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  1. When my daughter was 8 months old, she ate some of her first real food on that first cruise. I brought puree foods. I had some pouches but also bought the cheaper containers and the reusable pouches. We never asked them to puree foods. We ordered her the soups and she ate some of the softer foods. Not on this cruise but a few months later when we went to Disneyland she LOVED the crawfish cake which is like crab cake in consistency. She is a little more picky now but still eats a lot of real food but also toddler favorites like pasta and she still likes the pouches for snacks sometimes.
  2. Our daughter was perfect in the MDR ay 8 months. By at 13 months, she wanted to be moving so we took turns. Agree MDR is the ideal place to be served. We just went to buffet some of the time because my MIL like seeing her food first.
  3. I used to be a pack mule but much better now. I have a gallon zip lock bag with a few diapers and a smaller sandwich bag with wipes. I have a coverall (good for nursing cover, high chair cover) that I use to put baby on to change. If not nursing, the single use formula powder sticks are great. A water bottle for me and formula mixing. Pouch puree food with the flow control valves. But I ALWAYS bring more diapers than I need. As we go through them, I make room for souvenirs. Did this for 2 weeks trips. Even though seems like a lot, worked out. Also, I didn't know until that Cuba trip... babies in swim diapers not allowed on ship pool due to filters being different than land pool. We actually stayed 3 days in South Beach so we could swim in pool with her.
  4. We took baby girl to Cuba at 8 months and came back from Mexico a few weeks ago. She's now 17 months. You got this. We wore her on the first trip and stroller on the recent one. I had the Summer infant 3D stroller the first trip and splurged on the GB Pockit Plus recently. Totally worth it. I put in my 2 cents in that Alaska with 16 months old thread linked about. Let me know if you have more questions. We traveled a lot before baby and she hasn't slowed us down. Hawaii at 6 weeks. Japan at 3 months. Cuba at 8 months. Singapore/Malaysia at 13 months. And recent Mexican cruise. I saw this recently. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/living-abroad-motherhood_l_5cd57c94e4b054da4e87d1a6 >>“The big idea in the U.S. is that everyone talks about how you have a kid, and your entire world revolves around said child,” she said. “In France, the mentality ― at least in Paris ― is, ‘I decided to have a kid and now they will mold into my lifestyle.’”<< I guess we are more Parisians than Americans then.
  5. Yup available. https://ensure.com/nutrition-products/ensure-powder?gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=Cj0KCQjwt_nmBRD0ARIsAJYs6o2RKxllSdAOeV5PnGn_9AmjibxA9iAvC787sohMngiBsrr4gnOXSW8aAoWVEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
  6. Talked to your doctor and nutritionist if you can use a powder form. Carnation Instant Breakfast powder mixed with whole milk is often used as a cheap version of Pediasure for children. Pediasure itself now has a powder form. I wonder if Boost or Ensure are available in powder form as well.
  7. You might have read my recent thread asking about photo packages for different cabins. We were on the Royal and got one package for 2 cabins. As long as one of us were in the picture, it was included. Exceptions were some of the "special prints." The candid photos we got were from the roaming photographers during dinner at the MDR. They were pretty patient and let us take various combinations. Other more candid ones were when Stanley the Bear was walking around the ship. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2650782-photo-package-with-more-than-one-cabin/?tab=comments#comment-57320063
  8. I was on the Royal Princess last month and it was a Pack N Play like the one in the above link. We put in in front of the couch. We had the stroller in the closet but not sure she would have stayed there by herself. Baby girl is 17 months and slept fine. We were on RCI last summer and it was the same crib.
  9. Exactly. We too were on the Royal recently and the Mexican food was not authentic. Hard yellow shell tacos and fajitas which are TexMex.
  10. Yup no seatbelts in Cuba. I wore baby in a carrier during our classic car ride. I was very hesitant but glad I did it Agree with concerns about flying in morning of cruise and also stocking up in Miami via Uber with one adult. We did take yogurt and boxed cereal off the ship.
  11. Ah I see flying in from NZ. Wow that's such a packed schedule with no down time in Miami. Just bring everything from home if you can't make time in Miami. I guess without a carseat you are severely limited. You won't drive at all the rest of the trip? You don't want to be without diapers. We were just on a cruise out of LA and there was a wedding on board. One of the guests who came on just for the wedding had to ask me for diapers because they forgot. I thought they forgot for the whole cruise. Thankfully it was just for a few hours.
  12. What cruise line are you traveling with? I did not think they allow less than 12 months old to travel on an itinerary with more than a few sea days in a row. Coming from NZ, won't you have more than 2 in a row?
  13. We went to Havana last August with our then 8.5m baby. Do not plan on buying anything there. In fact, I brought extra to share. I bought all of my supplies in Miami the day before we board at Publix. I would just bring 2 weeks supplies of diapers. I did that when we went to Singapore and Malaysia a few months ago for over 2 weeks even though we could have bought stuff there. Distributed between mine and DH's suitcase. I figure as we go through the diapers, we made room for souvenirs which we did! We were with RCI and had considered ordering for delivery but it was so much more expensive and I did not want to count on someone else for diapers! It worked find the way we did it.
  14. I don't worry too much about germs. No more than at the playground. We have traveled a lot with our girl and there were some wooden cribs in Asia with teeth marks! She added to them... I am surprised you found the travel crib small. My baby (16 months now) is a little shrimp though but she had tons of room . This was our recent one on Princess a few weeks ago. Same one RCI uses. I sent mine back on our RCI Cuba cruise because we were in a tiny OV cabin.
  15. Maritime Net or something. I messed up and roamed $18 for 4 mins. Doh. Had paid for $5 a day roaming in Mexico and didn't turn on airplane mode again when we boarded. I caught the error soon though.
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