Best tips for taking your littles on a cruise
Foods: For a young toddler who is just starting to learn to chew with their front teeth and no molars finding food on board can be a challenge. I found the buffet to be the best bet for dinner with a tired and crabby toddler throwing fits. Foods he loved were crusty cheese bread, cheese sliced up, chicken, melon and pineapple and fried rice. All were easy to grab and feed to a little dude.
Time your meals around your at home schedule. Do not feel pressured to get in all the activities for adults. You have a small person and they need their schedule to stay normal.
TIP: Bathtime on a cruise is a point in the evening to calm the wild guy down and clean off a day's worth of grub.
Read the info packets like a book. Every day you will get little cruise ship packets with activity information. I took my son finger painting, sing along dancing and more by keeping an eye out for what was going on.
Embrace the adventure of waking up in a different place each day. Make the journey itself fun by talking about where you are, what the day holds and what fun you will all have together.
Swim with a baby float or toddler arm floaties. When you have the water safety side covered everyone can enjoy the pools more. If your little one decides to scream at the mere touch of water take turns playing with baby around the pool.
Bring games like spoons, water cups and stickers to keep your little entertained during down time. My son brought his very favorite spoon with him, which I discovered when the porter handed it to me with our bags. We both got a great laugh out of that. It was emotional helpful for him to have familiar plays around the room.