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Old 05-02-2019, 12:51 PM
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We took our son out on the boat for the first time today. He loved the boat but the moment we put him in his life jacket, he lost it. He tried his best to enjoy himself but then I guess he'd realize he hated it and would start up again. As soon as we got back to the dock and took it off he was fine.
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:54 PM
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This is the one you want until they hit about 25 lbs.

Salus Bijoux Baby Vest - Red
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went through 4-5. Not cheap, but it works and keeps them comfortable.
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September 2017, and June 2018. Thatís 2 different babies.

Main thing compared to other bests is it stays below their chin a lot better. Once they get a bit bigger the stolquest jacket is great.




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How old does a baby have to be to go on a boat. I donít have any kids, lol
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:31 PM
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Had my oldest out solo at 9 months. Youngest joined her at 6 months. She would have been out earlier had the time of hear been different (warmer). Only 15 months apart. I regularly take both of them out without any help. Boat type (high gunwales), good PFDís, and a beanbag have been key. Also have a few 12v fans that keep them cool when there is no wind, and lots if
shade. No telling how much gas Iíve burned for boat naps.
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I'll probably take some heat for this by the nerds but i never made my kid wear a life jacket at that age. With a baby that small, you aren't going to be out in some terrible conditions and the kid is being held by someone. It's hard enough with kids, why put them in something that pisses them off. Once my kid turned 2, I put her in water wings. Kids hate those vests that choke their neck out.

Just leave it off of the kid until they are older. Keep one near by if the cops ride by so you can slide it on.
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
This is the one you want until they hit about 25 lbs.

Salus Bijoux Baby Vest - Red https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0P1K4T..._mQ0YCbK198QBT

went through 4-5. Not cheap, but it works and keeps them comfortable.
We used the same one and our boating friends used the same one. The best for any kind under 25lbs.

The one issue is, it's not coast guard approved, but that's just because the coast guard doesn't approve under 30 or 35 lbs.
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I'll probably take some heat for this by the nerds but i never made my kid wear a life jacket at that age. With a baby that small, you aren't going to be out in some terrible conditions and the kid is being held by someone. It's hard enough with kids, why put them in something that pisses them off. Once my kid turned 2, I put her in water wings. Kids hate those vests that choke their neck out.

Just leave it off of the kid until they are older. Keep one near by if the cops ride by so you can slide it on.
not an option on federal waters.

On my folks pontoon it doesnít bother me at all when they are real little, as long as there are plenty of adults paying attention. As soon as they can climb though, game over for that.

The Salas vest, while expensive, doesnít choke them like the US made vest do. USCG has a spec, where the Canadians test every design. Adds to the cost, not they can strike a balance between safety and heat stroke.
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Originally Posted by Bullboxer View Post
I'll probably take some heat for this by the nerds but i never made my kid wear a life jacket at that age. With a baby that small, you aren't going to be out in some terrible conditions and the kid is being held by someone. It's hard enough with kids, why put them in something that pisses them off. Once my kid turned 2, I put her in water wings. Kids hate those vests that choke their neck out.

Just leave it off of the kid until they are older. Keep one near by if the cops ride by so you can slide it on.
Doesn't take much for something to go wrong.
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We used the same one and our boating friends used the same one. The best for any kind under 25lbs.

The one issue is, it's not coast guard approved, but that's just because the coast guard doesn't approve under 30 or 35 lbs.
yep. Our own crazy yankee Matt Goose put me on the salad. Best boat money I have ever spent. Literally made the difference of being on the water vs on the couch when they were little tiny babies. No telling how many DNR checks Iíve been through. They donít care about it being Canadian vs USCG at all.
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my daughter loves this one from Sam's and it was pretty cheap. Its coast guard approved she will be wearing it on the boat this year.
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my daughter loves this one from Sam's and it was pretty cheap. Its coast guard approved she will be wearing it on the boat this year.
the water wings style is the way to go once they have some size. Just keep in mind they are only legal if worn, much like an inflatable vest.
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Originally Posted by Bullboxer View Post
I'll probably take some heat for this by the nerds but i never made my kid wear a life jacket at that age. With a baby that small, you aren't going to be out in some terrible conditions and the kid is being held by someone. It's hard enough with kids, why put them in something that pisses them off. Once my kid turned 2, I put her in water wings. Kids hate those vests that choke their neck out.

Just leave it off of the kid until they are older. Keep one near by if the cops ride by so you can slide it on.
We got pulled over and our youngest stayed in my wife's arms the whole time with no life jacket. I mean, it was on the console, but not on. I don't think it's a big deal. Then again, it was me, the wife, my girls and a girl photographer, so maybe he was just pulling over boats with lots of girls. No ticket, just safety stop for reg, flares and extinguisher.
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my daughter loves this one from Sam's and it was pretty cheap. Its coast guard approved she will be wearing it on the boat this year.
I usually hold my tongue when it comes to parenting but NEVER put a kid in a floatie in a pool. If they are in the water you should be with them, holding them every second, and if you aren't with them a swim instructor should be - teaching them to swim.

The false sense of security a floatie gives, combined with enjoyment of and attraction to pools (natural for kids) can be deadly!
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I usually hold my tongue when it comes to parenting but NEVER put a kid in a floatie in a pool. If they are in the water you should be with them, holding them every second, and if you aren't with them a swim instructor should be - teaching them to swim.

The false sense of security a floatie gives, combined with enjoyment of and attraction to pools (natural for kids) can be deadly!
thats not a floatie. Itís a type V PFD.

Still need parental supervision but they are good best when used properly
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thats not a floatie. Itís a type V PFD.

Still need parental supervision but they are good best when used properly
Why would you ever want a kid to have a false sense of security around something as deadly as water? There's no reason for a kid that can't swim - even and especially infants and toddlers - to have any flotation device in a swimming pool. Ever. Period.

I've known families that had kids drown and in both cases the kids were floatie kids who "loved the pool." We read these horror stories all the time, yet people still use these ridiculous things in pools so, I guess, they can lounge around while the little one splashes and "has fun."

Then the next day someone turns their head for a second and...

Be in the water with them and hold them every second. AND hire a swim instructor when they are infants and get them swimming.
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Why would you ever want a kid to have a false sense of security around something as deadly as water? There's no reason for a kid that can't swim - even and especially infants and toddlers - to have any flotation device in a swimming pool. Ever. Period.

I've known families that had kids drown and in both cases the kids were floatie kids who "loved the pool." We read these horror stories all the time, yet people still use these ridiculous things in pools so, I guess, they can lounge around while the little one splashes and "has fun."

Then the next day someone turns their head for a second and...

Be in the water with them and hold them every second. AND hire a swim instructor when they are infants and get them swimming.
I could swim before I could walk. As can my kids. House I grew up in had a pool, and my kids stay in the water and have had plenty of private lessons.

Itís not a replacement for supervision. Itís a supplement to allow greater enjoyment of the water, due to lower fatigue. Lower fatigue for me, and them. At a young age they are not swimming in dark water sans PFD at all. Swimming pool, absolutely. But swimming pools suck unless they are in your back yard. We would much rather spend our time in the water at the lake.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
This is the one you want until they hit about 25 lbs.

Salus Bijoux Baby Vest - Red https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0P1K4T..._mQ0YCbK198QBT

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This is the correct answer and is always given in every baby PFD thread.

Get them used to wearing it around the house a little at a time and you'll have no problem.
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My first born was boating at age 3 WEEKS! We bought several jackets for infants and put them on him in the house to see what he would tolerate best. We kept putting it on him at the house on/off for the first few months so when we were on the boat he was already accustomed to wearing the thing. He didn't like it much....but he did get used to it.
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This is the one that both of my children wore. We live on the water and went boating almost daily since the day they were 3 months old.

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