Durable nylon shell and cross-tech flotation foam construction. Colorful, kid-friendly design. Adjustable buckle at the back offers a secure fit. Designed for children weighing 30 to 50 pounds. Allows child to practice in a natural swimming position. No air needed, so no leaks.
Bulkier to pack than blow-up arm floats. Feels constricting to some children.
Supports children weighing up to 30 pounds. Durable. Soft on the skin. Not as constricting as a life jacket. Fasten with hook-and-loop closure. They don't scrape the arm like plastic floaties, and they slip onto arms easier than plastic.
Inflatable, so they can lose air. Hook-and-loop closure wears out over time.
Design grows with your child and his or her swimming abilities. Use swim belt with inflatable arm bands, or detach and use bands alone. Made of woven polyester and nylon. Recommended for children weighing between 24 and 66 pounds. Bright colors and quick-release buckles.
May run large. Sizing is different from other swim vests due to detachable style.
Inflatable plastic arm bands. More packable and portable than swim vests. Easy to blow up. Gentler on the arms than other brands. Flat band along the bottom allows arms to slide in more easily.
Inflatable, so they can tear and lose air. Sharp corners can poke child in the face when they move their arms.
Recommended for children already familiar with the water. Bands fit children ages two to 12. Weight limit of 110 pounds. Dual-chamber, heavy-duty inflatable arm bands. Kid-friendly shape for comfort and mobility. One-way valve means air doesn't leak when you stop inflating.
May be difficult to blow up. Bands fit children around age three best.
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Swim rings can give young children a chance to have more fun in the water while remaining safe. Although these rings, also called water wings and inflatable armbands, are no substitute for learning how to swim, they work well for playing in the water. The inflatable rings wrap securely around the child’s upper arms, helping him keep his head above water. Many swim rings can be adjusted for different levels of buoyancy. For a child who is unfamiliar with the water, use maximum inflation and buoyancy. As the child gains more experience and strength, you may be able to reduce the amount of inflation.