The Safest Toddler Swim Vests for This Summer

Summer is right around the corner, and if you have a toddler that you want to take swimming, you need to make sure that they have a safe vest they can wear to stay afloat in the water. While you should never leave a child who doesn’t know how to swim unattended, this will help with them having confidence in the water, and if you want to teach them how to swim, this is a good investment.  Here are the best ones out there for parents to try, and why they matter.


Speedo Kids’ Begin Safety Vest

this is a more traditional design than your average toddler swim vest and device, and it is basically a school swim vest, and it’s made from neoprene for a lower profile, making it not at all bulky, providing more freedom of movement, and the like so swimmers can learn without problems. It also protects against the UV rays for outdoor swimming, since it is a great way to help protect their skin if they are paler.  It also is a secure life vest, and comes with a front zipper, along with a crotch strap. It can be used for children up to 60 pounds, so it’s a good basic swim vest if you’re looking for your child to stay safe this summer.


Kids Water Skeeter Floatation Vest

This is another cool speedo one, and this one is good for children up to 50 pounds and provides confidence when learning to swim without the floatation device getting in the way.  It has a USCG Type III approved design, so what that means is that it doesn’t fully wrap around, allowing for the arms to move about. It has side straps and a crotch snap to snugly put them in place.  This means they can move their arms about more in the water. This is also good for children who have trouble floating due to its turtle-like shape. Like the other swim aids out there, you shouldn’t replace a life jacket with this, but if you’re teaching your kid to swim and such, this is a great option. It also comes in three different colors, so you won’t have to worry about it being “too girly” or whatever for a boy.

Splash About Collections Floating Suit

This is a very colorful suit that’s really good for younger kids.  It allows them to move their arms about, and they also have buoyancy so that they can stay floating. It comes with 16 different removable floats, so you can adjust it for children that are lighter or heavier by removing or adding this.  It’s also pretty cool because your child can grow into this, meaning that if you use this as a baby, you can slowly take away floats as children grow and get more confident in floating. It also comes in a lot of cool and bright colors, so you can see the child when you put it on.

It’s basically a swimsuit with floats attached, and it’s a good alternative to your typical floaters out there, and it is unisex too, though girls may like this a bit more. It is definitely not Coast Guard approved though, so you should never replace a life jacket with this and only use this as a swimming aid when at the pool or along the beach.


Stern Learns Classic Series

Now, if you want a lifejacket that is US Coast Guard approved, this is a swim vest you should consider. it’s actually constructed from nylon and PE foam, and it’s used primarily for floatation, and it comes with front straps that are adjustable, and a leg strap that’s added for a fit that’s secure, and it’s good for promoting gross motor skills and the development of them.  The core development is needed, since it does lean the infant back when used, and the neckline is a little tight. But it does provide the secure fit that you’re trying to get from your pool floatation devices, and it’s an alternative to the floatie sets that are out there.

Stern Learns Heads up Child

This is another one from the company, and again, this is another US CoastGuard safe device, and it is approved by them. it’s made from super high-quality materials, and it comes with two straps that are in the front for a secure fit within the body. The leg strap is added for a more secure fit, and it does allow for the core to be strengthened with this.  One of the main issues with this though, is that it does run large in size, so if your child is small, they might not be able to use it. It is a bit stiffer and tighter, but it also allows for the kid to feel ultra-safe and secure in the water, and with the bright colors, they’re easy to see.

Dinosaur Swim Life Jacket

This is a toddler swim vest that’s light enough for children to learn how to move heir arms and swim, and it also comes with floaties that help the child stay upright.  It is very relaxed in feeling and fit, and the designs are quite cool since they have dinosaurs on them. It also keeps the head above water, which is a big part of these floatation devices. While the sizing does run large, you can get this for a child, and they’ll grow into this effectively and easily. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference this can make for a child, and it’s a good device to have.

Source: (Joe Shlabotnik)

You should definitely consider a swim vest for a toddler especially if they are learning to float in the water, or even basic swimming.  If you want to help the child build confidence in swimming, and really make it so that they can get the most out of their time at the pool, this is how, and you’ll be able to, with all of this, have the safest gear for your child to use.



The best ones on the list are Mustang Lil’ Legends 100, Stohlquist Nemo, O’Neill Superlite Life Vest, O’Neill Wake Waterski Vest, and Stearns Infant Classic Boating Vest.



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