With my step-dad’s parent’s owning a swimming pool, it’s important that Sawyer learns how to swim. We grill out on the deck often during the summer so we spend a lot of time pool side. Having a child that can’t swim worries me a bit, so we were happy to review the Swim Trainer Classic from Thanks Mama with the kiddo this summer.
The Swim Trainer Classic helps introduce swimming to little ones. The way it fits on the user allows them to almost lay in the water, much like you do when you swim. The float provides ample support while still allowing the child to paddle their hands and kick their feet.
Previously, we were using a large inflatable boat for Sawyer, one that he couldn’t reach the water from. This trainer has given him more access to the water so that they can start to practice the moves involved with swimming. The trainer is easy to put on and take off, though it cannot be done by the child alone. This is good for parents, as the kids can jump in the water and then slip out of it.
Based on Sawyer’s age and weight, we chose the Orange version of the Swim Trainer (there are three color available depending on your child’s needs). Before the child uses the device, there are about six different areas of the float that must be inflated. The straps of the float fit up the child’s arms, resting on his/her shoulders. The back is then snapped together to keep the float in place. The straps are adjustable so that they fit each user properly.
Due to the length of the straps, I believe Sawyer will be able to use this trainer until he actually learns to swim!
Once we got to the pool, I decided to do a video review of him using the Swim Trainer. The video shows how easy it is for a child to walk around with the float on, as well as get in the water and start learning how to swim with it! He loved having extra independence in the water, as we usually have to stay close to him or hold him.
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