May 26 20160 comments
Safe Float Tips for Toddlers
Every parent wants to see their children having fun inside their swimming pool, even their young toddlers. However, the dangers of a swimming pool present a dilemma, and you also feel the compulsion to protect your toddler. Float devices and toys can help to bridge that gap between your baby being totally dependent on you in the pool, to the point where they are able to just jump in and have fun on their own listening to a variety of songs for babies.
There are a number of different types of pool floats on the market that are extremely safe for toddlers to use in a backyard swimming pool. Some of the better ones act like the typical ring around the waist type float, except that instead of relying on your child to hold on for safety they are seating on an attached soft plastic with leg holes. These come in a number of different varieties, and can even be outfitted with a small toy bar across the front, or a sun saving umbrella on the top.
Swimways takes the toddler float a step higher with a plastic boat that your child can sit inside of. Complete with steering wheel and cup holder, they can “drive” around your pool at their leisure. Small toys are also built in to engage their attention while a removable canopy keeps them protected from the sun. This water float for toddlers has four seat adjustments that grows with your child, making it a good investment if you and your family like to spend a lot of time out in the swimming pool.
As your toddler becomes a preschooler consider moving on to floating devices that help them to gain confidence to learn how to swim. Tube trainers and arm wings are good for this, but many parents find a bathing suit trainer to be safest for toddlers. These fit like swim trunks but have a built in floating tube that encircles the abdomen. Your child will have the mobility needed to learn how to kick and move their arms, but the security of knowing that they are not going to slip underneath the water will be there.
No matter how secure you believe your floatation device for your toddler to be, they should never be out of arm’s length from you in the pool until they are able to swim on their own. If you don’t feel like getting wet while they kick around the perimeter of your pool, you could always hang out next to them on top of a pool float of your own. If you have an in-ground swimming pool that slopes off to a deeper end, install a retaining rope to keep your child on the shallow side of the pool. Other safety tips for toddlers and pools that you should always follow:
Pool decks, steps and ladders should all be coated with a non-slip surface
Hand rails should be installed on all ladders or steps that lead onto the deck and/or into the pool
Always check for holes or leaks in floating devices if they are going to be used for small children
Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even when they know how to swim