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DH and I love to kayak. DH has been wanting to take DD (almost 12mos) out for the first time but I am a bit unsure. Do you kayak with your LO? At what age? Any tips (must do/must NOT do?) If we decide to try it, what PFD would you recommend for her?<br><br>
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If you lo would be happy in a kyak (I'm not sure most 12mos would like to be that confined, but you never know) then I don't have a problem with it on calm waters with a proper PDF. You want one like this: <a href="http://www.mustangsurvival.com/products/product.php?id=397" target="_blank">http://www.mustangsurvival.com/produ...uct.php?id=397</a> that has the floaty part that goes behind the head. These vests are designed to flip a baby/child on their back so they don't end up face down in the water.
 

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Assuming you mean calm-water kayaking I'd have no problem with it. Like PP said, you'd want a good PFD, of course. But, I've never even come close to tipping a kayak.<br><br>
I do think it would depend on the kid, though. If she's the type to listen and stay seated I'd be more likely to try it than with a kid who's likely to try to stand up.<br><br>
I'd probably avoid really long trips, or trips with lots of rocks or other obstacles... basically make it an easy trip.
 

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We took ds rafting from when he was about 10months old. He loves it!<br><br>
We go on a river which is mostly very calm, slow water, with a few 'rapids' (nothing major), and they have really good nachos at the River Ranch at the end of the trip! Takes about 2-4 hours to do the whole thing depending on where we start.<br><br>
We have a PDF similar to the one a pp posted, but now that ds can swim really well, we only put it on him durring the rapids.
 

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Yes, it would be calm water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Anyone done this?
 

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We've been taking dd kayaking since she was just over a year--as soon as it was kayaking weather after her first birthday. We have a tandem kayak and I sit in the front and dh sits in the back. We put a spare PFD on the floor between dh's legs for her to sit on. I've since seen <a href="http://www.austinkayak.com/products/289/Kayak-Child-Seat-Slip-In.html" target="_blank">these seats</a>, but we won't bother using a special seat like that. Make sure you have the right size PFD--I think the split between sizes is 30 pounds. She has always been quite content to sit still in the kayak, regardless of how busy she is on land. Now she's four and kayaking is something she loves and looks forward to doing once the weather cooperates. I've always really liked the fact that the three of us were in a boat together, but I think it would have worked fine with her riding with one parent.
 

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DS1 has been kayaking with DH and/or I for the last couple years - we live 1/2 mile from a nice big lake and go fairly frequently in the spring/summer/fall. Just make sure dc has a good pdf on and have fun. It took ds1 a while to really enjoy it... I think he mostly disiked it till he was ~18-24 months. GOod luck!!
 

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I'd recommend <a href="http://www.bartswatersports.com/catalog/Childrens_Life_Jackets/Childrens_Life_Jackets/InfantLifeJackets/Barts_Baby_Safe_Infant_Life_Jacket_KN9V11/index.asp" target="_blank">this</a> life jacket for babies. DD wore it from 6 months on, and it still fits her at 2yo. The design is more comfy than a traditional vest and fits babies better
 
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