We started with a super cheapie "spider man" themed one with no crotch strap. Think waterski/lake type. The toddler in him liked the spiderman and it was easy to get him to wear it.
When he got a bit older, and we got more serious, we went with the Mustang with the crotch strap. Comfort varied depending on the clothing
he wore. There were times when he'd stay down below so he didn't have to wear it. The flap that keeps their head
Now he's ten, and a burgeoning dinghy
sailor. He wears a West Marine
brand "Medalist" kayak
and sailing vest. No crotch strap, but he's waterman enough to handle it. We've kept the older PFDs for friends and visitors.
We also tend to lead by example and wear our harness/inflatable PFD
combos regularly. I'd love to get him in one, as I think he could handle it, but the Coast Guard says "no" for minors.
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