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Old 22-04-2012, 01:17   #1
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Necessity Travel Cot

Hi, in July I will take my 13months old daughter sailing. She is very active and I am concerned that she will fall over any bed she sleeps on. I have red all the advices given in other posts but my wife has been told to use a necessity travel cot. Has anyone any experience with this mini-tent?
Thank you very much for the advices.

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Old 22-04-2012, 02:13   #2
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Re: Necessity travel cot

Hi Bruno and Alessandra.
Welcome to sailing with kids and thanks for your post.
As for your question we have not had any experience with the travel cot on board. It does depend on the boat. I have found safety nets on edge of bed easier. But I expect shes crawling a lot now, so I am sure she will keep you on your toes.
This is one of the reasons we bought a Hillyard being safe for your family.. Sorry we can not be more helpful, but I would like to introduce you to a forum for families
kids4sail.ning.com they may have more experience with this problem and please let Erika know I sent you.
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Old 22-04-2012, 02:36   #3
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Re: Necessity travel cot

A Hammock is gonna be your best friend,,not only will it cocoon your daughter,,it will prevent or delay Sea sickness also.
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Hi Bruno and Alessandra.
Welcome to sailing with kids and thanks for your post.
As for your question we have not had any experience with the travel cot on board. It does depend on the boat. I have found safety nets on edge of bed easier. But I expect shes crawling a lot now, so I am sure she will keep you on your toes.
This is one of the reasons we bought a Hillyard being safe for your family.. Sorry we can not be more helpful, but I would like to introduce you to a forum for families
kids4sail.ning.com they may have more experience with this problem and please let Erika know I sent you.
Good luck
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Thanks Amanda,
I think you are very much right, she will keep us on our toes!
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Old 22-04-2012, 03:17   #5
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With regards to the bed netting and hammock, shall i homemade or buy in a shop?

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Re: Necessity travel cot

If you have a fair hand with the Sewing machine and setting Eyes and grommets i would say do it yourself.
I am going to be constructing a Hammock for my Two and half year old grandson,,so he can give orders for more gummie bears.
Heck,,i am even thinking of a Hammock for myself for the cockpit.

You can buy them already made,,and i suppose, and i expect there are quite a few Cruisers who will be glad to make you the item for a fair price.


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Re: Necessity travel cot

I would not put a toddler in a hammock. That is asking for trouble if your toddler is half as active as mine.

What does the baby's cabin lay out look like? I made a berth enclosure for our baby which works like a crib. We've also used a portable cot on inland day sails (bay, not ocean) and in calm anchorages. I would not feel good about using a portable cot on a passage but for anchorages, ours fit snugly between the mast and settee and we secured it on all four sides.
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Re: Necessity travel cot

Would have thought a hammock was the safest place to put a two year old,,,i mean it would cocoon them,,No??? make it hard for them to escape while you where sleeping??
My Grandson would have half the boat taken apart while i was sleeping,,,i know what he's like on dry land,,the kid is go go go,,from morning to last thing at nite,,,,,so it's either a cage(not an option) or a Hammock for me.

I guess experience will tell,,after all....


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What does the baby's cabin lay out look like? I made a berth enclosure for our baby which works like a crib. We've also used a portable cot on inland day sails (bay, not ocean) and in calm anchorages. I would not feel good about using a portable cot on a passage but for anchorages, ours fit snugly between the mast and settee and we secured it on all four sides.
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Thanks for all your comments.
When I mentioned to my wife about the hammock her face wasnt very happy. I suspect that she will roll over before she falls asleep. She will be sleeping in one of the two stern cabins. I thought it was the easiest accommodation to transform into her prison/playpen. I will look online for nets so secure under the mattress and up to the walls.

Any further comments are very welcome.
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Nemo, if they have been sleeping in a hammock from birth that is one thing, as well as putting a kiddo around 3 in it but toddlers don't have a solid grasp of the effects of gravity yet and if your kid is an adventurous sort, they WILL find a way to tump themselves out.
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Re: Necessity travel cot

Well when we first went on a boat with our 8 mouth old we put him on a back storage shelf with edging to stop him rolling out we slept underneath on the saloon bed. He fitted it really well, but all boats and kids are different so "trial or error".
Now our two boys sleep in our back cabin, its all bed so they can't fall out.
I have seen canvas pulled and hooked up by the side of beds to stop adults falling out.
I find the rocking of a boat sedates little ones
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Hahaha,,i think you talking about building a "BRIG" Mimsy is probably right,,although i wouldn't sleep too heavy around my grandson, his superhero name would be "DECONSTRUCTOR" ahahaha maybe a brig isn't such a bad idea.
But whatever you do,,make sure you can get him/her out in a crisis.

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Thanks for all your comments.
When I mentioned to my wife about the hammock her face wasnt very happy. I suspect that she will roll over before she falls asleep. She will be sleeping in one of the two stern cabins. I thought it was the easiest accommodation to transform into her prison/playpen. I will look online for nets so secure under the mattress and up to the walls.

Any further comments are very welcome.
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Re: Necessity travel cot

Wont a 1/4 berth aft be protected on all but the entry side? Buy some lifelline netting and enclose that entry side.... or is this a very large boat?
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Re: Necessity travel cot

welcome!

lee cloths or hammocks for babies--otherwise, both baby and bed fly in bad seas.
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Re: Necessity travel cot

You need to be picturing the right hammock for the job! Not a flat tight stretched one, but a stretchy deep soft one. Babies and small children nap and sleep in them all the time.



One of the simple tight woven net hammocks from central america is just the ticket!
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