10 Tips for Taking a 7 Month Old on a Cruise

We wondered about cruising with our Little Man…but we waited to worry about it after we booked our cruise!  If I over think something I will end up not doing it so we just went for it.

I’m very glad we took him though.  It turned out to be a great vacation for all of us!  He was a great little traveler.  He’s a very laid back baby anyway so I’m sure that helps.  We have always taken him wherever we go so he is used to being out and about.

The staff on the Carnival Ecstasy attended to our specific needs very well!  I can’t say enough good things!

Tips to have a great cruise with your baby!

1.  Adjust your expectations of “vacation”.  By this I mean, if you’re used to getting into port and doing 3 adventure excursions you may want to rethink that.  We knew with Rylan we wouldn’t be doing in major hiking, no scooters, no scuba/snorkel or anything like that.  We looked ahead at our ports and decided on what as a family we could do there.  We had been to both ports on previous cruises  and chose this particular ship because of that.  Our thinking was that since we had been to both we knew what to expect from the locals, how to get around and things we might want to do again.

2.  Don’t over pack.  I know babies need a lot but you will probably not need everything you pack.  I put everything I thought we needed on the nursery floor then worked on whittling it down to a manageable mess.

3. Bring a compact, light weight stroller. Babies that don’t walk get very heavy after a while. Also, a stroller helps tote other essentials.  We have two strollers, both by Baby Trend.  I love them both!  Our Baby Trend Euroride was perfect for the cruise though!  It folds up very small (and easily!), has a decent but not huge cargo area, is very light and very maneuverable (one hand driving if need be!).

Rylan in his stroller

He loved his stroller :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Get an ocean view or better room if you can. You may be spending a little more time in the room than normal because of naps &/or feeding not to mention your baby will probably love looking out at the ocean!

5.   Bring easy to clean bottles.  I took 4 Playtex nursers.  I use Dr. Brown’s and absolutely love them but for travel and ease of cleaning the nursers were the best bet.  I packed liners in a zip loc bag and I brought 2 extra nipples.  It made things a lot easier on me.

6.  Pack formula and cereals in a zip loc bag.  It’s much more secure than the containers and will take up less space in your luggage.  Don’t forget the measuring spoon!

7.  Bring infant pain reliever/fever reducer and any other OTC or prescription medications you may need.  I didn’t look to see if the shops on board had infant medications but I wouldn’t take the chance that they didn’t since they usually don’t carry a huge selection.

8.  If you really want to pack light you can always use the laundry facilities on board.  I don’t always but just in case I need something I’m prepared to use them.  Before Rylan came along the type of detergent we used didn’t matter in a pinch.  With a baby though, generally speaking you want to use detergent that is free of dyes and fragrance and that may not be available on board.  My solution was to pack some All Free and Clear “pods” in a snack size zip loc.  They aren’t heavy, don’t take up much space but are worth having to keep my baby from having an allergic reaction to some detergent.

9.  Request a crib when booking.  The crib they provide will be a portable crib that’s about the size of a Play Yard.  It was so nice to have!

Crib provided by Carnival Ecstasy

Our Little Man enjoying his crib provided by Carnival Ecstasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.  Bring a Baby Carrier for the life boat drill.  If you are like us and you get to your muster station a smidge later than everyone you may have to stand for the ridiculously long safety briefing that you have to listen to twice (once in English & once in Spanish).  You will then march up some steps to the side of the ship that your lifeboats are on where you will once again have to stand for a ridiculous amount of time.  Anyway, a squirming 7 month old in your arms will wear you out, however, a squirming 7 month old with be but a mild annoyance if glued to you in baby carrier.  :)

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How I Packed to Take Our 7 Month Old on a Cruise

When we started thinking about taking Rylan with us on a cruise I started looking online to see if there were any tips from people that had taken an infant.  I wanted to see what they found useful, how they did it, etc.  I really only found one or two helpful things so I thought I could help someone out by writing about our experience.  I am going to structure this as a little series and I figured the best way to start would be with packing.

The Husband and I love to travel.  We take a few vacations a year and we have gotten to where we can travel very light (we can be gone for 2 weeks using a carry on and a backpack each).  Adding a baby to the mix really killed the idea of “travelling light”!  haha  Anyway, I’m sure as he gets older we’ll have no problem pairing him down to the necessities but as an infant they just require a lot.

So here we go!

Packing List

Gear

 

Diapering

  • Desitin
  • Wipes (2 packs + partial pack in Diaper Changer)
  • Diaper Changer
  • Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bags
  • 52 Diapers + 5 Diaper in Diaper Changer

 

Feeding

  • 4 Playtex Nursers
  • Drop In Liners (75 ish, more than I need but better safe than sorry)
  • Extra Nipples (2)
  • Gerber Baby Food (10 servings)
  • 2 Cans of formula in a zip loc bag
  • 1 container of oatmeal cereal in a zip loc bag
  • 4 spoons ( in individual zip loc baggies)
  • Bibs (seriously about 20…he’s teething)

 

Bath & Toiletries

  • Baby Wash (Travel Size)
  • Lotion (Travel Size)
  • Baby Powder (Travel Size)
  • Hooded Towel
  • Wash Cloth (2)
  • Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes (Travel Size)

 

Sleep

  • 5 Sleepers
  • 2 Receiving Blankets
  • 1 Larger Blanket

 

Clothes

  • 8 Different Outfits
  • Light Jacket
  • Going Home Outfit
  • New Balance Shoes
  • Sandals

 

Swim

  • Trunks
  • Rash Guard
  • SPF
  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Swim Diapers (I only took 4 because I knew we wouldn’t be in the water much)

 

Toys

  •  Several small toys


How I Packed Everything

Fever Reducer, Desitin, Vaseline, Thermometer, Nasal Saline, Gripe Water, Bulb Syringe, QTips, Nail Clipper, Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes and 2 Pacifiers (He doesn't use a Paci but better safe than sorry!)

Fever Reducer, Desitin, Vaseline, Thermometer, Nasal Saline, Gripe Water, Bulb Syringe, QTips, Nail Clipper, Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes and 2 Pacifiers (He doesn’t use a Paci but better safe than sorry!)

 

 

 

 

Baby food, Playtex Liners, Playtex Nurser Bottles (I brought 2 more), Formula, Spoons, Teething Rings, Oatmeal Cereal

Baby food, Playtex Liners, Playtex Nurser Bottles (I brought 2 more), Formula, Spoons, Teething Rings, Oatmeal Cereal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diaper Changer/Pad that holds wipes and diapers with an Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bag Dispenser

Diaper Changer/Pad that holds wipes and diapers with an Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bag Dispenser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diaper Changer/Pad Open

Diaper Changer/Pad Open – This has been one of the handiest purchases I’ve made.  Many times if I’m running a quick errand this is all I take.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathing Supplies: Travel sized toiletries, hooded towel, washcloths & extra Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bags

Bathing Supplies: Travel sized toiletries, hooded towel, washcloths & extra Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Bibs

20 Bibs – He’s teething and drooling massive amounts because of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toys

Toys (Packed in the Stroller Organizer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52 Diapers (Packed in Checked Luggage)

52 Diapers (Packed in Checked Luggage)

Evenflo Baby Carrier and Baby Bag I will be using.  I chose this one to take instead of my usual diaper bag because it isn't structured and I can pack it if I need to.

Evenflo Baby Carrier (Packed in the Checked Luggage) and Baby Bag I will be using. I chose this one to take instead of my usual diaper bag because it isn’t structured and I can pack it if I need to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Blanket, 2 Receiving Blankets & Laundry Detergent "Pods" (All Free and Clear)

Large Blanket, 2 Receiving Blankets & Laundry Detergent “Pods” (All Free and Clear)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swim stuff: Sun Hat, 4 Swim Diapers, SPF, Rash Guard & Trunks (*Not pictured: sunglasses)

Swim stuff: Sun Hat, 4 Swim Diapers, SPF, Rash Guard & Trunks (*Not pictured: sunglasses)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothes, shoes and light jacket

Clothes, shoes and light jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleepers, Going Home Outfit & Socks

Sleepers, Going Home Outfit & Socks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started packing with the food: baby food, formula & oatmeal cereal.

I started packing with the food: baby food, formula & oatmeal cereal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I added the bottle liners

Then I added the bottle liners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next came the sleepers

Next came the sleepers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothes

Clothes

 

More clothes

More clothes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicines & SPF bag

Medicines/SPF Bag & Towel/Washcloth Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toiletries, spoons, extra nipples & teething rings

Toiletries, spoons, extra nipples & teething rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large blanket on top with straps to secure.  Top mesh panel has all swim stuff.

Large blanket on top with straps to secure. Top mesh panel has all swim stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibs went in the large front pocket

Bibs went in the large front pocket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The small front pocket was reserved for quick access things: pain/fever reducer, pacifiers & wet ones.

The small front pocket was reserved for quick access things: pain/fever reducer, pacifiers & wet ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the bag after it was packed.  It wasn't overly stuffed or bulging.

This is the bag after it was packed. It wasn’t overly stuffed or bulging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the baby bag I put the Diaper Changer/Pad, Receiving Blankets & Desitin

In the baby bag I put the Diaper Changer/Pad, Receiving Blankets & Desitin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packed and ready to go!

Packed and ready to go!