Shop our picks for Boater Kids – from life jackets and boating gear to boating books, DVDs and water fun for kids – we’ve pulled together some of the best options for boaters.
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Life Jackets - Infants
O'Neil Infant Life Jacket - Navy/Pink (Amazon)
For infant under 30 lbs. USCG Approved Vest for infants. Features: Head Support Panel with Safety Loop, Adjustable Safety Belt between legs, Lightweight Fluid Foam Neoprene Shell, Quick Release Dual Safety Buckles. In a variety of colors. Available on Amazon.
Stohlquist Unisex Infant Life Jacket (Amazon)
For infants less than 30 lbs. Unique wrap-around flotation turns a child face up. Dual support collars cradle the head. Front zipper entry and adjustable crotch strap secures the jacket in place. Convenient grab loop stays open in water for quick location with Stohlquist’s addition of floating beads around neck collar grab loop. In orange, blue or yellow. Available on Amazon.
MTI Infant Life Jacket with Collar (West Marine)
For infant less than 30 lbs. The softest foam and top-quality fabric assures comfort and an excellent fit. Collar design stays out of the way while providing head support when needed. Includes adjustable crotch strap, plus bright grab loop that can support the full weight of the child. Designed to turn baby face-up within seconds.
O'Neil Infant Life Jacket - Blue (Amazon)
For infant less than 30 lbs. USCG Approved Vest for infants. Features: Head Support Panel with Safety Loop, Adjustable Safety Belt between legs, Lightweight Fluid Foam Neoprene Shell, Quick Release Dual Safety Buckles. Available on Amazon.
Life Jackets - Kids
O'Brien Child Neoprene Life Jacket - Pink (Amazon)
For 30-50 lbs. This vest features increased stretchability and wide armholes to provide your little one with a better fit and a comfortable fit so they can enjoy their favorite water activities. Also has a padded neoprene leg strap for additional security. Available on Amazon.
O'Brien Child Neoprene Life Jacket - Blue (Amazon)
For child 30-50 lbs. By using a technology called BioLite, this jacket is lighter than neoprene making it just a little bit more cozy for the young one as well as more resistant to mold and mildew for those times you toss it in the garage or keep it on the boat. There is a grab handle if you need to pull them into the boat and a Padded Leg Strap so they don’t squirm out. The Wide Armholes are great for their mobility so your child doesn’t feel constricted inside their Life Jacket. Available on Amazon.
Kid's Character Life Jacket - Pixie (West Marine)
For child 30-50 lbs. Bright, fun characters your child will love to wear. Lightweight, durable foam doesn’t hinder your child’s mobility. Adjustable belts, chest strap, and leg strap keep this life jacket from riding up or shifting. Available on West Marine.
Kid's Character Life Jacket - Rescue (West Marine)
For child 30-50 lbs. Bright, fun characters your child will love to wear. Lightweight, durable foam doesn’t hinder your child’s mobility. Adjustable belts, chest strap, and leg strap keep this life jacket from riding up or shifting. Available at West Marine.
Stearns Kids Puddle Jumper - Variety of Styles (Amazon)
For child 30-50 lbs. U.S. Coast Guard Approved, give kids confidence when learning to swim. It’s made of soft, durable woven polyester, which prevents chafing. The Puddle Jumper® fits comfortably over the child’s chest with a strap that buckles behind the child’s back to hold it in place. Arm pieces offer excellent stability and free range of motion in the water. In a variety of designs for boys and girls. Available on Amazon.
MUSTANG Lil’ Legends Youth Life Vests (West Marine)
In 3 Sizes: Infant under 30 lbs, Child 30-50 lbs or Child 50-90 lbs. Features include reinforced construction and shaped, segmented mobility panels for maximum freedom of movement. The ventilated mesh back panel with cooling channels ensures youngsters won’t overheat. Resilient AirSoft™ flotation foam adds to comfort. A buoyant head pillow and handy grab strap round out this kid-friendly design. Available on West Marine.
MTI Adventurewear Youth Bob Mariner PFD Life Jacket (Amazon)
For child 50-90 lbs. The MTI BOB Mariner is an outstanding performance PFD for Youths 50-90 lbs with grown-up fit and features. Easy over-the-head entry with single side clip-closure cinch down for a secure hold. Soft shoulder straps are buckle-free yet micro-adjustable with the new tuck-away shoulder strap management system. Sculpted low profile foam body with the mesh PORTHOLE on the back is cool in more ways than one. Generous reflective panels and trim with great Mariner red/white/blue colors. Handy cargo pocket for collecting “treasures” and a soft fleece hand warmer tunnel pocket to keep hands warm. Available on Amazon.
MTI Adventurewear Crotch Strap Set for PFD Life Jacket, Universal
Ideal for youth life jackets that don’t have a crotch strap, but kids still need extra security to hold life jacket on them (without sliding up in the water). Includes 2 nylon webbing straps with buckle clips and loop ends for attachment – usable for child, youth, or adult PFDs. Available on Amazon.
Kids Boating Books / DVDs
The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl
When Boat Girl’s mommy and daddy first got a boat she didn’t know what to expect. But then she got a new “magical jacket” that made her feel safe and secure so she could enjoy all her new boating adventures. The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl is a fun and educational book designed to teach kids (both boys and girls) about the adventures of boating while reinforcing boat safety practices on the water – like always wearing a life jacket. The book also includes fun extras such as a list of Boat Girl’s Safety Rules to follow, basic boating terms every little skipper should know and a personal log to keep track of your boat kid’s first amazing boating adventures. Available in paperback on Amazon.
Kids in the Cockpit - A Pilot Book to Safe & Happy Sailing with Children
This book covers everything about sailing with kids, including: Introducing children to sailing, ideas to keep them from being bored on board, and tips for turning a mutineer into a midshipman; Safety and suitability of different types of yacht; features to look for and those to avoid; Dinghies suitable for use as both tender and sailing craft; Personal safety and an in depth look at different types of children’s lifejackets; Ideas to help you cope with seasickness, or even avoid it altogether; Absolutely everything you need to know about sailing or cruising with a baby; Ocean cruising with kids, including home education. Available in paperback on Amazon.
My First Picture Book of Boating Words
My First Picture Book of Boating Words is a unique boating book for young children. It’s a fun way to give children a vocabulary of things commonly seen on boats and the water. Each page contains vibrant color photos of boating items along with the name of each item below it. Some of the photos in this 24 page book include: powerboat, sailboat, dinghy, life jacket, lighthouse, seagull, marina, harbor, anchor etc. It covers powerboats and sailboats as well as fishing and other water related items. The book was created by a boater and is designed for both boaters and non boaters who enjoy the beauty of the water. Available in paperback on Amazon.