How to pick the right life jacket?
Making a choice used to be much easier, with fewer options. Now, it requires some thinking to know what you really want. A life jacket should be bought following the user's weight. The jacket must fit comfortably and firmly, and it musn't rise up when worn in water. For a child, do not buy "a little room for growth". This will result in an incorrect floating position as the floats to rise too high.
Inherently buoyant lifejackets are designed to aid the wearer quickly turn onto the safe back position and support the head, so that airways are above the water. This makes them the obvious choice for babies and small children. Inflatable lifejackets, on the other hand, may be a better choice for confident swimmers.