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Floaties for toddlers
What is recommended?

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#1 zibble

Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:05 PM

We are going on a holiday in Oct and spending a lot of time in the water with DS (will be 20 months). We only went to the beach twice last year and never been in a pool so I thinking about some sort of floaties. What is recommended for a 20 month old? Are they a good idea for toddlers?

#2 tigermama

Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:15 PM

Much better idea to just stay within arms reach of him at all times.

#3 zibble

Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:36 PM

QUOTE (tigermama @ 25/07/2010, 12:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Much better idea to just stay within arms reach of him at all times.

Thanks tigermama, DS will definitely be in arms reach at all times anyway! I am just nervous about having him in water in I guess. I just wasn't sure if they are recommended or not.

#4 JustSmileAndNod

Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:47 PM

A holiday sounds great! Our swimming instructor only uses floaties very sparingly as toddlers get used them and become over confident and get into the habit of just walking into the pool expecting to float.

We have a pool and have not used floaties for our kids we just hold them or play on the steps.


Edited by JustSmileAndNod, 25 July 2010 - 01:48 PM.

#5 mrs

Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:51 PM

We are getting our dd a small wahu, think its for ages 15 months on, we are going to fraser island and i rather something she can't pull off.

#6 lafonda

Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:52 PM

this is going to be a really stupid question, but when do they learn to 'float', for how long do you have to hold them every second?

#7 twistedmama

Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:56 PM

I wouldn't use floaties, as they can end up becoming over confident and thinking they can actually float.

#8 sophiasmum

Posted 25 July 2010 - 04:56 PM

Agree with PP's. My BIL, a swim teacher, doesn't recommend arm floaties because something about imbalacing them. This summer DD2 will be over 2 and we plan to use a back bubble for the first time (of course hands on supervision too).

#9 DM36

Posted 25 July 2010 - 05:00 PM

We have a Wahu vest ($35-$50) for our youngest (almost 3) as well as keeping her within arms reach. When she was smaller, we had an inflatable ring that had a little seat section built into it, which was great as she was like your son and hadn't been around water much. So we could pop her in that and push her around the pool -  she absolutely loved it. I think we bought it from Big W or Kmart and it was around $15  original.gif


#10 donthavetv

Posted 25 July 2010 - 05:02 PM

my kids have all taught themselves to swim after using floaties, and I have tried all sorts of things. There is a reason why they remain popular after so many generations.

#11 anyonez~angel

Posted 25 July 2010 - 05:06 PM

When I used to teach we used back bubbles and arm floats until they could swim with a bubble without their face going under. Majority of the time regardless of what you use you still need to teach them to float or stay upright.

#12 imamumto3

Posted 25 July 2010 - 05:07 PM

we bought a vest for our ds, but he found it too uncomfortable & couldnt swim properly, so never really used it on him or dd.  Both have had swimming lessons from 8 months, so knew how to paddle etc so we would just do what they do in the lessons & hold them & let them play.

Do you know if the place you are going has a toddler pool that he can splash around in instead of fully being in the pool?

#13 Kay1

Posted 25 July 2010 - 05:11 PM

We use a back bubble and floaties for DS2. We also always give him some 'floatie free time'.

I would highly recommend one of those little inflatable boats things, the ones the kids put their legs through and sit in. We went to a resort recently and didn't have one and really wished we did. Its much more relaxing for you if you will be in the water a lot.

#14 imamumto3

Posted 25 July 2010 - 05:12 PM

Good idea Kay1, I think those little boat things are cute.

#15 zibble

Posted 25 July 2010 - 07:30 PM

Thanks ladies for the advice. What do little inflatable boat things look like? Do you mean a ring with a seat? I might just check with the resort to see if they have a toddler pool.

#16 miss*k

Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:19 PM

Floaties arm ones can be quite dangerous.  I would see what the Royal Life Saving club recommend.  Rings I would be wary of too.

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