Boating Accessories for Babies

Are you planning on going on a boat trip and taking your baby with you? Ensure your child’s safety and enjoyment by adding these boating accessories for babies. 

Babies need a lot of stuff, and when on a boat, they need a gear slightly different from their other gears: boat-specific gears, which are usually not used inside your homes.

Here are four baby accessories to bring on board.

INFANT LIFE JACKET

Every person on a boat is required to wear a life jacket for their safety, and babies are no exception. Make sure to buy a size-appropriate life jacket with a crotch strap and a heads-up floatation pad. Make sure to get the correct size so that it will fit your baby properly with the right buoyancy for their age. 

Here are some of our picks for baby life jackets:

1. Stearns Infant Classic Series Vest

This US Coast Guard-approved life jacket for babies under 30 lbs has durable nylon construction with PE flotation foam, a grab handle and leg strap for extra safety and security, and has a chest sizing of 16-20 inch or 41-51 cm

2. Stohlquist Toddler Life Jacket

This life jacket is also US Coast Guard Approved and fits toddlers weighing 8-30 lbs. It has an adjustable crotch strap, a convenient grab handle, a wide neck opening, and a quick-release buckle over the entry zipper for extra security.

SLEEPING GEAR

Babies need their sleep, and how they do it depends on how big or old they are and how much space there is in the boat.

Here are our picks for baby sleeping gears:

For up to 3 months:

1. Munchkin Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet

The machine-washable bassinet has a four-point Safe-T-Lock system for added safety and security. This travel bassinet has mesh panels that provide airflow, a lightweight design, and a carrying handle for your baby’s maximum comfort.

For up to 6 months:

2. Fisher-Price On-the-Go Baby Dome

The Fisher-Price On-the-Go Baby Dome is a 2-in-1 portable napping spot and baby play space. This indoor or outdoor dome is perfect for at-home or a boat trip with your infant. It has a canopy that protects your baby from the harsh rays of the sun (UPF 20) and keeps the bugs out. The baby dome includes 2 removable toys for play and flatly folds with handles for easy storage and take-along.

For 1 to 3 years:

3. KidCo P3010 Peapod Portable Travel Bed

This children’s travel bed is great for use children age one to three years old. It’s surrounded by lightweight mesh materials that are great for airflow and serves as an insect screen. The portable travel bed also has anchor straps and a Micro-Lite pre-assembled sleeping pad that is ready to use.

BOOSTER SEAT

A booster seat is a more practical choice than a full-size highchair when it comes to boat rides. Booster seats, albeit difficult to strap onto a seat, can still be used in a boat. You could place it by the corner of the bench seat to prevent it from sliding. Booster seats with trays are also great for feeding babies during a boat ride.

Here are our top picks for booster seats:

1. Summer Pop and Sit Portable Booster

This portable booster can be used indoors and outdoors. It’s made for babies aged 6 months to 4 years or weighing up to 37 pounds. It is an all-in-one booster that acts as a seat for activity play and a portable booster seat. It also has a fast, easy compact fold with pop and fold design, chair straps, a 3-point safety harness, and includes a carry bag that makes storage easier. It comes with an easy to clean, removable dishwasher-safe, BPA-free tray.

2. Summer Deluxe Comfort Folding Booster Seat

The Summer Deluxe Comfort Folding Booster Seat is a 2-in-1 infant feeding seat equipped with a tray to turn it into a toddler booster seat at the table. It jas a 2-level height adjustment, a 3-position dishwasher safe full-size tray, a 3-point restraint system with chair straps to help secure the booster to a seat, and an ultra-compact folding design with a machine-washable removable seat pad for portability and storage.

3. Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster Seat

This booster seat comes with a built-in cup holder and a dishwasher-safe feeding tray. It can be strapped securely and easily and has 3 height adjustments.

SWIM FLOATS

Swim floats are great toys to have aboard your ship, whether you are swimming with your baby at a marina pool or while your boat is anchored out. 

These water toys give your baby a chance to play around in the water without the need to be held for the entire time. 

Here are the must-have baby swim floats:

1. SwimWays Baby Spring Float

This baby water float is equipped with interactive toys that your infant can touch and activate. It’s featured with a patented inner spring, dual air chambers, child safety valves, and a removable canopy with mesh sides that offers protection from the sun’s rays (UPF 50+). It can also be easily folded and transported through a convenient carry case. 

2. SwimSchool Blue Fun Fish Fabric Baby Pool Float

The SwimSchool Baby Pool Float has a fun fish design and has a safe, secure seat to keep your baby upright. It’s also equipped with a safety seat, dual air chambers, and a removable UPF 50+ sunshade.