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Stearns Kids Puddle Jumper Deluxe Life Jacket

by Stearns
4.8 out of 5 stars 1,690 customer reviews
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  • Coast Guard Approved, Type III Performance
  • Patent Pending Design
  • For children 30-50 lbs.
  • Superior Stability and Confidence
  • Woven polyester - Softer Fabric, Less Chafing

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The fun lasts longer for kids in the water with a Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe Life Jacket. The premium construction is made from woven polyester, a softer fabric for less chafing. The comfortable design also allows children 30-50 lbs. (13.6 kg.-22.7 kg.) to move and swim freely in pools and lakes and at the beach, without the life jacket riding up around their necks. The Coast Guard-approved life jacket features a fun giraffe character on the front for more fun in the water. The life jacket can also be used as a learn-to-swim aid.

Keep your youngster out of danger anytime you're near water with the Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe lifejacket. Designed for kids between 30 and 50 pounds, the Puddle Jumper Deluxe is made of soft, durable woven polyester, so it won't chafe. More importantly, the vest fits comfortably over a child's chest, with arm pieces that offer excellent stability and free range of motion in the water. Guaranteeing serious stability and confidence, the Puddle Jumper Deluxe is available in several animal designs/colors, including crab, penguin, toucan, and bug. The personal flotation device is Coast Guard approved.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 5.8 x 5.5 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00364E1DE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,690 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Update May 29, 2012:
My son is almost 2y5m old now (I didn't update the video...), and we are into the 2012 swimming season with the Puddle Jumper. He still wears it with his wetsuit on, but now his chest measures a bit over 20" with the wetsuit (he's 33lbs and almost 40" tall, pretty much the size of 3 or 3.5 yr old), and the Puddle Jumper still fits on its cinched-up-tightest setting. I can that once he grows from now on, we'll have to start letting it out. As a note, in the 2011 summer swimming season (four months), I left the Puddle Jumper out drying in the desert sun every day for hours (I always meant to move it later....) but it's still going strong, so it's quite durable. It still doesn't float up under my son's chin in any way, but I make sure it's cinched on him tightly. I'd say it's starting to stick on his arms a bit when I go to pull it on, similar to what other reviewers report, but nothing that really impacts getting the Jumper on him. And there's still quite a bit of growth space in the arms, so that doesn't seem to be the issue. It's possible that as his arms get bigger it will become more of a problem. My son is very tall and lanky however, so it likely won't be an issue this season. I'll update as time goes on.
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[Edit 6/29/2011: Adding the video for those who would like to see the Puddle Jumper in use on a young toddler who had no previous swimming experience. At the point this video is taken (6/24/2011), he is 17.5 months old, 27lbs, and had a total of 1 week and 5 days of Puddle Jumper experience, with no swimming experience before that at all. So it's not a review, per se, just a quick example of how a young toddler at the low end of the weight range experiences the product.
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Last year, we almost lost a grandchild. She had been wearing the popular water wings. The parent was distracted just for a minute. That is all it takes; a second, a minute. She pulled off the wings and jumped right in. We were lucky - there were people trained in CPR in the area and she was revived. This year, we are smart. We bought these wonderful puddle jumpers. Not only is it coast guard approved as a life jacket, but it is not removable by the child wearing it.
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We purchased five different life jackets for the 20 month old twins. The traditionally styled ones rode up at the shoulders. The Swimways Power Swimr System was difficult to get on and did nothing to keep the babies' heads above water. Nor did the Speedo UV 50.

We put the Stearns Kids Puddle Jumper on the first baby and she jumped into the pool for the first time in her life and paddled happily around for hours (see photo). The second twin took a little longer learning how to stay upright and she didn't want to take it off.

On plump babies, it's so tight in the arms that it is hard to get on and off. It's easier if you get both the jacket and their arms slick first (e.g, with sunscreen). However, neither twin complained once they got it on and there were no marks on their arms afterwards.

5/12 Update. The twins are now three and can still wear their jackets although they take them off for swimming lessons. Their younger brother is a bit stouter and we have to grease up his chunky arms to get his on him. Another grandbaby on the way so I guess I need to buy a fourth one. The three jackets we have are also used by visiting kids so I realize that they are very tight on really stout kids and really loose on thin kids but, nonetheless, work well on most.

11/12 Update. The end of our third season and the three jackets are good as new. No wearing of the material and little fading despite having been left in the hot Georgia sun much of the time.

3/13 Update. The kids can all swim now but they still ask to have their water wings put on at time because they can just effortlessly float around. And, yes, they have already been swimming this year despite the 65 degree temperature of the pool right now.
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I want to start by saying I think this product is really good & if your child fits in it then it is a great item & for many reasons you won't find anything better. Water safety is so important & from all of the reviews & the one I purchased this item seems to be of very good quality. My low rating would come in how it fits. The weight shows 30-50 lbs, but there is no way this is accurate. I tried it on several children of various weights & the one's that weighed 35 lbs couldn't even get the arms up to where they are suppose to be worn (NOTE: you will see in other reviews as well as comments to my post that the arms are a universal problem as they are too tight to get on the arm to proper position - another reviewer said it best - it is like one of those doctors blood pressure machines around your arm). Another disappointment is the clasp in back. Due to this NOT being big enough for a 35 lb child (which is the low end of the weight range), when you clasp it shut it digs into their back & is very uncomfortable. We could barely get it clasped & after seeing how tight it was & uncomfortable they were we took it off.

Again, I'm not reviewing the quality/safety of this item as I think they are SUPERIOR. I am wanting to make sure others know how this will fit. Don't be surprised if your child is w/in the 30-50 lbs & it is way too tight especially on the arms.

Why don't they make this bigger or have the weight range listed correctly? I don't mind buying bigger, but I bought the largest available for 30-50 lbs for children in the low weight range & according to our experience this would only fit UP TO 30-35 lbs (you might be able to make it work above that, but not comfortably). I wish it fit bigger b/c I think it is a good & safe product.

Thank you for those that are leaving comments on my review so others know about the fit before buying.
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