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INDyak
03-23-2019, 10:10 AM
Looking for recommendations for a PFD for my 3 year old..does everyone prefer the autos or regular ones for kids? I found an auto that inflated as soon as its immersed but also has a rip cord..(kids like to play with stuff) so not sure about the rip cord. This Is what i was looking at..
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And the link: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Automatic-Manual-Inflatable-Life-Jacket-Lifejacket-PFD-Life-Vest-Inflate-Survival-Aid-Lifesaving-PFD-for-Children-Youth-Kids-Pink-Color/341046775?selected=true

Let me know your experiences/opinions please.

SuperDave336
03-23-2019, 10:28 AM
We are looking too for one for my 4 yr old girl. No way would I get her an auto inflating one though. We would be having to fix it constantly. I think probably safer to with regular ones. Just my opinion though.

INDyak
03-23-2019, 10:31 AM
That's kinda what we were discussing, but then it also came up as to whether shed keep a regular one all day..

SuperDave336
03-23-2019, 10:37 AM
We are forcing the point when near water she has to keep it on. If she removes it then no more water or kayak.

INDyak
03-23-2019, 10:52 AM
That's a good idea, out plan too. Especially in the boat, never thought about trying to put her in the yak..lol. What you think of the body suit ones? Similar to this 335956

SuperDave336
03-23-2019, 10:55 AM
I didn’t even know they had those, that might be the best yet. My wife was telling me some kind didn’t do so well and could roll them over onto face so I’m gonna research that before buying anything but I do like this suit!

We bought her the lifetime youth kayak but haven’t given it to her yet. In pink of course....lol

INDyak
03-23-2019, 11:00 AM
Yea that was another consideration..I have noticed most kids ones tend to have the float in the front as opposed to the back. Her old one was this way...glad you mentioned that..I'll look into it to. I'd kinda like a grab handle on the back, just in case. The PFD for the dog has one, be nice to be able to snatch her up if need be, but WILL go in after her lol

SuperDave336
03-23-2019, 11:10 AM
Oh heck yeah I’d get wet as well. I can swim and she is still learning. I like the handles too. Wife said some with the higher neck and handles were the ones flipping them so make sure you do research. Water still cold so I have time before we need one. I’m thinking maybe even let her first time or two be in a pool.

INDyak
03-23-2019, 11:18 AM
Yea, for sure. That's why I posted here is for info like that. Glad I did. The one we had for her last year was a good one but pretty sure shes outgrown it. So on to the next one, but you know how it goes if you got one this age lol.

bfish
03-23-2019, 07:18 PM
This style is what my kids liked: https://www.dhresource.com/0x0s/f2-albu-g5-M00-ED-07-rBVaJFi_YqWAFBgDAAHNwbIuz7I499.jpg/life-vest-jackets-for-kids-water-sports-life.jpg Not the best, but safe enough for my water loving kids while they were on the dock hanging out. When they were on the boat they got regular vest with head flap.

lowe rider
03-23-2019, 07:23 PM
Some states will not allow inflatables on children.

Hanr3
03-23-2019, 08:50 PM
My grandkids (5, 3, and 3) wear lifejackets with handles on the back of the neck. I can snatch them out of the water with the handle. Plus they like to jump off the side of the boat, swim to the back, climb up the ladder and repeat for hours. No way I'd give them a self-inflator to swim in.

INDyak
03-23-2019, 09:10 PM
My grandkids (5, 3, and 3) wear lifejackets with handles on the back of the neck. I can snatch them out of the water with the handle. Plus they like to jump off the side of the boat, swim to the back, climb up the ladder and repeat for hours. No way I'd give them a self-inflator to swim in.

This would be strictly for the boat. Not a swim aid type. And she wont be allowed to jump out..I'm looking at a jon boat. Rather her not be jumping in that lol.

INDyak
03-23-2019, 09:11 PM
Also what type do they use?..weve both decided we think wed like the handle..also a crotch strap in the chance wed have to snatch her out of the drink..

Locator79
03-24-2019, 07:51 PM
If it's not coast guard rated on the tag, it's not legal. Inflatable for kids isn't legal in IN. Things to keep in mind.

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INDyak
03-24-2019, 09:12 PM
If it's not coast guard rated on the tag, it's not legal. Inflatable for kids isn't legal in IN. Things to keep in mind.

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Thanks, I knew the coast guard thing but couldnt find for sure that inflatables werent legal for kids. Was kinda one of those, 'hey what about these' deals. We're gonna continue to look..just got a boat today so got a little while..

SuperDave336
03-24-2019, 09:36 PM
Congrats on boat!

wicklundrh
03-25-2019, 06:33 AM
Two things to look at, does it auto roll them on their back, and does it keep their head/neck out of water. If not, don't buy it.

Another thing, studies prove that it usually isn't the kids falling out, it is adults. Part of keeping kids safe is ensuring you can get back to the boat and back to them.

Hanr3
03-28-2019, 08:14 PM
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OBRIAN lifejacket- back strap and crotch strap. Plus they have a zip front and buckles. USGC approved too.
https://www.amazon.com/OBrien-Child-Neoprene-Life-Vest/dp/B00NQN0UOY/ref=sr_1_3?hvadid=78271537424404&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=obrien+life+jacket+kids&qid=1553821977&s=gateway&sr=8-3

I'm not endorsing Amazon or that seller. Just a picture with details about the vest and a rough idea of cost.

INDyak
03-28-2019, 08:42 PM
We both like that one. How big is that kid? Only asking bc reviews say it runs small online..

INDyak
03-30-2019, 05:28 PM
Well our local(1 hr away) academy has a sale of fishing gear today and we found and bought her one..so thank you everyone for your input..
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INDyak
03-30-2019, 05:29 PM
15$ and got the crotch and lift strap..

SuperDave336
03-30-2019, 05:48 PM
I like that. That’s about how far away an academy is from us as well. Sort of want to go fit one instead of buying online but we still have time until warmer kayak weather. Not long though.

INDyak
03-30-2019, 08:37 PM
I like that. That’s about how far away an academy is from us as well. Sort of want to go fit one instead of buying online but we still have time until warmer kayak weather. Not long though.

Well idk now, we had snow today here..lol. Might make the trip ours had 25% off alot of fishing/boating stuff today..