Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe Child Life Jacket, Lion
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- Stearns 3000004730 puddle jumpers
- Pfd deluxe, Beaver
- Manufactured in United States
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Featuring a colorful, kid-friendly design, the Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe Child Life Jacket is a great way to help children play safely and have fun in the water. Specially fitted for children weighing between 30 and 50 pounds, this premium life jacket for kids is made from soft woven polyester for less chafing and features a comfortable design that offers kids more freedom to swim and play. Great for helping beginners learn how to swim, this child life vest has an adjustable buckle on the back that makes it easy to get your little one in and out of the life jacket and helps ensure a secure fit for fun in the water. This child life jacket is US Coast Guard approved.
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Was at the pool and saw a group of young children playing with puddle jumpers on (pre-k)asked their mom where they got them, she said amazon. It really seemed to me that those kids really enjoyed swimming more than my daughter which wore a water-ski style floatation device/ jacket from a local wholesale club.
Although this particular design I could not find locally, they do carry these in other designs locally ['marts (you'll have to look around) ]but my little Ariel didn't want those. Had to be this one. Using an iPad to view this, the colors match the Puddle Jumper I received. This amazon item was not overpriced either; PLEASE do not pay over 30+s&h.
My daughter is 47lbs 3'6" and she swam the length of the pool several times, like a pro. It really seemed to boost her confidence while in water, while not exactly timid or hydrophobic before hand, she was reluctant to leave the shallow end where her feet could touch and actually practice the kicking / arm movements she was being taught. I think it is enough of a crutch that it will eventually be unnecessary in a few seasons.
The thing I really liked about Puddle Jumpers is it did not chafe her, it did not slide up to her neck, and it was not cumbersome. It's Coast Guard certified for a certain size boat, idk what size but it did say on the tags which were attached to the life vest. Stearns' website was just as vague as Amazons specs. These are Inherently buoyant, IIRC.
Never mind I'll dig it out, per the vest: (condensed)
SPECIAL USE -TYPE V PFD / INTENDED USE: Flotation Device.
USER WEIGHT: 30-50 lbs. (14-23 kg)
Blah blah blah....This is a substitute for Type III PFD-- ONLY WHEN WORN. USCG approved wearable device for uninspected commercial vessels less than 40 ft (12 m) in length not carrying passengers for hire and for recreational boats. Not approved for personal watercraft , for skiing, or similar towed uses.
Blah blah blah.... MUST BE WORN WITH BUCKLE IN BACK.... Blah blah....DO NOT CARRY HEAVY OBJECTS- HEAVY OBJECTS IMPAIR FLOTATION.
Not designed to turn an unconscious wearer face up in the water... It's design provides a stable position in calm water with their head tilted back...Blah blah blah.
UL LISTED FLOTATION AID.
---------------------------------------------------(Forgive me I do not want to write the entire listing on the PFD as there is a great deal of counterfeiting on the internet, and I do not wish to contribute to it. I hope the readers understand.)--------------------------------------
What I got from the above is, USCG Approved if your boat is for pleasure not for hire, then this PFD is a substitute for a type III PFD --at your own risk of course. Made for calm water, no chop. Also bear in mind that if a person/child were to grab the wearer of a puddle jumper it would impair flotation by adding additional weight. Something to think about if swimming in pools or lakes, crowded or not, with other children or unseasoned swimmers which ties to my very first statement.
This review I intended for it to be short, so thanks for reading!
That's when we heard about the Puddle Jumper product. After purchasing one, it only took 1 day's worth of trying to get her acclimated to the Puddle Jumper. During that time, she screamed, cried, wailed about how she hated it. The next day, she knew that if she wanted to swim, she had to put it on.
Now putting it on is a routine she tolerates without issues. It keeps her afloat in swimming pools and I have the piece of mind that I know my daughter can now swim without me holding her 100% of the time. Word to the wise though, don't leave her fully unattended. As I'm not sure what kind of malfunctions would/could occur but the last thing you want is for something to happen to your child.
Also a slightly funny story is due to the construction of the Puddle Jumper, I found once that my daughter laid down on her back on the ground. When she did that, she couldn't get up (think Ralphie's brother in the snowsuit in Christmas Story). She cried for help because she couldn't get up/roll over. I got a slight chuckle out of this.
I didn't realize how much of a monopoly Stearns has on the baby/toddler/kid life jacket market until I actually bought one for my own toddler. Literally every kid I've ever seen at every swimming pool has a Stearns Puddle Jumper....
If you have a toddler/kid and they like to swim, BUY THIS.
We've tried just the arm floaties-nope, tried a neoprene swim vest-nope, so we tried this one.
Other that she is at the very end of it fitting, it really did give her confidence. She was swimming all over the pool, with us chasing her and she really had a blast with it.
I wish they made this for bigger kids as we will probably have to try and modify it a little, to fit her longer.