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Sunday, March 6th 2011, 10:26pm

Swimming Aids

Hi all - I am after some advice/opinions...

I took the moonlets swimming for the first time a few days ago - they're now 14 months old. I had to do a quick hit and run on Mothercare for some armbands as my local pool requires all children under 5 to have swim aids (we weren't sure if parents counted!!).

Anyway - we used the armbands, but the girls were not too impressed. They seemed to just get in the way and were so clumpy that they could really move their little arms much.

What do you lovely people use when you take your LO's swimming? Do you think I should get a swim vest or a floatation costume for them or persevere with armbands? I've read varying reviews and am so confused!

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Monday, March 7th 2011, 3:49pm

Don't think I can be much help but here I am posting anyway!

At the swimming classes we go to there's no requirement for armbands though they have a big supply if you want to try them. As I hold onto DS most of the time they aren't really necessary at the moment, however I've tried them recently as DS is beginning to like striking out on his own (interesting when he can't swim!). The ones supposedly for his age just didn't hold enough air to counterbalance his own particular brand of chunkiness so I still had to hold him. I tried the next size up but had the same problem and, like you said, they just got in the way really. Plus we do underwater swimming each week and you have to take them off for that so overall I can't be bothered with the faff.

Also the baby needs to know to keep its arms down in the water whilst wearing armbands. DS does do that but he's 19 months so not sure if your girlies are at that stage or not.

With twinnies I can definitely see it would be invaluable to have them able to float (with some form of support) but I'm not sure what would be the best type of support. I would just say armbands aren't probably the best thing for you all right now (as you have already discovered!).

Good luck - hopefully someone will come along in a bit with some more practical advice.
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Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 12:46pm

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I found the costumes with floats in them good for George as arm bands do just get int the day and the rings are pretty useless too. The ones they sit in were ok but I wanted him used to the water and again they were restrictive but good as I knew he was safe and I could pull him as he bobbed about. x





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Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 12:58pm

At lessons we use nothing. When I take her by myself i use nothing for most of the time (just swim her up and down) but also put her in one of those sit in rings for a little while. She loves that as she can look about and be nosey and have a really good kick with her legs. If they haven't been swimming before then the ring can be a really good way to get them used to the water, though at 14 months you wouldn';t get much use out of it now.


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Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 11:04pm

I saw something called a swim fin the other day. Haven't googled it yet but plan to as DD2 is now too keen to be independent in a pool but hates armbands......... Currently she uses a woggle and pods along with that under her arms, kicking her legs. Its a bit precarious though for my liking!

They're like shark fins you strap on kids' backs - sound horrendous but looked cute I thought.

As I said, haven't looked at the details yet myself but might be worth a google!?

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Tuesday, March 29th 2011, 3:20pm

We did a lot of swimming whilst on holiday last week and Martha definitely needs a bit more independence in the water now. As you have all said armbands don't seem ideal but I'm not sure about the floatsuit because it looks like she would then be upright in the water rather than horizontal.
So I wondered if anyone had tried using one of those long noodle float things? I'm happy to be right beside her but think she needs the feeling of freedom!


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Wednesday, March 30th 2011, 12:52pm

Used a float the other day, George loved it (although kept having to tell him to hold on a concentrate rather than nose at everyone else!). As Marthas younger the bendy floats around her are more than likely a good idea as you can wrap around but shell still feel like shes doing it for herself in a way. x





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Wednesday, March 30th 2011, 1:34pm

The Konfidence float suits are brilliant. Thomas swims around all over the place in his and has done since he was tiny. It has given him great confidence, infact we always get comments about his swimming in the pool he does so well in it. Only thing I would say about them is err on the smaller side when ordering as if they are too big the floats ride up around their face until they get used to moving with the buoyancy.
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