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Which Size Product Should I Buy for My Child?

Which Size Product Should I Buy for My Child?
14 October 2016 4683 Views No comments

Here at Konfidence, we often receive questions from our customers regarding the sizing of our products. Understandably, there are lots of concerns out there about whether a particular size of baby swimming or buoyancy swimming aid will fit a certain child. Making sure you choose the right size for your child is very important, as the product will not provide the right support or feel comfortable if it is too large or too small. This can put your little one off getting into the water for an extended period of time, not to mention that it could even be dangerous.

Today, we are going to try to give you everything you need in order to make an informed decision and get the most out of your Konfidence purchase. Below are a few of the steps you might need to take when buying a product from one of our ranges.

Choose the product you need

Each of our products has a different 'size guide' based on certain characteristics, for example the weight, chest size or height of the wearer. Once you know whether it's a baby wetsuit, a float jacket, a swim nappy or something else that you need, you can find out what you need to know in order to choose the right size for your child.

Each product's individual size guide is featured on its product page, just under the title. Simply click or tap the 'Size Guide' icon (shown below) and a table should pop up with guidelines as to which size to choose based on different characteristics. Alternatively, all of our size guides are also featured on our Product Size Guides page.

Check your child's measurements

Once you know what measurements you need, you should go about finding these out. One of the most common measurements we use in our product size guides is that of the wearer's weight. If you know how much your child weighs, then more often than not you should be able to get a general idea of which size product will fit them.

For example, if you were buying one of our Babywarma baby wetsuits and your child weighed approximately 10 kg, you would see from the size guide below that the 6 to 12 months size might be best. Of course, this is only a guideline. The more information you have, the better decision you can make, especially if your child is just between two different sizes.

Buoyancy aids for children under 12 months

One question we are often asked is whether we offer buoyancy swimming aids for babies under the age of 12 months. We do not recommend using buoyancy aids such as floatation jackets or swim vests with children under this age, as their bodies are usually not physically ready to have personal buoyancy. Instead, they should receive support from a parent, guardian or swimming teacher during swimming lessons or while swimming for leisure at home or abroad.

The Konfidence Floatsuit is suitable for many children from the age of 12 months, while the Konfidence Jacket starts from around 18 months of age. However, due to the nature of these products as buoyant swim aids, it is more important to choose the size based on your child's weight and chest size, rather than their age. Floatsuits are suitable from approximately 10 kg (22 lbs) onwards, while our Jackets can be worn by children from around 12 kg (26 lbs) onwards.

Take other factors into account

Whenever we speak to our customers about the sizing of our products, we always make sure to emphasise that these size guides are just that – guides. Every child grows at a different rate and fits clothes differently, so you always need to think carefully about what size product to buy. You may need to take other factors into account in addition to matching up your child to a size based on measurements such as weight and height.

For example, if your child sits within a particular size bracket comfortably, but you might not be using the product for a few months, think about how much they might grow in that time. If they are likely to grow a lot, or they are almost the next size up, then you might want to think about buying that one instead (or waiting until closer to the time you will need it).

Unfortunately, we cannot give you a 100% accurate answer to the question of sizing. All children are different, so you might find that even with your best efforts you need to return the size you bought for a smaller or larger version. However, our product size guides will provide you with accurate information about the size of our products, so you should be able to get a decent idea of which size to buy when you check them.

If you do need to return anything, we operate a 'no quibble guarantee', allowing you to send it back in exchange for a different size.

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