Teaching Calvin to Swim with a Baby Float

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for SwimWays. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


Confession: I am not a comfortable swimmer. Unlike my husband, who was lifeguard certified when we started dating, I am a dog paddler at best. I was able to swim when I was little but somewhere along the way water got kind of scary and I turned into someone who stays in the part where my feet touch the ground.

Not being at ease in the water, I am very sympathetic to my kids being a little freaked out about pools. They get excited about swimming, but they tend to cling or not want to get off the steps so getting them to really enjoy the pool has been a challenge. For this reason, I jumped on the chance to try a Baby Spring Float from SwimWays, which is part of the SwimSteps line (to help kids learn to swim). It’s the best baby float on the market, especially if you’re looking for something to introduce your baby to swimming for the first time.


In all honesty, Calvin was not thrilled when we put him in it initially because being in the baby float kept him from wrapping himself around our necks like a python, but once he realized that he wasn’t going to sink he was totally enchanted with his own independence. He got the hang of kicking to move himself around a little and totally relaxed in the water. I think this is the first time we’ve had to pull him out of the pool before he was ready to go home!

May 16th is National Learn to Swim Day, which was created to remind parents to teach their kids how to be in the water safely. We’re going to be looking into “real” swim lessons for Miss Eva and making more of an effort to schedule pool time so we can all get a little more comfortable. If you’re bringing your kids to the pool this summer (especially for the first time!), check out the SwimWays products at Toys R Us. You can also visit the Teach Me to Swim website and find SwimWays on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    If only adult sized versions of this were socially acceptable. lol Calvin looks so cute in his floatie.

    May 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm
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