Life jackets are not an option, especially for infants on board. Sure they may be bulky and create extra warmth, but there is no substitute for safety. The fact is, life jackets save lives. The CDC, Center of Disease Control and Prevention states 9 out of 10 drowning victims were not wearing proper life jackets.
It is your responsibility to keep your child safe when on the water, so take the time to research the best infant life jackets available taking into account your child’s size, the temperature of the water, and the frequency of trips on the water.
Stohlquist Unisex Child Nemo Child Life Jacket/Personal Floatation Device
The v-neck design of this PVC child flotation device by Stohlquist offers both comfort and protection. Ideal for a child between 30 to 50 pounds, this unique wrap-around life jacket is designed with floating beads in the grab handles to make them easy to locate when necessary. The design also turns the child face-up when in the water with the dual support collar in place to gently cradle the head.
Stearns Giraffe Puddle Jumper LIfe Jacket
Coast Guard approved, this soft, woven polyester vest fit children in the 30-50 pound weight range without irritation. Designed for active play, this vest provides superior stability in the water. Ideal for a learn to swim program, this deluxe flotation device allows them to have fun in the water and in turn develop the confidence they need to be good swimmers. The non-restricting design also makes this life jacket a great choice for playtime on the beach or water play in small pools.
O’Neill USCG Nylon Infant Life Vest
If your family is serious about boating or water play, then you will want your infant outfitted in a serious life vest like this design by O’Neil. A trusted name in water equipment, this design translates well into this safety product. The close attention to quality and fit is evident throughout. Made of closed cell PVC Marine Foam with a coated nylon shell, the comfortable design will give you the peace of mind you need when bringing your child on the water.
Stohlquist Unisex Infant/Toddler Nemo Infant Life Jacket
Easy to put on and adjust to the size of your child, this infant PFD is a type II. It features a nylon shell and liner making it very light weight and the v-neck with secure head pillows makes it comfortable for the child to wear.
Stearns Kids Puddle Jumper Basic Life Jacket
When looking for a life jacket that is fun for beginning swimmers, look no further than a playful Stearns Puddle Jumper. The silly cartoon face and bold color makes it a top choice for kids. The range of motion is perfect for perfecting swim strokes while making the process safer.
All in all, the best infant life jacket for your child is one that is worn! Look for a design that can be adjusted to fit perfectly and does not cause irritation to your child’s skin.