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What Life Jacket do you Recommend for Toddlers who Just turned 2 Year Olds?

WHo can't swim and hasn't been in the pool much this year yet, but will be a lot very soon. To be used in the pool. Any suggestions??? Thanks for any ideas!!

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Asked by Mommy-- at 3:32 PM on Jun. 29, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • none use a floaty thing or stick with him my dd had a life jacket and it kept her under, i just swim with her or use a floaty thing like the little seats with a hood thing on it to float aroung in the pool.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:40 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • walmart has one that has a back float thing on it so they dont go under backwards, i got one of those suits that is full body and its doing great..

    Answer by ArlieBeeMee at 3:55 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • My son is 22 months && he just wears a pair of arm floaties, but he loves the water && already knows how to keep his head up. If you are going to buy a life jacket, make sure you get one with the straps that come up through their legs also. Those types keep the child from slipping through the jacket.

    Answer by HisMommySince07 at 3:58 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • We bought one from One Step Ahead that we like. Buckles seem to work better than a zipper as it's more adjustable. Make sure to get one wiht a crotch strap. It seems to be fairly comfortable, he can move easily in it and he doesn't mind wearing it (key point). However, unless you get a true US Coast Guard approved Type 1 jacket, it won't necessarily float your child face up. (You can google Coast guard life jack regulations to learn more about ratings.) In general, it's harder to get a life jacket for a child that will always float a child face up because kids simply float differently. So don't rely on it! Whatever you choose, watch the weight limits. Many of the little boats/floats mentioned by the previous poster have a maximum weight of under 30 lbs.

    Answer by momofryan07 at 4:02 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • ArlieBeeMee - Is it the one called headsup life jacket? If so, does it bother him around his neck? There is one type that does have the straps that HisMommySInce07 just mentioned, and it also has the part behind the head... is that too much for a pool do you'all think?

    Answer by Mommy-- at 4:03 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • my fiance (who is a fisherman) recommends one that has a fabric back(no floatation in it) with floatation on the chest. this will pull the kid so its face up. the life jacket should have a "hood" that is a floatation as well. this will keep kids head above water as well. also it should zip up in the front with a strap that goes around the back and buckles across the chest. it should also have a strap that goes between the legs and buckles in the front. my fiance says that the blow up toys are fun to play with but never to trust them because they can pop and tip over. now we will never leave a child alone near water but we will let go of them when they are in the pool (standing a few inches from them) but only if they are in the life jacket. if they are in the floaty devices we always have a hand on them, but it doesnt teach them to swim. hth and have fun in the water

    Answer by chases_mommy at 4:09 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • the swim suits with the floaty built in is awsome but if you insist on a life jacket check on the coast guard web site they have ones the recommend

    Answer by littleleesmom at 5:04 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

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