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Old 14-12-2013, 12:45   #1
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infant PFD

Can anyone recommend a good PFD for an infant. He is just over 1 years old and we would like to safely take him out. Thanks
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Old 15-12-2013, 07:21   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Aquestforfun.

Check out the Salus “ Bijoux”
http://www.salusmarine.com/product/bijoux.html
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We used the Mustang Lil' Legends Infant life jacked. It will restrict their movement and probably not really good if it is hot, but will make mom and dad feel good.

Mustang Lil' Legends Infant Floater Life Jacket / PFD
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Thanks! These both look great. We sail in Southern California so temp is a factor.
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I'm glad I found this thread on Cruisers Forum! I've got a six week old little lady who's itching for a sail. My wife and I compromised with Stearns Infant Classic Boating Vest
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infant PFD

If I could make a suggestion regarding lifevest for infants and small children.

We sailed and did long passages with our kids and found that they were miserable in the life jackets. They never fit correctly and are uncomfortable and hot in the tropics.

We also came to the realisation that it is more important to keep them attached to the boat than floating. Additionally as they get a bit older, old enough to take things off, you want them to be comfortable and "buy in" to the concept.

We don't put our kids in life jackets at all, instead we keep them in harnesses and attached to the boat full time. on passages they sleep in their harness as well, it becomes part of them and they are much happier for it.

Thee only time we use life jackets was on dingy rides from the boat to shore.

Floating doesn't help an infant much if the boat is sailing away, staying attached via a harness, that can also be used to limit movement to the cabin or cockpit when the parents are busy with the boat, was for us, a much better solution.
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Re: infant PFD

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If I could make a suggestion regarding lifevest for infants and small children.

We sailed and did long passages with our kids and found that they were miserable in the life jackets. They never fit correctly and are uncomfortable and hot in the tropics.

We also came to the realisation that it is more important to keep them attached to the boat than floating. Additionally as they get a bit older, old enough to take things off, you want them to be comfortable and "buy in" to the concept.

We don't put our kids in life jackets at all, instead we keep them in harnesses and attached to the boat full time. on passages they sleep in their harness as well, it becomes part of them and they are much happier for it.

Thee only time we use life jackets was on dingy rides from the boat to shore.

Floating doesn't help an infant much if the boat is sailing away, staying attached via a harness, that can also be used to limit movement to the cabin or cockpit when the parents are busy with the boat, was for us, a much better solution.
I never thought about it this way, but this "route" reads like the incredibly prudent direction... Both with "seemingly best practice" AND "learning to like wearing a PFD"...

As ugly as the picture is... I can see very little chance of a good outcome with an infant bobbing around in a pfd in anything but glass like conditions...

Really great post non-Foolish!
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