The market is already full of fitness trackers for people of any age. Of course, this includes kids. However, kids tend to have a short attention span and will lose interest quickly. On top of that, they always want to be as stylish as possible.
In that regard, the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 is there to make things easier for you to get your kids active. Just by looking at it already makes me feel like a kid all over again because of its stylish design. Aesthetics-wise, it passes the test. However, is it the best for your kids? Read my review to find out.
A brief overview of the product
The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 is a product of Garmin, a well-known tech company that produces high-quality but inexpensive gadgets. In that sense, you can make sure that the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 retains the same quality you can see in other fitness trackers for kids but was made to be affordable. On top of that, it is a stylish fitness tracker that your child will surely love. Its activities are also made for your kids to enjoy. In that sense, it really does have its own way of making your kids stay active.
Who is this product for?
The design and the product name says it all. The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 was designed for your kids if you want them to stay active while having fun doing so. However, it was not meant simply for any kind of child. In fact, it was made for your kids who want to stand out in the crowd because of how this fitness tracker has different types of designs to fit your child’s style. Regardless of whether you are buying it for a boy or a girl, there are different styles and designs to choose so that your child will be able to have his/her own fitness tracker with its own unique design.
Key features and benefits
- All-day sleep and step tracking
The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 tracks your child’s sleep and steps the entire day so long as it stays on his/her wrists. In that sense, you will be able to see how many steps he/she is getting and how good of a sleep he/she is getting on a daily basis.
- 60-minute activity tracking
The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 is able to track up to 60 recommended minutes of your child’s daily activities. What that means is that the tracker will track how active your child is during the 60 minutes of daily recommended activity he/she needs to stay fit and healthy.
If your child happens to be an active swimmer, then using the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 will be no problem. This fitness tracker is swim-friendly and is usable underwater. So if your child’s preferred daily activity is swimming in the pool, you can leave the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 on his/her wrists for it to track his/her progress while swimming.
- Made to be kid-durable
While kids are not as strong as adults, they are arguably more active and reckless. In that case, the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 was made to be kid-durable in the sense the band and the face themselves will be able to withstand any of your child’s reckless activities and is durable enough to last long.
- Manage their chores
The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 syncs with its free companion app and allows you to set chores for your kids through the app itself. The fitness tracker would then alert your child of any chore he/she has to do so that you no longer need to do it yourself.
- Comes in your child’s favorite Disney theme
The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 has a lot of themes and designs your child can choose from depending on his/her own style and preferences. And the good thing about the themes is that they are derived from Disney characters. So if your son is a fan of Marvel or if your daughter loves Minnie Mouse, they can choose from a variety of Disney-themed designs that suit their preferences.
What we like
- It is swim-friendly and can be used in the water.
- The band and the face are both very durable.
- The Disney designs are all lovely in their own way.
What we don’t like
- It cannot be recharged and the battery will last for a year before it needs to be replaced.
- It might be waterproof but it was not made to resist small particles like beach sand.
- The screen is very small even for a child’s standards.
FAQ and additional tips
- Can you replace the battery?
Although the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 battery cannot be charged, you can always replace it when it runs out.
- Are the pictures on the watch face changeable?
To a certain degree, yes. Your child can choose different pictures to use on the face of the fitness tracker but they are limited to the theme. So if your child chose a Marvel-themed fitness tracker, the pictures will be limited to Marvel characters.
- Does it need extra protection when used for swimming?
No. The entire fitness tracker itself was already made to be waterproof. You no longer have to use extra protection when using it in water.
- Does it track distance?
Since the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 does not have a GPS locator, it does not track distance traveled. Instead, it only tracks steps.
There are not a lot of fitness trackers for kids that have the same range of designs and themes as the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2. In that sense, your kids will surely love wearing it on their wrists. On your part, because you can assign chores, you will also love it as you no longer need to remind your kids of their chores. That means that I absolutely recommend that you get this fitness tracker for your child.