04 Aug Baby on Board: Tips for Boating with Young Children
Being out on your boat is an excellent way to spend a summer day, and it’s even better when you are out enjoying the experience with your family. While some may be nervous about taking a baby on board, you shouldn’t hesitate. As long as proper safety precautions are followed, boating with a baby doesn’t have to be stressful. Actually, with the right preparation and mindset boating with young children can be easy and fun.
If you are boating with kids, check out these helpful safety tips that will help you have an enjoyable boating experience your family won’t forget.
1. A baby should not travel on a boat until they can hold their head up and weigh at least 18 pounds. It can take at least four months for an infant to reach that weight.
2. Just like everyone else on board, your baby needs to wear a U.S. Coast Guard Approved life jacket. The life jacket needs to be appropriate for an infant, so look for one meant for children less than 30 pounds.
3. A baby’s skin is very sensitive so make sure you apply baby-safe sunscreen, provide proper shading, and dress the baby accordingly. Hat and sunglasses are recommended, as well as UV protective clothing.
4. Make sure you have the proper necessities for your child, but always bring extra just in case of an emergency. Just don’t forget the first aid kit.
5. In the sun and heat, your baby can easily become dehydrated. Make sure you bring plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
6. Watch the weather. Never go out on days that look like there’s a chance of storms or are excessively windy.
7. Never, ever place your infant in a non-floating device, such as a car seat, while out on the boat. Keep your baby secure in your arms at all times while the vessel is underway.
8. Take it easy and keep the ride as smooth as possible. Sudden jolts are not good for a baby, as it can snap their head around. Also, start small, and keep your excursions short at first.