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frank555 May 10th, 2005 08:48 PM

Bathing 9 month old
Hi. Has anyone have suggestions for my brother on how he can bathe his 9 month old daughter in a balcony cabin on the Voyager of the Seas?

I can't help him since we started cruising after mine was potty trained and knew how to take a shower.


beenie weenie May 10th, 2005 09:51 PM

Re: Bathing 9 month old
You can buy small inflatable bathtubs at Walmart which can sit on the floor of the shower. Or your they can get in the shower with the baby give her a good cleaning and hand her off to someone who is dry so they can finish their own shower. Wet 9 month olds can be rather slippery, so showering with baby really is a two man operation.

HappyCruiser383 May 12th, 2005 03:18 PM

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This may sound bad to some but here goes . . . .. the showers have a 2" lip around the bottom. In desparate times, you could block the drain (after cleaning the shower) to fill up that small area with water. It's not much but would work if you had no other way. The sinks are a bit small but it's possible to give the baby a sponge bath right on the sink.

Signed . . mother of 4

LisaK May 13th, 2005 08:56 AM

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the showers are hand held, so my suggestion would be to get into the shower with her, craddle her in your arms, get her nice and wet, shut the shower head off- soap her up, then rinse her off. The sinks are too small to bathe an infant.

SUSAN CURTIS May 13th, 2005 03:48 PM

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You could always just dunk her in the pool a few times!:) Or if the ship has serve service washer you could put her in there, just be careful for the spin cycle!:)

Lisa May 14th, 2005 12:04 AM

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On Princess, the shower heads are NOT hand held, so take that into consideration.

hazelson May 14th, 2005 07:59 PM

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Lisa - enjoy your trip to Vegas. It's like Disneyland for grown-ups lol. I love it. We are going again in September. Have fun - ttfn Jennifer

kimmie May 18th, 2005 07:55 AM

Re: Re: Bathing 9 month old
I guess I would say the inflatable bathtub would be the best idea! You could fill it up witht he shower nozzle and not have to worry about slipping in the shower with the baby! Thats just my opinion though! :) - Freeedom of the Seas

SUSAN CURTIS May 18th, 2005 08:19 PM

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Kimmie what a great idea. I alway bring a inflatable foot bath, (the feet get sore from walking all day and dancing all night)

alison1170 May 19th, 2005 07:32 AM

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Keep in mind that most ship pools are salt water, not fresh (its pumped in from the ocean). Plus its not always very warm. Theres also the "pee factor" that might be in there, and if your child isnt potty trained they wont let her in the water.

A nine month old is pretty big for this, but it might work. I have a solarveil sling (a simple mesh one would work too) that can get wet and dries quickly. You could put the child into the sling and bathe her in it. Little ones are really slippery and this helps a lot. Plus they will feel secure next to you. I do like the inflatable bath tub idea though. Be sure its small enough to fit in those tiny showers, and leave room for you to get to the child!


alison1170 May 19th, 2005 07:38 AM

Re: Bathing 9 month old
I meant to add that the slings can be used for swimming in the pool and ocean too. The solarveil is nice since it acts like sunscreen. Check out Hotslings for one. Now they did bring out a neoprene one available at Babies R Us. It looks almost like a Baby Bjorn but can get wet. If you do use one of these, be sure to wash it out really well if youve had it in the ocean otherwise it will start to stink in no time!


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