Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day with SwimWays
This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Fact: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide.1
Fact: According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. And amongst those children, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.2
Saying kids love water is an understatement. Kids are drawn to water like moths to flames. They love feeling the wetness, hearing the splashes, and seeing the ripples. Whenever my kids get grumpy, I know one surefire way to cheer them up – bring them to the pool to play with water! With a community pool literally 5 minutes away walking from our house and beautiful Southern California weather, we go to the pool practically every weekend. Thus, it’s not surprising we take water safety very seriously.
As parents, we do as much as possible to keep our babies safe. Of course, we don’t think that we will ever leave our baby alone near bodies of water, but guess what? Accidents happen. You may be at a friend’s house and didn’t know that there is no fencing around their pool and your baby wandered outside your line of sight for just a few seconds. You may trust that your toddler knows not to jump into the pool without mommy or daddy but he/she was running near the pool and slipped and fell in. With kids and their antics, you never know.
Therefore, it’s critical to teach your children to swim as early as possible to ensure their safety around water. With National Learn to Swim Day coming up on May 20th, it’s as good a time as any to start your children in swim lessons. SwimWays started National Learn to Swim Day 6 years ago in 2012 to raise awareness about the importance of learning to swim. To help kids acquire the necessary swimming skills, SwimWays designed products for 3 different stages of the learning process. Find out more about the different steps at SwimWays’ Teach Me to Swim website or watch the Swim Steps video here. With summer right around the corner, we need to be proactive about keeping our children safe around bodies of water but at the same time let them have fun!
As a parent of a toddler and a baby, I find it extremely difficult to take both kids to the pool. My toddler is just learning how to tread water and feels comfortable holding his breath under water, but I am not about to let him dive into the deep end without me within a foot away to grab him just in case. However, how can I be there for my toddler when in one arm I have my baby, who is just starting to get comfortable with the pool? But if I just stay at the baby pool with a foot of water all the time, I feel like my toddler is missing out on the fun he would have if I didn’t have his sister with me. Ah, mother’s guilt at its best.
Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy to the rescue!
The Baby Spring Float is designed to support young children (9-24 months) and is Step 1 of 3 Swim Training stages. The float is perfect for introducing babies to the water. With a patented inner spring around the outside edge of the float for added security, I feel safe having my baby in it while I play with my toddler in the adult pool. When I first took the float to the pool, I panicked when I saw that I needed to blow it up. Fortunately, it only took me a few seconds to figure out how the nozzles worked and I had the float in the water in no time. All you have to do is squeeze the nozzles to allow airflow and blow!
What I really love about the float is that my baby is having fun in it as well! There is a mesh play space for toys and splashing, and my daughter just loves hitting the water and seeing all the droplets fly up in the air.
Sometimes her brother takes a break from diving in the pool and joins in on the fun! He likes pushing her around in the float, playing peek-a-boo, and swimming underneath her.
As we are constantly in the hot California sun, we are also worried about sun safety. Our kids often look like clowns because of how much sunscreen we apply on their faces and bodies, and natural sunscreen does not rub in easily! This is why I love the removable and easily adjustable two-position sun canopy with UPF 50+. The sun canopy adds a layer of protection against the sun and depending on the time of day and where the sun is positioned, you can use the snaps to quickly adjust the canopy to maximize blockage.
Then after a tiring afternoon of swimming, the float is perfect for the baby to put his/her head down for some much-needed rest.
If you live in a house with no storage like me, you are probably worried about having the float clutter up your garage. No worries, the Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy folds flat into 3 compact circles and fits into the bag that it came in for easy storage and transportation.
Ready to take the plunge and start getting your baby in the pool? Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy is available for purchase in Target stores or online.
So, go out on May 20th and celebrate National Learn to Swim Day with your little ones! Whether it be visiting the community pool or just simply splashing around in the bathtub, always remember: Safety first!
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How are you celebrating National Learn to Swim Day?
1 World Health Organization. (2017, May). Drowning. Retrieved from URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs347/en/
2 Center of Disease Control and Prevention. (2016, April 28). Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts. Retrieved from URL: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html