It's summer time! What's better than heading to the pool or beach with your kids to cool down the summer heat? Before you do that though, make sure you have had all the essentials ready, the life jacket (or PFD - personal flotation device, or life vest) being one of the most important item to be included in your diaper bag.
It doesn't matter if you're going to the beach, the local pool, or kayaking, or even just visiting the waterfall, a life jacket is a MUST whenever your kid is near water. Do you know that there are still almost 800 children who drown each year here in the United States? This statistic is staggering and we, as parents, should always be vigilant in ensuring our children have their life vests on around water.
Our review is going to cover both life jackets for infants, as well as life vests for toddlers so that you can find one that best suits your kid's needs.
1. Top 3 Best Baby Life Jacket
2. Types of Life Jackets / Personal Flotation Device
Do you know that there are actually 5 types of Personal Flotation Device (PFD)? As you can see from the picture above, Type I to III are what we are mostly familiar with in terms of life jacket. What are their differences, you may ask?
Type I - best for all waters, open ocean or rough seas where rescue may be slow coming, also known as Off-shore Life Jackets;
Type II - for general boating activities or calm, inland waters where fast rescue can be anticipated, also known as Near Shore Buoyant Vest;
Type III - for specialised activity such as water skiing, hunting, fishing, canoeing or kayaking, also known as Flotation Aids.
For our purpose, Type II PFD is most suitable. They are not as bulky and as expensive as Type I, but they are able to upright even an unconscious person which is what makes it ideal for babies and toddlers. While Type III is also meant for uses closer to the shore, they generally are not able to upright an unconscious person so even though it may be more comfortable for the wearer, it is not suitable for our purpose.
All our recommendation in our review above are Type II certified PFDs.