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I’ve said this before and I’ll repeat it here: kn ralph lauren outlet online owing what to expect, and what not to, can make the difference between having a wonderful vacation, versus a disappointing one. It’s going to take careful planning, and possibly as much work as play. But a true Cruise Addict is likely to feel that cruising is worth the effort, and no other vacation will do. So before you get your heart set on cruising with your little one, let me eliminate a few start with, know that there are minimum age limits for: boarding the ship, swimming in the pools and participation in the children’s program. All cruise lines have a minimum age for a baby to be allowed onboard. This is usually somewhere between three to twelve months. Be certain to verify that your little one will meet the designated age with the cruise line that you choose. once onboard your child may still not be old enough to swim in the pool or attend the kids program. In the case of the pool, it’s more a matter of their being potty trained vs. being a particular age. Yes, you will find “Little Swimmers” on the Child’s list, but this is strictly for beach. Of those that do, they are time and age limited. And they usually do not allow unaccompanied tots in diapers. Some offer limited baby sitting services, but that is for a fee. (Photo IDs for children can usually be obtained at your local BMV.)If only one parent is traveling with the child, you may also need a notarized letter of permission from the child’s other parent allowing the child to travel with you. Similarly, if the child possesses a different surname, for what ever reason, it could require that you have the child’s birth certificate showing parentage, adoption papers, legal custody papers, decree, or death certificate of a deceased spouse, to explain your situation. Still I recommend you refer to the government’s web page for a definitive statement of legal requirements, (or for confirmation of that information.). you will want to have proof of permission to obtain medical care for the child, should an emergency situation arise. (See sample medical/travel consent form, below.)And, if you are taking along someone else’s child, be sure you have a copy of their medical history, including their immunization record; and parental and doctor contact information, just in case of a medical emergency. I am assuming here that you already know this information about your own child traveling with you. If not, write it down and take it with you.
The next consideration when cruising with a young child is the selection of your cabin. You obviously want both space and safety. Unfortunately these are almost mutually exclusive properties in ship’s cabins. As always, dealing with small children, trumps space. So with that in mind, you will want to avoid balcony cabins. You don’t want to be in a balcony cabin when you discover your toddler’s talent for climbing. your kids are a bit older, consider getting two inside cabins, instead of a single larger one. Unfortunately this usually puts the kids across the hall from Mom and Dad. This might be a little worrisome if you aren’t sure Missy and Junior are mature enough to handle that much independence. Your solution can be found, if you plan early enough, and choose your ship wisely. You will find that some ships have a few (very few) adjoining cabins where one is a veranda, and the is an inside. This trip will be a big event in their lives. They will get more out of the experience if they know what to expect. Tell them about the ports of call, and have them read up on the locations and cultures. Let them help choose the excursions. Just remember that simply spending time on a beach can be a grand adventure for a kid. The excursion operators and beach rental shops may not have enough sizes to fit their smaller faces and mouths. I also, strongly recommend purchasing the “dry” type of snorkel, that blocks water from entering the top of the tube, thus preventing aspiration of sea water.
Consider the child’s schedule when choosing your flights car travel time. Will it be better to fly during nap or sleep time, versus while he’s awake? Will he then sleep through the trip, or be horribly cranky, because he’s tired and is not in his own bed. You know your child better than anyone. Bathroom visits and diaper changes are extremely difficult on the plane. Also use this time to purchase water or milk for use on the plane. my nephew Ben was a small boy, he was seriously freaked out by seeing Blue, his beloved stuffed be carried down the conveyer and disappear into the black jaws of the security scanner. It was a traumatic experience for a toddler, that he remembers years later. folks really wished they had thought to point out in advance, how everything was coming back out the other side of the x ray machine. In general, children a discussion of what to expect at the airport and on the plane, and perhaps a little play acting rehearsal, might be good preparation for this new experience.
On the ship, your children will be issued a sign and sail card, just like the adults. It is used for them to board and debark the ship, and to use as a room key the same as for adults. You can decline or disable their ability to charge on it, if you wish. Either way, consider buying them a holder of some type for it. There are plastic sleeves on a neck cord, (similar to a name tag), and small water safes on a string. Always, some type of card holder is available for purchase in the ships shop. A simple lanyard with a hook will do nicely. (Have the people at the pursers desk punch a hole in the card for you. Late seating is often not held until eight PM. So if you must do traditional dining, early seating is likely a better choice for children. So, once on the ship, make the library an early stop on embarkation day. They have some children’s books, but not tons. Get there early and take out several books now, then return them mid week. There are plenty of activities happening on the ship that children will enjoy, not the least of which is the children’s pr ralph lauren outlet online ogram. Most mainstream cruise lines have one, but some are only active during school break time. (Verify before you book if this will be important to you). For some kids, participation in the children’s program is the highlight of the cruise. Be sure they go to at least that first meeting. This is when all the young people onboard meet each other for the first time. Missing the first meeting is akin to missing the day of school. No child wants to be the odd man out, which happens when all the other kids get to know each other on the first day, and one is absent. A little quiet time playing a board game in the ship’s game room, or just reading or playing or napping in the cabin can forestall those over tired or over stimulated child melt downs, that can ruin dinner or the rest of your evening. Many ships don’t carry baby food, or much in the way of infant needs. You may find diapers in the ship’s shop, but there’s no telling what size, or brand, to say nothing about the high price. Be aware that some ships have laundry facilities, but many do not. They often offer a special sometime from mid week to near the end of the cruise that offers to do “all the clothing you can stuff into the laundry bag” for only $15 or $20. With small children, that can be quite a lot of clothes, and it really is a small amount to pay for precious time to spend with your family. Also be aware, that if you’re in a suite, some cruise lines even offer free laundry service as a suite perk.
In general, anything you would pack for an adult, you will need to pack for a child too. As for clothing, anything an adult would need, the child will likely need more. Preferably choose a back pack type for ease of carrying, and fill with the usual baby/child supplies:
____ Baby Formula (Powdered type travels easier, and is no problem going through security. It is recommended you buy bottled water once past the check point to mix the powder, as the airplane’s tap water is not necessarily safe for drinking or for rinsing your baby’s bottle.)
____ Small soft sided cooler bag and ic ralph lauren outlet online e packs to keep breast milk or formula cold.)
The TSA does allow exceptions to the 3 oz. liquid limit, for baby formula, juice and breast milk in carry on bags, but only in amounts sufficient to last the duration of your flight. Be prepared to show and declare these liquids at security. I suggest you read the TSA web page for definitive information. regular milk, it is suggested you purchase this at the airport after you are past the security check point.(Take enough of everything to last through delays.)____ Planes for Children will minimize ear discomfort during the flight. Always ask your doctor first before giving children any medication.)
____ gum serves the same purpose for the older kids.
One more hint to reduce the pain of ear pressure changes for your child: While Mom and Dad can try to equalize the air pressure in their ear by yawning and swallowing, a baby can’t. So feed the baby their bottle, or offer a pacifier, while the plane is ascending and descending.
____ Stroller / Compact umbrella type stroller.
____ SeatYou will need to have booked and paid for a separate seat on the plane for the infant, if you wish to use a car seat for your child.
They sell car seats that combine with a wheel assembly, to become a stroller. Also Sit and Stroll car seats convert from seat to stroller without detaching anything. Either would be perfect for flying. Keep it with you as you go though security, instead of checking it with the luggage. You can use the seat on the plane, and if necessary, just check the wheel assembly at the gate. BTW Most airlines have no checked baggage charge for gate checking a stroller, or car seat, but some do. I recommend you verify your airline’s policy before you go. (Be certain to have an identification tag on your stroller or car seat before letting either out of your possession.)
____ Vests Another opt ralph lauren outlet online ion for safe flying, if you don’t want to be lugging that car seat along. Child flight vests attach to the parents own seat belt, while the younger child is on the parent’s lap. He’ll love it, especially if he knows that his “woobie” and a few new toys in there. school aged child’s carry on will have similar items as the baby version, just minus the diapers, bottles and “woobie”.
____ (Consider buying the new UV protected swimsuits for your little ones. They cover more and are great for shielding tender skin from the strong rays of the Caribbean sun. They usually look more like play clothes, so can serve double duty, used for other activities.).