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Anyone have any recommendation on life vests for infants? We are going to be out a lot starting in a few weeks and are preparing for the baby onboard!
 

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I forgot what brand I used, but they had a handle and would float the kid upright. We also put our daughter into survival/rescue swimming lessons as soon as we could. Those lessons were awesome. No replacement for a PFD, but dang sure got my daughter comfortable in the water before she could speak sentences.
 

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I never found a big quality difference between west marine, basspro, and walmart, for the basic ones, so I just go where it's most convenient.

When they are really small put them in one that has upright flotation and a head support like this. Just be aware that the strap can chafe between their legs if they run aloft, so my kids wear little shorts.
https://www.amazon.com/Stearns-Infa...t+life+jackets+0-30+lbs&qid=1575315872&sr=8-3

Once they get like a year and a half upgrade to one like this. It's like swimming wings and a vest in one and is CG certified. It works great off the boat too, pool, waterpark.... and no leg strap needed.
https://www.amazon.com/Stearns-Pudd...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
 

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I never found a big quality difference between west marine, basspro, and walmart, for the basic ones, so I just go where it's most convenient.

When they are really small put them in one that has upright flotation and a head support like this. Just be aware that the strap can chafe between their legs if they run aloft, so my kids wear little shorts.
https://www.amazon.com/Stearns-Infa...t+life+jackets+0-30+lbs&qid=1575315872&sr=8-3

Once they get like a year and a half upgrade to one like this. It's like swimming wings and a vest in one and is CG certified. It works great off the boat too, pool, waterpark.... and no leg strap needed.
https://www.amazon.com/Stearns-Pudd...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
I can vouch for both of those options as being good ones.
 

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Small kids love wearing life jackets (not really.) In the infant size, you might be able to get away without too much complaining. But once they get older, the puddle jumpers are a game changer. Or at a minimum, let your child pick out the one that is the most comfortable.
 

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For the infants, just get the infant PFD from West Marine. As they get a little older, spend the money on a good youth PFD made for kayaking like those from Extrasport or Kokatat. They are way more comfortable and the kids don't mind wearing them as much.
 
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The cheap bps brand is great especially in Florida bc they are a lot cooler than the neoprene ones and allow a lot of flexibility.
 

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I've always used the West Marine ones. Just make sure that the infant ones have the giant head halo so they'll stay head up in the water. Pic related: Life jacket with halo and pack and play in cockpit. View attachment 104214
lol my wife loves that. Thanks for all the info guys.
 
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i also liked the Mustang when kids were little. Northwest River Supplies has decent stuff and you can get a knowledgeable person on the phone.
 
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