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You can tell me all day long about all the fun extracurricular activities you plan to enroll your child in. None will sway me to pay money for fun and team sports, until my son and other children in the family are strong swimmers that respect the water. I’m going to explain how the SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy has become the introduction to teaching the children in our family to swim.
I remember a few years ago scrolling on Facebook and crying my eyes out over a photo of a little boy who had just drowned in a lake. Looked like he could have been a brother to my son.
If you go to any search engine and type in “toddler drowned (and a county or city near me or mine)” a slew of articles of babies drowning in tubs, lakes, and pools will come up. It’s devastating and 100% preventable. SwimWays founded National Learn to Swim Day in 2012.
“Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4 years. Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown before their fifth birthday.
In 2013, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for children ages 1–4 years with a drowning rate of 7.54 per 100,000 population. Florida had the second highest drowning rate in the nation for children ages 1–14 years with a drowning rate of 2.54 per 100,000 population.”- Florida Health.
When we moved in to my childhood home in 2014, my son was only a few months old. I learned to swim at a local YMCA as a child, my sister learned to swim in the pool in the backyard. My son would learn to swim and properly. We want to take him to the beach, on cruise ships, and pools during our vacations.
Proper swim training is still no excuse for lack of supervision but in the rare case of a possible drowning, children should be equipped with the knowledge to save themselves by knowing how to float, breathe, and get to a wall.
Many parents say how expensive sports are. I gladly pay about $1,000 a year for swim classes once a week for Davin. Davin started finding his love of water in the bathtub and as soon as he could sit up properly and was old enough, we knew that the SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy was the right product for our family.
The SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy is the #1 selling baby float in the U.S. Made for ages 9-24 months it is the perfect mesh float with optional sun coverage for infants and toddlers to find their love of water and start learning to swim.
Children can easily access enough water to learn about blowing bubbles, flexibility for twisting and turning, and the ability to kick to move. The removable canopy offers 50+ UPF sun protection. It is no wonder it has always been a 4/5 star rating by consumers.
You can offer your child toys on the large mesh area, with safety valves and dual air chambers there is enhanced security and the patented design gives it impeccable stability. The fact that it folds up easily and fits back in to the storage bag, is perfect for travel and storing at home.
Years later, we have them for Princess Pebbles (my niece), in our shed for guests that bring kids over, and always one in the car for any child that tags along to our outdoor fun.
Princess Pebbles loves watching her older cousin Davin swim, he sometimes wishes he still fit in his SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy. While she is not free to roam as far as Davin, she has grown so much just in between swim seasons.
You can see she is more curious about the water and by the time she outgrows her beloved SwimWays Baby Spring Float Canopy, she will be in swim lessons and we will probably have another child in the family to start finding their love of water with the same floats.
To see my son grow before my very eyes in the past two years moving from his SwimWays Baby Spring Float Canopy to free swimming, makes my heart burst. He has been complimented at public pools and vacations for his amazing abilities.
No parent should fear the water nor should their children. Finding a love and respect for the water around them and teaching at an early age, along with proper supervision will save lives!
I encourage you to start your children early with a love of water, learn about pool safety, and find swim lessons near your home.
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.