An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Teaching Kids To Love Water

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Teaching Kids To Love Water

National Learn to Swim day is the third Saturday in May! Teach your kids to love the water by learning to swim early

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I'm pretty sure Henry was born with a love for water. All things water. I remember the first time I took him to a friend's pool, he jumped in fearlessly and I had to jump in after him because he was only 6 months old and couldn't swim! He just went for it, and came up laughing. Otto, on the other hand, is more reserved about water. He hangs back when we turn the sprinkler on, and clings to me when we do play dates at pools. Whether your kid is a natural like Henry or more timid like Otto, Swim Ways promotes water safety and even founded National Learn to Swim Day in 2012.

Clearly, Dallas isn't near a body of water. Heck, I don't even think there's a natural lake here! But pools are abundant. Most people have in ground pools; while we don't, we do have a huge blow up pool with waist deep water for the kids to play in. With the heat we get here, it's the only way to enjoy being outside from late May through September. Because of the "pool scene", water safety is SO important to me. Even more so with my fearless Henry! And I want Otto to become comfortable in a pool, too.

SwimWays has this cool baby float for kiddos 9-24 months. It folds easily into a small carry case, and then pops open. You blow up the two floats and there's a seat for your babe to hang out in. It also comes with a canopy that has a 50SPF factor, which is awesome to shield Otto from the harsh Texas heat. And the best part? Target has them fully stocked both in store and online, so no need to go to a specialty store to find it.

Speaking of Texas heat, we haven't had any this year. It's so strange to be in pants and long sleeves in mid May! One day it got to the mid 80's and Henry was gun-ho to get the pool out. I thought it'd be warm enough, but as we started to fill it with (freezing) hose water, the sun went away and the kids started to shiver with blue lips! So they got to splash in ankle deep water, but by the time the pool was filled we had to go in and take a hot bath to warm up. Of course, Henry was willing to stay in the pool indefinitely but Otto? He was ready to get the heck outta dodge.

I'm super excited to use this baby spring float canopy when/if (!!!) summer ever arrives here. Henry will play endlessly in water, but Otto will be able to relax in it. The water is too deep for him to sit on the bottom of our pool, and this will enable him to relax and start to get more comfortable in water. And when we go to our friend's with in-ground pools, it will give me more confidence as I attempt to manage two boys in deep water!

Water safety is important where ever you live and however old your children are. Want to learn more about SwimWays Teach Me to Swim initiative? Check this out, and make sure you keep your family safe with proper water safety knowledge this summer pool (or lake) season.


  1. ummm this is amazing; we spend a lot time in the pool - I need something like this for Olive.

  2. They need adult versions of these with a wine holder.

  3. Your little buddies are such water babies!

  4. Emmett has one of these and loves it! We're taking it to Chelan with us next week! Water safety is so important for kids.

  5. I have always wanted one of these! Swimways makes the best products and they are so helpful for moms with littles in the pool!) I am jealous of your weather (as always!)