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1 year old on a cruise? Any tips and tricks? What to bring extra of? What to be mindful of? What did you wish you'd done / brought / known?
Baby isn't in daycare yet, just home with us and extended family help. Has gotten his first cold, but nothing else. We take him out weekly and he's very social and adaptable (eats snacks, naps anywhere, formula fed) and loves having new experiences (though at this age everything is new).
Cruise life lessons! Tell me everything!!

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On most cruise ships they have some sort of child care set up, basically like an onboard daycare, I’d pick a time that you want to utilize that so you can enjoy some times as adults. They do activities and crafts and stuff to keep the kids busy, so make sure to check that out, otherwise, there are lots of kid activities depending on the cruise, so try to map out your days and have some sort of schedule so you know what your doing each day. Just bring a little extra of everything. Cruise ships are like giant hotels, with minimal access to anything you may have forgotten.

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Came to point this out! Under 2 will be very difficult…

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I agree with all the posters who pointed out the risks to the baby as well as the fact that a one-year old won't remember it. But I would like to add that, unless your cruise is designed for children, like the Disney cruise ships, please keep the other guests in mind. If your baby gets sick or upset and cries, has a meltdown, etc., it may be very unpleasant to the others who paid their good money for a relaxing vacation.

When my children were little (under 12), I had a rule of thumb. If a restaurant or movie theater also had a bar, we did not take the children. Not because we didn't want them to be around or exposed to alcohol; but, because other adults were having cocktails and trying to relax. If you do go, choose something very family oriented.

Mainly, be considerate to both your baby and the other guests. I would not do it at this time anyway.

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Dude no. Cruises are gross in general. Right now they are giant COVID incubators. I wouldn’t bring my child on there, especially as a 1 yo

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My mgr’s mother caught COVID on a cruise. She had to disembark and quarantine in hotel for over 10 days until she tested negative. They flew her home, she just got back this week.

This sounds really challenging. Sorry but for now a land based vacation would be logistically much easier and more relaxing

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Try one of the club meds with a baby club. It's similar to a cruise, but you won't be as crowded in a place. I believe the resort in punta Cana has one.

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If you want to take small children on a cruise it should be a Disney cruise so this way they have things for the kids to do as well as the parents , but again a one year old. Not a good idea for any kind of cruise. I would say once they are 5 then a Disney cruise is ok to do

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I would not take my baby on a cruise, for the various reasons stated above, I also always ask myself, what would I do with a baby if the boat sinks…

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We brought some “command hooks” back in the day to be able to kind of partition the room between the bed and crib with a sheet because our son wouldn’t sleep as well if he could see us.

Also filled a bottle of peadalyte with rum and bought the soda package. Don’t judge. Probably saved about a grand…

Mind you this was all 10 years ago so who knows… we enjoyed it though - went at 6 months old and again at like 2 or so

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Dear OP, ignore the haters. I don’t have any tips or tricks to share, but you sound like a considerate human being (why else would you post this if you didn’t care what others thought) so I’d say you will be just fine following common courtesy. COVID is pretty much done. Cruises are operating at 100% vaccination levels so I don’t understand the hysteria. Not all cruises are “gross in general”. It will really depend on which cruise line you are boarding with because you know, there’s levels to this shit.

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Thanks MA1. We aren't big on shore excursions for now (thanks for the helpful tip on boat to Cabo!) as we do plan to go again on this itinerary someday. We plan to get a balcony room for us, inside room for others. We are bringing along both sets of grandparents so multiple hands to help out, hold, and manage baby on shifts.

Mostly concerned about the germs and wondering if it will be too much overload on the immune system all at once. Not worried about covid since everyone is boosted and healthy in our family. Babies aren't much at risk either.
Also, was it stimulation overload on their brain? Like an IMAX theater on steroids for their brain?

Don’t be a cruise person

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Normally, I’d be all for this and recently looked into doing something similar, but a year from now. They recommend a bigger room to be able to have room for a pack and play that you can request prior to the cruise. That said, I follow a lot of the cruise lines subreddits and ships are coming back 20%+ COVID positive. You have to quarantine in your room on top of being sick. That doesn’t sound like much of a vacation. Sure the risk to kids is small, but isn’t 0%.

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I’d just worry they’d fall off the boat. ☠️

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Not funny cuz it happened once. I’d also be terrified with a mobile toddler on a boat.

I guess a consideration is getting seasick, which can mean a constantly barfing baby, as well ear infections which are very common with young ones.

I’m not sure about now but my mom told me that when I was a kid and they took me on a cruise they had a hard time getting me out of the daycare room. The cruise we took had age specific rooms so like there was the room for babies and toddlers and then the room for 4 to 8 year olds and the 8 to 13 year olds. Each room was fitted with age appropriate activities and even provided age appropriate meals.

Do the grandparents know you assume they will babysit while you do activities? Make sure they do! They may be assuming they get to have fun on a free vacation where they get to splash with the kid in a pool a bit and coo over them at an early dinner and then go about their business!

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