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Old 04-02-2013, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by XtwentyNot View Post
Get a vest like the one in Franks picture. Stay away from neoprene it rubs their skin raw. Get a good nylon vest.
I disagree with this comment. However, new born vest may be hard to find a neoprene. I could not wait to get my child out of the nylon and into his neo. Again, He did start with nylon because that was all that I could find at the time in his size. Don't cheap out on the LIFE vest. It's like buy a cheap Motorbike helmut.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:07 AM
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Read the label on sunscreen, I think most of them say don't use on kids younger then 6 months.

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Old 04-02-2013, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by swatguy View Post
Ours have the pullover style side entry these days.

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Swatguy, Those vests look awesome!! I just tried a quick search and came up empty as I tried to figure out where I could pick one of those up for my 8 yr old. Would you mind sharing where you were able to find something like this for your crew?

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:18 AM
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They are made by Helium. Which is part of the Stearns/Coleman corporation. I picked mine up from the Stearns website about two yrs ago, but Helium I believe has their own dedicated site now as well and Stearns still shows the close out Helium sales. It's weird

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:26 AM
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:17 AM
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I'll echo all these responses. Boating was one of the easiest hobbies to do when the kids were babies.
Keep em under the Bimini and or throw a light blanket over the baby bucket when they're real little.
Of course common sense items have to be more careful than with a boatload of adults.

When our oldest boy was about 2 we lived in a no observer rule state. He was too big for a baby bucket. So we'd bungy him sitting up in the observer seat while the wife and I skiied.
He loved it and kept him from tipping over!
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:32 AM
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We boated at 2 mo exactly (May 17)

With only one 4 yr old I am not a kids expert but we do boat every weekend May-Oct so a few thoughts -

Biggest mistake is buying a vest to "grow into". If the vest is too big, child tends to slip down into the vest rubbing chin, blocking mouth or nose and generally uncomfortable. Think about when you have borrowed a spare vest too large and fought it for even the short time before getting up, now imagine doing that all day as a kid......
I would error on the side of too small than too large.
We had a variety of vests so the feel was different though out the day and avoid single rub points. Also different vests/flotation whether we were underway or coved. ( I know not necessarily the letter of the law but that is where common sense conflicts with common law)

First year - 3-7 mos- appropriate infant USCG vest to wear while underway. Fortunately we have houseboat/cruiser friends that allowed us some flexibility.

Started swimming in Dec (8mo) at our community indoor pool. Have been swimming about once per week ever since. Swim suit only, never artificial flotation.

Second year (15-19mo) - infant USCG vest while underway but found the head and chest floatation overwhelmingly forcing onto her back while swimming. Started with a floatation swim suit and also used a second (non uscg) vest that had removable foam plates to adjust front/back swim position and buoyancy (Target)

Third year - 2.5yrs old - much the same with more ranging swimming. Often for more than an hour at a time climbing out using swim platform or ladders. Always stressed using swim platform or ladders for entry to avoid excited, unexpected jumps at the dock or on boat.

Forth season - 3.5yrs old - purchased nice Neo vest but slightly too large and experienced chin rub. Switched back to a smaller nylon vest, no problem. Again, think it was more size than fabric issue. Older niece used the neo and loved it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by XtwentyNot View Post
Get a vest like the one in Franks picture. Stay away from neoprene it rubs their skin raw. Get a good nylon vest.
Agree on the neoprene, at least in the very early months. It rubbed both of ours. Toughened them up a bit. Were we to do it over again, nylon for the newborns and transition to the good neoprene vest when they are past 9 months or so.

We had a nice little HO neo vest.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:52 AM
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Livi was 8 weeks old when she got her first boat ride (born on Feb 27th)...she loved the boat and would fall asleep after a short time, even with us footin'.

We always made sure we found flat water...for Livi too!
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:31 PM
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