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Old 01-10-2019, 05:49 AM
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Default Life Jacket / PFD Recommendation for a 1 month old?

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I'm posting to see if you have any tips on a life jacket or pfd that works well for a 1 month old. My older son started going on the boat around 2, and he's nearly 4 so his jackets won't fit the baby. I did buy a SeaRock, but that requires they can sit up straight. So, I planned to use the carseat or have someone hold the baby for now with a life jacket or pfd on. Thanks in advance!
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The smallest infant size Mustang survival.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
The smallest infant size Mustang survival.
^^^^ What he said.... but, the reality is that nothing fits a baby that small, I brought my kids out when they were very young, having done that myself it's honestly better and smarter to wait till a pfd actually fits the child. If you really have to get your child on a boat the best thing to do would be to take a ferry or other inspected vessel that does not require a pfd.
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I've never tried it but maybe bubble wrap and zip ties?
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Appreciate the recommendation for the Mustang infant size! Looks like that'll do the trick.
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Default We used the Salus Bijoux

It was for our 3 week old and worked very well.
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The mustang < 30lb. It works well but like a couple people have said nothing really fits them well at that age.
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Wait until the child is older, it's not going to know whats going on at 1 month anyway
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Mustang. I also made a little harness for my kids when they were tiny, made it way easier to hook them into a berth, or have them attached to boat while docking or anchoring. 1 month old and boat is great combo, they fall asleep instantly.
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Salus Marine Bijoux

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Both of my kids lived in it. My son was 4 months and my daughter was around 5 weeks first time then went out.

It's now on it's 3rd hand me down family and has kept at least 5 kids safe and sound.
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
Salus Marine Bijoux

https://www.amazon.com/Salus-Bijoux-.../dp/B01M1NCO0H

Both of my kids lived in it. My son was 4 months and my daughter was around 5 weeks first time then went out.

It's now on it's 3rd hand me down family and has kept at least 5 kids safe and sound.
Says not USCG approved.
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Says not USCG approved.
Canadian coast guard approved. Carry an ill fitting USCG jacket with you if you like. Hell, you can probably put the smallest USCG approved one right on over top of this one.

It's been going strong with different families around the Cape for 6 summers now.
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Second the Salus Marine Bijoux. Bought one on Matt's recommendation after trying 4-5 others, and nothing being remotely comfortable for my oldest (now 2). She has since out grown it, and I am using it with my 1 year old. Haven't had anyone question the rating, and just keep another vest on board that is rated just in case. It works, and keeps your kid from being miserable, while also keeping them safe.

Here's the skinny on the ratings. USCG has a spec, which the manufacturers must meet. The buoyancy spec dictates that it's downright impossible to make a vest for a small baby that won't smother them. It doesn't really take into account comfort and a lack of choking your baby, or allowing them airflow to keep from overheating. The Canadians test every design to insure sufficient buoyancy, head support, etc., which is why they are more expensive. Once they hit 25 lbs or so, your options open up tremendously. One other must have for a baby as it warms up is a fan. I just have a couple of equipment fans from tractor supply that plug into the 12V plug. Can't see it in the pic, but he was getting a steady breeze at the time. Also, not strapped in the carrier, just sitting in it with a piece of non-skid shelf liner between it and the deck.

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I didn't start mine that young but they both did start at less than a year. We tried a handful of PFDs and the best one we found was the Stohlquist infant. The neck isn't as tight as other so it doesn't push their head up or strangle them like some of the basic infant PFDs.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071P953WS/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071P953WS/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That being said, I didn't feel that either of my kids could comfortably fit into a PFD until they were at least 25 pounds.
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Also, if you don't have a beanbag, get one. I just have some inexpensive ones made by Big Joe I got at Sam's. For the babies I like it better than the true marine bags, because they are breathable and keep them cooler. No telling how many hours of napping have taken place on the bean bag with a fan blowing on them. A few other tips that I've figured out. For trash, a kingsford charcoal container makes a great rainproof trash can, and will take regular kitchen bags. Important when dealing with diapers. Once they get a bit bigger, keep some applesauce pouches in the freezer, and toss them in the cooler when you go out. Once they thaw a little bit they are like a slush. They naturally have a lot of water in them which helps avoid dehydration, and are also great with teething.

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Third on the Salus Bijoux, it was designed from the ground up to be an infant PFD. Other manufacturers, Mustang included scale down adult style PFDs to infant size. This approach simply does not work. We test floated our baby daughter in a pool in both PFDs (in a controlled setting, with 5 lifeguards on hand, pool was 82F, doc standing by, medical helo standing by, etc etc ad nauseum! LOL) There is no comparison to the Salus Bijoux.

However, in the event of a legality issue regarding non USCG approved we also had the mustang infant PFD on board. I’ll gladly pay a ticket for a technicality knowing that my child will be safe.
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Originally Posted by blake0723 View Post
I didn't start mine that young but they both did start at less than a year. We tried a handful of PFDs and the best one we found was the Stohlquist infant. The neck isn't as tight as other so it doesn't push their head up or strangle them like some of the basic infant PFDs.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That being said, I didn't feel that either of my kids could comfortably fit into a PFD until they were at least 25 pounds.
This is a good vest once they get 25 lbs or so. Same one my daughter is wearing (yellow vest in pic above). We got it as a baby shower gift. Until then, there is nothing that compares to the Salus. I spent a few hundred bucks trying to find something, before dropping $90 on the Salus.
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Originally Posted by 805gregg View Post
Wait until the child is older, it's not going to know whats going on at 1 month anyway
Is that an offer to babysit?
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Salus Bijoux

It really is the best and in my opinion the only option, keep a regular toddler USCG approved PFD in the boat to show if you are inspected.
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That Salus Bijoux seems to breathe very well, thank you for the recommendation! While digging around, I found a HyperLite Infant size life jacket that I must have grabbed at Costco at some point. Good thing is the HyperLite is at least USCG approved, can keep that onboard and use the Salus Bijoux for wearing purposes. Yes, the bean bags are great! I have a big one I picked up from E-Sea Rider, my older son loves it and I'm sure the younger one will too eventually.

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