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Mustang makes an infant PFD, no?

Given the season and timing (due date 10/22 (my birthday!)) our son wouldn't likely be on a boat until he's 6-7 months old. CD, are you saying that mom would stay below with him in a sling/carrier?
Our granddaughter was born 11/24 last year, and was aboard her parent's boat for a sunday race Dec 1st... exactly 1 week old.

She's just 10 months (today, actually) and now there is a pfd that fits her, one good thing these days; child pfds have come a LONG way since our childhood. She has quite a few hours on board already, including a week long cruise this past summer.

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The one that scares me are the people who carry their babies down the dock in a car seat. Those things weigh a ton! If the adult were to trip and drop the car seat the baby would be on the bottom, 30 to 80 ft. down, murky lake with a trashy bottom.

Our grand kids were on board as infants for day sails. They were carried to the boat wearing an infant PFD.

We always take enough adults along to have someone on kid watch.
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I have a friend that grew up on sailboats, his dad would bundle him up and put him in a basket down in the bottom of the boat when he was only months old. Boy is he a great sailor now (in his 20's). Personally I think lead makes a better ballast.
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The one that scares me are the people who carry their babies down the dock in a car seat. Those things weigh a ton! If the adult were to trip and drop the car seat the baby would be on the bottom, 30 to 80 ft. down, murky lake with a trashy bottom.
Good point on the car seats... most aren't designed to float, and while they may be handy on the boat for containing an infant, they're definitely a danger on the dock.

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Were you effectively singlehanding? I can't see my wife being able to work headsail sheets while wearing the lizard.
Absolutely. Learn to single (both of you). Very important!!!! Because if you are always top side drinking a beer and enjoying the sites while she is down changing diapers, you won't own the sailboat for long!!

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Absolutely. Learn to single (both of you). Very important!!!! Because if you are always top side drinking a beer and enjoying the sites while she is down changing diapers, you won't own the sailboat for long!!
I'm comfortable enough singlehanding if I can lash the tiller and reach the sheets from the cockpit. Having the family onboard, though, also means that they're potentially in the way. No beer drinking for me, though it's unlikely that she'll be doing anything substantial on a boat in the forseeable future -- currently not even comfortable holding a tiller course in 0 wind.
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Hi just to tell you what we do. Are child was born 5 years ago and moved aboard at two days old. We where in Queensland Australia at the time. He stayed with us for the next three years sailing and play on the beach. NEVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THEM and you will be right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I mounted a baby car seat the cockpit ( under the doger) it worked great when there young and your comming in to a marina or tricky bit of navigation. Its hard to watch them and hard bits around. The baby cribe was bolted to the v-birth bulkhead and we used padding on the sides. We did leave the front hatch open onice and he got wet . We netted the boat and tied the netting from the safety lines down to the bullwork and made jack lines that stayed thight up on the cabin. When we moved from yacht to shore we just waited till one of us was stable in the tender then we pasted him down. We fitted him in a homemade life jacket and he wore it till it fell off. hope this has helped.

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Our 14 month old loves being on our Cat22, HATES his PFD and has absolutely benefited from "sea legs".

We use an old Fisher Price swing picked up at a yard sale. It is very light weight, strong and we just loop the rope hangers over the boom when not under sail.

The single handed approach works for us so far - I sail for the most part and my wife "relaxes" with the first mate ;-) The first few times were a little tricky but now we have a pretty good routine - my advice would be to keep the trips very simple at the start and enjoy!

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we lost our one year old overboard the other day, but we knew it was bound to happen and kind of let it happen. we had sales down and drifting in a calm lake. I was working with my wife on some stuff and she had been kind of helicopter hovering over both our kids. girl3 boy1. I told her to let him "experiment" and he did. I had him back in the boat in under 3 seconds and he has been much more cautious every since, but the biggest impact/lesson was on our three year old duaghter who had been giving us problems about her PFD. We don't have problems with her anymore and she has actually become the pfd police when mommy and daddy "forget" to put theirs on.
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