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Why We Teach our Kids to Swim

As a family travel blogger, my kids are always on the go. We are often at beach destinations or stay at hotels with swimming pools. And when I bring my kids to Kauai to visit my Mom, they are near a pool and the ocean. Plus, we live in Seattle where we are surrounded by lakes, rivers, and Puget Sound. It’s important that our kids are safe when they are in the water. That’s one of the reasons I pack the SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy on our family adventures. Plus, it folds flat into the  carry bag.

Photo of a mom and toddler with a SwimWays baby pool float, which is one of the best baby pool float with canopy #poolfloat #swimming #SwimWays #BabySpringFloat #SpringFloat #NationalLearnToSwimDay #FloatwithSwimWays #IC
We love our SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy because it’s easy to take on family vacations. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Being comfortable in the water is the first step to being safe in the water. We’re lucky that we have so many opportunities to get our kids into the water. We also travel frequently with our extended family.

My kids’ cousins are on competitive swim teams. This motivates my preschooler to learn to swim so he can play with them in the pool. And if my preschooler is swimming in a pool, that’s where my 18 month old wants to be!

National Learn to Swim Day

If you need extra motivation to get your kids into the water, you can celebrate National Learn to Swim Day! In 2012, SwimWays launched National Learn to Swim Day.

It’s a date dedicated to education parents and children about water safety and why it’s important for kids to learn to swim.

National Learn to Swim Day is the 3rd Saturday of May. So, this year, it’s May 19, 2018.

Photo of a mom and baby playing peek-a-boo in a swimming pool using a baby pool float SwimWays #BabySpringFloat #SpringFloat #NationalLearnToSwimDay #FloatwithSwimWays #IC
The canopy is the perfect prop for a game of Peek-a-Boo! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Just by founding National Learn to Swim Day, SwimWays is proving itself as an industry leader in helping kids learn to swim and promoting water safety. Their Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy is one of their products that helps parents teach water safety to their babies and toddlers.

We’re planning to spend National Learn to Swim Day at our local YMCA. My husband takes our 18 month old to parent/child swim classes there every Saturday morning. Our 4 year old also takes swim classes there twice a week.

We like that our kids can see other people swimming because that encourages them to keep getting better and better.

Seattle Staycation at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

Sometimes when life gets a bit busy, it’s nice to set aside time for a staycation. We’re lucky that a brand new hotel opened up just a few minutes from our home.

One of the best features of the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is that they have an incredible pool area!

Photo of a baby and preschooler swimming using a baby pool float SwimWays #BabySpringFloat #SpringFloat #NationalLearnToSwimDay #FloatwithSwimWays #IC
Even my 4 year old had fun helping his little brother swim all over the pool. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

We spent a morning playing around with the Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy in the pool.

My husband sang the songs they sing in the parent/baby swim classes at the YMCA. This made my baby laugh and get excited to kick his little legs and move around the swimming pool. And my preschooler loved helping us swim with his brother. They both laughed and laughed as they tried to swim away from us!

Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

My 18 month old loves his Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy. It’s geared for babies ages 9-24 months, so it’s the perfect size for him. It’s currently the #1 selling baby float in the United States. And families have been rating it 4 & 5 stars for years.

Photo of a baby using a baby float ring in a swimming pool SwimWays #BabySpringFloat #SpringFloat #NationalLearnToSwimDay #FloatwithSwimWays #IC
We’re so happy our toddler is comfortable in the water! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Blowing up this baby float ring was pretty easy. There are safety valves and dual air chambers for enhanced security. It has fabric that covers the ring and the comfortable baby inflatable swim seat.

This baby pool float with shade has a really large circumference and the patented inner spring around the outer edge provides extra stability when it’s in the water.

My son appreciated the mesh play space because he can stash his toys there. As we’re often using this baby float swimming outdoors, I like that it’s a baby pool float with canopy.

The canopy is adjustable and removable and features 50+ UPF sun protection, which is perfect for trips to Hawaii and Disneyland.

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One of the best baby water safety tips is to invest in a baby pool float and teach your baby to swim #SwimWays #BabySpringFloat #SpringFloat #NationalLearnToSwimDay #FloatwithSwimWays #IC


Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.


  1. Marjie Mare Reply

    When my kids were learning to swim, I was more afraid than they were. Thanks for sharing these great tips.

  2. One, cutest suit ever!! I have been looking for a good one piece! And two, these are great tips and a fun float for pool safety!

  3. Such an important topic! We have multiple family members who have pools and growing up in Maine, we’re surrounded by lakes as well. Water safety is so important for our little one. And we love this spring float!! It’s perfect for our beach bag 🙂

  4. Swimming is an essential skill. I am also teaching my kid to swim and I can clearly see the progress. These tips are so helpful. Safety first!

  5. omgosh! I love this thing, we had one for our kids when they were babies!

  6. Great post! We are actually signing our 10 months old up for swimming lessons this summer. We are really excited.

  7. This is exactly what I need for my baby girl for swimming this summer!

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