Life Jackets Stay on Until you Leave the Pool
My toddler wore a coast-guard approved life jacket the entire time we were swimming. I made the mistake of taking it off to dry her off as we were getting ready to leave.
While I was packing up towels and chatting, she snuck off and we nearly lost her.
Non-swimmers need to be in coast-guard approved life jackets until you are away from the water. The only exception to this is if the child is being actively supervised in the water by an adult in order to practice swimming skills. That means that adult does nothing else but supervise that one child. As soon as the swimming practice is over the life jacket goes back on immediately.
I like the full coast-guard approved life vests with the extra infant head floatation for younger kids.
As they get older, I love the Puddle Jumpers (which are also coast-guard approved) because they allow for a little more movement, which is great for learning to swim.
We’re actually still working up to letting my daughter practice her swimming skills without a life jacket on. I know eventually it will need to happen in order for her to learn to swim but right now we are still warming up to the idea of being back in the water so the life jacket stays on.
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