Swimming aids for a baby there seem to be a great many, but most of these swimming aids are in reality only water toys and therefore not suitable as real swimming aids. When it gets warm and the sun is shining, many mothers take their children to the outdoor pool or go to the lake. Countless colorful inflatable animals swim in the water. But these are only water toys and not swimming aids!
Water toys are toys and not a swimming aid
The many colorful air mattresses, animals and rings provide buoyancy and usually give the children a feeling of security, but if the child slips off the toy, it can drown even in shallow water!
The use of so-called children’s swimming seats is also not recommended, as they inhibit the child’s natural urge to move and thus make it more difficult to learn to swim later. Such a child’s swimming seat is also not recommended as a pure toy, as it can also quickly become dangerous if your child tips over in such a seat due to a wave.
The tried and tested water wings
The most common swimming aid are the swimming sleeves, which are available in different sizes depending on body weight. A newer variant of this are the so-called Kraulquappen. The sleeve hole is more central on these crawlers, so your baby will stick out of the water higher. This new type of swimming aid is often used for baby swimming. The tires are made of styrofoam, so there is an air chamber. That gives double security. The Kraulquappen are also available in different sizes, but these depend on the swimming progress and are recommended from the seventh or eighth month of life.
But there are also other swimming aids such as styrofoam belts and life jackets that should make it easier for non-swimmers to keep their heads above water. With these swimming aids, it is not only important that everything fits well, but also that safety is given. Always make sure that there are double chambers and a non-return valve so that all the air cannot accidentally escape at once.
It is recommended that you inflate armbands and the like once and leave them for a day to see if there really is no air escaping. It is also good if the new material can air out so that the smell of paint and solvents disappears.
The swimming suit as a new type of swimming aid
In other countries, non-swimmers are no longer seen with arm bands, but with so-called swimming suits. These contain built-in buoyancy aids such as Styrofoam or cold foam padding. Although these new swimming suits are significantly more expensive than ordinary armbands at around 50 euros, they also offer a number of advantages.
- The floats can be removed individually so that the child can gradually approach swimming without aids.
- The child is held in the correct swimming position, because the arms and buttocks are not kept out of the water as is usually the case.
- Good swimsuits also have UV protection, which protects sensitive skin from the sun’s rays.
Make sure that the swimming aids presented here are not life jackets or the like. Never leave your child unsupervised to play in and around the water!
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