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Old 23-06-2020, 06:37   #1
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Tips for keeping lively 18 month old entertained on boat?

Hi All - this will be our 4th sailing trip with our little guy (18 months old) - the last 3 trips were comparatively easy because he was either 6 months (just sitting up unassisted), 9 months (newly crawling) or 12 months (newly walking) but now he RUNS everywhere and is a bit of a wild thing. Suggestions for keeping him entertained when we are at sea all day? I intend to take him to the beach and let him run off steam whenever possible and also find activities onshore but trying to come up with solid "plan Bs" in advance if weather is bad, etc.

He loves to read, draw, etc. and is easily entertained by videos (hello lowered standards due to quarantine 2020) but trying to think of things that will keep him physically entertained as well to cut down on the mischief.

We have a 50' trimaran with a very open cockpit so I keep him down below - any recommendations on a good harness so he can be up on deck more?

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Old 01-07-2020, 18:12   #2
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Re: Tips for keeping lively 18 month old entertained on boat?

Puzzles- but they will need to be age-appropriate and supervised. We chartered a Pénichette with two toddlers and set up a playpen in the V-berth with the adjustable gates you can get for blocking doorways and the tops of stairs. Kids loved being able to bounce around with all their toys and stuffed animals. Walks on deck can be fun, but fraught. We used harnesses and leashes on them. It's not easy.
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