How to Pick the Perfect Infant Life Jacket

Safeguarding Our Littlest Swimmers:


When it comes to water safety for your little ones, choosing the right life jacket is crucial. Whether boating, beaching, or enjoying a day at the pool, ensuring your baby is safe and secure should be a top priority. This guide will help you navigate the essentials of picking an infant life jacket, including understanding approval standards, sizing, and key features.

Understanding Approval Standards

It is important to ensure that an infant life jacket meets safety standards before purchasing one. In Canada, life jackets must meet standards set by Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, or Fisheries and Oceans Canada. For infants, you should look for a life jacket labelled as “Transport Canada Approved” or “Canadian Coast Guard Approved.”

  • Transport Canada Approval: Ensure the life jacket is labelled as Transport Canada-approved. This guarantees it has undergone rigorous testing for buoyancy, stability, and safety.
  • Types of PFDs: Infant life jackets are typically classified as Type PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and should offer head support and the ability to keep the baby face-up in the water.

Sizing: Getting the Right Fit

Proper fit is crucial for the effectiveness of an infant life jacket. An ill-fitting life jacket can be uncomfortable and unsafe.

  • Weight Range: Infant life jackets are typically designed for babies weighing between 9 to 25 kilograms (20 to 55 pounds). Check the manufacturer’s weight recommendations to ensure proper buoyancy and fit.
  • Snug Fit: The life jacket should fit snugly without being too tight. There should be no excess room above the arm openings. Test the fit by lifting the jacket at the shoulders; if it slips over the baby’s chin or ears, it’s too large.
  • Adjustable Straps: Look for life jackets with adjustable straps to customize the fit as your baby grows.

Key Features to Consider

When selecting an infant life jacket, consider the following features to ensure maximum safety and comfort:

  • Head Support: A good infant life jacket should have a collar or head support to keep the baby’s head above water.
  • Grab Handle: A grab handle on the top of the life jacket allows you to easily pull your baby out of the water in an emergency.
  • Bright Colours: Choose life jackets in bright, highly visible colours to easily spot your child in the water.
  • Crotch Strap: This prevents the life jacket from riding up over your baby’s head, ensuring it stays securely in place.
  • Quick-Drying Material: Look for life jackets made from quick-drying, comfortable materials to avoid chafing and discomfort.
  • Kid-Friendly Designs: Fun prints and designs can make wearing a life jacket more appealing to your little one.


Selecting the right infant life jacket is essential for your baby’s safety and comfort while enjoying water activities. Always choose a Transport Canada or Canadian Coast Guard-approved life jacket, ensure it fits properly, and look for features that enhance safety and comfort. At Bremner Pool and Spa, we care deeply about your family’s safety and enjoyment in the water. We strive to keep our clients informed and up-to-date with the latest safety tips and product recommendations on our blog. For more tips and advice on pool safety and maintenance, continue to visit our blog. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact us. Enjoy a safe and fun summer with your little ones!

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