We've only done day sails
with our daughter when she was an infant and a couple of overnights now that she is a toddler. Sailing with an infant is much easier than a toddler- its when they get mobile that things get challenging. Since we were sailing in relatively protected waters, we secured her portable cot to the mast
and settee. It was wedged in there pretty solidly and lashed well on all 4 sides. If you are looking for a temporary solution on a charter
, this would work well. Just be sure you get one of the older school
portable cots with a solid frame underneath for attachment.
We have gotten a tremendous amount of use out of our Beco Gemini
baby carrier. When the weather
was calm, baby happily stayed on my chest while sailing. Its also incredibly handy when going ashore as we can wear her on our backs- much easier than trying to lug a stroller into a dinghy
for when little legs get tired.
Babies do really well on boats. You have to give a little more thought as to keeping them safe but its really not an issue. A well fitted PFD
, wide brimmed sun hat and sun protective clothing
, a secure place to sleep and you are good to go.