The Swimways brand has been helping children learn to swim for over 40 years, and they've even created the Swim Steps program, making it easy for parents to navigate entry into the world of swimming and for children to become confident swimmers. If you've followed my blog much, you already know that I don't pay empty lip service to products, and I only choose to work with companies in whom I truly believe, no matter the compensation. So when I say that Swimways is a best bet for peace of mind, you can rest assured that I really mean it.
Read on for my review of what is, in my opinion, the single best baby float on the market today: the Swimways Baby Spring Float. (Along with some photos of our non-traditional swim party/photo shoot....)
Some things I loved:
- Sturdy construction: the materials used on this float are truly quality. They feel strong and durable, and the float manages to be both substantial and lightweight all at once.
- Quick pop open design: When your kids are ready to get in the pool, they're ready NOW, and you don't have time for a labor intensive float/toy process.
- Removable, multi-position canopy: I love this canopy! It's easy to put on and take off, and it can be used in a full upright position or clipped back at a recline. So much versatility!
The only real "complaint" I have is that it took me a minute to figure out the valves on the small section that inflates. At first I thought it wasn't working, but then Mr. TFT (thank goodness for engineers, right?) showed me that the valve flap is just really low. Once you figure out that part, you're golden. And it actually makes the inflating process (you know, where you interrupt yourself multiple times to yell at children to stop beating one another with pool noodles?) much easier because the air doesn't all leak back out if you stop pinching the valve.
Now, parenting is all about having a backup plan ---a two fault tolerance, if you will--for when things don't go quite as planned. And let's be honest, that's most of the time, right? So, as I mentioned before, we had a wonderful time using our float with the intention of doing a photo shoot a few days later. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. We have had an endless barrage of cooler weather, severe storms, and sick kiddos (and Mama...). With a deadline looming, a husband going out of town for business, and no end in sight on storms, I formulated a brilliant plan for getting action photos of the float.