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Old 04-12-2013, 06:56 PM   #1
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I am getting super sad about thinking of leaving my daughter in the nursery while her big brother and 2 friends who are coming with us (ages 5.5, 5.5 and 4) go to the clubs. At the same time- I am thinking it could be nice for her nap, which she still takes every day, and for me to have some alone time with the husband. So....before I get my heart set either way; I thought I would ask. Is there anything for the older "babies" to do in the nursery? Are there activates, games or characters there? Any words of wisdom or "been there" stories appreciated!

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Old 04-12-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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Yes, there are toys, character visits, cartoons, and crafty stuff in addition to a quiet, dark space with cribs. We had an envelope delivered to our stateroom after DD's visit that had all the stuff she'd "made" (mostly colouring) that included a set of her handprints on Flounder's Reef Nursery paper with one of those sentimental poems about being so small. It's still framed and on our wall. The nursery staff is amazing, don't worry about her. :D
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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Yes, there are toys, character visits, cartoons, and crafty stuff in addition to a quiet, dark space with cribs. We had an envelope delivered to our stateroom after DD's visit that had all the stuff she'd "made" (mostly colouring) that included a set of her handprints on Flounder's Reef Nursery paper with one of those sentimental poems about being so small. It's still framed and on our wall. The nursery staff is amazing, don't worry about her. :D
Awwww, I would be so excited if they did something like that for my 2 year old when we go in November!! Made me tear up a bit
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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We just went on our first cruise on the fantasy and I was worried about leaving my 2.5 year old too. So we went to the open house on the first day and got him comfortable with the surroundings and some of the councillors before we left him. When we did finally leave him he had such a good time he would refuse to go to dinner with us b/c he just wanted his "friends". They do crafts, play games, some characters show up and some down time too. The councillors got to know him really well and he just had the best time. At the end of the week they had a little envelope with crafts he did and a few pictures. It was awesome. He has an older brother and he didn't miss him one bit. Actually I think the 2.5 year old had more fun than my 10 year old. But go to the open house, it'll help calm your nerves.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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Definitely go to the open house as this will give you a better feeling for the situation. My son was 2 and had absolutely no interest in the nursery, but loved when we went to open house in the club. I think that the toys were way to close to what he has at home for him to be excited about being there. Each kid is different, so it is hard to tell. You can always schedule an hour or so where you have no plans to see how it goes before you leave him during a time when it would be more inconveinent to need to get him.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #6
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I think it will just depend on the child. Our son is now six. He was on a Disney cruise at ages 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 (next month). He hated the nursery! He still makes us go back to the nursery on each cruise to tell them that he no longer needs to go to the nursery. It always gets a laugh from the check-in CM. Anyway, your child might love the nursery or might hate it, or be indifferent. You will find out!

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Old 04-12-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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Good question thanks for asking I hope more moms reply so I can get more info about it haha I'm hoping its fun for my 3 yr old DS
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:49 PM   #8
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I am worried about DD in the nursery on several different levels. She will be 2years 7months when we cruise. I am a SAHM so she is not used to going to daycare and I am not sure how she will handle the seperation. Also she has an older brother (will be 8) and is used to older toys and kids so I am also worried she will be bored. The nursery looks pretty babyish for her now and she is not even 2 yet.

We are working on potty training but she is still 5 months too young for the clubs so I have no real expectations she will be allowed in there even though I think she would be happy with DS. She is not a particularly large child so she would not be mistaken for three and might get bowled over in there anyway.

Worse comes to worse we will take her to clubs during open house and maybe the grandparents can watch her so we can atleast get a dinner at Palo.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:27 PM   #9
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When we went on our first cruise DS was almost 21/2 and he hated the nursery. We tried leaving him twice and both times we were called to come after him. Beforehand I had left him at the church nursery to prepare him. But he hated the nursery on the ship. We all had a great time but I still feel like I missed out. I would plan on using it but have a backup plan in case it does not work.


I think that I went on our first cruise with too high expectations(this was Disney) Our Mdr servers did not live up to all the hype we were expecting and the nursery was alot like a daycare(I do not know what I was expecting Disney charactors and decorations?) But overall we had a great ime and wanted to go again.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:33 PM   #10
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Our 21 month old loved it and she will go again in just a few weeks. She just misses the cut off for the older clubs even though she is potty trained but I think it will be just fine. She had NEVER been away from me at all other than family and she transitioned perfectly! They fed her, played with her but don't count on them giving your kiddo a nap. I scheduled her every day at nap time and she did not nap one time.

I was worried as well because she is the youngest and thinks she is a big kid too, but she did not mind at all, in fact she got mad when we picked her up
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:39 PM   #11
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Which ship are you on? We sailed on the Wonder when our son was 21 months and the nursery was okay, but it seemed small and kind of boring for older toddlers. We sailed on the Dream when he was 35 months and checked out both the Club and the Nursery. The nursery on the Dream was much bigger with much more to do for 2 year olds. We ended up going with the Club since he was potty trained and wanted to be with his big sister, but if it was just him I think I would've preferred the nursery for him, even at that age.
But whichever ship you're on, I'm sure the nursery staff will be awesome. We were super impressed with the staff on the Wonder and I've only ever heard good things about them.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:17 PM   #12
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My three year old (36 months exactly) enjoyed it. The kids club was too much for him but he liked being the big kid in the nursery. There were several 2 plus. Mostly watching cartoons and playing with a slide/climby thing when we saw them.

They will call u if he doesn't settle down after u leave. That is, I would expect some tears initially but that your lite one will be fine within a few minutes. The staff was excellent when we were there. Clearly experienced in comfort and distraction.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:09 AM   #13
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We only took our 2 year old once and she was so excited because we called it "her" club. (She was jealous of her brothers who got to go to their club.) She was absolutely beaming and she was only there two hours (while we ate dinner at Palo.) She got lots of attention.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:58 AM   #14
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It really depends on the child. DD was 2y 8m when we went on the Magic last year. She was in preschool and has an older brother (5 years at the time) and she was fine when we left her in the nursery but she looked like a giant in there compared to all the babies that were doing 'tummy time' laying around. We peeked at her trying to have fun. She was on the little slide (3 small steps up and maybe 3 feet long). It was kind of sad. I felt bad for her.

She saw O Club during open house and she wanted so badly to go in the big tree and slide and play with him. She was fully potty trained (my goal for the cruise so she could swim in the pool) and we spoke to the CMs at both the nursery and OC and they said she could try the OC but once we made our decision she couldn't go back and forth, she had to pick one. We went with OC and she loved it. They won't do it all the time and it's a case by case basis. They definitely have to be fully potty trained, no pull ups.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:38 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone for your replies! I really do appreciate hearing all of the stories. We are on the Wonder- so I guess we'll have to see!
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