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With some forethought and organization, you can create a rewarding experience.
For babies and toddlers, it may mean just a few moments of sitting in the cockpit at the water's edge.
One rule of thumb is to plan your trip in short loops about one-third the usual distance you would travel with your adult counterparts.
Go with a decked kayak or a canoe with a spray deck (a cover made of waterproof fabric).
Have your child sit in the bow or in the middle (with one adult in the bow and the most experienced adult in the stern or rear of the boat) until the child is experienced enough to handle a single in colder waters.
Start on protected small lakes, bays and slow rivers in order to develop kids' skills and reduce stress levels. Half an hour to an hour is sufficient for all first trips regardless of age.
For another layer of training, try fun workouts with your kids.
Go for some long runs (we call them "crossings" by pretending we're paddling from one island to the next).
Canoes are stable and offer lots of gear and wiggle room for this age group.
A large canoe can easily accommodate 2 or 3 kid riders plus adults.