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The Trouble With Buying Kids' Life Jackets Like Shoes

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Kids grow fast. That’s why frugal parents often buy their kid’s shoes a little bigger than the actual size. However, when buying a kid’s life jacket that’s too large – a common mistake – the results can be heartrending because children in a wrong-sized life jacket can easily slip out.

“I’ve sent my own kids to school with slightly bigger shoes,” says BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety President Chris Edmonston. “However, if a too-big life jacket slips off a child when their arms go above their head, there could be tragic results.” Edmonston, himself a father of five, knows what he’s talking about. Here are some tips on having the right-sized kids’ life jacket:  more...



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