Girls are delicate little beings? Not a bit of it! They can be just as tough as boys. So, when it comes to choosing a sports watch for a girl, make sure that you pick one that is up to the job. Any sports watch that you purchase for a child should be sturdy, comfortable and easy to clean.
When it comes to selecting a sports watch for a girl, or indeed a boy, there are somethings that you should think about. Doing so should ensure that you make the best choice possible.
What to consider when choosing a girl’s sports watch
The younger your child is, the more likely it that too many features will confuse them. So look for something with just a few simple features that are easy to use. These watches are cheaper, too. As they grow older, and more features might be appropriate, you can always replace their sports watch with a better model.
When it comes to the features you will find on a sports watch, you may find that they vary significantly. So, if your child is into a particular sport, shop around to find one that is most suited to their needs. Some watches are more water-resistant than others, and some are better at tracking things like lap times.
The other key factor to take into consideration is that children have smaller wrists, but they can grow quite quickly. So, if you are looking for a watch that will last, it is a good idea to select one that will grow with them; this will ensure that it is comfortable.
What features should I usually expect on a children’s sports watch?
For the most part, all of the sports watches that you can buy will include alarms. They will also have backlighting for ease of reading the screen. Countdown features or stopwatches will be a part of some, but not all. Sports watches are a great way for children to count running or bike laps. The majority of sports watches will be water-resistant to varying degrees.
Chunky straps and faces are a feature of many sports watches which again makes them perfect for children, especially younger children as they stand up to more rigorous play. There are, however, plenty of sports watches, especially sports trackers, that have slimmer faces and straps to appeal to fashion-conscious pre-teens and older children.
Sports watches for older children
The Fitbit Ace 2 is a great choice and of course, comes with an excellent pedigree. Like many of the other Fitbits that you can buy, this is a stunning sleek watch with a slim band. It benefits from a battery life of five days and is water-resistant down to 50 metres.
The standard features you would expect from a fitness tracker are also in evidence; step counter and the ability to keep track of active minutes. While the screen is on the slim side, it is nevertheless still easy to read. It also features a small graphic. The wipe-clean strap comes in a range of different colours and graphics. As with other Fitbits, you can also change the strap giving a number of different options.
Fitness trackers for younger children
If you are looking for a fitness tracker style of sports watch for a younger child, then the Garmin Vivofit JR 2 is perfect.
The display is a little bigger than that of the Fitbit, making it easier for smaller children to read. The battery life is around one year, so there is no charging required. When it comes to features, the Garmin Vivofit JR 2 can help to track steps, sleep and the recommended 60 minutes of activity a day. It is also a great watch for children who enjoy swimming.
When it comes to colour options, this is one watch that any little one will really love. Whether your little girl is a fan of Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses or Star Wars, the Vivofit JR 2 comes with a variety of themed straps. Each tracker offers your child the chance to earn rewards by achieving their daily activity targets. This is a great way to ensure that your youngsters are being as active as possible.
Basic Sports Watch
If you are really not sure how much use your child will get from a sports watch then you may prefer to start with something more basic. The Limit Children’s Active Watch is a great analogue watch with basic sports watch capabilities that is ideally suited to younger children.
It is water-resistant, has a countdown timer – handy if your little one is learning to tell the time – and is available with a digital display too. having the other basic capabilities. Both be purchased in a range of basic colours.
A sports watch with good water resistance is essential if your little girl fancies herself as something of a mermaid. And the Limit 5590.67 comes in some very pretty mermaid-like colours and with 100-metre water resistance is absolutely ideal for swimming or water sports. The watch has a smaller screen and durable strap, with the basic features that you would want from a sports watch for a child without being too expensive.
While there are plenty of watches out there in more ‘girly’ colours that purport to be sports watches, a number of them represent a false economy with poor water resistance and very few features. Opt for a tracker with a good pedigree and sensible features first – straps can be changed to suit the colour conscious later!