Stearns Puddle Jumper: My New Favorite Thing   4 comments

My New Favorite Thing:

So I know what you’re saying. Kym always has a “favorite, can’t live without it, bestest ever, OMG you gotta try this” thing. And it’s different. Every time we see her.

Its true. I have the attention span of a gnat, and I’m a total glutton when it comes to new kid stuff to try. But on the same token – according to you guys, I’m usually right about what the new “cool stuff” is. And about this, I am DEFINITELY right.

When Traditional Floaties Don’t Work…

Bridget is almost three, and is relatively happy walking around in super-shallow kiddie pools, but if she can’t touch the bottom…. disaster. Her little chicken wings aren’t strong enough yet for arm floaties. Any kind of float suit/lifejacket pulls up under her chin and suffocates her. Until now she’s hated wearing anything, and wants to just cling on to us instead.

Well, with two babes-in-arms in the pool now, enter the Stearns Puddle Jumper. We saw the “Puddle Jumper” in action a few weeks ago at our good friend Christian’s pool, and absolutely HAD to have one (well, two – the twins will need ’em in a couple years!). The Puddle Jumper is basically a set of foam arm floaties attached together by a wide foam chest strip. The soft fabric cover comes in a variety of colours and designs.  The chest strip allows the child to lean forward in the water in an early-swimmer posture, supporting the chest and arms while allowing freedom of movement. Best of all, it doesn’t creep up uncomfortably towards the neck, or tip the kids into a vertical bob like a life jacket would.

A quick trip to Canadian Tire later, I had two Pink Penguin Puddle Jumpers in hand (how’s that for alliteration??) and we were off and running. We paid $19.95 (Cdn) on sale, but MSRP said $34.95.

Here are our results:

Into the water she goes!

Into the water she goes!

Shark & Mermaid...

Playing "Shark and Mermaid" with Daddy (is that the aquatic version of cops and robbers?)

On her own in the deep end (never out of adult reach, of course!)

On her own in the deep end (never out of adult reach, of course!)

Giving me a chance to swim with the babies!

Giving me a chance to swim with the babies!

Finally! Someone perfected the toddler “swim aid”, so we now can choose the perfect tool for the task, leaving bulky lifejackets for what they do best: life-saving.

I was not compensated in any way for this review, it is simply a product we purchased, are pleased with and wanted to share with our friends. 


4 responses to “Stearns Puddle Jumper: My New Favorite Thing

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  1. I found these last year and think they are the best invention EVER! The child has free range of motion and is not pulled onto his/her back like a lifejacket tends to do, and is also not pushed up around his/her chin. I have been telling everyone I know with little kids about them…I think they are for 30 – 50 lbs. and are often on sale at Canadian Tire for $20.00 (regular $30.00). I haven’t seen them anywhere else.


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