Posted April 29th, 2013, 06:55 PM
Is the buffet really that much more work? I'd assume one of us would look after the little one, and the other would pile on.
The buffet requires multiple trips back and forth for each person - so one would stay with the baby while one goes and then the next? It is so nice to be served dinner and actually get to relax and enjoy my family during meals. My first night on a cruise with babies, I went to the buffet and one of the head waiters saw me there and insisted that we go to the MDR (he said something along the lines of "parents are the ones who need to sit and relax the most"). We ended up eating every meal in the MDR (and on every cruise ever since).
If you bring a bunch of disposable bibs (can be packed in the outer pockets of suitcases and are light) you won't need as many changes of clothes for the baby.
I don't know the size of your specific stroller, but I would never bring a jogger on a cruise because of the wide wheels. I have taken some huge strollers on cruises (I have twins) but always the most narrow possible. If you get travel bags to put the stroller and car seat in when you gate check them, you may be able to get away with having a bunch of diapers and wipes in those as well.