My girls are counting down the days til school is out and summer is officially here. They are so ready to trade in desks, math facts, and spelling words for pools, flip flops, and diving rings. And I must say I am right there with them. But as a mom I know that with water also comes danger which is why I firmly believe that teaching children to swim and promoting water safety is very important. SwimWays feels the exact same way and so they founded National Learn to Swim Day in 2012.
May 21st will mark SwimWays 5th annual National Learn to Swim Day and they are encouraging parents and caregivers nationwide to celebrate in their own way. Be sure to check out the National Learn to Swim Day website where you will find an abundance of resources including a list of ways to celebrate as well as an event toolkit and rewards that you can download and print for free. The SwimWays Teach Me to Swim website is the perfect place to start gathering information before introducing your little one to the water. There you will find information about water safety and the important and benefits of learning to swim. Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States for children ages 1 to 4? This scary statistics is one of the reasons I have always told my girls that they have many choices in life, but learning to swim is not a choice – it is a requirement.
Today I’d like to share a SwimWays product that makes introducing your little one to the water a fun and enjoyable experience. The SwimWays Baby Spring Float.
Lilah has always been a little uneasy when it comes to water. Even in the bathtub she tends to fuss and try to climb out the entire time so I was hopeful that the SwimWays Baby Spring Float would help to ease her fears. The first time I placed her in the float she wasn’t too sure what to think of everything, but after a few moments she began to warm up to the idea. She felt secure in the sturdy mesh seat and the wide base gave her plenty of room to splash and explore the water without feeling like she was in a large body of open water. I love that this particular SwimWays Baby Spring Float also came with a removable sun canopy that simply snaps in place and will be very useful when we are spending our days at outdoor pools this summer.
Before long Lilah was so comfortable in her SwimWays Baby Spring Float that we ventured over to the lazy river where she kicked back, relaxed, and enjoyed the ride!
As she gets a little older we will progress through the next steps in SwimWays Swim Steps. They have lots of great products that will assist us in keeping Lilah and her sisters safe and secure in the water. You can check them all out on the Toys “R” Us website.
Will you be celebrating National Learn to Swim Day on May 21st? There will also be a #SwimWays National Learn to Swim Day Twitter Party on Thursday, May 19th from 1-2PM EST. Be sure to follow @SwimWays for all the details.