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Hi all,

 

This will be our first summer cruising with a 10 months old baby. Just wondering what bed set ups you use/recommend.

 

Our son is crawling and standing, and almost walking making things trickier. Our kauri launch has two sets of bunks up front. A portacot can fit in between the bunks but this takes up a lot of room and is a pain to set up every nap. Thinking of sewing a breathable fabric barrier across one of the lower bunks to create a cot, but not sure what fabric to use or how to stop him crawling around the sides or over the top?

 

Heading to barrier for 3 weeks so also keen for any other advice or tips you have for cruising with a younger baby.

 

Cheers, sarah

A fish crate apparently works really well.

 

If your boat is a kauri launch, I'm guessing she's an old flush deck thing once you're out of the cockpit area thing that stinkpots have?  

 

I'm assuming you have a baby lifejacket?  - If not, please get one - my little darlings got used to them very fast. An idea that some have put forward here before, especially as the bub gets bigger/more independent, is having two - one for swimming in, one to keep dry/warm/when underway/emergency etc. 

 

Some form of containment is the ideal, you could just use canvas and make lee-clothes that go from the side of the v-birth.  Use double stitched, folded hems with eyelets that go onto these things: 

https://www.smartmarine.co.nz/products/hardware/fastenings/50742/canopy-toggle-fastener-horizontal-single/details/

Bungy along the top with gaps in the hem that fit onto hooks on the ceiling so it's easy to undo in a hurry but can't be pulled down by the bub.

Either make a tunnel or close the whole thing off, then pillows/cushions/squabs etc. 

 

Jackstays and a tether when bub's out the back/on deck.  

 

All of this has been deployed by us over the years and kept the kids safe and sound.

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Just wondering if there is anything suitable for a 9 month old to help with sea sickness. Our little one got sick on the way back from barrier first time, have been kauwau and waiheke a few times and she has been fine so would just like to have something if she gets sick again

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She went very limp and then spewed up, and has never spewed like that before. She then had a sleep and was very energetic after that. It is the only time i have seen her lile that so thought it may be seasickness?

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hi brendan 

Our two got a wee bit seasick on the way to the barrier a couple of years ago. they both just went below and had a snooze. I don't think its anything to be worried about they'll grow out of it and both of ours seem to be fine now.

It was fairly willing the day you came back from the barrier. I'm not surprised your wee girl got a bit crook. 

Don't worry she'll still be a sailer (not much choice eh) :).   

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We have since found out she had a virus and was just recovering after we got back. A few doctors appointments later they worked that out so wondering if it was just a coincidence. It was a fairly comfortable trip home 110 awa and the swell was going with us so was pretty smooth amd made for a quick trip.

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Fantastic post by all. Very interesting reading.

 

We have a 9 month old girl who just did not want to go to sleep on our trailer yacht till it was dark. In summer this was 10.00 when her bed time at home was 6.00!

After a few nightmare nights away recently we found that a walk in the carrier or pram at about bed time was enough to put her to sleep and although we had to wake her to put a life jacket on to get her back to the boat she stayed drowsy enough that putting her down was much easier.

 

Also at the start we were trying to structure our sailing around her nap times so she would nap before or after we sailed. again we had the light issue, cant make the boat dark. Then we tried (thanks to this forum) sailing at nap time and putting her inside, low in the boat (so she doesnt get thrown around) in her car seat. She fell asleep in 5 minutes and slept for the entire 2 hour passage. Brilliant. Sleeping baby = relaxed mummy= happy family.

 

Thanks to all who have contributed.

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