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DD is 16 mo and 22 pounds. I got her an infant LJ and it flips her on her back and she hates it. She wants to be upright. Any suggestions?
 

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I think that is the point of an infant life jacket. They are supposed to keep babies on their back with their head high and clear of the water so they will not drown if they fall in the water.<br><br>
Why are you using one? If you are using one while swimming, I would just not use one at all and have her in your arms at all times. If she is playing in very shallow water, I assume you are right there and she wouldn't need one either. If she were around deep water, like on a boat and just wearing one as a safety precaution, you won't have to worry about it flipping her, as she won't be in the water.
 

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We live on the river. The river doesn't have a very fast current but it does have one. I am just scared on the off chance I let go of her. I can touch the bottom of the river.
 

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When DS was little and didn't swim, we used this when we were playing in the ocean "just in case" he slipped out from my arms...<br><br><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/NWOT-BOYS-IRONMAN-FLOATIE-SWIMSUIT-XS-22-30-LBS-CUTE_W0QQitemZ190231707314QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item190231707314&_trkparms=72%3A552%7C39%3A1%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/NWOT-BOYS-IRONMA...d=p3286.c0.m14</a>
 

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I would definitely keep her in a life jacket that keeps her on her back with her head up then. Better a mad child than a child who may drown. Sorry to be so frank, but I would not allow anything else on my son in that situation.
 

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What about a life jacket that keeps her up? When I was little I wore a big orange one. Are they that much less safe?
 

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I think the problem is that any life jacket that will allow her to be upright (i.e. doesn't have MORE floatation material on the front) would not necessarily keep her from tipping face forward if she did get caught in the current and pulled away from you.<br><br>
If you are just looking for something that would keep her above water for a few seconds if she slipped out of your arms, something that is more balanced (like a swim vest that is just meant to give extra support, rather than keep them afloat/alive if they fall out of a boat etc) would probably be fine. If you are concerned that she might actually float away from you in the current, and be on her own for a few minutes or more, than I would probably stick w/ the infant vest, even if she doesn't like it.
 
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