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.
Are you guys ready for summer? My kids have 9 days left of school and then it is Game On. I am so scared. Entertaining kids can be hard, especially when it is hot. In Hawaii, we used to swim all the time but here, we have not been much. We have a lot of pool visits planned this summer and already got our pool passes. Mac is 2 now and is ready to take on the pool by himself but I am not quite ready for that. Thankfully, SwimWays has come to the rescue with this amazing float. We got Step 1, which is perfect for letting little ones get used to be in the water while keeping them balanced and supported. It also is compact and folds up into a small carrying case. With 4 kids, the less stuff I have to carry, the better. You can pick up a SwimWays Baby Spring Float online or in-store at Target!
So, how can you get your little one to gain confidence in the water? Here are 3 tips!
As soon as your little one is able to support themselves on dry ground, pick up a SwimWays and spend some times in the water. We have brought our babies to the pool or beach from 1 year on. Encourage them to splash their hands and feet. Show the older ones how to blow onto the surface of the water, or if they’re big enough, blow bubbles into the water. Make sure to teach them that safety is important but water is fun too.
The 3rd Saturday of May is National Learn to Swim Day. Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for kids ages 1-14 so taking lessons is important. It can literally save a life. Even if you don’t live near the beach or somewhere hot, it is a key lesson to learn. There are local pools all over the country and they most likely offer swim lessons during the summer. If there is an indoor pool, they may even do it year round. Getting your child into swim lessons is the best way to protect your kids against unnecessary injuries. You can start your swimming lessons as early as you want, even when your kids are still babies. If this is something that interests you then can check out someone like Baby Paddlers to help you get started on those swimming lessons.
It’s a Family Affair
When you take your kid to the pool, take everyone. Dad, siblings, friends, you name it. The more “normal” you can make swimming look means that your little one will be less likely to be overwhelmed and scared. Think about pools. They’re a giant bucket, filled with water. Now imagine you’re 2. Scary. By bringing our little fishes, I mean older kids, my younger kids can see that this giant bathtub is a source of joy, not fear. And a happy baby is a confident baby.
National Swim Day is THIS Saturday, May 20th! Be sure to check out your local pools for activities that they are holding. And be sure to bring along your SwimWays float too!