Baby's First Canoe Trips
Reviewing the Salus Bijoux Infant PFD
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my husband Bryan and I found out we were pregnant with our little girl
we started thinking about water safety for our baby.
We had read some reviews about the and talked to a few
people, but were still not sure if this would be the right pfd for our
daughter Kaia. Her life is certainly worth more to us than the $89 price
tag but we wanted to be sure this was the right one for her. Also, Kaia
was to be our last child so this would only be used for a short time.
We borrowed a Salus Bijoux from friends. They had a boy so the one we
used was blue but it also comes in other colours, including a very girly
Once we were home we put Kaia in the Bijoux. It was a
little tricky to get on because she decided she wanted to play with
the buckles but once she was distracted all was good. At first she hated
it but when she found that she could easily sit up in it without it
pushing onto her chin like less inexpensive models we had tried, she
settled down. Unlike the very inexpensive infant life jackets which
are built similar to a life jacket for an older child with the floatation
around the entire torso and behind the head, the Bijoux only has floatation
behind the head and in the front covering the baby's chest and belly.
The back of the Bijoux sports a breathable mesh harness which houses
the adjustment straps and keeps the life jacket securely in place. Because
the floatation is behind the head and around the belly ensures if the
baby falls into the water she or he will be cradled face up in the water
with no risk of her little face being submerged. It's also much cooler
in the hot weather so baby doesn't overheat.
We tested the pfd in the pool before taking her out in
the canoe. We didn't even have time to bat an eyelash and the Salus
Bijoux had flipped her over onto her back. Kaia was not impressed with
getting her hair wet but we tried it once more. Same results but this
time with smiles. Perfect. The next step was to try it in a controlled
capsize at a local river where we had the same results.
The Bijoux does not restrict Kaia's movement. She can
crawl and walk while wearing it; she can sit and play comfortably. The
only downfall I found is that it is rated for babies weighing 9 to 25
pounds which means you will likely only get one season out of it unless
you have a peanut of a little girl like we do. Our only issue was waiting
for our little one to be big enough to fit in the lower end of the weight
Even if you could only get one season out of this product,
it is still completely worth purchasing for the peace of mind alone.
You can't really put a price on safety. It is a great buy and has enabled
us to take our little one on several wilderness canoe trips.
by Laurie March
Photo of Kaia sporting a snazzy pfd, by Laurie March