Yep. Cue summer, yay! I can’t wait for warm weather.
Moving on…..I would like to speak about one of my least favorite swim products. (Yes, I have more than one). Water wings or floaties. I saw oodles of them at Target, Wal-Mart and The Dollar Store.
Water wings are NOT safety devices. You do not have to take my word for it. The National Swimming Pool Fountain said so as well. The inflatable material is made of cheap vinyl, it can puncture, deflate, or they can slip off your child’s arms. I have seen children pull out the valve and let all the air out! Kids are clever. Most of these products cost a whole dollar. They are NOT Coast Guard approved. Need I say more?
It can be very tempting to buy a couple pairs of the adorable Nemo water wings – but please don’t. If your baby or child cannot swim, they are at risk for drowning. It is n-o-t cute to let them float around in the shallow end. If your child rolls onto their stomach, water wings prevent them from turning over for precious air. It may be cute to have them jump in the water with the water wings but it is not safe. Children think they can ‘swim’ or ‘float’. Water wings give your child a false sense of security. They often become daring and venture into deeper water. Imagine the horror.
Children are not the only ones who become too dependent on water wings or floaties. There is no sneaking in a few pages of your novel or a couple of texts while they are floating around in the water with the water wings on. You can never take your eyes off your child when they are in the water. Never.
Water wings prevent your child from later learning proper swimming techniques. They put your child in a ‘vertical’ position. Children have to work extra hard to find the correct center of balance. How am I going to teach your child to do the ‘superman glide’ (prone guide)? They will be hanging onto me for dear life.
What are the solutions? Enroll your children in professional swim lessons. It is never too early. Yes, babies can learn to ‘swim’. 😊 If this is not possible right now choose a proper fitting life vest that is Coast Guard approved. How do you know if it is Coast Guard approved? There will be a label on the inside of the life vest which proudly says “Coast Guard Approved”. Look for the symbol on the life jacket itself that shows it meets their standards for safety.