When is it safe to take a baby on a boat?

A day out on the open water in a boat offers plenty of opportunity for fun with the entire family. But if you have especially little ones, make sure that they are up for the adventure; the U.S. Coast Guard has advised that infants shouldn’t travel by boat if they are under 18 pounds, which is likely to take place when babies are between 4 and 11 months old.

They should also be capable of wearing a personal flotation device. In fact, Florida law specifically requires any child under six to wear a protective device or life jacket once the boat has set sail.  

Until they reach 18 pounds, you are likely better off leaving your baby in the care of a loved one or sitter while you are off on the excursion. 

Once your kids are large enough to be supported with a lifejacket, it’s time to introduce them to the thrills of boating!

To learn more about all things boating in Jacksonville and northern Florida, visit the community of water lovers and boaters at the Jax Boat Club.