Posted March 2nd, 2013, 01:37 AM
We are sailing on the Carnival Fantasy in April to the Bahamas. My daughter is 2.5 and working on potty training, but not quite there yet so she can't get in the pool. My 5 year old son loves the pool and water slides so I am sure he and my husband will want to spend good time at the pool.
My daughter loves the pool and water parks so I don't even want her to see the place since she will become hysterical if she sees the water and can't get in. I am wondering what to do to entertain her while my son and husband go to the pool? We will do some Camp Carnival but really I want to spend time with her too.
And on a related note, can parents stay and play with their children in Camp Carnival or is it only drop off?
Thanks for any advice!
2.5 may be a little young for this to work, but when our granddaughter was about to turn three, with no luck in potty training her, we were able to speed the process up, drastically, by really talking up the pre-school she was supposed to start at 3, which wouldn't take non-potty-trained kids (true).
She really, really wanted to go to school, and trained herself in one weekend! Absolutely true, and she never had an accident afterwards. Wanting to do something really badly can be a great motivator, depending on the child.
You can try using going in the pool as a 'carrot on the stick' to speed up the process. Of course, this will only work if she is physically and emotionally ready. But, it's worth a try. I suppose it could backfire if she gets too excited about the pool and still can't quite 'get' it, since 2.5 is just on the edge of when most kids are ready.