infant life jacketProtect your littlest crew member with a Coast Guard approved infant life jacket.

Life jackets for babies and infants should be labeled as an Infant PFD under 30 lbs (be sure to pick the right size based on your baby’s weight), Coast Guard approved and Type II. Also mandatory features are a “heads-up” flotation pad and a strap that goes between the legs.

Here are some good life jacket choices for your baby or newborn infant.

Neophrene Infant VestWest Marine Neophrene Infant Life Vest

These vests are constructed of stretchable; lightweight Rapid Dry material; with a Flex-Back and sculpted foam to provide a custom fit and greater comfort during active water sports. Infant vest features a leg- and grab strap for added safety and has a pop-up pillow for additional head support. USCG Type: Type II Buoyancy: 7lbs. Infant Weight: Under 30lbs. Chest Size: 16”-20” Intended Use: Recreational; fishing Shell Fabric: Rapid-Dry Closure Type: Front zip; Delrin buckle Straps: Webbing

Available at West Marine for $54


Stearns infant life jacketStearns Ocean Mate Family Life Vest; Infant Type Solas PFD

Designed more for offshore cruising, these vests are SOLAS-compliant and are sturdily constructed with heavy-duty hardware. Featuring an attached SOLAS whistle; light storage pocket; lifting loop; and buddy line; these life vests comply with LSA Code 2003 Ed; MSC. 200(80); and MED. USCG Type I. For Infants; less than 33lbs.

Available on West Marine for $99


Infant life vestStohlquist Unisex Infant Life Vest under 30 lbs

These vests feature a unique wrap-around flotation turns a child face up. Dual support collars cradle the head. Front zipper entry and adjustable crotch strap secures the jacket in place. Convenient grab loop stays open in water for quick location with Stohlquist’s addition of floating beads around neck collar grab loop.

Available on for $50


O’Neil Infant Nylon USCG Life Vest

This USCG approved infant life vest is for kids under 30 lbs and features a heads up pillow with strap and between the legs strap. The nylon design is a soft and comfortable fit. It also has Closed Cell PVC Marine Foam quick release buckles. Comes in 5 different color designs to suit girls or boys on your boat.

Available on for $30


Stearn’s Classic Infant Life Vest

This vest is a very basic style – a bit boxy but meets all requirements for an infant vest. Good value buy if you are not planning to spend a lot of time on the boat or the baby will not be wearing the life jacket for long periods of time. Made of nylon and fits infants under 30 lbs. Comes in red or blue.

Available on for $20

Stearns Infant Hydro PFD

A comfortable fit giving baby good mobility, this Type II life jacket is designed for infants under 30 lbs. Oversized, pillow-like head support encourages face-up flotation, Soft, flexible Hydroprene shell and Crosstech PE foam, Zippered back for quick on-and-offs. Comes in yellow, blue and pink.

Available on Amazon for $30-$37 – yellow or blue

Available on Amazon for $22 – pink