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The Best Kids’ Life Jackets For Your Child’s Total Protection

Updated on November 23, 2010

There are a lot of great things to do while going boating with your kids outdoors but admit it or not there’s probably one thing that causes the biggest apprehension for parents – accidents in the waters and drowning. As a parent, we must not be too confident that there is nothing to fear as you’ll be there for your kids in case uneventful things happen because drowning can still happen even adults are around. However, don’t let this apprehension stop you and your kids from exploring the waters because you can easily get for them quality life jackets to keep them safe and secure. In order to find the perfect jacket for your kids, here are some things you should consider.

First, make sure that the life jacket is just the right size to fully accommodate your child’s body and have preventive gears from slipping off. To test the fit, secure all its buckles and adjust if necessary and there must not be too much room between the body and the jacket. In other words, the life jacket must exactly fit around the kid’s body.

Your child’s life jacket should have straps for the neck and crotch as well to keep their heads upright while on the water and prevent them from slipping and sinking beneath. As for the material, neoprene and nylon are great durable materials and these are fool-proof life jackets that can prevent water seepage and resist punctures.

Finally, make sure that your child’s life jacket is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to ensure you’ve got nothing but the best product for your child’s protection. Here are some life jackets that are completely qualified based on the authorities’ requirements to ensure your kids’ safety as well as giving you peace of mind and let you enjoy your water fun with your kids.

Speedo Begin to Swim Classic Swim Vest
Speedo Begin to Swim Classic Swim Vest

Speedo Begin to Swim Classic Swim Vest

This kiddie-sized life jacket comes from one of the leading brands when it comes to water sports. It’s made with bright, eye-catching colors so you can easily spot it outdoors. It also features a durable front zip closure that’s easy enough for your child to put on yet secure enough to stay put while he’s in the water. At the top of the zipper is a thick, wide tab flap that fastens to secure the zipper. There’s also a crotch strap to prevent your child from slipping under in case he gets in the water accidentally. Aside from protection from drowning, this life jacket also features 50+ UV protection to protect your child’s delicate skin. With this, you and your child can enjoy more hours anywhere around water.

Stearns Child's Classic Boating Vest
Stearns Child's Classic Boating Vest

Stearns Child's Classic Boating Vest

This life jacket is made of high quality nylon that is scratch and puncture resistant to provide more protection for your child, it’s best for children up to 50 pounds heavy, and it’s very comfortable. It features wide open sides to enable your child to move his arms freely and conveniently. The front is open, securely fastened by three buckled straps to keep it around your child. In addition to that, there’s also a leg strap that stays put and prevents any accidental slipping underneath in case your child gets thrown into the water while you’re boating. This life jacket is approved by the USCG too so you can rest assured that you’re child is well-equipped and protected with this around him.

Child Flotation Vest - 30 to 50 lbs., 23" to 24" chest
Child Flotation Vest - 30 to 50 lbs., 23" to 24" chest

Child Flotation Vest - 30 to 50 lbs., 23" to 24" chest

You’ll never miss this kiddie life jacket in the water with its very bright yellow color. This one is made of deluxe vinyl that seals out water and provides maximum protection for your child. It also has comfortably large arm opening for your child to be able to move his arms around freely so he can swim easily. In the intention of adding comfort, this jacket also goes only up to the waist to enable more movement. It has a front opening fastened by a couple of tight buckles and there’s also a crotch strap for your child to avoid slipping underwater. This jacket also has reinforced shoulder sections to keep your child upright. With this USCG-approved kids’ life jacket, you can have more fun with your child and more confidence around bodies of water.

Winning Edge Deluxe Child Neoprene Nylon Life Vest
Winning Edge Deluxe Child Neoprene Nylon Life Vest

Winning Edge Deluxe Child Neoprene Nylon Life Vest

Your child won’t mind wearing this life jacket made of neoprene and nylon because the neoprene material makes it soft and comfortable which actually cushions your child’s body while the nylon adds to the water-tightness and durability of the jacket. Both materials are guaranteed to provide your child with maximum protection so he stays safe wherever you go. For your child’s security, there are three wide straps that fasten around the torso with buckles and a crotch strap that keeps the jacket on your child and prevents him from sinking. The large arm openings also allow comfortable arm movements so your child can swim his way to safety in case he gets into the water accidentally. This quality life jacket is made with fully enclosed sides and is approved by the USCG as a reliable life-saver.

The Original Konfidence Jacket
The Original Konfidence Jacket

The Original Konfidence Jacket

This kiddie life jacket is famous for being endorsed by American Olympic athlete Katrina Radke. It gives a very comfortable feel with its neoprene construction and this material is tough enough to withstand scratches and punctures. This life jacket features eight floats that are guaranteed to keep your child safe in the water. It is also perfect if your kid is learning how to swim because the floats are removable so you can adjust the buoyancy as your child gains his swimming skills. This jacket has a durable zipper and a flap that keeps it securely closed in the water. You won’t miss this too because it comes in bright colors and you can easily monitor your child with it. Whether you’re going out boating or to the beach, this one will add more fun and security for your child.

The Original Konfidence Jacket Amazon Price: $44.99
The Original Konfidence Jacket Amazon Price: $44.99


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