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#1 mini mac

Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

Which swimming device do you think is better/easier for a toddler in the water... The floatie arms or the swim vest?

#2 MissM86

Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:20 AM

I'm not an expert but I have seen a child wearing a vest and the vest was pushing the child's head forward at the back and forcing his mouth into the water so that has really put me off them. The mother couldn't see this happening as she was behind him. So dangerous!

#3 Escapin

Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:25 AM

Neither. Just gives them (and worse, you) a false sense of security. Sorry.

#4 crackles

Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:33 AM

neither but if i had to choose a correctly fitting vest

#5 TopsyTurvy

Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

We have a small swum ring and floaties.

DS loves the freedom it given him in the pool to play with DH & I.

Like anything it's all about adequate supervision.

#6 mini mac

Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:09 PM

QUOTE (MissM86 @ 21/11/2012, 09:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm not an expert but I have seen a child wearing a vest and the vest was pushing the child's head forward at the back and forcing his mouth into the water so that has really put me off them. The mother couldn't see this happening as she was behind him. So dangerous!

^This is why I was asking^

Sorry to get defensive here, but I wasn't looking for 'false sense of security' and I do realise that any floaties/vests etc aren't a replacement of supervision. I was hoping someone may have seen something that worked really well because as mentioned, the only ones I can think of are awkward and dangerous and just want something to 'lighten my load' in the water and give him a bit freedom to move while learning to swim. Maybe I should've thought a bit more and reworded my original entry to get a more helpful answer...

Small ring and floaties sound good, guess we'll give them a try. Thanks

Edited by minimac, 21 November 2012 - 01:10 PM.

#7 gasgirl

Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:11 PM

a noodle shaped as a U that they can rest their arms over is a useful aid

#8 amesv

Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

I think the swim vest works better than the arm floaties, my DS prefers to wear a vest or sit in a ring than have the large floaties on his arm.

#9 nen-c

Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:22 PM

At our swim school they use arm floaties and the back floats that clip on around their tummy (done up low and tight). The teachers discourage the use of the vests (finds them dangerous) and as soon as the child learns to paddle a bit the arm floaties are removed. I have a sit-in ring, but find it is only good when they are quite little, toddlers can tip it over too easily.

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