• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
delmuts

Floatation for Infant Car Seat

Recommended Posts

delmuts

We have grand children that are to small for any type of life vest. I adjusted one of my life jackets to fit around the car seat. Any other suggestions for very little ones while in a boat? Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
skee0025

If their that small, do they really need to be hitting the water? I wouldn't let my kids in the boat until they had a properly fitting life vest. Nothing you can whip up in the garage is going to be effective enough if something should happen.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TruthWalleyes

We have grand children that are to small for any type of life vest. I adjusted one of my life jackets to fit around the car seat. Any other suggestions for very little ones while in a boat? Thanks!

Hang onto them and go slow. I had a buddy bring a child in a carseat into the boat a few years ago. Make me incredibly nervous. I didn't go above idle. I told him he is 100% responsible when a CO writes you a ticket.

Go buy a lifejacket and travel at your own risk.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MinDak Hunter

My little guy was born in May (2007) @5lbs 14oz and we had him in a life vest in early July. Unless the child is 4lbs there should be many choices at Overtons, Mills Fleet, ect...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
nofishfisherman

We have grand children that are to small for any type of life vest. I adjusted one of my life jackets to fit around the car seat. Any other suggestions for very little ones while in a boat? Thanks!

My only suggestion is that if you can't find a properly fitting life jacket for the infant then you absoultely should not take the kid on the boat. I know they make jackets for infants so keep looking to see if you can find one that fits.

On the other hand the kid is too young to find a vest for that means they are too young to be aware enough to enjoy themselves while on the boat so why bring them? The adults might think its fun to bring them but the kid won't know any different. Also keep in mind that infants that young shouldn't be out in the sun without being completely covered, they also can't regulate their temp very well. All in all just not a good idea in my opinion.

Lastly, going without a properly fitting vest is illegal. Your homemade carseat floatation won't cut it and could easily be more dangerous.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CaptainMusky

I think its smart that you are asking for some guidance here, but it really scares me to think what MAY happen should an infant be in a carseat even with some sort of flotation on it.

It would likely float with them face in the water or even upside down. Obviously not desireable.

They do make infant life jackets. I had them for my kids. Had them in my boat when they were only a couple months old. They have what looks like a big neck brace on the back which keeps their head up.

I purchased mine from gander mtn, but cabelas, even walmart should carry them.

I will be honest, they will NOT like them. Not comfortable, but you would beat yourself up pretty bad by not taking the right approach here and something were to happen.

I received a ticket for an infant without a life jacket because a friend of mine took it off just to feed her kid as we were putting to the landing, basically just waiting for the dock to clear. I didnt even know she did it, but the sheriff saw it and swooped right in. I was bummed, but paid regardless.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SkunkedAgain

Another one for the infant life jacket. My daughter was born in December and we had her in an infant jacket in early April. She didn't like it but she wore it. Also make sure that everything is snug!

I also strongly agree not to keep the baby strapped into any kind of car seat. Do you know how that thing might roll if the baby is in it? Stick 15lbs in the seat and test your contraption in a pool. I bet that it rolls over and puts the carseat face-down in the water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
OnAFly

I would just give it a little time. Better to wait til next summer to bring them out than have something happen and have to live with it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Eric_Kruger

I would at least wait till the baby can hold its head up. that way you can put it in an infant life preserver. I would still wait till next summer though. and I wouldnt under any circumstance put a life preserver on a car seat.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bassfshin24

Got ours at cabelas. Not the most comfortable looking. But works. Only idled out in front of the cabin.

207996_879199057046_1433775819_n_zps8555

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tom7227

I think the need for a proper life jacket has been pretty well supported here. I am wondering about the use of a car seat and a life jacket - either in the mode the poster started with or with a proper size jacket for the baby. The pic posted by the gentleman with the baby and yellow jacket seems perfectly safe in terms of the jacket but I'm not so sure about having the baby on your lap, at least while running around. Any thoughts?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
aanderud

I think the need for a proper life jacket has been pretty well supported here. I am wondering about the use of a car seat and a life jacket - either in the mode the poster started with or with a proper size jacket for the baby. The pic posted by the gentleman with the baby and yellow jacket seems perfectly safe in terms of the jacket but I'm not so sure about having the baby on your lap, at least while running around. Any thoughts?

I'm not convinced a car seat with a kid in a life jacket buckled in it would work correctly. First off, the car seat buckles/straps are meant to be tight to the infant. In fact, on the way home from the hospital a friend was told that the clothing he swaddled his kid in was too thick and needed to be removed to make the carseat fit propertly/snugly to the infant. Second, who knows if the life preserver would keep the kid's head out of the water if the seat was to go overboard. The life preserver has been designed and tested so that it keeps a kid's head out of the water, even if the kid knows nothing about swimming. In fact, it'll turn a kid the correct way automatically, if worn correctly, even if you were to set the infant in the water face-down. I'm not sure it works the same when you add a 10 or 15 pound carseat.

I have to think that the safest thing to do with your infant if you want him/her on the boat is to hold her as pictured above. Seems to work in airplanes (there's even a phrase that they'll print on your ticket: infant-in-arms). My only suggestion is that the person responsible for (and holding) the infant in a boat should be a non-driver.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bassfshin24

I should have mentioned that I only took a picture with her on my lap. I would not drive around with her in my lap. I make my wife sit in the middle with my daughter on her lap.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wayne123

I would say that a clear day on a quiet lake and going slow is as important as some type of floatation. I would not want them shaken too much by waves. Stay close to some place where you can get off the lake quickly if the weather changes.

When our kids were too small for life jackets we put them in the car seat with a life jacket tied to it. It would not float them upright but I felt safer having them in a car seat because it eliminated the risk of them slipping out of someones hands.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Pat K

According to the county deputy down the street, a correct size infant life jacket is the only legal flotation device that can be used. It is also unsafe to have them strapped into anything like a car seat or tethered to any part of the boat.

He said that because of the weight of the child and design of the car seat they will almost always float child down!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Down Deep

Go to Gander, Target or Walmart they have flotation swim suits that will fit kids from infant to about 6 years old. I believe they also have USCG approval.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
delmuts

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

Announcements



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • BRL
      Ugly Saturday on Norwegian Bay. One Pike off of Windsock Island, nothing else much to speak of. Cold and windy but finished off with a beautiful Evening. There were a couple of good eyes caught near the north end, a 27" and a couple in the slots but most boats didn't see much. I saw 2 caught in front of the beach at Life of Riley in a matter of a couple minutes.  Sunday morning we met up with some friends and went out of Tower. Dragging bottom bouncers with minnows in 24-32' produced 11 keepers between the 4 of us, largest about 16" and lots of throw backs. Best luck just off of Priest Island. 4 hours of fishing with everyone except me pulling them in the boat until the last 10 minutes I put two in the livewell. I broke off with 10 minutes to go and was going to quit when everyone said "no, keep going!"  Glad I did cause I finished strong and redeemed myself. Never give up!
    • JBMasterAngler
      Went to Franconia on Saturday. Wind was cold and miserable! With it howling straight downstream, my options were pretty limited, so we mostly trolled up and down the main channel. Caught 1 pike, 2 smallies, and 1 white bass.
    • ANYFISH2
      Things seem to be moving right along.  Yesterday on a small Cass county lake we found sunfish and crappies in 6ft+/- ft of water with some crappies already on beds.
    • osok
      Looks like it was a successful outing ST. My boat probably  hates me as I haven't had it out for a swim yet. MAYBE, if I'm lucky I will be able to get out over Memorial weekend. Thanks for the report.  
    • monstermoose78
      Most of the streams are small. Where I focus is the small streams in the back country for brook trout. Casting is hard on these streams. Some of the bigger rivers can be good. Remember the crazy rules on these streams. 
    • monstermoose78
      Wow Eyeguy you can catch them and panfish. Keep it up and let’s hear about some details.
    • monstermoose78
      The walleye bite is heating up around the area. Bass are on the beds and panfish are keeping most anglers busy. Remember the new pike regs are in place now. Good luck and let’s hear some reports and see some more photos!! Thank you to all that check my reports. I am off to get some fishing in. 
    • monstermoose78
      Hello everyone,  please check out the fishing report clubs. I believe the first few members can get in free. I hope you are all doing well fishing and hunting. I look forward to reading your reports.  If you any questions just ask. thank you, monstermoose
    • ANYFISH2
      Thanks for the reports guys.
    • MinnowBuckets
      The last few days have been pretty hot on areas of the river for a lot of nice bass between 16-18 inches, topping out at 19 inches for my largest. Many were fish located on spawning beds, some hitting aggressively and immediately, and some not interested in even acknowledging the bait. I started out with a 4 inch wacky worm on a VMC wacky weedless jighead, but found that I was getting larger, more aggressive fish by switching to a 5 inch wacky. I would Imagine that the spawn will be all but over within a few days.