With summer almost here, it’s the perfect time to begin thinking about fun in the sun with baby. If your like most families, taking baby swimming will likely be on your summer bucket list.

Before the big day, you’ll want to decide how best to introduce your newborn to the pool and make sure to brush up on summer pool safety.

You’ll also want to give some thought to baby swimming gear. Swimsuits, sunscreen, swim diapers, and pool floats will likely round out your list of swimming essentials. For baby’s first swimming experience, you’ll want to skip the gear and hold baby close so he’s comfortable. As he gains confidence with the water, a pool float can become essential.

Are Pool Floats Essential?

You may be wondering if pool floats are essential. Inflatable pool floats aren't truly necessary when taking baby for a swim. While it’s not as essential as a swim diaper, having a baby pool float can make your swimming experience much easier.

Once comfortable in the water, most babies will enjoy splashing and kicking. It can quickly become difficult to hold a squirmy, slippery baby.  Using a pool float is a low-cost way to make swimming a bit more comfortable for everyone.

Do note, putting baby in a pool float doesn’t mean you’re off duty. You’ll need to be right by baby’s side (holding onto the float) making sure she’s safe.

Best Baby Pool Floats

Are you looking to purchase a pool float? Check out these four cost-effective options for babies and toddlers:

Best Overall Pool Float

If you’re looking for a bestselling pool float, you’ll want to look at the Nai-B Inflatable Swim Mom. Priced under $20, this pool float includes an inflator pump and straps for securing baby. It’s rated for children under age two (weighing less than 30 pounds) and allows baby to swim freely.

Best Sun Protection Pool Float

Would you also like some extra sun protection while baby floats? The Nai-B Cushion Parasol Swim Float is your answer. With a plush mesh seat, baby will enjoy splashing around while protected from the sun. The parasol can be removed on cloudy days if not needed. This float is recommended for children under age two (weighing less than 30 pounds).

Smallest Pool Float

Are you looking for a small float to bring along on vacation? Check out the Nai-B Inflatable Swim Neck Tube. This pool float allows baby to swim freely, with his arms, torso and legs submerged.

While it looks essentially like an over-sized collar, it’s small footprint and included inflation pump means it’s the perfect size for bring along on vacation. The Nai-B Inflatable Swim Neck Tube is recommended for babies under 30 pounds.

Best Toddler Pool Float

As baby grows, you need to make sure his pool float will support him. This is where the Nai-B Arm Band Swim Jacket comes in handy. This float includes both arm floats and a torso float that, attached together, are simple to put on. With shoulder straps to keep it in place, the float doesn’t impede kids movement as they learn to swim. In my opinion, the Nai-B swim jacket is perfect for your toddler.

So, brush up on swimming basics, gather your favorite pool gear, and look forward to a fun time splashing in the sun.

This article originally appeared on Babywise.life.



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Jess Wartinger

Jess Wartinger resides in rural New York with her husband and five children. Formerly an early elementary teacher, Jess currently spends her time loving her kids and holding down the fort at home.


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