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Old 31-01-2005, 12:05   #1
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Infant PFD

I am bringing my 5 month old son on his first week-long sailing trip in the BVI. Can anyone tell me what is a good PFD for him. The one I have is very bulky and I think he will object to wearing it frequently.

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I agree with your concerns that a good Type II Infant PFD will be bulky & restrictive - and might even be ineffective, or worse, actually dangerous.

Babies, typically, have rather large heads, raising their centre of gravity. A PFD may not support an infant upright - in fact may keep him inverted!

Id suggest you seek out a good Fall Restraint Harness c/w a Shock-absorbing Lanyard, and tether the child to the boat, when hes not within the cabin.
Im not talking about a cheapo strolling harness, but something that straps under the crotch, around the chest & over the shoulders etc.

Id also bring the PFD along, for use in the Dinghy, and in the unlikely case of the ultimate disaster (abandon ship).

BTW: USCG recommends that you test the PFD, on the child, in a pool - due to fit & upright floatation issues.

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