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Old 03-11-2018, 03:58 PM
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Ideas to help kids nap on the boat

Looking for any ideas / suggestions / tricks to help little ones take a nap on the water.

This summer our little man will be about 1.5 years old.

Last summer even when he was 4-7 months old we took him on the water every weekend. Usually in the mornings when it was cooler. We took a bassinet with a super thin cloth draped to protect him from direct sun and I bought a 12v fan which I pointed at his bassinet to keep him cool when he would nap. At that age he took good naps when we would go out and float for a few hours.

We also have a Bimini for additional shade.

This summer he is too big for the bassinet.

Typical day: go to the lake get our skiing in before it gets busy. Then float for a few hours before calling it a day.

And ideas for setting up a cool comfortable zone for him to “attempt” a nap?

Here was a pic from last summer.



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Old 03-11-2018, 04:03 PM
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I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Our kids and most others napped better in the boat than at home. They still do at 11 and 15! Lol. But then they're ready to get their arms pulled off again when they wake up.
Put the Bimini up and let the little guy do his thing. Never found it to be much of a challenge to have little ones on the boat. Keep em fed and in drinks and lotsa sunscreen.
Worst part bout the little ones was getting the diaper bombs. Don't use regular diapers in the water! And don't trust swim diapers to hold in more than about 3oz of piss!
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Old 03-11-2018, 04:06 PM
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He will be walking, so no chance of keeping him down all day. Bouncy seat or something to strap him into will be welcome a couple times a day when you don't have enough hands to hold the baby, make lunch, change riders, mix a cocktail, etc.
when ours fell asleep, we'd just toss a light sheet or blanket over them or scoot em out of the sun.
This is weather dependent of course. 100deg is a lot differnet than 75-80 deg.
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Old 03-11-2018, 04:47 PM
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Tired kids can and will sleep ANYWHERE! A boat in cruise mode, 20-24 MPH puts them to sleep pretty quick. Keep them sunscreened, in the shade and cool. Once they are mobile and wearing a jacket all day, get them a rash guard to wear and make sure the jacket doesn’t rub their chin or cheeks raw.
Congrats on raising a lake rat!
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:06 PM
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+1 on the boat cruise, works every time

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Old 03-11-2018, 05:12 PM
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:16 PM
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My little man was 27 months in this pic. I had music going loud all day and he napped twice. This was him Less than two minutes into a boat ride. I think we we're headed to the tie up at this point.

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Old 03-11-2018, 05:39 PM
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Try a kid swing mount it to the tower with ratchet strips, and that keeps then out of the sun and out of a seat so everyone can still hang in the seats without worry

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Both my one and four year old just passed out in the seat next to Mom. No need to get super exotic they usually pass out anywhere.


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Old 03-11-2018, 07:59 PM
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Like everyone else said never had problems with them falling asleep.
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