Originally Posted by soulfinger
We have a 9-month old and we're doing fine with it. We have a pack 'n play bungeed in the cabin where we can put our kiddo for naps, or if we need to do something with the boat. Our tolerances for bad weather, cold or hot temperatures are not what they used to be, but we're still having fun with it. Catalina 30 will be a great boat for kids. We used to have a 25 footer, and we knew that boat wouldn't work with small kids for where we sail (gusty, very choppy).
You are coming up on a tricky age. Infants are relatively easy (they mostly stay put where you set them) and pre-schoolers are great too. But early "toddlerhood" can be challenging on a boat. The kids are wobbly and prone to spills even on dry land. You'll have your hands full, but the good news it's only one child. If you guys get frustrated, remember it's only a stage and will pass.