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sailing with a baby

Looking for advice on sailing with a baby.

Looking to do a circumnavigation, leaving next year.
Baby will be about 12 months old.

Will be doing a fairly standard milkrun route, but might go to africa as well.

If baby gets seasick - is there any medication they can take, are sea sickness patches safe? Someone told me babys dont tend to get seasick, as their brains haven't yet worked out whats normal - re motion, horizons etc.

Securing baby - obviously during heavy weather, or relatively short crossings a baby seat is feasible, but cant stay in that for days on end - any one got any experience?

Things like malaria medication, and immunisations for various nasties - are there baby safe doses. - I know that in countries where malaria is a problem the locals tend to be immune. Is this because as babys they develop an immunity, or are they born with it?

I know that lots of people travel the high seas with young children, so these problems are all solvable, and we will come up with a solution prior to departure, but just interested if anyone has direct experience with these issues.

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Might want to do a search of the threads. This has been pretty heavily covered previously. A portable playpen is a good solution to keep the toddler safe and contained but not as confined as a car seat.

Many immunizations do not come in child doses... so you may want to talk to your pediatrician about that.

I'd also recommend you visit the Strathgowan blog, which is about a couple that live on an Alberg 30 with their young son.


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