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I have taken my kids camping since they were just a little older than that, and the only things I would plan to take over and above a usual trip out (with the usual nappies, wipes, water bottles, spare clothes etc) are: lots of spare clothes. LOTS! Both for when they end up in mud somehow, and also for adding layers - they can't cope with temperature ...


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We took my youngest with us in a punt on the river Cam when she was ten days old. Slightly different age and size but as they are effectively immobile, they are actually easier than once they hit toddler age. Some things you do want to check: are you both very strong swimmers? If there is an issue, whoever is holding the baby needs to be able to keep ...


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Yes! This is a rewarding and awesome experience. I have three children that I take hiking all the time. My youngest is almost a month old and he hasn't been out yet, but will as soon as he has a bit of neck control. I was also raised going on many hikes in my father's pack. I have the old pack that I was carried in and let me tell you, they have made leaps ...


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Children are a relatively high risk on board a small boat. At 4 or 5 years old they don't know enough about safety, and by their teens they are either convinced that they are invincible, or terrified that they will drown, so at either end of that spectrum there are challenges. Ideally you want everyone on the boat to be a very strong swimmer. This ...


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If you're breastfeeding then you don't have to worry about food. Your child will need something to sleep in, we've used everything from a car seat liner to a sleeping bag folded in half, but the best is probably one of those sleeping bag style jumps that have should straps. A hat is always a good thing to bring one with a chin strap, as is a source of ...


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I've carried them out, and I've burned them in the nightly fires we were having anyway. This was canoe-camping rather than hiking, so weight was less of an issue - but a weeklong trip accumulating diapers from two toddlers: smell was a problem. We used a dedicated bag for them, and kept it well away from everything else at campsites. Bags within bags within ...


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As I Scout Leader I get to deal with this quiet often. I'll try and list some activities that don't "distract" too much from being in the wild - hopefully they embrace it :) Singing (If you got songs and like to sing it's great, but it isn't everyone's cup of tea.) Spotting birds and plants (Will require some preparing and experience) Learning wilderness ...


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If you aren't in the habit of spending 12-16 hours a day outside then there are quite a few things that you might forget to bring: sunscreen (ok for babies kind) physical sun protection like a sunhat, a parasol you can clamp to the side of a canoe (technically they sell them to clamp to strollers), a way to make shade at your campsite, and so on life ...


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This is in the category with swimming pools, and trampolines, and jungle gyms. There is no way to be completely safe and still have it fun. Keep it close to the ground. This may mean getting a dozer in to shape the hill. Make for a soft landing. A foot of sawdust or sand. Fluff it up with a rototiller now and then. Double or triple pulley. Don't want ...


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I've got experience with this. The first trick is prevention: we would encourage our kid at any rest break to walk around bare-bottom and try to get them to go pee (there's tons of techniques, I'm a fan of making a hissing sound every time you go pee or take your kid to go pee, and having them regularly watch others go pee). We probably saved 1-2 diapers ...


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I have friends with a sailboat who wanted to take their <1yr infant on their sailboat with them, and so consulted the (Canadian) coastguard about how best to protect her. The good news is that very young children (< 2 yrs, I think) don't count as passengers from a legal point of view; so there are no legal requirements to fulfil, just what you need to ...


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We did a few cruises with our kids, and had experienced the traditional (and good !) recommendations you can read below/above. I will add a bit of the reality with our rules/experiences - take it and adapt it as you like. We have always been in the situation of 2 couples with 4 children between 5 and 12. the children are ALWAYS in the cockpit for any ...


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Yes. Infants & Toddlers most of the time will not know about safety. It's best not to even sail with them. If you REALLY want to sail with him/her (I suggest doing if you need to), make sure you have: Buckles Right-sized PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) A buddy to sail with A full First Aid kit ready If you are missing any one of these it becomes ...


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We used an Ergo baby carrier when our now 5 year old daughter was too small to walk. I am fairly small (5'2" with a narrow frame), so the bigger backpacks with frames like Kelty didn't fit me. One thing to consider is that once she can walk, your daughter is likely to want in and out frequently so you want something that is easy to so. It's totally ...



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