8 Floaties For Kids Perfect For Summer Swims

Summer is officially here, and if you've got kiddos and plan to spend some time by the pool, safety is key. For those just learning to swim and those only getting accustomed to the water, flotation devices are imperative. There's a lot to choose from when it comes to floaties for kids. From vests to traditional armbands, there are a few routes you can take to keep everyone safe.

Here at SwearBy, we've rounded up eight kids' floaties for you to check out if you're in the market for an upcoming vacation or just some time spent by the pool.

But as with all safety materials for kids, be sure to check weight and age requirements before purchasing and always be sure to keep those kiddos supervised even in these adorable floaties.


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Body Glove Paddle Pal

The Body Glove Paddle Pal has the traditional armbands that you’re used to seeing in floaties, but it adds a buoyant life vest as well for extra safety. Approved by the US Coast Guard and suitable for children between 30-50 pounds, it’s a great choice for little ones learning to swim who want a bit more autonomy in the water. Plus, the Paddle Pal has nearly 1,500 reviews on Amazon and nearly a 5-star rating. One such reviewer says of the floatie, “This is the only swim vest I’ve found that keeps my toddlers head above water, and we’ve tried six different ones. [I] love the design. I don’t have to worry about them slipping out or getting rubbed by a strap between their legs.”

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Puddle Jumper Kids 2-in-1 Life Jacket & Rash Guard

While a bit of a splurge compared to traditional armbands, the Puddle Jumper is ideal for those looking to teach their children to swim, and it’s US Coast Guard approved. Suitable for children who weigh 33 to 55 pounds, the vest allows kids to have a full range of motion and helps reduce limitations on their swimming while still helping them stay afloat. Plus, it has built-in sun protection to keep your kiddo’s delicate skin safe as well.

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Speedo Kids' Begin to Swim Vinyl Basic Arm Bands

These inflatable Speedo armbands are likely what you think about when you hear the word “floatie.” Not only are they cost-effective at just $3.99, but they’re designed to be good for older kids as well. Ages 2-12 and those up to 110 pounds can wear the swim accessory, so if you have an older child who is learning to swim, these are ideal.

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Otter Wings Kids Floaties and UPF Swim Shirt Combo

The Otter Wings floatie and swim shirt combo make getting in and out of the water a breeze. Unlike other devices that need to be removed completely (clipping and potential reinflation included), this swim shirt allows you to simply clip the floaties to your kids’ well, shirt, before they get in and out of the water.

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Topsung Kids Deluxe Life Jacket Swim Trainers

While this kids’ floatation device might look similar to the Puddle Jumper and Paddle Pal Amazon reviewers were quick to point out a key difference: travel ability. This Topsung option features a similar design (armbands, a buoyant chest, and clip), the fact that it’s inflatable means it’s great for fitting in a suitcase — particularly if you’re flying. A reviewer writes, “I bought this item for my 2-year-old for a vacation in Mexico. I was looking for something that could pack flat, was easy to inflate, and would provide a level of safety for my kiddo. This fit the bill perfectly.”

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Weefloat Baby Flamingo Float with Canopy

You can’t really put floaties on a baby, but you can put a baby in a float! If you’re just looking to get your youngest accustomed to the water, floaties aren’t the way to go. Instead, opt for a baby float. This adorable flamingo-shaped float features a canopy for sun protection and a comfy center seat with leg holes where they can rest.

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Topsung Floaties Inflatable Swim Arm Bands

For those with pre-teens who haven’t learned to swim, these armbands are an option. While some kids’ floaties only reach 120 pounds, these are suitable for kids up to 150 pounds and those who are up to 15-year-old. They feature a classic inflatable design and slip around the arm like the traditional floatie style.

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Splash About Kids Floatsuit with Adjustable Buoyancy

A swimsuit and a floatie all in one? Okay! This hybrid wearable device has 16 removable pieces that give it its buoyancy so you can adjust it based on your child’s needs. You can even remove them as they learn to swim until they’re finally doing so on their own. One reviewer says, “This brought out a new confidence in my daughter! She swims all by herself with it. She is learning to swim and this gives her the ability to swim without me holding her.”