As a new parent, you may be wondering if you can continue your boating hobby after your baby is born. At Bremer Jet Ski & Watercraft Rental, we’re here to tell you that with just a few adjustments, your new little bundle can be an ideal second mate. In fact, it’s much easier to take a small baby on board than an active, climbing toddler. So, with these three tips, take advantage of their immobility and continue to enjoy boating in Maple Lake, MN, every chance you get!

Boating with a Baby

1. Keep Safety First

The first thing to consider is safety. The official source for boating safety advice is the US Coast Guard (USCG), which provides a list of resources for safety lessons, educational tools, and other helpful materials. You will, of course, also need to purchase a life jacket for your little one. According to the USCG, your baby should weigh at least 18 pounds and be able to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) that is suitable for his or her weight and size.

2. Protect Against the Sun

The next thing you’ll want to keep in mind is protection from the sun. Your little one needs even more protection than an adult because of his or her sensitive skin. Be sure to start with a layer of sunscreen, then add weather-appropriate clothing or swimwear, and top it off with a water-resistant sun hat that ties underneath the chin. Also, be sure to pack plenty of extra clothing so you’re always able to keep your baby warm and dry.

3. Consider Boat Features

When choosing what boat to rent, consider features that are going to make your baby more comfortable. A pontoon boat with a canopy can provide a comfortable, shaded place for your baby to nap without getting too much sun exposure. Additionally, pontoon boats have plenty of space to store coolers for bottles, if needed, or any other baby gear you might need.

The boating fun doesn’t have to stop when you add a baby to your family! Contact Bremer Jet Ski & Watercraft Rental today at (612) 298-7055; we make the rental process convenient for you.