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When you check in your young cruisers to the nursery, bring diapers/pull-ups, wipes, an extra set of clothing/pajamas, and anything else that may be needed, such as premade bottles, sippy cups, baby food in jars, pacifiers, and security items (such as a blanket). The nursery does not provide meals and the official policy states that no outside food is permitted due to allergies. For this reason, we always fed Alexander before bringing him to the nursery. In practice, however, if you have packaged baby food in your diaper bag, the nursery crew may feed it to your baby. We always kept baby/toddler food in our diaper bag as a rule, and we were surprised to learn that the crew had fed it to him when we picked him up at the end of a session (as we assumed they would not). And while the rules state that no meals are provided, on baby Alexander’s last visit the crew informed us that they gave him some saltine crackers and apple juice during his session. We’re sure experiences with food vary from ship to ship and cruise to cruise, but you should be aware of the range of possibilities. Our advice is to assume “no food” and then ask the crew upon your arrival.

The back of the nursery

If you are nursing your infant, you can return to the nursery in mid-session to nurse—when Jennifer visited with baby Alexander, the crew moved a rocking chair into the back room for privacy. A reader recently wrote that she encountered resistance to this from the crew on her cruise—the crew did not allow her to enter the nursery itself due to separation anxiety issues with other children in their care. If you encounter such resistance, ask to speak to their superior crew member immediately. When our reader wrote Disney regarding the situation after her cruise, Disney apologized for the miscommunication and stated, “Nursing mothers are allowed to breast feed in the back room.”

Age-appropriate toys are provided.

If you have a three-year-old who is not yet potty trained (and therefore unable to be left at Oceaneer Club and Lab), you may use the nursery. The price and other rules are the same as those for kids under 3. Some three-year-olds are okay with this, while others are not (the room is really geared for younger children). If you’re considering this, be sure to visit with your child during their open house on embarkation day to see if your child finds the room interesting.

Helpful Tips for Parents:

 If you are dropping your child off in the evening, put him/her in pajamas—it will make the transition back to your stateroom (and to bed) that much easier.

 For a Palo or Remy dinner, reserve at least three hours in the nursery with the starting time about 15 minutes before your dinner reservation.

 Your Wave Phone won’t work off the ship, except at Castaway Cay.

 Parents traveling with infants can request a high chair in the dining room, as well as a pack & play crib and a Diaper Genie in the stateroom.

Note: The BabiesTravelLite baby supplies service is no longer available. Plan to be self-sufficient, or pay high prices for the small selection of diapers, etc. that are available in the ship's gift shop.

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Top Photo Slice: Cribs at it's a small world Nursery (℗ 25260) Photo contributed by © Dave Marx


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