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tvano

best choice infant life jacket

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tvano

while i appreciate all of the safety tips your chafing to share let's limit this discussion to life jackets that you, personally, have seen IN ACTION: actually floating an infant stably face-up independent of adult intervention.

background:  it's been a long time since our kids were infants.  wayyyy back then finding a functional life jacket for a 4 to 10 mos. was very difficult.  we tried several different styles in the pool and, invariably, their little floaty rear end would pop up and the big head would roll face down.

foreground: yes, it's seldom necessary (but, likely, safest) NOT to take an infant out on the boat but we all want to share the family boating experience and acclimate the little guys to lake life.  

please help me find the perfect, safest life jacket for the little guys.

thanks 

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ahopkinsVTX

We just bought the latest hyperlite one, https://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Hyperlite-Girl-s-Toddler-Indy-CGA-Vest_10382766_10208_10000001_-1_

It floats our daughter face up. Ive tested it a few different times a few different times over the last month as she has grown and gained a few pounds. Still works as of yesterday. I don’t see how she could ever float face down in it. I haven’t tested if she will roll over from face down but from her side she rolls to her back every time. She’s 10.5 months old and weighs almost 20lbs. 

Her tourso is short though so she’s very squished in it. We have yet to find one that is short enough in the tourso. Hopefully she keeps growing and gets taller because us we are holding her in the water she is absolutely miserable in it and the two others we’ve tried. 

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