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Old 09-16-2015, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by 3pointstar View Post
I believe the best approach is common sense.

When our son was born we waited a few months to take him out on the boat - and then was a very slow ride- my concern was a lifejacket for a newborn - we were on an inland lake but the DNR still visits us quite regularly. I agree with those that commented on the heat and sun being the biggest issues. Don't want to bake these little guys (or gals)-- dehydration is a real possibility. Also, (maybe a couple of physicians could chime in) I don't think it would be wise to have a new born bounce around in a boat - possible retina detachment - at such an early age could be damaged.

just my 2 cents

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You're points are spot on. The life jacket you see my son in is approved for 0lbs and up. Heat and sun are real issues, and sunscreen is a tough one for new new borns, they do make infant sunscreen, but even that is really only good after a few months old. A/C and the genny were a huge plus when he was very young.

For what it's worth, my wife is a pediatrician and she wanted him out on the boat as badly as I did!
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:05 AM
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SkaterMike: That's the one you want for an infant. We used that same one for my kids.
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Life vest came from WalMart of all places. We tested it to make sure he would remain face up and it works great. He still wears it and it doesn't bother him a bit.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:16 AM
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There will be a lot of opinions on this. My biggest concern would be the amount of idiots on the water. You can take every precaution in the world, but it only takes one other boat to cause an accident/incident.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by onesickpantera View Post
There will be a lot of opinions on this. My biggest concern would be the amount of idiots on the water. You can take every precaution in the world, but it only takes one other boat to cause an accident/incident.
Yes, but that is also true when the kid is 1 year, 5 years, 15 years...

I prefer not to live in fear.

Plus we were just out on the river with ours, not crossing Lake Michigan or anything.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by onesickpantera View Post
There will be a lot of opinions on this. My biggest concern would be the amount of idiots on the water. You can take every precaution in the world, but it only takes one other boat to cause an accident/incident.
100% true, but no one thinks twice about putting them in a car
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by onesickpantera View Post
There will be a lot of opinions on this. My biggest concern would be the amount of idiots on the water. You can take every precaution in the world, but it only takes one other boat to cause an accident/incident.
The worst thing you can do with kids is over 'shelter' them.

Just look at the teens and early 20's (kids) of today. Prime example of being oversheltered.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:36 AM
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The worst thing you can do with kids is over 'shelter' them.

Just look at the teens and early 20's (kids) of today. Prime example of being oversheltered.
Might want to keep your kids away from those Chicago Clowns though !!!!!
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:45 AM
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Man, I am behind in the times compared to some of you. I blame the wife. Big one has enjoyed this season for sure.
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Originally Posted by RT930turbo View Post
Might want to keep your kids away from those Chicago Clowns though !!!!!
Was that pic taken at the Buffalo poker run? lol

I saw you and your wife with the little ones at the run and I thought it was great to see you having them around the boats and being involved at an early age. My father did with me and I am better for it. If had kids mine would be almost immediately.
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