Stearns Kids Puddle Jumper Deluxe Life Jacket
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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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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.
[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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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My son has worn this for several summers and we love it. He has freedom to move around and it's much less bulky than a regular life vest. I will definitely continue to buy.Published 2 hours ago by Shonna Taylor
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