This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Water can be overwhelming for parents and young kids. That’s why it’s important to get your baby comfortable in the water as soon as possible. Check out the tips that worked for my family.
1. Get in the Pool
This is the easiest part! Head to your local pool and swim. Pools around the nation are open for the summer, so it’s the perfect time to try out your local facilities. Even if your little one stays on the steps or in your arms for now, the exposure will help them become more comfortable.
Can you tell that this little guy has grown up in Florida where there are pools everywhere?
2. Try a float
Before kids learn how to swim, consider getting them a fun float so they can get accustomed to the water. Both of our boys had The SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy because it’s the #1 baby float on the market today; it’s the perfect product to introduce baby to the water for the first time.
I enjoyed the float with one kid, but it’s become an absolute necessity with two kids! It’s impossible for me to keep my hands on both kids at the same time. You can find SwimWays Baby Spring Floats in Target stores or online.
The float comes with a canopy that is perfect for sunny days. Of course, my picky son hates the canopy. He wants to look up and all around. While he no longer uses it, I can guarantee we will snap our canopy back on for the new baby. Isn’t it nice that it detaches?
The Baby Spring Float supports young children (9 – 24 months) as they are introduced to the water, helping them become comfortable and eventually learning to swim.
3. Make bath time fun
I know, I know, the last thing you want to do before bed is get the kids all excited in the bath tub. It’s worth it though! Bring in lots of toys , shaving cream, color changing beads, and other fun stuff to make bath time fun.
If they get comfortable in the bath water, they will naturally be more comfortable in the pool.
4. Teach by Example
This one is hard for me! I personally do not enjoy the stress of getting in the pool by myself with two kids.
That’s why I try to get in the pool or ocean when I have other adults around. I find that I can be more care free and fun when I’m trusting another adult to be on safety patrol!
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What are your favorite ways to get kids excited about swimming?