swimming pool flotation devices
As the mom of two small kids, who are only 16 months apart, I have my work cut out trying to keep them both happy and safe in the summertime. Last year, my in-laws installed a semi-in-ground pool and, of course, all eight grandkids (mine included) are there quite often in the warm summertime weather.
While the pool is definitely an enjoyable way to beat the summer heat, it can be kind of stressful to have small children swimming, so you need to keep a very vigilant eye on them to make sure they're OK. After reading that children age 1-4 have the highest rates of drowning of any other age group, I knew that my eagle eyes wouldn't be enough to make sure they're safe. So, we outfitted our daughters with some swimming devices. Thankfully, with eight grandchildren at the pool, we were quickly able to compare and contrast the different devices. Recently, though, It struck me that a lot of parents could use some help figuring all this out. Since we've used a number of them, I thought I'd share my experience here.
I have tried a few different products out there to keep my girls safe in the pool and will share them with you here today. I've also become familiar with a few other devices thanks to my nieces and nephews. Here I will review the five that I am most familiar with and that seem to be very popular for the toddler/pre-school age child.
Great Swim Device for Toddlers
This is manufactured by Swim School Deluxe. The Tot Trainer Inflatable Rubber Tube Swim Aid with Swim Strap ensures a secure fit and is said to be made of heavy duty nylon construction. It is also a vibrant yellow color for easy visibility. It also allows the child to be able to freely move, permits them to float in an upright or swimming position on either their front or their back and will not tip over. It is for ages 2-4 years. This device will give your little one a bit of extra support with a tube-like effect as well.
Great Flotation Device for Pre-Schoolers
The next flotation device is the Learn To Swim: Swim Tube Trainer. This one is a dependable, yet easy-to-use swimming aid, which has a strong rubber air-filled tube encased in brightly colored nylon. It also allows for freedom of movement, allowing your child to float in an upright or swimming position on his or her front or back.
However, unlike the others, the Tube Trainer has a tank-top design with bottom security strap and is made for the ages of 3 to 6 years. The only color I have seen this one in unfortunately is orange though, so that may be a negative for some kids on this one.
For the child who has a bit more of confidence while in the pool, I suggest Speedo Begin-to-Swim fabric armbands. These armbands can be inflated to the child's comfort level and are recommended for children aged 2-12. The armbands give just enough flotation for the wearer to feel comfortable as he or she learns to swim. They are made of super soft fabric that are very comfortable when wearing. An added bonus is that they have a UV 50+ block so your child will stay protected from the sun's harmful UV rays. Let me stress, this one is for the child who is a bit more secure in the water, because there is no tube and they are pretty much just modified floaties.