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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi,

We're going to go the the pool weekly with our 22 month old.
What is recommended?
PS: Toddler is very tall for her age but very wiry/slim-looking so just about everything is very wide on her.
Looking for a jacket or PFD that fits her very well, where she won't slip out.

Life jacket or a "floatation swimsuit"
swimsuit: http://activebaby.ca/i-play-baby-wea...?cPath=100_273

life jacket: https://www.mountainbaby.com/product...20_30_lbs.html
post #2 of 8
My kids, including the skinny one, are very happy in their Wal-Mart PFDs. They have an adjustable crotch strap to keep them from riding up.

You do NOT need to spend $100 on a life jacket for a toddler to wear at the pool. If you were taking her out on a multi-day keelboat voyage or something, that would be different.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
HI,

Thanks--I checked walmart but couldn't find anything small enough. Maybe they were sold out?

The links were just to show what different styles I have seen, not discussing prices although I don't want to spend $100 either but my question is: is there a difference for pool use between a life jacket or a type of PFD such as the one in the photo? Most of the toddlers I saw there had actual jackets so I am confused. Did not know they had a strap so they don't ride up so that solves my worry about her size.

Never hear of a keelboat so had to look it up--looks very nice for a trip!
post #4 of 8
You should be able to find a suitable pfd just about anywhere - walmart, target, dicks sporting goods, gander mountain, pretty much anywhere that sells outdoor stuff. Life jackets/pfds are sold by weight more than size (most are 0-30, 30-50, 50-90, then 'adult'). Just buy one in the appopriate weight category and you should be fine.
post #5 of 8
We have both a PFD and a swim vest. DD wears her swim vest at the pool and her PFD when boating. A PFD in the pool, for us, is overkill. It is very bulky and rides up a lot despite being as tight as possible. The swim vest is trim and doesn't ride up.
This is her swim vest:
http://www.target.com/Girls%E2%80%99...n&frombrowse=0
post #6 of 8
For another idea- I'd suggest just holding him and staying with him and not wearing anything. Both of my kids have been in swim lessons since a year and have never worn flotation devices in the pool.

-Angela
post #7 of 8
Another thing you have to remember is that a PFD and a life jacket are NOT the same thing.
1. A PFD is less bulky and less buoyant than a lifejacket.

2. A PFD may not roll a person into a position where their head is out of water. A lifejacket will hold the wearer in an upright position and in most cases, will roll a person from a face-down to a face-up position.

3. A PFD is preferred for active sports such as canoeing or fishing because it is more flexible.

4. Canadian-approved PFDs come in a variety of colours, such as blue, purple and black, whereas Canadian-approved lifejackets must be red, yellow or orange.

For my kids, I prefer they be in a life jacket as their heads will be held out of the water and even rolled onto their backs. If my kid got knocked unconscious and fell into the water, a PFD is only going to keep her floating and if that's face down, that's how she'll stay.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by prettymatty View Post
Another thing you have to remember is that a PFD and a life jacket are NOT the same thing.
1. A PFD is less bulky and less buoyant than a lifejacket.

2. A PFD may not roll a person into a position where their head is out of water. A lifejacket will hold the wearer in an upright position and in most cases, will roll a person from a face-down to a face-up position.

3. A PFD is preferred for active sports such as canoeing or fishing because it is more flexible.

4. Canadian-approved PFDs come in a variety of colours, such as blue, purple and black, whereas Canadian-approved lifejackets must be red, yellow or orange.

For my kids, I prefer they be in a life jacket as their heads will be held out of the water and even rolled onto their backs. If my kid got knocked unconscious and fell into the water, a PFD is only going to keep her floating and if that's face down, that's how she'll stay.
Thank you for explaining the difference!

We ended up finding a regular life jacket...bright orange as we'll use it for both for beach and pool. It might be bulky for the pool but for now it's good. I like the neck thingy so it keeps her head up.
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