I really don't agree with B&B, so here's a different point of view:
Kids come to live with you, not the other way around, and humans have been having babies for millions of years. A significant portion of these babies survived, or we wouldn't be here. Personally, I think it is a safer environment
than a house, because on a boat you are on much closer proximity to the child, available to protect him or her.
So, I agree with the chap who wrote that sharing the child care arrangements cruising, just as one later on shares the teaching responsibilities, can make it work. We know lots of people who have cruised with babies. Normally, all of them get used to the motion, and stay that way. Children
who can walk learn to accept the moving environment
without thinking about it, may have a little difficulty coping on unmoving ground. All of our bodies can learn little tricks to minimize motion sickness. [There are numerous sea-sickness threads on CF.]
For the parents' peace of mind, as well as their safety
, I would recommend "water proofing" the children: teaching them to float on their backs if they fall in. Unlikely on a passage
, but can happen at anchor
It will be a lot of work, and one danger
is that the primary caretaker of the children will become resentful due to not being in charge of the boat and enjoying the sailing part of it. Also, working watch systems (or sleep systems, if you prefer) may be a challenge, but one of the adults will nap in the afternoon with the child, while the other is on watch. Children can be trained to afternoon naps at least till 5 yrs. of age, mine were. The cookinig duties on passages will be minimized by creating one pot meals
that will go for two days suppers, and the breakfasts and lunches will be kept simple. It will evolve that way, because two adults can do only so much.
It will be fine. They're young and living a dream not everyone has the courage to accomplish. They will HAVE FUN in spite of the hard work and necessity for negotiations.
Just a different point of view, guys. But with many years cruising experiences in back of it.