Boating With Baby | What To Pack

Whether you decide to bring your baby boating during their first summer, or their second or third, there are some things you will not want to leave the dock without! Find out what you will need to pack for boating with Baby!

We live near a lake and one of my favorite things to do has always been going out on our boat. I was hesitant to bring my son, Artie out on the boat last summer… he was just so little.

Last year we only went out once, and he slept the whole time, but this year we go out every chance we get and he loves it! He is almost a year and a half and for me, that year of growth made a huge difference in my comfort level with him on the boat.

Still deciding if your baby is ready for an outing on the boat?  Check out this article on safely boating with your baby.

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Always protect your baby’s sensitive skin from the sun. I love this mineral based sunscreen and it is so easy to apply!

babyganics sunscreen

Life Jacket

Legally, infants and toddlers are required to wear a lifejacket on a boat.  Infants will require more support from their life jacket than toddlers, so choose the appropriate life jacket based on your baby’s weight. Never bring your baby on a boat if they do not meet minimum weight requirements!

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SPF Swimsuit

Find a swimsuit with SPF to provide comfort and additional sun protection while boating with Baby.

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A hat like this will protect your baby’s scalp from sun exposure, and shield your baby’s eyes from the sun.

hat for boating with baby


Keep your baby hydrated! Whether your baby is drinking formula, breastmilk, cows milk, or water, make sure you bring what they need to stay hydrated.

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Bring plenty of snacks for your little one to enjoy on the boat. When Artie starts getting antsy I pull out these teething snacks to keep him occupied. They are perfect for him to eat on the go. He also loves these pouches when we are out on the boat!

pouches to take on the boat for baby

Swim Diapers

If you plan on your baby getting wet, make sure you bring the appropriate diapers. I love Pampers Splashers for keeping my son comfortable when he is in the water.

Pampers Splashers swim diapers


If you plan on parking your boat and want to keep your baby cool, bring a small tub or pool for them to sit in on the boat. Never leave your baby unattended on the boat or in any amount of water!

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If you plan on your baby getting off of the boat, and into the water, a supportive float like this will ensure that your baby doesn’t get a mouthful of lake water!

shark float for babies


Don’t forget towels to dry off. The last thing you want is an uncomfortable, wet baby on a boat. Artie looks so comfy when I wrap him up in his hooded beach towel!

hooded towel to pack for boating with baby

Change of Clothes

Pack a change of clothes for your little one and for yourself. I always bring along a plastic bag for our wet clothes.

Diaper Bag

When you are bringing your baby on a boat always hope for the best but prepare for the worst! Bring along your diaper bag so you are ready for anything! You can find 10 Things I Always Keep In My Diaper Bag here!

If you enjoyed this list of what to pack for boating with Baby check out What To Pack For Baby’s First Beach Trip!


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