Posted by: Nicholas | January 28, 2012

Lifejackets for toddlers

At the London Boat Show earlier in January, I bought lifejackets for Alasdair and Lucy.

I was lucky enough to spend some time talking to someone (I’m afraid I didn’t get his name) who worked for manufacturer Crewsaver. As well as helping me check that the lifejackets were the correct size, he gave me some useful tips for keeping children harnessed safely on board.

  • Small fingers have flexibility and patience – they are capable of unclipping a harness attached to the D-Ring in the middle of their back.
  • Instead of using a harness with a clip at each end, find (or make) one with a loop of webbing at one end and a clip at the other.
  • Attach the harness to the lifejacket using the loop (i.e. by taking the clip end, passing it through the D-ring and then through the loop). This can’t be undone by little fingers, no matter how hard they try
  • An additional benefit is that the loop is lighter and less bulky than a clip, which means they are much less uncomfortable and irritable.

It sounds like good advice and I will be buying a couple of new harnesses with a loop and a clip for our next trip.