I can easily say that Summer is my favorite season and as of June 20th, it’s officially Summer! Compared to the other seasons, the summer months are jam-packed with all sorts of fun activities, with the fan favorite being swimming. Who doesn’t love lounging on a raft, floating for hours in the cool water under the hot summer sun? I know I do. But now that I have kids, namely my wild child almost four year old Stella, I have to be super careful around bodies of water with her. She likes to run and jump right off the edge of the pool, which can damn near give a mom a heart attack.
Last year, I began researching the best and safest floaties/vests for toddlers to wear in the water. I came across the Puddle Jumper and I am so glad I did! The Puddle Jumper is a life jacket that can actually help teach little ones how to swim. It has two arm pieces that slide on up to the bicep and a piece that wraps around the chest and an adjustable clip clips in the back. It keeps the child afloat and stays on while in the water without riding up around the child’s neck. My wild child jumps off the diving board with hers and comes right back up! Of course, you still will not leave your child unattended while in the water, but it gives peace of mind that your child is safe. The best thing is it is comfortable and the fabric allows for less possibility of chafing.
It fits children from 30 to 50 pounds and comes in so many different designs and colors! There are four different types of Puddle Jumpers: The Original is made of nylon, The Deluxe and Deluxe 3D are made of polyester and The Ultra is made of hydroprene. All are approved by the US Coast Guard and made with Crosstech floatation foam. The Deluxe and The Ultra are antimicrobial as well, meaning odor-causing bacteria will not grow on them. All Puddle Jumpers can be used in any pool, lake or the ocean. You will love knowing your little one will be safe around any body of water. The Puddle Jumper will put those blow up arm floaties to shame!
I give the Puddle Jumper a 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely love it and my daughter does, too. She has no real limits while in the pool with it on. She can swim in the deep end, jump off the diving board or side of the pool and can play with the big kids, even though she can’t touch the bottom of the pool. She’s also learned to swim because of it which is an added bonus. If you frequent pools or lakes during the summer, I highly recommend getting one or two for your little one. They’re priced right from around $20 to about $25, depending on the type and design you chose. You can thank me later when you have the best summer yet (with a toddler)!