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Old 08-12-2010   #1
Stoner, Colorado
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Child PFD I've got a burly little 20 month old and she needs another life vest/pfd. The infant ones have the entire back pad thing and she has developed past that. She wants to roll over in the water and that stiff back pad on the infant vest just keeps her head underwater. We are headed to the ocean this time but she will be on float trips soon. She is 26.5 pounds and most of the next ones up say they are from 30 pounds and up. Any recommendations out there?

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Old 08-13-2010   #2
Helena, Montana
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high protien diet & free weights...... she'll fit right into that 30# vest.

this is clearly the only viable solution.

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Old 08-13-2010   #3
timbuktu, Colorado
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Try the Extrasport childs vest. She's a little light weight for it but this version has the strap between the legs. It's the best option I've found out there. Either that or Walmart occasionally sells a sponge bob square pants infants vest without the head flap deal. You could also cut off the head flap on the one you have.
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Old 08-13-2010   #4
Helena, Montana
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in all seriousness, the style w/the crotch strap seems like the only way to go for the wee ones. their little bodies are just the wrong shape to stay all the way in otherwise.
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Old 08-13-2010   #5
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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My son was a little tank as well. We bought Sterns life vest with the crotch strap. However, the Sterns children vest don't have any flotation on the back. It is all on the chest and the head flap.
He would roll over and play in the water at our zero entry pool and the vest allowed plenty of mobility. But, when he got in a little deeper water it would assist him to his back and the majority of his head out of the water.
It is a little early for your daughter, but he uses an Astrl Otter vest and it is awesome. Highest float of the children vest and super comfortable.
Congratulations to you and your wife for getting your little one out into the water.
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Old 08-13-2010   #6
Stoner, Colorado
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Thanks all. I'll check out these options. The wife definitely will not go for the custom scissor job though!
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Old 08-13-2010   #7
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MTI and extrasport make infant/child pfds.
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Old 08-13-2010   #8
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The infant extrasport is the one we use - has the leg loop, floatation is on the front and under the neck/head with the flap. Keeps our monkey face up in the water, the handle on the float collar is extremely handy and expedites water extractions. It's also a good handle to help stabilize them when wading over slick rocks on the shore and for swinging and chucking him into swim holes. It's made for under 50 lbs. He's 3, weighs 35 lbs.

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