If you always dreamed of family sailing holidays before you had children and you think that your life will continue to be the same and you will be able to still do all the things you did before, just maybe not for a few years, or maybe with a little bit of an adjustment.
This is a great attitude to have and by far the most positive.
However, you will come across a huge number of people who think that you are insane and spend the whole of your first pregnancy telling you that you have no idea what a shock you are in for.
So is it safe to take your children on a family sailing holiday from an early age? Firstly, it is important to remember that all children are different.
You will have heard this phrase a lot, but until you have a child, or sometimes not until you have a second will you realize how true this is.
When your child is very young and not even rolling over, then you can pretty much do and go
anywhere you like. The only concern at this age is keeping them away from
unnecessary illness and disease.
This will not be a problem if you are considering a family sailing holiday. If considering sailing with young babies you will need very little. It is best to try and choose easy temperatures, not to hot and not too cold.
It is advisable to have a good baby carrier. For this you are probably better off with one of the fabric slings rather than a structured sling. The fabric slings stop your baby from overheating as they are all cotton, and they are also more comfortable, for adult and baby, if the baby sleeps in them.
If you are looking at going on a family sailing holiday with toddlers you are setting your self a much harder challenge.
Some toddlers are very cautious and careful, yet accidents can always happen. This is probably the most dangerous age to take sailing and probably not recommended for sailing where you are planning on staying on the boat.
At this age it is probably best to have
accommodation on land and then to head out for the odd day trips. This means
that if you all start to find it too stressful you can spend some days doing
other things, and the holiday will not be ruined. If you commit yourself to
staying on a yacht you are limiting your options.
Once your child is school age then you will find that it is all different. They will tell you if they are scared or uncomfortable, it is great for kids to learn to sail too. They will be able to participate and they will understand danger much better.
It is still worth keeping a few other
options up your sleeve as you may find that your child suddenly decides that
they don’t want to be on the water all the time.
So don’t forget your dreams of family
sailing holidays, just keep it realistic and prove all those doubters wrong.
In addition to Nick’s views I would
have to add just a few points from families I have met who have brought up
children as cruising live aboard sailors or have done extensive sailing
holidays with children.