The Best Life Jackets for kids

Sumner is around the corner along with beach visits and pool parties. When you add a young kid on the mix, safety comes first as a Life Jacket.

Of course, nothing is easy when it comes to choose the very best life jacket for a kid. Age and size of the kid is a must when choosing the life jacket, but (as I discover whit mine) kids also have a way to show what they like and dislike.

Here is a list of the Best Life Jackets on the market along with a short review to compare and help you pick the one best suited for your child.

The Best Life Jacket for Toddlers

Stohlquist Toddler Life Jacket

This Coast Guard Approved Life Vest for Infants was designed to keep your child safe and comfortable. As your young one begins to paddle and kick in the water, this PFDs design allows for freedom of movement.

The Stohlquist allows full arm mobility so kids can play and swim. Its fully adjustable straps and easy entry front zipper with security buckle ensure the best fit for your kid. Its double collar offers great mobility and comfort, on top of supporting the infant’s head in the water.

This great life jacket specifically designed for kids 8 to 30lbs is secure enough to do not allow little fingers to undo a strap and defeat the safety purpose of it. Is also adjustable and accommodate their growing body, and have a good neck support.

Stohlquist also offers the Stohlquist Kids Life Jacket that fit kids from 30 to 50lbs and also come in great bright colors.

The best life jacket for kids learning how to swim

Speedo Kids’ UPF 50+

These life jacket is specially designed for a child already familiar with the water who is learning to swim.

It gives every child the extra confidence to get in and try to start swimming without the fear of sinking.

This Speedo jacket is minimalist enough that it allows full arm movement and simply serves as an aid in learning to swim.

Its full front zipper allows for an easy on and off and its safety closure helps secure the zipper in an upright position.

It comes in different colors and two sizes:

Medium: 2-4 Years, 22″ max chest, 33-45 pounds
Large: 4-6 Years, 24″ max chest, 45-60 pounds

The best life jacket for infants

Stearns Classic Series Infant Vest

Specially fitted for infants under 30 lbs, this US Coast Guard approved life jacket is great for a day on the boat or beach and in the pool.

Its closed sides adds a feeling of warmth and security to the baby, a must for them!

A rescue handle allows adults to easily move the infant from the water or the boat and it has one adjustable chest belt, a zipper and an adjustable crotch strap for a tight and secure fit.

The shell is treated with antimicrobial protection that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

The best Floaties for kids

Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe

This US Coast Guard-approved life jacket can be used instead of a Type III PFD to help keep your child safe while they play in the water. The premium construction is made from woven polyester, a softer fabric for less chafing.

Designed for children 30 to 50 pounds, the Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe, comes in a wide range of colors.

Its adjustable buckle at the back offers a secure fit, and is certified for use on boats.

This kids floatie offers the flexibility of water arm bands and the security of a life jacket.

Some considerations before buying a life jacket for your kid

It’s always a good idea when buying a life jacket to consider the US Coastguard’s recommendations with safety. They advise to test immediately on a swimming pool any Type 11 Infant PFD purchased, before using it on a boat, lake or beach.

Also, you may want to weigh-up the cost-per-use: kids and infants grow at a incredible fast pace and may need a bigger size after a short period of time. You may not be able to use the same life jacket next summer.

As with all things with babies and toddlers, size, comfort and convenience really depends on your individual child.