Originally Posted by vragoobur
I am thinking of celebrating my 40th birthday sailing a crewed Bahia
46 around the seychelles
islands in the indian ocean
with my wife and our 16 month old little girl.
The question is, should we or shouldn't we? We are agonising over how will we cope with our little girl's routine (well sort of routine!!!!!) of sleeping, walking, playing onboard.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
We moved aboard when our daughter was 14 months. She's 17 months old now. We have a small backpack with stuffed animals
, babies, and some toys. Another backpack with plenty of books
. We also have a portable DVD
player with various movies like 'Baby Einstein', 'Elmo's World', and 'Curious George'.
She is thriving! She really is doing great. In fact, I would say that she is adapting to cruising faster than Mom and Dad. Her balance is terrific, her weight gain has been right on track, her height is in the upper percentile.
You can read more about it on our blog at: JC McDowell and the Family Unit
Keeping in mind we spend a majority of time on anchor- it's a little floating playground. We have some rules about being topside. Our boat has high coamings in the cockpit
, but we still keep her lifevest on her when she is topside. We rigged a small jackline to the binnacle that clips into the back of her vest and it is only long enough to reach the lazarettes. That way she can wander around the cockpit
and Mom and Dad can keep an eye on her without worrying (too much).
We recently had to bash to windward and that was tough on the little one. Knowing your little girl is seasick but not being able to do anything about it is tough. Especially hard on Mom when she gets sick all over Mommy.
We carry a car seat that she sits in when we are dropping/raising anchor
or need two hands on deck
. She is comfortable in it and often naps in the seat in the cockpit. We carry it ashore for the occasional car rides.
We are coastal cruising the east coast
of the US and we use disposable diapers because we are often close to 'civilization'. We carry UHT milk and supplement with Lactaid milk for better digestion. She is 'almost' weaned off baby food
which has made meal time a lot easier.
Amidst the other cruisers and even land dwellers, everyone agrees it has been a wonderful experience for our daughter and think this is the perfect time to cruise
with a child.
If you have any other questions, let us know.