This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last month I wrote a post on water safety and explained why it’s such an important issue to me. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend that you do. I discussed four water safety tips that you can practice with your own family. Although important year round, water safety has an urgency to it now that it’s summer. Also in the same post, I introduced you to my cute granddaughter M. and the SwimWays Baby Spring Float with Sun Canopy (available online or in-store at Target). As promised, I’m back to tell you how we liked the float and what our experience was.
Like many kids her age (18 months), M. has a healthy mix of fun and fear when it comes to the pool. As long as she’s in her mother’s arms, M. loves to splash and kick and laugh but the moment her mother tries to let her go she starts crying and lets the whole pool know she’s not having it.
Most children aren’t going to lose their fear of the pool overnight so, in order to help them get more comfortable, you’ll need these three things:
- repeated exposure &
- age-appropriate swimming tool
If you take your child to the pool and they’re afraid, it’s important that you not yell at them for their fear. Instead, assure them that everything is okay and that you’re right there with them. Also, never force your child to “let go” or “just swim.”
The first few times M. went into the pool, she hated it. She screamed the entire time. By the fourth time, she got to the point I described above (splashing, kicking, and laughing). In other words, the repeated exposure lessened her fear.
Age-Appropriate Swimming Tool
Baby floats and water wings are examples of age-appropriate swimming tools. The SwimWays Baby Spring Float is Step 1 of 3 in SwimWays Swimming tools. The float helps your child become comfortable in the water by keeping him|her balanced all while providing a feeling of support. The SwimWays Baby Spring Float is suitable for kids aged nine to twenty–four months (M. is 18 months) and it’s the number one baby float on the market today.
Our Experience With the SwimWays Baby Spring Float
The first time we (my daughter and I) tried to put M. in the Baby Spring Float she started crying and screaming. She wanted nothing more than to be held by her mom. Instead of taking the float out of the pool, we kept it by M. so she could look at it, touch it, and get used to it.
On the second visit to the pool, we were able to place M. in the Baby Spring Float although she did cry a little. My daughter verbally comforted her while holding onto the float to give her that extra bit of security. After approximately 10 minutes, M. wanted to get out of the pool.
On the third visit to the pool, M. was not only comfortable in the Baby Spring Float but she allowed her mom to add the Sun Canopy. To our surprise, M. started kicking her legs in an attempt to try to move the Float herself!
Since the pool opened at our community, it’s been like Grand Central Station. There are adults and kids constantly coming and going. We have a lifeguard on duty but I always worry about those children who can’t swim (like M.). If your child(ren) don’t know how to swim yet, you can find resources (including places that offer swimming lessons) on the Teach Me To Swim website. This website is brought to you by SwimWays—a leader in helping children to learn to swim and promoting water safety.
Now that M. is thoroughly enjoying the SwimWays Baby Spring Float, we will continue to help her feel more confident and comfortable with every visit she makes to the pool. Once she reaches two years old, we’ll move her into the next phase of swimming tools—SwimWays Swim Vest.
With every swimming tool that we use, and every technique that we teach, my daughter and I are minimizing the risk of M. becoming a drowning statistic. That makes this young grandma very happy!
If you have a child, what SwimWays Swim Steps are they currently in?