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It's a Stearns, most like this one:

Infants Heads-Up® Life Vest @ Stearns



Our 2.5 year old has a very similar one that carries the Bass Pro Shops brand.
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She's just about ready to move to the next size.
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It's a Stearns, most like this one:

Infants Heads-Up® Life Vest @ Stearns

Our 2.5 year old has a very similar one that carries the Bass Pro Shops brand.
That's perfect! I appreciate the advice. I've ordered one and am planning on taking out the little guy this weekend for his first sail.
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Here's the little guy (now at 7 months) on a friend's sailboat in Annapolis:



How did your sail go?
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'just a cautionary note here to add to all the joys with toddlers on board. Much concern has been given to the risks of falls and water, but we experienced great risk with running rigging. Once, when our young son was standing behing our center cockpit, we gybed and a loop of our mainsheet was thrown about his neck as the boom swung across the deck. Thanks to moderate wind and a quick response to lift him as he was lifted off the deck and grab the sheet, he was not harmed beyond a rope burn on his neck. We added a new rule for children aboard,- no child behind the main winches when sailing. It's wise to judge by your own configuration, but take note of your running rigging risks. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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How did your sail go?
It was great! I found a nearly identical lifejacket at Dicks Sporting Goods. They had/probably still are having a sale and we purchased 4 different sizes (for 2 kids). I was surprised at how neither minded wearing them and they actually were upset when we took them off.
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Good tip, CaptainForce.
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great reads, I have been reluctant to take my toddler sailing, but i feel better about it now. I feared that everyone would have had negative experiences, but feel encouraged to get her out on the water now. I want to do a long sail, but judging by some responses, i may want to expose her to it on a day-sail basis first.
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Yeah, go for it. Our daughter, now 13 mo., has been on a few daysails with us since May I think. She loves it. She staggers around on the cockpit sole; up until recently she has not been able to climb up onto the cockpit benches. Her favorite things are: the buttons on the tiller pilot, and the gimbaling oil lantern.

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My advice is to plan some VERY short trips -- less than 2 hours -- and bring snacks. It's been hard for me to keep my 4.5 and 2.5 year old girls interested for longer than that so far...
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