My family and I left yesterday for a seven day cruise to the Caribbean. While I am looking forward to this nice little vacation away, it was a little bit stressful to have to prepare for taking a baby on a cruise.
Babies have so much gear and so many necessities, that I wanted to make sure that I had everything I could possibly need. Just in case. A cruise is a unique situation, because unless it’s here with you on the ship, you really can’t get it anywhere else.
I am confident in the preparation that I did do and I’m sure that this cruise will be great and I will be able to enjoy my family.
Maybe even a little bit of alone time!
Pack Days in Advance 1 of 5I know that's tough with the busy schedule that most moms have. But by packing early (or at least setting stuff out) you have plenty of time to add to your suitcase if you have forgotten something on the original pack. I've already added at least five items to Avery's suitcase since I originally packed. I'm sure I'll have to add a few more before we leave!
Check With Your Cruise Line About What Baby Activities and Items They Offer On-Board 2 of 5Many cruise lines offer baby items on board so it is less for you to have to pack. Royal Caribbean offers a portable crib for your room for baby to sleep in. They also have toys for your baby to play with so you don't have to bring your own. You might also want to check out the baby activities on board to help you plan. I was so excited to see that Royal Caribbean offers childcare for babies 6-36 months. It will definitely help me get some one-on-one time with both my husband and Harlan.
Don’t Forget the Important Documents 3 of 5Have your baby's birth certificate or passport ready in a nice folder so that it is easily accessible. I know that seems like a no brainer, but with so many other things to think about, this is one of the most important. They won't let you on the cruise without it and you certainly don't want that to happen! Make copies of all your important documents just in case!
Don’t Forget the Essentials 4 of 5I packed all of our baby essentials in a separate bag so that I could get to them easily. Many cruises don't offer diapers, wipes, swim diapers, or baby food. I bought a bunch of the squeeze baby pouches so that I can easily feed Avery on the go. I bought a brand new pack of diapers and wipes so that I could easily throw them in the suitcase without everything scattered around. If your baby has a special lovey, throw that in their as well. You want to make sure that you have everything that you need for your entire cruise stay. We are brining our stroller on the ship to easily get around with Avery.
Relax 5 of 5Get your mind at ease while you are getting ready for your trip. You are going on a cruise after all. Sure it may be a much different experience now that you have a little one to look after, but it's a vacation. And vacations are supposed to be fun! If you've chosen a cruise line that is family friendly, you will be sure to be able to do the things that you want to do and that your baby will find fun as well.
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