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post #21 of 48 Old 12-23-2010
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Hello all. I'm new to the sight and am glad I found this specific section. My wife and I sailed around the San Juan's in WA state with our 3 wk old (first) and later when she was two and her sister was on the way. We've been saving up and are within a year of heading back to the east coast to buy a boat and head south. I'm looking for advice as to routes similar to the island hopping mentioned above. I know the Bahamas fairly well having lived there for a few years and sailing around. I don't know much about farther south. Any books or advice would be greatly appreciated. We'll probably be on a 27' to 32' boat. I would like a Vega but we'll see. The children will be five an two. I look forward to hearing from some folks out there.
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Congratulations on your new crewmember... we just had our first, four months ago, but haven't taken her sailing yet. Not for not wanting to, but it's a long commute to the boat and we keep having other things to do on weekends.

I am gonna echo the sentiment that babies are simple. However, I have seen parents carting around loads of gear for their kids that to a large extent is unnecessary. I don't know how big your boat is, but carrying stuff to and storing stuff on my boat is a big limiting factor for us. Anyway, here's our plan for when we do start taking her sailing, which will hopefully start in January or February with daysails on weekends:

1) If you're breastfeeding, you don't need to bring special food for the baby, and her immune system will be stronger.

2) If you're doing EC, you don't need diapers either.

3) Entertaining babies is easy, too: learn a few sea shanties; my daughter falls asleep to The Flying Dutchman.

4) Forget strollers and prams; get a good front carrier. It packs up small and keeps your baby feeling warm and safe. If you use public transit to get to your boat (our trip is about two hours with three transfers) a stroller can be a hassle. There's really no place in our boat for a car seat, so there's no incentive to bringing it along. Mommy can keep the baby in the carrier and work the tiller while daddy handles everything else.

5) Don't go out of your way to be quiet around your baby, for example when she's asleep. You don't want her to depend on quiet when there's always noise on the boat.

Take this advice with a grain of salt, of course, because we haven't actually taken ours to the boat yet. We'll probably start with a weekend spent at the dock just to see how she "fits" on board; you never know, she could hate it, but I doubt it.

Good luck, and keep us apprised!

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With infants it's not going to be the baby who may 'hate it' (boating).. They really don't care where they are as long as their needs are met. It's the parents' ability to adapt that will be key, and probably most especially the mother's.

A child will sense and key on a mother's anxiety, which can ramp up that anxiety and you'll have a vicious cycle. Trying a simple overnight at the dock is not a bad idea just to work out some of the logistics, but you'll still have to think through/and do the 'underway' part of it too, of course.

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We'll be out of here from sometime soon until late January, weather permitting. Guess you'll be a dad by the time we are back so best wishes to you both (you three ? ) and I do hope all goes well.
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We'll be out of here from sometime soon until late January, weather permitting. Guess you'll be a dad by the time we are back so best wishes to you both (you three ? ) and I do hope all goes well.
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probably yes...27th is the pretty due date they have given us, but it apparently doesn't really in the scheme of baby making mean an awful lot! These little critters despite modern technology and obstetricians best efforts still do as they please.

Thankyou. Which direction are you guys heading??? We are going to go out for a just few days after Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and the Wombette, hope the weather is a little kinder than what they are predicting and would love to see photos and hear about it all when your back!

Thanks for the advice and thoughts Adamlein/Faster,
one of my concerns was a boat full of baby stuff! We have invested in a decent baby carrier especially for cruising. We are both big walkers when we cruise.

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Thanks SD, thanks Chall.
We'll be around until NewYear's Eve, head out of Sydney before the insanity starts.
Chall,
We plan on heading down to Jervis, Ulladulla and possibly Bateman's Bay and Eden. All dependent on the weather of course, and that is looking a tadge dodgey.
We shall see.
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It is about time I gave a little update on this thread.......

I am delighted to say my daughter Sophie entered the world on Wednesday!!!

Mum and bub both doing rather well, although it is a touch warm here in Sydney. Currently 42' celsius.........which is about 108 Fahrenheit.

She at 2 days old has yet to have her first sail.... but it is certainly on the cards

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Cheers to you all, best wishes for the future.

Touch warm ? You could say that.

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