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flipper
03-04-2008, 03:45 PM
We have a baby boy coming this June. All the life vests that I can find say "up to 30lbs" or something like that, instead of something like "10-30lbs". Anybody have any experience with any infant vests? Any recommendations?

wakeX2wake
03-04-2008, 03:52 PM
My best friend had a newborn in December and we bought Raley (yeah... how sweet of a name is that for a little girl) a pink hyperlite jacket that was "up to 30 lbs" and by the time May gets here when it will be plenty warm enough and we can talk mom into letting her come to the water with us it should be good to go!... honestly in my opinion as long as she has a really really small jacket on that doesn't just slide right off you shouldn't have anything to worry about

Maristar210
03-04-2008, 03:53 PM
Pendo has some real thoughts on this dontcha Casey?

dpolen
03-04-2008, 03:55 PM
I bought a HO foam life jacket for my daughter and then upgraded to a neoprene Liquid Force life jacket for her because it was a lot more flexible and easier for her to wear. When she was extremely little, I owned a cuddy cabin boat so I could legally put her in the cuddy w/o life jacket plus she was out of the sun. My 2 cents, spring for the Neoprene version, you'll thank yourself down the road if you plan to use the boat a lot...Don't waste your hard earned money on the harder foam ones.

Might I suggest something like this as a viable option...
http://www.waterskis.com/Hyperlite-Indy-life-vest-CoastGuard-Approved-p/hl%20indy%20vest%20cga%20boys%20toddler.htm

east tx skier
03-04-2008, 04:04 PM
We had an HO neoprene infant vest ("up to 30 pounds"), which worked fine for our little one. I don't think they make anything for "up to 10 lbs.

flipper
03-04-2008, 04:06 PM
We had an HO infant vest ("up to 30 pounds"), which worked fine for our little one. I don't think they make anything for "up to 10 lbs.

I meant 10 to 30lbs, or between these weights, rather than up to...

Thanks for the pic, I thought they were bigger than that. I think that is the vest I was looking at.

east tx skier
03-04-2008, 04:09 PM
Not that I've seen. By the time ours was over 20 lbs, the HO "infant size" was looking a little small and we moved up to the next size 30--xx lbs.

flipper
03-04-2008, 04:12 PM
Cool, thanks for the help guys, I guess they are small enough. It's funny how the wife is thinking about rocking chairs and bedding, while I'm thinking life vest, and boating stuff.

Workin' 4 Toys
03-04-2008, 04:17 PM
I've got a few small, and very small. I thought at least one of them was "rated" for 10-30, I'll have to check later.

Gotta get your order in for the ski skimmer too while you're at it..;)

flipper
03-04-2008, 04:19 PM
I've got a few small, and very small. I thought at least one of them was "rated" for 10-30, I'll have to check later.

Gotta get your order in for the ski skimmer too while you're at it..;)

Funny you should say that. I was looking at them and the wife said I have to wait until he can walk, or at least born. Don't know why.:confused:

Workin' 4 Toys
03-04-2008, 04:25 PM
Funny you should say that. I was looking at them and the wife said I have to wait until he can walk, or at least born. Don't know why.:confused:
There's always a TUBE:eek: .............;)

wakeX2wake
03-04-2008, 04:28 PM
Cool, thanks for the help guys, I guess they are small enough. It's funny how the wife is thinking about rocking chairs and bedding, while I'm thinking life vest, and boating stuff.

Sounds like you've got you head in the right place to me!

brucemac
03-04-2008, 04:38 PM
congrats!

check out the Lil' Legend by Mustang Survial. Best one out their for infants and small toddlers imo. Both our girls wore it. It's a little bulky, but I've never seen anything better.

http://www.mustangsurvival.com/products/product.php?id=397

PendO
03-04-2008, 05:41 PM
Pendo has some real thoughts on this dontcha Casey?

Lifejackets are completely unnecessary ... unless of course you are a tool like Steve!

Sodar
03-04-2008, 05:44 PM
Lifejackets are completely unnecessary ... unless of course you are a tool like Steve!

Look who arose from the dead!

PendO
03-04-2008, 05:53 PM
yeah, I was wating for this thread ... almost jumped on one of the L-18 vs. MCX (aka can't afford a big block) threads ... but that was sooooooooooo last winter for me.

Roonie's
03-04-2008, 06:01 PM
congrats!

check out the Lil' Legend by Mustang Survial. Best one out their for infants and small toddlers imo. Both our girls wore it. It's a little bulky, but I've never seen anything better.

http://www.mustangsurvival.com/products/product.php?id=397


Yep both of our kids wear these and have since newborn stage. We swear by the mustang jacket. They also frequently swim off the back platform with them on in the lake.

Sodar
03-04-2008, 06:02 PM
yeah, I was wating for this thread ... almost jumped on one of the L-18 vs. MCX (aka can't afford a big block) threads ... but that was sooooooooooo last winter for me.

Yeah, that was without question, last winter. Good to see ya back! Check out the other side....

flipper
03-04-2008, 06:23 PM
yeah, I was wating for this thread ... almost jumped on one of the L-18 vs. MCX (aka can't afford a big block) threads ... but that was sooooooooooo last winter for me.

Here we go, rich kid pickin' on us poor folk.:D

Covi
03-04-2008, 06:36 PM
I have a baby coming in May perfect time for boating season. I'm thinking of loading the child in the car seat / bassinet and strapping a life vest to it.

I laughed out loud thinking about tethering it between the gunels...

jimmer2880
03-04-2008, 07:31 PM
I'll ditto what Easty has said. However, we also got a Liquid Force neoprene that is also very nice. Stay away from the non neoprene. In our opinion (been through several), they are much larger and more uncomfortable than the neoprene ones.

snork
03-04-2008, 08:48 PM
Good luck getting a "new born" into a life jacket. We took our 2nd girl out since she was 2 weeks old. In don't know whats so good about strapping a jacket to something so small. If you got into any predicament the baby would not stand a chance with something so ill fitting. It would be like containing a ball in a glove that had a huge hole in it. If you have to go out just put the child in a car set next to the driver on the floor. One other thing don't the the law know.

snork
03-04-2008, 08:48 PM
Good luck getting a "new born" into a life jacket. We took our 2nd girl out since she was 2 weeks old. In don't know whats so good about strapping a jacket to something so small. If you got into any predicament the baby would not stand a chance with something so ill fitting. It would be like containing a ball in a glove that had a huge hole in it. If you have to go out just put the child in a car set next to the driver on the floor. One other thing don't the the law know.

robisjo
03-04-2008, 09:10 PM
I have four kids, the last two wore this one from overtons

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?i=12563&pdesc=Overtons_Infant_Type_II_Life_Vest&aID=8&merchID=1009&r=view

The thing about newborns is the sunscreen issue as they can't wear sunscreen until they are six months to a year. I think the doctor let us know when it was okay. IMO, the kids start to really love the boat at about 1.5 years old.

PendO
03-04-2008, 10:11 PM
Hey STEVE ... this one is for you

On our lake .. if the boat is less than 20 feet then kids have to wear life jackets, above that, they just have to have them in the boat ... once our kids were able to walk they had to wear one all the time ... my son tried to sink off the dock last year .... so he and his big sister have to wear one when they are walking on the grass at the cabin (they can take them off inside the cabin, and that is about it)

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u139/06Prostar197/A024.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u139/06Prostar197/00080013.jpg




http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u139/06Prostar197/IMG_2365.jpg
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u139/06Prostar197/IMG_2364.jpg

rhsprostar
03-04-2008, 10:28 PM
Without a doubt go with the bijoux model from salus marine. www.salusmarine.com It is specifically designed for babies between 9-25 lbs. It is an award winning design that will actually float your child FACE UP in case of an emergency. I tried a couple of others and this one really works well.

PendO
03-04-2008, 10:28 PM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u139/06Prostar197/A037.jpg

Hey steve, chicks dig me!

PendO
03-04-2008, 10:29 PM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u139/06Prostar197/66.jpg

whatever

flipper
03-04-2008, 11:03 PM
Without a doubt go with the bijoux model from salus marine. www.salusmarine.com It is specifically designed for babies between 9-25 lbs. It is an award winning design that will actually float your child FACE UP in case of an emergency. I tried a couple of others and this one really works well.

Though many of the others look more comfortable, that was I what I think I've been looking for. Thanks for the link rhsprotstar.

Thanks to all of you for the help and advice. I agree with the "What's the point, where's he gonna go" thing, but when the law shows up........ Plus, if something were to happen because of some stupid *#(@ *@(## *$)@*3 non mc ownin' *#(*&@, I want to make sure he's safe. I think some of the others will be perfect for his next summer.

Roonie's
03-04-2008, 11:13 PM
Yep some baby pics.......

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2/Roonies_2006/DSC_0167.jpg
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2/Roonies_2006/JamieX2.jpg
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2/Roonies_2006/DSC_0094.jpg

rhsprostar
03-04-2008, 11:33 PM
No problem. I think they are about $60 but worth every penny. If you have a hard time finding one let me know.

Maristar210
03-05-2008, 09:40 AM
Lifejackets are completely unnecessary ... unless of course you are a tool like Steve!


Glad to see you around there Mr. Pendo ;)

pram
03-05-2008, 01:31 PM
I've seen infant life jackets and although it is a good idea about the comfort and flexibility of the jacket in the end the only thing that matters is whether or not the jacket will flip your child over onto their back from any position in the water.

When our kids were young they both wore a mustang and it would flip them over onto their back from face down. (Mom didn't care to watch but I needed to know)

flipper
03-05-2008, 02:06 PM
I've seen infant life jackets and although it is a good idea about the comfort and flexibility of the jacket in the end the only thing that matters is whether or not the jacket will flip your child over onto their back from any position in the water.

When our kids were young they both wore a mustang and it would flip them over onto their back from face down. (Mom didn't care to watch but I needed to know)

Agreed, only one way to find out!!!

Ben
03-05-2008, 04:10 PM
If you can wait, I'd recommend trying them on with the actual baby upond delivery from the stork.

Infant lifejacket engineers seem unaware that babies don't have necks. We have 3 or 4 infant vests and they all seem to fit a bit differently, as all babies are different.

Our 2 y/o was best in a $20 nylon from BassPro when she was 0-2 months, and the following year, while our newer baby fit better in a neo vest last summer when she was ~2-5 months old.

jimmer2880
03-05-2008, 08:33 PM
Without a doubt go with the bijoux model from salus marine. www.salusmarine.com (http://www.salusmarine.com) It is specifically designed for babies between 9-25 lbs. It is an award winning design that will actually float your child FACE UP in case of an emergency. I tried a couple of others and this one really works well.

Wow - that looks like a great jacket. Ours fit well, but would not always float face up.

I'm bookmarking it for our friends who ask.

Roonie's
03-05-2008, 08:39 PM
Wow - that looks like a great jacket. Ours fit well, but would not always float face up.

I'm bookmarking it for our friends who ask.

We found our Mustangs at West Marine. Post # 30 in this thread shows my kids wearing them. Also we tested it ourselves too to make sure it actually works and it does.

sk8salomon
03-05-2008, 10:01 PM
We bought this from REI for the new little guy. Rated 0~30 lbs.

badams
03-06-2008, 10:45 PM
I can't imagine letting any child near the water without having a life jacket on. Our son was born in April of last year so by the time summer rolled around he was still pretty small. We bought the infant life jacket that is for little ones up to 30 lbs. It kept riding up over our little guys head so we made some adjustments. We took the seam on the shoulders apart and just cut some of the foam out and then sewed it back together. It worked perfect. The first picture is before we made the alteration and the second is after. Although he picture doesn't look like it made that much of a difference it really did. He was much more comfortable for him.

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kingu
03-07-2008, 01:09 PM
I can't imagine letting any child near the water without having a life jacket on. Our son was born in April of last year so by the time summer rolled around he was still pretty small. We bought the infant life jacket that is for little ones up to 30 lbs. It kept riding up over our little guys head so we made some adjustments. We took the seam on the shoulders apart and just cut some of the foam out and then sewed it back together. It worked perfect. The first picture is before we made the alteration and the second is after. Although he picture doesn't look like it made that much of a difference it really did. He was much more comfortable for him.

That's the same one I bought for my daughter...great vest!

Ben
03-07-2008, 01:39 PM
I can't imagine letting any child near the water without having a life jacket on. Our son was born in April of last year so by the time summer rolled around he was still pretty small. We bought the infant life jacket that is for little ones up to 30 lbs. It kept riding up over our little guys head so we made some adjustments. We took the seam on the shoulders apart and just cut some of the foam out and then sewed it back together. It worked perfect. The first picture is before we made the alteration and the second is after. Although he picture doesn't look like it made that much of a difference it really did. He was much more comfortable for him.

Well done.

Roonie's
03-07-2008, 02:06 PM
It kept riding up over our little guys head so we made some adjustments. We took the seam on the shoulders apart and just cut some of the foam out and then sewed it back together. It worked perfect. The first picture is before we made the alteration and the second is after. Although he picture doesn't look like it made that much of a difference it really did. He was much more comfortable for him.


The Mustang has a crotch strap so it doesn't ride up which was one of the big reasons we bought that brand. Also has a big strap on the back floatation so you can lift him out of the water by the life jacket.

#47of100TeamMC
03-07-2008, 04:30 PM
Granted this isn't intended for newborn. But thought it was relevant to the topic and rather intrigueing.

http://www.childdrowningprevention.com/index.html (http://www.childdrowningprevention.com/index.html)

flipper
03-07-2008, 04:50 PM
Granted this isn't intended for newborn. But thought it was relevant to the topic and rather intrigueing.

http://www.childdrowningprevention.com/index.html (http://www.childdrowningprevention.com/index.html)


I've seen that a couple times....pretty amazing.

gunksny
04-04-2008, 12:15 PM
badams/kingu -

I'm looking at the same Kidder neoprene vest for my 1 yr olds.

Your kids look younger and smaller - my girls are 29" but only 16 lbs. I can't find the dimensions anywhere online. You guys think these will fit ok?

thx!

badams
04-04-2008, 09:45 PM
badams/kingu -

I'm looking at the same Kidder neoprene vest for my 1 yr olds.

Your kids look younger and smaller - my girls are 29" but only 16 lbs. I can't find the dimensions anywhere online. You guys think these will fit ok?

thx! I think it should fit just fine. The pic of my boy was when he was only a couple of months old. I'm hoping now that he is a little bigger it will fit perfect this year.

chrisbank
04-07-2008, 10:41 AM
Vests come in three sizes for kids -
0-30 (infant)
30-50 (Child)
50 - 90 (Youth)

Go with a neoprene infant vest for your little person - they are much more comfortable and will not chafe the same way that a nylon vest will.

Congrats!!!

gunksny
04-07-2008, 04:05 PM
Thanks. After spending a bunch of time doing research and searching in vain for the website for Kidder, I finally figured out that alot of these PFD's are made by the same company - KENT, and just rebadged/rebranded (usually for alot more $$)

I ended up getting the Kent Evolution (neoprene with head support) for $19.95 vs $49.95 for the exact same Kidder version...

brucemac
06-03-2008, 10:44 PM
sorry to resurrect this old one, but i was just going to try and track down that bijioux life vest and i don't see it listed in their site any more...

anybody?

/edit

nevermind, looks like maybe i found one here...

http://us.binnacle.com/product_info.php?products_id=5137

will try and order it tonight or tomorrow...will probably call and make sure we can get it in time.

rhsprostar
06-03-2008, 11:22 PM
Let me know if you need some help with finding it. Our second is coming in August and i have ours all lined up! Our first loved the thing. It always meant we were going on the boat or swimming and skiing. She used to try taking it to bed with her!
As far as safety and function goes, it can't be beat...

rhsprostar
06-03-2008, 11:25 PM
http://www.salusmarine.com

flipper
06-03-2008, 11:27 PM
That's crazy.... I just got on here to look this thread up. He's here and ready to go, and I'm going to order right now. Thanks rhsprostar, gonna order it right now!!!! Thanks to all of you for all the help on this one.

edit: I was looking at it, and it says 9 lbs....right now he's only 6. How big was your child when you started using this vest?

brucemac
06-04-2008, 12:06 AM
http://www.salusmarine.com


it's not on their site anymore, or am i missing it?

no matter, i'll give that other link a try tomorrow morning. thanks for the help.

rhsprostar
06-04-2008, 12:33 AM
That's crazy.... I just got on here to look this thread up. He's here and ready to go, and I'm going to order right now. Thanks rhsprostar, gonna order it right now!!!! Thanks to all of you for all the help on this one.

edit: I was looking at it, and it says 9 lbs....right now he's only 6. How big was your child when you started using this vest?

If your wife lets you take him in the boat....than you should be fine. It is adjustable and may seem a little bulky in the front at first but it's awesome. You will be holding him the whole time anyways especially at the start. I think she was around the 8lbs mark when i convinced my wife to go for a tour.....and no they can't be considered a spotter at that age!

rhsprostar
06-04-2008, 12:36 AM
it's not on their site anymore, or am i missing it?

no matter, i'll give that other link a try tomorrow morning. thanks for the help.

It's hard to find visually on the site but look at the center of the page and go slighty to the lower left. You will see the bijoux vest there. I had the same problem awile back.

Ski Bum
06-04-2008, 12:51 AM
My son is 3 now and he spent a lot of time in the boat as a new born. I got him an HO sports vest that had only floatation on the front of the vest and a neck float. This helps babies have a better chance of floating on ther backs. Jackets with floatation on front and back, babies could float eather way.