10 of the Safest Toddler Life Jackets That Will Keep Your Worry in the Shade This Summer

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One of the basic rights of being a kid in the Summer is playing in the water as much as possible. But as a parent, even though I want my toddler to have the best time in the pool or at the beach, I still get nervous around water. I want to keep him as safe as possible while still being comfortable enough to play.

The United States Coast Guard makes its directive clear, stating, "There's no excuse not to wear a life jacket on the water!" Wearing a life jacket is imperative for keeping your kiddo safe during water play, learning to swim, or adventuring on a boat. While they're usually provided for you if you do any organized group activity, it's hard to know where to start when it comes to buying one. Keep reading for 10 of the safest life jackets and vests for infants and toddlers (they're all Coast Guard-approved), so you can rest easy while your little one enjoys the water. Happy swimming!

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Body Glove Paddle Pals Learn to Swim Life Jacket

Body Glove Paddle Pals Learn to Swim Life Jacket

Besides having some pretty cool patterns, the safety shoulder harness of the Body Glove Paddle Pals Learn to Swim Life Jacket ($25) helps young toddlers feel more secure in the water.

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Leegoal Swim Life Jacket

Leegoal Swim Life Jacket

Perfect for kiddos who are just learning to swim, this Leegoal Swim Life Jacket ($14) also comes in plenty of fun colors.

03
Stearns Infant Classic Series Vest

Stearns Infant Classic Series Vest

Ideal for infants under 30 pounds, the Stearns Infant Classic Series Vest ($20, originally $23) helps make learning to play in the water a breeze.

04
Speedo Youth Neoprene Lifevest

Speedo Youth Neoprene Lifevest

The Speedo Youth Neoprene Lifevest ($38) is an adorable and vibrant option, giving off some solid '80s vibes.

05
Hardcore Water Sports High Visibility Life Jackets

Hardcore Water Sports High Visibility Life Jackets

Finding matching life jackets built for boat riding is easy with the Hardcore Water Sports High Visibility Life Jackets ($16-$27).

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SwimSchool UCSG Tot Swimmer Vest Swim Trainers

SwimSchool UCSG Tot Swimmer Vest Swim Trainers

Say "Ahoy!" to the SwimSchool UCSG Tot Swimmer Vest Swim Trainers ($25) this Summer. This jacket, great for kids learning to swim or for safe water play, comes in a fun nautical print.

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Stohlquist Toddler Life Jacket

Stohlquist Toddler Life Jacket

Fitting infants as small as 8 pounds, the Stohlquist Toddler Life Jacket ($59-$60) is the ultimate way to make sure your littlest one is safe on the water.

09
Speedo Boys Water Skeeter Lifevest

Speedo Boys Water Skeeter Lifevest

Help your kid channel their inner Ninja Turtle with the Speedo Boys Water Skeeter Lifevest ($30), which features unique, life-saving padding.

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Stearns Child Classic Series Vest

Stearns Child Classic Series Vest

The Stearns Child Classic Series Vest ($22) is perfect for the toddler or kid who has a need for speed on the water.