Finding That Right Swimming Aids For Your Child

Remember my previous post on my little water baby? It is true that my baby loves water. I have no doubt about it. When she is crying her lungs out at night, bring her to the toilet, let the tap water runs, and she immediately stops! I am not kidding you.

As she loves water so much, I am convinced she is going to enjoy swimming! Even if it’s not true, I believe that it is important to introduce swimming to baby when they are young. Not only does it teach vital life skills, but it also enhances the way babies and toddlers learn other skills too.

So there goes my mission to hunt for the perfect swimming aids for my baby.


Swimming Aids

Swimming aids can be categorized as anything that helps to support your child in the water. Swimming aids come in many forms, arm bands, rubber rings, baby floats, swimming seat, swimming belts, kick boards and many more. Even the swimming suits and swimming diapers!

So what are some of these items that I have tried on Arissa?

1. Swim Trainer

We started her off with the swim trainers. This was a hand-me-down from my cousin to Arissa
We started her off with the baby swim trainers. This was a hand-me-down from my cousin to Arissa

The swim trainer is great for babies to help them float and to encourage them to swim. However, Arissa doesn’t seem to kick her legs when she is on the swim trainer. Instead, she is so relaxed and doesn’t feel the need to do anything. Here’s a video of her on the swim trainer.

2. Swimming float (Giraffe)

I also purchased a float that I like (because it is so cute) and was hoping that Arissa will also enjoy it.

Unfortunately, she started crying the moment I put her on the giraffe float. I think it is also slightly too big for her and she feels very insecured.
Unfortunately, she started crying the moment I put her on the giraffe float. I think it is also slightly too big for her and she feels very insecure.

 

3. Swim Mate/ Swim Belt on Swim Suit

I have heard of swimming belts and found that they can double-up as swimming suit for babies. The one that Arissa is using is called swim mate. However, swim mate does not work like a float. An adult must always be with the baby when they are wearing the swim mate. The benefit of swim mate is that it allows the baby to swim and move freely in the water. This will encourage them to be more comfortable with water and boost their confidence.

This is the hydrokids swim mate. Comes with 2 flotation pads in the front and back.
This is the hydrokids swim mate. Comes with 2 flotation pads in the front and back. Look how happy she is knowing that she is going into the pool soon.
Bonding time with mommy! You can barely see her eyes as she's smiling from ears to ears.
Bonding time with mommy! You can barely see her eyes as she’s smiling from ears to ears. I love that the swim mate also allows skin-to-skin contact which encourages bonding with their parents.
More of me coaching Arissa how to kick and kick in the water
More of me coaching Arissa on how to kick and kick in the water
Not just mommy but daddy bonding time too. As a breastfeeding mom, I think we spend a lot of skin-to-skin and bonding time with our baby. It is good that daddy also gets some bonding time with baby
Not just mommy but daddy bonding time too. As a breastfeeding mom, I think we spend a lot of skin-to-skin and bonding time with our baby. It is good that daddy also gets some bonding time with baby

You can see in the video below how much more she enjoys the swim mate, compared to the swim trainer.

4. Swim Seat/ Seat Float

I realized that she gets tired after 15 to 20 minutes. So another swimming aid that I use for her is the float with seats. This is so she can just chill and relax when she gets tired and mommy and daddy can do some actual swimming too. This is similar to the giraffe float but more secure and she is more comfortable in it.

You can leave her in there and play with her or just let her float on her own
You can leave her in there and play with her or just let her float on her own. Notice how I leave the swim mate floaties on her when I put her into the seat? The reason being the swim seat is still slightly big for her. As she grow bigger, I can remove them. For now, it’s a great combination!
It is very thick and has 3 rings around with a comfortable head rest
It is very thick and has 3 rings around with a comfortable head rest. I definitely feel more secure having her in this swim seat, than the giraffe float!
You can also take the opportunity to take photos or family photos while your baby is in the swim seat. Here is one with Uncle James
You can also take the opportunity to take photos or family photos while your baby is in the swim seat. Here is one with Uncle James

What’s Next?

Basically, all the above are great swimming aids for babies as they take the first initiative to go into the pool/ water. But every babies react differently to water, some may be excited and love water so much. But some can be less enthusiastic or have fear going into water. It is important for parents to have patience and slowly help your baby discover the fun of swimming.

I am going to make it my personal motivation to bring Arissa at least once every week to the swimming pool (if the weather permits). Once she is used to swimming and able to go under water, I will slowly introduce her to arm bands and round floats, maybe kick boards.

Should I send her to swimming classes or school? For now, I am thinking not necessary but would love to hear your views.

Anytime spent with your love one is a time well spent
Anytime spent with your love one is a time well spent
Can't wait till our next swimming session!
Can’t wait till our next swimming session!

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