Many children have such a lot of energy, but they also have a million indoor (mostly digital) distractions. These often prevent them from engaging in more active pursuits. So, we’re going to look at some of the best kids Fitbit watches.
By inspiring kids to stay active and get the rest their developing bodies need, an activity tracker will help them develop healthier behaviours.
As the leading fitness tracker manufacturer, Fitbit is a solid and well-known choice that parents should rely on.
The Fitbit tracker and its smartphone app encourage kids to get going, mainly to meet the required 60 minutes of daily activity. With prompts to remind them to take 250 steps every hour as a minimum, which can be customised during school hours.
Fitbit fitness trackers are an excellent way to track your every day steps and become more mindful of your level of activity during the day. Some versions have additional features for more intensive running and exercise and inspire you to do more.
The exciting Challenges and Adventures and the competitive leaderboard are perfect motivators for the entire family.
Which Fitbit is best for kids?
Fitbit offers five major products, ranging from simple trackers to feature-rich smartwatches.
A Fitbit packed with features isn’t needed for children. Parents can be reluctant to waste money on a fitness tracker—especially given that their children won’t wear it for long due to their short attention spans.
If they want to track their activity, though, it should be welcomed, and there are specific Fitbits that are appropriate. If you have a Fitbit, you can correlate your own activity with theirs and inspire them to stay active.
The Fitbit Ace 3 is designed specifically for kids. Personal Fitbit accounts are not permitted for children under the age of 13 as far as we can tell, at least for US federal privacy purposes. For the Ace 3, the minimum age is now 6. However, many parents register younger children as 13 to get around this clause. So you can look at any of the Fitbits if you want to.
Although four of our picks are still available today, we’ve also included some recently retired ones. However, they are still available online, just not directly. In our detailed expert roundup, we compare all Fitbits.
To find the best kids Fitbit, we will consider a mix of price, design, and functionality.
Fitbit Ace 3
This fitness tracker is the next version following the Fitbit Ace 2. It’s made exclusively for children, making it the obvious alternative. It features a compact display for the time and simple readouts and straps designed especially for small wrists.
The Fitbit Ace 3 is recommended for kids six and over. It measures steps, Active Minutes, and simple sleep stats. And if they don’t have a smartphone or tablet, you can keep track of their success on your device. This will ensure they stay involved.
There are move reminders that encourage kids to get up at least once an hour (during the day). You also get on-screen notifications like Caller ID if you need to get a hold of them. It also has a bedtime reminder, alarms, a timer and a stopwatch.
It’s waterproof too, which is always handy for a kids device. And the battery can last for eight days, so your kids can wear it all week. This is particularly good because kids don’t have the patience to take a watch off every day to charge it. The novelty quickly wears off.
Fitbit provides two views. Namely, one for the parents and the other for the child. Children, like adults, can get badges and trophies for completing activity goals. These views are exclusive to the Ace.
Fitbit also guarantees that all data is kept confidential and not shared, ensuring that information about your children is kept safe and secure with you and you alone.
Fitbit Ace 2
While the Ace 2 has been succeeded by the Ace 3, you can indeed find this variant online at a lower price.
Although the feature set is identical, the screen is narrower, and the general style is boxier.
Although its 5-day battery life is adequate, it isn’t as long as the Ace 3’s eight days.
Fitbit Inspire 2
We’d wholeheartedly recommend the Fitbit Inspire 2 as one of the best kids Fitbit devices because it’s inexpensive, stylish, and easy to use. It’s also compatible with Fitbit’s awesome smartphone app. Essentially, the Ace 3 above is an Inspire 2 with a few features removed. It keeps track of the basics: Steps, distance, Active Zone Minutes, and calories burned. Also, it provides notifications such as Caller ID, emails, calendar events, and move reminders.
It has a heart rate monitor, which will help motivate your child to do more intense workouts. For real-time stats during activities, there are over 20 sport modes to choose from. SmartTrack recognises and registers the exercises automatically.
The Ace 3’s sleep metrics are more advanced. Offering sleep stages and a sleep score, indicating the consistency of your child’s nighttime sleep.
Guided breathing sessions and swim tracking are also nice bonus features.
The Inspire 2 can be worn as a clip, but we’ve found that when it’s not clipped to a wrist, it’s easy for anyone to lose track of.
The original Fitbit Inspire, which has been succeeded by the Inspire 2, is now viewed as one of the best kids Fitbit options and can be found online.
It offers all the same basic tracking metrics, including swimming and sleep, as any of the above models. Though, it doesn’t have a heart rate sensor or a floor-counting altimeter. However, it can automatically track some forms of exercise, such as cycling.
We like the Inspire 2 because of the heart-rate sensor, but if you can afford it, go for the newer version(s).
Fitbit Charge 4
The Fitbit Charge 4 is a definite upgrade from the Inspire 2, with all of the basic features and more, including built-in GPS for accurately measuring longer walks if you go out as a family for an adventure.
Steps, distance, Active Zone Minutes, and calories are all tracked on the Charge 4, and the HRM provides advanced sleep measures. It also has the same smart features as we mentioned above.
If your family isn’t “outdoorsy”, you won’t need the built-in GPS. Instead, you may rely on the GPS on your smartphone. The included altimeter (which isn’t available on the Inspire 2) tracks floors climbed, but because this isn’t an important statistic, you can save money by skipping it.
Fitbit Versa 3
If you’re willing to spend a little extra money on a smartwatch with a lot of features, the Fitbit Versa 3 is a great option.
Again, you get the usual basic tracking metrics, as well as automatic activity and sleep tracking. Also, you get the move reminders and smart features we’ve already mentioned on the models above.
What’s cool is that it uses Fitbit’s new PurePulse 2.0 wrist-based heart-rate sensor, which can be utilised to increase the quality of your kids’ fitness, exercises, and sleep while still measuring their heart health.
The Versa 3 will receive phone calls, which could make it safer for your child to carry their phone with them when not at home.
It’s compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistants if you’re a teach-savvy family.
By opting for a Versa, Versa 2, or Versa Lite instead of a Versa 3, you can save money (however, you’ll lose a few features). The older versions have been phased out, but you can still find them online if you look around.
That being said, the Versa 3 outperforms them both in terms of features and battery life.
Fitbit Versa Lite
Fitbit’s entry-level fitness smartwatch, the Versa Lite, was discontinued but is still available online.
The Fitbit Versa Lite tracks steps, distance, calories, sleep and Active Minute Zones. On-wrist smart features include Caller ID, emails, and calendar updates, as well as move reminders to get those 250 steps in per hour.
The Lite Edition loses its ability to count the number of floors climbed (because it doesn’t have an altimeter like the more comprehensive Versa 2 or 3). Also, it can’t stream music (though it does offer music playback). And it can’t only show on-screen exercises via the Fitbit Coach app, which is a fantastic collection of health and wellness stats, but you’ll need a newer version to enjoy them.
While it is waterproof, it does not log swimming as an activity.
The great thing about ever-evolving technology is that the older versions of a device are a great way of introducing kids to gadgets. Not only will they quickly learn from them, but you have peace of mind knowing that if they break them (which is somewhat inevitable), you haven’t paid a lot of money.
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Last Updated on July 9, 2021