.

Crib sheets: You might get those crib cage onboard, but what about the sheets. It will be useful if you bring sheets for your toddler from home.

Childproof supplies: Consider bringing the outlet plugs for your child's safety.

A baby monitor and batteries: If you have a suite room, consider bringing a baby monitor system with extra batteries to keep an eye on your toddler.

Portable snacks: It is great to have something always on hand for your toddler is to grab some cereal boxes and fruits.

Other things: Sun hat, teething toys, regular books/coloring books, pacifiers, baby thermometer, and infant Tylenol or Motrin.

Some dos and don'ts for cruising with a toddler

With these dos and don'ts, you will able to enjoy your cruising with your toddler.

Do's

Bring your toddler's pool items in your carry bag.

Pack clothing that can be layered.

Bring use and throw plates, mugs, and spoons for them.

Carry some toys with you.

Carry a special toddler item carry bag.

Invest in a small inflatable pool or blow-up pool.

For toddlers, overpacking is good.

Don'ts

Don't leave your home without proper medicines, sunscreens, and aloes.

Don't carry packed water bottles.

Final thoughts

It's a cruising vacation!! Always remember to have fun even if you're traveling with your toddler.