*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.
Summertime is fast approaching which means more and more families will be hitting the beach, boating on the lake and lounging by the pool. Sounds wonderful, right? I know I’m excited for it! But while summertime is such a fun, magical time of year, it can also be a pretty dangerous time of year as well.
When you have your little ones in and around water, it’s so important to make sure everyone is safe. Not to make water sound scary, but accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Especially when you have young children who can’t swim or aren’t as comfortable in the water yet. Everyone present needs to know basic water safety to ensure a fun trip to the beach or a relaxing day by the pool doesn’t end in a disaster.
While there are so many water safety tips out there for parents, here are five of my top water safety tips I feel all parents need to know!
Teach Your Little Ones How To Swim
Teaching your little ones how to swim is probably one of the best things you can do for them in terms of water safety. As some of you may know, May 19th is National Learn to Swim Day. National Learn to Swim Day was started by SwimWays back in 2012 and occurs every year on the 3rd Saturday of May. This day is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the importance and benefits of learning to swim.
Since Zack and I both have family members back home who have pools, it’s always been very important to us that we get Allie comfortable in the pool and learning how to swim as soon as possible. So I was really excited to bring her to the pool for the first time a few weeks ago.
Quick story on this: If you follow me on Snapchat, you know that her first trip to the pool didn’t work out. Like at all. She was absolutely terrified of the water and refused to go anywhere in it. This right here is exactly why it’s important to us that she learns to swim. We don’t want her to be afraid of the water because if she’s afraid of it, then it’s going to cause so many safety issues down the road.
So we took a couple weeks off from it and last Monday I decided it was time to try again. Since I’m home with her all day, I was able to take her to the pool every day last week in between her morning and afternoon naps so we could have the whole pool to ourselves.
The first day, I just walked her around the pool so she could observe it and see it from afar. The second day, we sat on the edge of the pool (a few feet away) and played with some toys. Again, allowing her to observe. Then the third day, I sat in the water while she sat on the ledge watching me. After a while she did allow me to bring her into the water, but it still wasn’t fun for her by any means. And then on the fourth day (last Thursday), she was in the water, playing with her toys and floating in her SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy! Happy as can be! I am so incredibly proud of this little nugget.
We picked up her Baby Spring Float at our closest Target location and I am so glad we did! SwimWays is an industry leader in helping children learn to swim and promoting water safety so I knew this would be the perfect product to try out with Allie. This float is for babies 9-24 months and is currently the #1 selling baby float in the United States. It also comes with a removable canopy with 50+ UPF sun protection so it’s an added layer of protection from the sun on her skin.
There’s even a mesh play space which I took full advantage of when easing Allie into the water. We had brought her bath toys from home so I set them on the mesh space for her to play with in the float. This helped us so much! It’s a great feature. When you’re all done using it, the float folds up super easily and comes with a bag to carry it in. Since we typically walk to the pool as opposed to driving, being able to carry it is really helpful for me.
Related: Our Pool Day Essentials For Toddlers
Now that Allie is more comfortable in the water, we’re one step closer to teaching her how to swim. Teaching kids how to swim at an early age can prevent so many accidents. If she were to fall into a pool, I want her to know how to kick back to the surface and float and get herself to the edge of the pool to climb out. And if she doesn’t know how to swim and isn’t comfortable in the water then she’s not going to be able to do that. So take the time this summer to get your babies used to the water and learning how to swim!
Know First Aid + CPR
This is so important for every parent for so many reasons. I’m a firm believer that every parent should be CPR and first aid certified. Or at least take the time to learn as much as you can on the topic. You can get hands on experience through your local hospitals, The Red Cross, parenting classes, your local YMCA, etc. You can even learn through YouTube if your schedule or budget doesn’t allow you to take an actual class. It doesn’t matter how you do it as long as you do it.
Install Pool Fences
If you have a pool at home, it’s important to make it challenging for little ones to get into it. This means putting up fences, locking the fence, childproofing all doors leading the outside, etc. Don’t be the parent who thinks it can never happen to you or that your child isn’t capable of unlocking the backdoor and going out to the pool. It can happen and your child is fully capable of getting into the pool and accidentally falling in.
Set Pool Rules and Make Sure All Guests Know Them
Setting pool rules don’t make you a “lame parent”. They make you a loving parent! Having basic pool rules such as no running or no rough housing or no pool time without adult supervision can help so much in keeping your kids safe. When guests come over, make sure that they too know and understand these rules. Everyone needs to be on the same page and guests too need to respect and follow the rules you have set for your pool.
If you don’t have a pool at home, you can still set rules for your children in all other water settings whether it’s a community pool, a friend’s pool, the lake, ocean, river, etc. These rules don’t just apply when you’re home. They apply whenever your little ones are around the water.
Keep Your Little Ones Close
Water situations can be so dangerous when you let your guard down. Allie loves to move around and being that she’s just barely a year old, she obviously doesn’t know or understand how dangerous her actions can be. All it takes is a second where I’m not watching for her to fall in the pool or fall off the step she’s standing on. Be sure to keep infants and toddlers within arm’s reach at all times and always keep an eye on your older ones to make sure they’re being safe around the water. You don’t need to hover, but the closer you are and the more you’re paying attention, the faster you can react if something were to happen.
National Learn to Swim Day will be held on Saturday, May 19th, 2018. For more information on water safety and the benefits of learning how to swim, be sure to check out the Teach Me To Swim website by SwimWays.