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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

National Learn to Swim Day

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.

It is starting to get warmer and warmer here in Georgia. Our days will once again include long lake stays and trips to the pool. One of my family's favorite summer activities is to lounge by and play in the pool. I can't wait until it is warm enough to relax poolside everyday. Having a body of water is a MUST to have a great summer party, in my opinion. I remember SweetPea's first time in the pool. I was so excited and nervous at the same time. I knew a smooth transition into the water could create a life-long love of swimming. Little ones need baby-steps when going from land roamer to pool dweller. That's why it's important to have the right tools to help ease the transition.

When we first introduced our babies to water, we always carried them in first. This way so they could stay nice and warm up against us. With SweetPea, we started introducing her to water when she was five months old and with Peanut, he was about four. We started slow with each one, took their cues on when they wanted to get out, and didn't rush anything. It can be hard because you know they are going to have fun, but remember that it is a process.
My niece enjoying the SwimWays Baby Spring Float.

We then transitioned to a SwimWays Baby Spring Float. It is a fabric-covered inflatable pool float which has a soft mesh seat. With a lower center of gravity, the Baby Spring Float allows babies to sit in the pool and get use to their new atmosphere while still feeling supported. My son was always so comfortable in his that he would try to fall asleep. We would have to take him out so he wouldn't. Baby Spring Float is the single best baby float on the market today. My favorite part about this float is that you can collapse it to fit in a carry bag, so the float can go anywhere with you. SwimWays has been teaching children to swim for over 40 years, making it easy for parents to share their love of water while building their child’s confidence. SwimWays created the Swim Steps line of products to help children become confident swimmers.

The 5th Annual National Learn to Swim Day is May 21, 2016. This day was started in 2012 and designated to educate parents and guardians how to kick off summer safely by engaging their children in water safety and swim instructions. SwimWays believes that swimming is an important life skill and that all children should have the opportunity to learn to swim. You can connect with SwimWays on FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and Pinterest for more info.

How did you introduce your babies to water? Do your children know how to swim? What do you think makes an easy transition?

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.


  1. I love this SwimWays Baby Spring Float! My sister started her children swimming very young, she lived steps from a nice lake, so it was easy to start them a little at a time. They've stayed very physically active all through school! I think it is great to start them early if you can.

  2. Omgosh Im so jealous!! Still waiting on warm weather here in Wisconsin... beginning to think it will never come lol :(

  3. It looks like you guys are having so much fun!


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