on board is terrible!!!
First, there is the child labor....
Then they have to stand watch...
Then their ferocious animal tendencies come out...
A littel perpermint for sea sickness
when being terribly forced to stand watch with their old man...
The terrible sights and places they will see.... FRIGHTENING!!
Well, maybe not. Maybe the best years of their lives, and certainly ours. Now to be a bit more serious for a moment with some thoughts and opinions...
Chase was on board at about 5 days old. Glen a little later than that... but they have both always known boating
. Honestly, a newborn is the easiest of all. Before really planning a long trip to the carrib or wherever, make sure you have thought out the medical
aspect of having kids on board. We have spent some nights at hospitals and depending on where you go, a hospital can be many hours/days away. On land you can measure the time to emergency
care via miles. On a boat, it has to be hours because you might only be 20 miles offshore
but the time to medical
assistance is not teh time to shore but the time to the next harbor with the proper facilities. make sense?
Find a doc that understands what you do with your lifestyle. Many Pedi's did not for us... so be warned. I am not going to get into a debate about perceptions, but many people do not understnad your lifestyle and will address it as being potentially dangerous to the child. We have been told that more than once.
With the proper doc and educating your self, you should be able to stock the boat with the proper meds and pracitices to make it pretty safe. For example, we keep antibiotics on board, steroids, nausea medicine, and a long list of other things. When our kids were young, we kept all of our antibiotics (liquid) unmixed. You can request that from the pharmacist. They last longer that way.
I could write a lot more about this subject, I am just trying to give you some examples of things we do and have learned. It may not be right for everyone.