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Old 05 August 2009, 09:38   #1
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Child life jackets

I am looking for a life jacket for my 2 year old (he's in 3 yr old clothes).

Does anyone have nay recommendations or one that their children have outgrown they would like to sell.

I figure it's about time he starts getting out when it is calm.

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Old 05 August 2009, 09:46   #2
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Crewsaver Spiral. Come in all sizes. Bright blue and yellow. High collar to support the head and complete with crotch straps.

I have 3 or 4 of these in varying sizes and the kids seem happy to put them on.
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Walruz,

You might find this useful: http://www.rnli.org.uk/upload/docume...lifejacket.pdf

We have a Crewsaver (older model looks similar to the Euro 100, but without the "vomit pattern") http://www.crewsaver.co.uk/Crewsaver....html?catid=25

Can't criticise it. Our 18mth old just fits in it, and our 5 1/2 yr old can actually just squeeze in it (although he has upgraded - Mummy got them mixed up and forced it on him!).

That said we have only tried this one (because it was the only one the chandlers had and we wanted to try it on) - what you need is someone with a million kids who will be able to give you a more general view, now where is JSP?
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Walruz,

You might find this useful: http://www.rnli.org.uk/upload/docume...lifejacket.pdf

We have a Crewsaver (older model looks similar to the Euro 100, but without the "vomit pattern") http://www.crewsaver.co.uk/Crewsaver....html?catid=25

Can't criticise it. Our 18mth old just fits in it, and our 5 1/2 yr old can actually just squeeze in it (although he has upgraded - Mummy got them mixed up and forced it on him!).

That said we have only tried this one (because it was the only one the chandlers had and we wanted to try it on) - what you need is someone with a million kids who will be able to give you a more general view, now where is JSP?
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Old 05 August 2009, 10:04   #5
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Walruz,

You might find this useful: http://www.rnli.org.uk/upload/docume...lifejacket.pdf

We have a Crewsaver (older model looks similar to the Euro 100, but without the "vomit pattern") http://www.crewsaver.co.uk/Crewsaver....html?catid=25

Can't criticise it. Our 18mth old just fits in it, and our 5 1/2 yr old can actually just squeeze in it (although he has upgraded - Mummy got them mixed up and forced it on him!).

That said we have only tried this one (because it was the only one the chandlers had and we wanted to try it on) - what you need is someone with a million kids who will be able to give you a more general view, now where is JSP?
A million kids? Good job I don't do a daily head count

I've had a few now, mainly due to them getting ripped and as long as they have the crutch strap then all the makes are just the same. One I've got at the min for my 2 yearold to wear when he goes to see his Nan and grandad on their boat is a Helly Hanson. Just the same as the crew saver and other makes he used to have.
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MMMMMMM kids

Well going by my other posts in the stolen section I`m inclined to say try making one out of concrete and testing it
BUT they are your kids and know about boats and what they cost etc ..
SOOOOOOOO on those lines
Go for the SELF INFLATE crewsaver ones
May cost you bout 90 quid each but whats a life worth

Nice to see / hear someone being saftey consious
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MMMMMMM kids

Well going by my other posts in the stolen section I`m inclined to say try making one out of concrete and testing it
BUT they are your kids and know about boats and what they cost etc ..
SOOOOOOOO on those lines
Go for the SELF INFLATE crewsaver ones
May cost you bout 90 quid each but whats a life worth

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I'd say stick with foam for toddlers.
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Go for the SELF INFLATE crewsaver ones
May cost you bout 90 quid each but whats a life worth

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I don't think they are at all appropriate for a two year old. I wouldn't allow anyone to rely on an auto-inflation life jacket unless I was confident that they could swim long enough to pull the red toggle if the auto mech fails - and preferably blow hard enough (whilst treading water) to inflate it orally if that fails.

A two year old falling in the sea WILL be panicking. No matter how confident they are in the water normally.

Even a five year old, who can swim a width of the local pool - will probably struggle to stay calm and controlled in the cold sea long enough to find and pull the toggle.

My dad's never been out on my boat - but he doesn't swim - and I have often wondered if I would apply the same logic/rule - and I think I would.

Oh - and it could get expensive with children "experimenting" with the manual toggle...
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The recommendations I had from a rib driving mother were :
- buy one with a high rising collar to keep their heads out of the water
- give them a foam one because they like jumping into the water or falling overboard when the boat is stopped

I had my 3 year old out the other day. He was sat between my knees holding onto the steering wheel and loved it.
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I agree regards the foam ones. I have two kids aged 8 and 11 and I will probably move to auto-inflation for the eldest as she has now outgrown her current lifejacket. When the boat is moored and it's a decent day, they like nothing better than sticking on their wetsuits and lifejackets and mucking about in the water. I know in a real-life situation there will be a degree of panic, but if they're too young, you can't rely on an auto-inflation jacket, or the manual toggle as back-up to deploy, especially if there's a number of things all happening at the same time.
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