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11-19-2011 07:43 PM
MylesK This has been a great forum. My wife and I are so excited about getting underway with our 5 week old daughter.
10-19-2010 07:07 AM
nickmerc We have been taking our daughter sailing since she was two weeks old. We would have gone earlier but Mom had a C-section and wanted a little time to heal.

Anyway, at first she was in a boppy carrier (Mini-Me carrier) on her mother or down below in her car seat witch is secured in the quarter berth. Now that she is a year old, we have her in a PFD and let her crawl around the cockpit. She is not able to climb out of the cockpit so we do not have her in a harness yet. That will be next season.

Getting the kid used to the PFD has been a several month battle. We first tried it out in the swimming pool. I have to say I wish my PFD had a built in head rest. It looks quite comfortable. Then we made her wear it for increasing amounts of time while underway until she got used to it. It is hard for her to crawl in the PFD so that is the only time she screams about it. When she is not wearing the PFD and we are underway she is in her car seat down below.
10-19-2010 06:14 AM
xsboats We sail with two small children. Here are a couple of shots of child management aboard "Sunshine", our 50' Samson Ketch. The car seat is connected in the normal manner by ratchet straps to padeyes on deck. The bounce seat hangs from our bimini , which is framed by 1.5 " aluminum welded tubing . The seat has several popular locations, based on the conditions , including one with a down haul , which allows the kids to have their feet on deck without swinging. I've thought about one for me!
10-18-2010 09:04 PM
chall03 Thanks Snow....
10-14-2010 06:53 PM
infant PFD

There are several makers of infant PFDs, such as this one:
Naya Water Gear Baby PFD (Infants') - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

Our 8mo old didn't like it at first (2 mo) but now he's 8mo and likes it ok.

08-24-2010 08:59 PM
chall03 Sounds interesting Mimsy.....we are looking at options at the moment. We don't see any reason to stop sailing just cause we will have a little bub....
08-20-2010 11:43 AM
Mimsy Chall,

For little bitties we came up with a similar design using the Arm's Reach cocoon hammock. Instead of hooks, the mock up had holes in the support and we used carabiner clips. For use below, we had come up with using a padeye on the top of the cabin, the support bar attached to a single point carabiner so we have a gimballed cradle.
08-20-2010 04:14 AM
chall03 Looks like an interesting design... We will also soon be cruising on a small boat with a newborn.

Thanks for sharing it, even if it did mean that you have to put up with the usual run of nitwits who feel they have the right to come on a forum and accuse people they have never met before of not taking care of their kids
08-18-2010 12:27 PM
tomandchris IF you clamp it, and have closed hooks, you are correct..,.you have gotten real. If you think that you only need that at are not. I am glad that you will take care of the little girl. Good luck with that.
08-18-2010 12:53 AM
Originally Posted by tomandchris View Post
Good idea to sail with them, but get real.
Well, for the use on the open sea, there are clearly two things missing: closed hooks and a clamped mounting of the wood. The whole thing held my weight, as I jumped up and down on it.

On our lake, there are no real waves and exactly three power boats of the life guards and a sailing school, all with less than 40 hp. So I already got real.
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