I'm SO glad to see other RiverMommas out there!!!
Our son (John) has been on the river since he was 4 months old. We had a hard time finding good "little" gear and wanted him to be safe AND comfortable. We finally found a great life-jacket for him. It was hard because when their so little, they don't have much of a neck - LOL!
Mountain Baby Clothes, Children's Clothing & Outdoor Camping Gear
is a great source for gear! Kinda pricey but...
So far so good. John is 16 months and had more river miles than most of my adult friends! We joke that he'll be a guide before he's 3 . . . He LOVES anything to do with water. He yells "boat" when ever he sees anything kayak-shaped on roof-racks... What else would you bother to tie-down to your car??? He might be a little obsessed with water and so we've enrolled him in swimming lessons. John's working on jumping in and swimming to the surface with out a PFD in our local pool.
As long as safety is your first concern - that you should not have to "give up" your river life-style. My husband and I take turns rowing. My husband is the expert on the sticks and will row any new rivers or anything over class II if the baby's on board... SELECTIVE ClassIII is our limit until he can swim WELL.
Some of our favorite family runs...
*Gunnison Almont to Whitewater Park - to McCabe's in low water, the Park's too much in high water
*Lower Taylor - in Low water (around 600 cfs) John's fave - splish splash!!!
*San Juan - early/late season because of temps, not flows
*Colorado - Glenwood Town Run
*Colorado - Ruby / Horse-thief Canyons
Anybody else have good family runs?? Has Anyone done the Green w/kids?