Come on in…

…the water’s fine!

While the official start of summer is June 21st, my three kiddos have had a splash getting acquainted with the Swim Steps products we last posted about.

My oldest daughter, Catherine, will be 5 in August. I always thought my children would learn how to swim by age 2, just like I had. Well, as you all know, having children changes all your plans. So we’ve been taking swim lessons easy, letting her experience the water at her own desire and take the leap when Catherine is truly ready. We were last in the pool in Florida over Spring Break and I was surprised by the swimming skills she retained from last summer. Now that our neighborhood pool is open, we’ve had the opportunity to really hone those skills, largely thanks to the help of the Swimways SeaSquirts Swim Assist Dolphin Vest. Catherine fearlessly jumps off the diving board and can swim a few yards over to me before needing assistance to the ladder. She can nearly swim the width of the 4-lane pool by herself and she is starting to tread water. The pretty pink dolphin vest she has been wearing has given her that extra boost of swimming confidence–I know we will be taking out one or two foam pads from the vest by this weekend! I love that you can customize the buoyancy of this vest and allow kids to become swimmers gradually with the same, fun product. A great investment for sure.

Caroline is 3 and thinks she is at least Catherine’s age and can do everything she does. Which is why I love the Swimways Swim Vest for her. It allows her head to get a little wet (which means she can get a real jump-in experience) and teaches her how to get her body to stay afloat. Caroline is not ready for the deep end but she loves to paddle around with Catherine in the shallow end, back and forth from the steps to the ladder. She and I are both incredibly confident in how this floatation device (note: not a lifesaving device!) works that I am able to concentrate on the baby…

…and that leads us to the baby. Who, sadly, is more of a toddler and also thinks of herself as a capable big girl. Which means she, unfortunately, is not a huge fan of the wonderful baby floats that Swimways makes. Her dad and I love it, though! Especially because you can quickly and easily collapse the baby float into a small circle and setup requires just a few quick puffs of blown air. (By the way, we found this video to be very helpful in learning the proper technique for folding our baby float back into a circle) We are hoping she’ll see the beauty of lounging in a pool float soon enough, though.

It is amazing to watch the girls get more comfortable in the pool thanks to our Swimways Swim Vest and SeaSquirts Swim Assist. They are getting so good at swimming that I find myself telling parents at our local pool how great the Swimways steps are. I’ve loved to send people to the Swimways’ website for tips, especially the most recent blog post by water safety expert Mario Vittone. Vittone gives parents and caregivers tips on how to prevent and overcome water apprehension. I really feel like I even learned new ideas and think reading it could be invaluable to help your little fish overcome water apprehension.

Here’s to you and your little ones welcoming the official start of summer with a splash!

These items were sent free of charge to Allie.  These are her honest ideas and opinions.

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About Allie

Allie is so grateful for the daily grace God, her husband and her children extend to her as she learns how to be a daughter of her Creator, a wife to her best friend, and a mother to her three sweet daughters. In her spare time, she loves to run and race competitively and read leisurely. Allie is not ashamed to admit that few things in her life would be accomplished without half a pot of coffee a day!

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