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Old 11-15-2012, 01:22 AM   #1
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Toddler will be almost 3... too old for Nursery...

We are going on the April 6th Fantasy. Our youngest boy will be 2, but turns 3 April 28. Anyone familiar with the policies regarding this? He enjoyed the Nursery a year ago... but I know he would be bored by this April.
I think I remember the CM say it would be okay to register him for the Oceaneer's club... but not clear.

And what about potty training? Thank you in advance!
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:58 AM   #2
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You won't be able to preregister him for the club, but when you are onboard you can do so. The CM's will observe him to make sure he can hold his own, and if he does ok , they will register him. He does need to be potty trained. That will be a great incentive for him!
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:05 AM   #3
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I have an *almost* 3 year old as well. From what I have been told, the cm's can't help them in the bathroom...they have to be able to go potty all on their own. If your ds can, it shouldn't be a problem to put him in the club instead of the nursery. We cruise in a couple of weeks and I am sooooo hoping this info is correct.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:32 AM   #4
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The info from the above posters is what I have seen posted multiple times on these and other boards. Unfortunately, even if your child is 3 if they are not completely self sufficient in their bathroom needs they will be unable to use the clubs during secured activities. From what I understand this means that they will not get reminders to go to the bathroom, help with their clothing before or after, nor will they get any assistance in the restroom.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:46 AM   #5
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We were just on the magic last week with our four youngest 11, 9, 5 and 3. My daughter turned 3 in August and she is huge for her age with the speech of a 5 yo. That being said she had problems in the club because she was almost always the youngest. It got better at the end of the cruise after many conversations with the CMs and two with the manager of the club. Our other three had a blast in there and we had to drag then out for meals and excursions! . Just keep in mind that your child will probably be the youngest in the club and one of the smallest! FYI the open houses in the club were empty! It would be a great time for your child to play with all the fun stuff in there and you to be there to keep an eye out!
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:49 AM   #6
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The key here is not the age, it is the potty training. A 3 year old who is not trained goes to the nursery while a 2 1/2 year old who is trained will be welcomed into the Oceaneer's Club.

OK, those are the rules, but set the kid up for success. First, he has to go for you before he can go to the club. Then, don't leave him there long. Come to the Club every 90 minutes or so to check on him and take him to the bathroom while you are there. I'm not saying that you should say he is fully trained when he is not, but kids can get so involved in playing that they "forget." Yes, the CMs do remind the little ones, but a little help from mom goes a long way. And take him to the bathroom in the club the first time you are there so he knows there is one and he can check it out.

Fully trained means able to handle his own clothing--again, make the clothing easy without snaps or buckles.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:28 AM   #7
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Also make sure you are comfortable with the ratios. DD has been fully potty trained since before she was 2. She attends preschool full time where she is able to fully use the bathroom by herself (no help from teachers) and hasn't had any accidents. When we cruised in September the CMs told us that she was ready for the club eventhough she had just turned 2. We sail again in three months and we are still not comfortable with leaving her in the club even if(based on availablity of course) they would let her stay. We don't think she would do well with the older kids in the same room. You know your child best and can only make that decision. But so far (a lot can change in three months) the plan is to take full advantage of open house and family activities and use the nursery for one hour during dinner.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:02 PM   #8
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If he's not potty trained, he can't go to the club unless it's open house and a parent can go with him. They will allow only fully potty trained children to be left in the club, as club CMs will not assist with toilet issues.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:03 AM   #9
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Thank you everyone for your responses! When we went, there were not many 3 year olds in the Nursery... but I can't imagine that every child is perfectly potty trained and clothing independent at 3, or nearly 3. Most 3 year olds are still wearing pull-ups trainers... at least my older son was, in case of an accident. I guess we will see where we are at that particular time. I am hoping he can go... and that he can "pass". (Or pseudo-pass!)
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:26 AM   #10
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If he's not potty trained, he can't go to the club unless it's open house and a parent can go with him. They will allow only fully potty trained children to be left in the club, as club CMs will not assist with toilet issues.
This wasn't true for us on the Disney Wonder in July.

Our just-turned 3 YO wasn't fully potty trained but is able to tell "teachers" when she needs to go (she consistently goes to preschool). She was allowed in Oceaneer's club. They told us they'd page if she needed to go. She was in regular diapers (non pull ups, as we were working on "cold turkey" method).

She went once or twice to the club (by herself, while we were at Palo and on 2 evenings) but decided on her own it was "too many big kids" for her.

They ended up never calling us to take her to the bathroom. The nursery would have been too boring for her. We started there, but it was clear she was way too old for it.

***We always made sure to take her to the club only after she'd gone to the potty, so that it wouldn't become a huge issue. It never was.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:29 PM   #11
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This wasn't true for us on the Disney Wonder in July.

Our just-turned 3 YO wasn't fully potty trained but is able to tell "teachers" when she needs to go (she consistently goes to preschool). She was allowed in Oceaneer's club. They told us they'd page if she needed to go. She was in regular diapers (non pull ups, as we were working on "cold turkey" method).

She went once or twice to the club (by herself, while we were at Palo and on 2 evenings) but decided on her own it was "too many big kids" for her.

They ended up never calling us to take her to the bathroom. The nursery would have been too boring for her. We started there, but it was clear she was way too old for it.

***We always made sure to take her to the club only after she'd gone to the potty, so that it wouldn't become a huge issue. It never was.
Thanks for your response! I know that he won't be perfectly potty trained. He can go hours with a dry diaper now, and we are still 6 months out from the cruise. I too am hoping that they would just page me if their was an issue.
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I am a bit nervous about this as well. My son will be 2 months shy of 3. He is a pretty tall kid. I am hoping to PT him over Christmas break (teacher here) but we'll see. He is pretty easy going, but very active and I worry a) about him being bored and b) about him running over the toddlers or trying to "play" but being too rough for the little ones. My daughter will be 17 months when we go, so I go back and forth between wanting them together or letting him do the Club. He loved bigger kids, but that many? Not sure... also the ratios make me a bit wary and I am really not overprotective usually. If it was 15:1 and they were all 3-4, I would be totally fine with it! But all this may be a non-issue if he doesn't potty train!
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We were just on the magic last week with our four youngest 11, 9, 5 and 3. My daughter turned 3 in August and she is huge for her age with the speech of a 5 yo. That being said she had problems in the club because she was almost always the youngest. It got better at the end of the cruise after many conversations with the CMs and two with the manager of the club. Our other three had a blast in there and we had to drag then out for meals and excursions! . Just keep in mind that your child will probably be the youngest in the club and one of the smallest! FYI the open houses in the club were empty! It would be a great time for your child to play with all the fun stuff in there and you to be there to keep an eye out!
Just off the Magic last week and we had the same experience with DD. She just turned 3 last month and was fully potty trained. She refused to stay in the Club without me or DH. She wouldn't even stay with her big brother who is 7. We went to almost every Open House we could and she enjoyed it. I really think she was scared with all the older children in there. We ended up having to cancel our Palo reservation. DH and I never got to enjoy any of the adult activities together. So, you never know how a 3 year will react. We were surprised.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:00 PM   #14
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I spent this past weekend on a potty training blitz with my 2.5 year in the hopes that she would be ready for the Kids Club in January (2 months away). So far she is doing great, and I hope that she is on target for being fully day-trained. Daycare really pushes self sufficiency in the bathroom, so the only thing I worry about her is her recognizing that she has to go and not being too distracted to get to the bathroom!.

Her Big Sister will be at the Club, which will help with her being the littlest one there, provided that she is allowed in.

I have already reserved all the hours at the nursery that we need, and most of the time is dinner time for 1 1/2 hours while we finish our meals. I will gladly cancel them if she is allowed in the club. That will be easy, since she will be pottied before we drop her off and I also *may* use a pull up as back up just in case. We do have Remy dinner, Remy Brunch and Palo Brunch reserved, so if need be, one of us could go down the nursery half way through our meals to attend to her potty needs.
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This is the first time I have seen someone post that the CMs in the club knowingly allowed a child to be checked into it in diapers. The policy has always been no diapers or pull-ups -- and yes, you can tell when a child has one of them on. The only time pull-ups were permitted was at night when kids were dropped off in their PJs because if they fell asleep it was easier to just have the parent be able to carry them back to the room without having to change their clothes and put a pull-up on them.
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