For the last three months or so, we’ve been using the SwimWays Baby Spring Float for my youngest, Kendall. I have posted two updates about how our experience has been going and I’m pleased to say that our most recent experience with the baby float was the best one yet.
Swimways 3-Step Program
In my first article, I talked about ways to teach your child to swim. The SwimWays website, teachmetoswim.com, has some really helpful resources for teaching babies how to swim. They have a simple three-step system which begins with introducing kids to the water. The Spring Float is a great floaty for babies both for at-home use and while traveling, and happens to be perfect for the first step of teaching a child to swim; the second step suggests moving your child to a different kind of pool float which gives them more freedom to paddle and splash; and the last step is like the “training wheels of swimming” step – ultimately leading your child to swimming on their own.
In my second article, I talked about how important pool safety is and highlighted National Learn to Swim Day, which was on May 21st. While nothing can replace adult supervision when it comes to water safety, SwimWays has been helping children learn to swim for more than 40 years and are experts in the field. They have meticulously designed their products to help your child be confident in the water, giving parents peace of mind when enjoying a family day at the pool.
Why We Love the Swimways Spring Float
When my youngest was a toddler and was first being introduced to our pool at home, we hadn’t discovered any of the SwimWays products or learn-to-swim tools online. It was a very slow process teaching her to swim and I am still not 100% confident that she can hold her own in the case of an unsupervised emergency in the water. We have purchased a few of the SwimWays toys for her and she has also received some as birthday gifts. Right now she is loving some of the fun diving toys and her SwimWays kickboard, which make pool time much more fun.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, our most recent experience with the Baby Spring Float with our 1.5 year old was the best one yet. The water has warmed up quite a bit more and this was the first time that she willingly hopped right into the float and started kicking around on her own. If you follow me on Instagram (@bucket_list_mom), you may have seen the cute little video I shared of Kendall having a blast in the pool. If you missed it, check it out below.
I’m so relieved that Kendall has adjusted to the pool float. I have noticed that if I call it a “boat” instead of a “floaty” she’s more willing to hop right in, for whatever reason. We had even planned to take the Spring Float with us to Puerto Vallarta last week and completely forgot to toss it in the luggage. It’s super small when collapsed and even fits well in a carry-on bag. We definitely missed having it on our trip and even noticed another family using one in the pool.
Thanks to the soft mesh seat and fabric covering on the Spring Float, Kendall is completely comfortable and actually relaxes while she’s float and kicking around. The adjustable UPF 50+ canopy helps tremendously to keep the sun out of her face most of the time, and is a must-have on a baby float.
Overall, my family is very happy with the SwimWays products and will be recommending them both online and offline for years to come.
Where to Buy
You can check out the SwimWays line of products including the baby Spring Float at your local Toys ‘R Us or at toysrus.com/products/swimways.jsp. They carry a variety of SwimWays products including toys, learn-to-swim products and even adult pool floats.