toddler life jackets

Keep your busy toddler safe on a boat with Coast Guard Approved life vests for toddlers.

A toddler (between 18 months to 3 years old) needs some extra safety features on life jackets - such as a grab handle and strap between the legs. Toddlers less than 30 lbs should use an infant life jacket with a heads-up cushion.

Toddler life jackets are usually labeled for kids 30-50 lbs, listed as U.S. Coast Guard Approved and Type II or Type III, but you may choose one less than 30 lbs if you have a smaller toddler.

Here are some good choices for Toddler Life Jackets.

Toddler Life Jackets 30 - 50 lbs


West Marine Kids Life VestsWest Marine Kids Life VestsWest Marine Kid's Character Life Vests - 30 - 50 Lbs.

These youth life jackets feature cute designs that little kids will like. Lightweight, durable foam doesn’t hinder your child’s mobility. Adjustable belts, chest strap, and leg strap keep the vest from riding up or shifting.Nylon, for recreational boating.

Girls Pixie Character: Available at West Marine for $35

Boy's Turtle Character: Available at West Marine for $35


Stearns Classic VestStearns Child Classic Series Life Jacket - 30-50 lbs

Whether they're on a boat, a tube, water skis or a personal watercraft, your children will have a blast in Stearns Child Classic Series Vests. They're specially-fitted for children 30-50 lbs. The Coast Guard-approved life jacket is designed with open sides, three adjustable chest belts and a crotch strap for a tight fit and better movement. Coast Guard approved and fits 30-50 lb kids. Comes in red, blue or gold & gray.

Available on Amazon for $20


OBrien Kids Neoprene Life Vest - 30-50 lbs

Another good option for toddlers because it has a safety grab handle, the OBrien jacket is made of neoprene so it has a stretchy comfortable fit and dries quickly. The snug fit and wide arm holes make it a good life jacket for kids to swim in. Comes in boy or girl colors, is Coast Guard Approved and fits 30-50 lb kids.

Available on for $45

Puddle Jumper Life Jackets


puddle jumper deluxe

puddle jumper back strap

Perfect for helping kids learn how to swim, Puddle Jumper Life Jackets are U.S. Coast Guard Approved and safe for boating (read our full review of Puddle Jumpers for boating).

It features a buckle clasp in the back and unique flotation design that keeps chest and upper body elevated in the water. The deluxe version is more sturdy than the basic, and comes in many different colors and characters for boys or girls. Appropriate for kids up to 50 lbs.

Also check out Body Glove Paddle Pals (shown in options below) that are similar to Puddle Jumpers but feature a built-in vest.

Prices range from $25 - 49. (links to products below)

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