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Houseboat Travel Tips: How To Keep Toddlers Safe On A Boat

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Houseboat Travel Tips: How To Keep Toddlers Safe On A Boat

Author : Graham Brightwell   Top Author

Submitted : 2014-01-03 02:28:07    Word Count : 516    Popularity:   Not Rated

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Houseboating with young kids is not really very different from going out with them to the water park or the playground. There are a lot of things than need preparation: the travel, how they will enjoy the trip, and preparation itself. But most importantly, you have to prepare well on matters of safety, as safety must come first at all times. Below are some houseboat travel safety tips when you are with toddlers:

Before the kids go onboard, you have to "childproof" it, just as a parent would when he visits the house of a person who does not have a child: basically putting away anything that is dangerous or breakable. Ropes, ground tackle, winches, gear boxes, windlasses, and other topside boat equipment must be out of children's reach, battened or secured. See to it that all safety gear like flare guns and flares are out of reach, but not locked away because you may need them. Areas where halyards and ropes are places must be off limits, since it is very easy to trip or get a hand or foot caught or wrapped up.

It is a must to invest in a good life vest or lifejacket. Make sure the design is appropriate for the kids. It is best to get one with a collar that turns a kid's face up in the water. Get one with strong crotch and waist straps and a good handle on the collar, so it would be easy for you to pull a child up when in the water. Choose one with a plastic safety whistle. Practice the children on how to use it. Take them with you when you buy the life vest to help you with the sizing.

Then have a feasible approach to boating safety. They are still the same children, so expect the same behaviour. Make clear, simple rules and set boundaries for them to observe. They should be safe, but they also have to have a good time so they would want to come boating with you again next time.

From here, making the boating enjoyable for the kids is basic parenting.

Bring lots of water and fruit juices. Do not forget sippy cups and/or baby bottle, and bring some extra just in case. Bring snacks that are not too sweet or too salty. Granola bars are great. Pack some crackers that are not too salty. Ginger snap cookies and ginger ale help prevent motion sickness. Also, don't forget your diaper bag. It's best to bring one extra for everything you would usually bring: diapers, wipes, creams, and lotions. Bring plenty of these. Bring sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen cream, and a jacket in case it becomes cold at night. A rain poncho might also become handy. Keep in mind than kids may not be interested in sunsets and patient with long sails as much as you are. Bring lots of drawing paper, crayons, books, and toys. Age-appropriate movies, CDs, and magnet board games are also a good idea.

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