Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Life Jacket, Eh?

Over the past two weekends, Eric and I have been preparing for the arrival of our daughter. We've done all of the things land-based expectant parents do (purchased car seats, stocked up on diapers--we even bought a new car), but since we live on a boat, we also had to find items that will allow us to sail with our daughter. Not surprisingly, the most important thing we had to get was a life jacket.

Just like our dog, whose unbalanced proportions don't allow him to swim successfully, our daughter will also need a life vest to compensate for her top-heavy physique and inability to swim. To find a suitable infant life jacket, Eric and I ventured to Fort Lauderdale, the boating mecca of South Florida, to see what options were available. Sadly, we were more than disappointed by what we discovered. For starters, there was very little in terms of selection. There was even less in terms of quality.  Apparently, "sailing infants" do not account for a large enough segment of the market to warrant the production of seaworthy life vests...unless you live in Canada. Yes, our friendly northern neighbors have produced the perfect infant life vest:

Salus Marine Wear Bijoux Baby Flotation Life Vest
(Not our baby)
The Bijoux Baby Life Vest is much more robust than anything we were able to find locally in stores. It is designed around the shape of an infant's body, as opposed to other infant life jackets, which are merely scaled down versions of adult vests. The Bijoux Baby Life Vest's design accounts for an infant's inability to maneuver strategically in the water by ensuring that the baby floats face up should they happen to fall in. It also has a special 3-piece collar that supports the baby's head when the child is lifted out of the water by the straps. In addition, this vest is also comfortable for the baby to wear outside of the water, and considering our plan is to keep our daughter in the boat, her comfort while dry is also extremely important.

We were so impressed by all of the life jacket's features and positive reviews that we ordered one--in pink:


Now that we have a life vest that we can feel confident about, we are ready to set sail with our daughter...the only thing we are waiting on is her arrival.

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