The community centre across the street has finally finished being renovated and after an entire summer without our pool last year, today it was finally open for the summer this year! We spent the first weekend of our summer swimming and having fun in the sun! Ever since the kids were babies we have taken day trips with pic-nicks included, spending time together at the local pools just having a good time.  Along with every good time, there has to be a moment of seriousness and when it comes to swimming that moment is when we discuss water safety.

As fun as swimming in the summer is there are some very important pointers you should always remember regarding water safety, you never know what could happen. Children drown in silence, remember that. They don't yell or flail their arms, they sink. Yes, it is scary and yes it could happen to anyone. It has happened summer upon summer, I have read just about every sad case in the news and on many blogs from mothers who have experienced it. I just don't want to hear it happen to anyone especially someone close to me or my own kids god forbid, so read up:

  • NEVER leave a child alone in or around any water. That's a given, accidents happen even in shallow water and little ones wander. This includes back yard pools and even bath tubs. Call me a helicopter mom but I'd rather everyone be safe than sorry.
  • Those supervising children should not be intoxicated at all, this includes alcohol. Wait until the kids are in bed or maybe away for the afternoon to have a drink by the pool, always remember to drink responsibly.
  • If you own a pool, it would be a good idea for your family to take swimming lessons and CPR/First Aid lessons just in case, especially with small children in the house. You can never be too prepared for an emergency.
  • If you own a pool, make sure it has proper fencing that is at least 5 feet high with a locking, self-closing and self-latching gate. This is a by law here in Ontario so it's pretty much a no-brainer for most. So many accidents have happened from gates not being shut properly and a little one wandering in. If you don't know about the rules of the city you live in, check out your local city website or call your local by law office and find out.
  • Make sure to always have emergency gear close by the pool like a buoy or a life jacket.
  • Younger, inexperienced swimmers should always wear a floatation device of some kind. Life jacket or floaties in home pools and at public pools. This cannot be stressed enough, even if you are right beside your child, it just takes them a second to go under water too deep.
We have never really experienced anything seriously scary except for the kids choking on water (which in my opinion is scary enough) and honestly we don't want to. That's why we have always made sure our kids are wearing safety gear while we swim but I always felt our gear wasn't safe enough. At least not for our youngest.

We had been looking for a more reliable floatation device like a life jacket or something other than those cheaper, rubber blow up floaties. I have never trusted those things in a pool deeper than 4 feet. I couldn't imagine something tragic happening to one of our kids because we didn't have them properly secured and safe while swimming.

Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe are great if you're looking for a more reliable alternative to floaties for your younger kids. What are puddle jumpers? Whether they are splashing around in the local pool or heading off to the beach, Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe swim aids are comfortable and stylish for little swimmers, those rubber floats are a thing of the past. Their innovative design allows free range of motion and great stability while helping to boost confidence. They are made for children 30 to 50 lbs and allow freedom of movement for a comfortable fit. Made with woven polyester for softer fabric - less chafing with floatation bands around both upper arms and across the chest. Easy to take off when wet with one simple buckle at the back. Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe are available in eight different colourful characters including monkey and Toucan which we received. You can find these at your local Canadian Tire or Walmart in the swimming section for about $24.99.
We had the opportunity to try out our Stearns Puddle Jumpers for the first time today while the kids went swimming. Personally I think they are just great, in fact we saw a little girl at the pool with a similar style floatie on in pink! Very stylish, D chose to wear his blue monkey Puddle Jumper today. He was very excited. I like the fact that they surround his arms and chest, the strap is adjustable. It doesn't slip or slide off the child when in the water moving around. It's also easy to take off once wet, no air to have to deflate or anything plus they are foldable once dry for easy storage.

They made D feel confident too, we had to take a break between swimming as it got a little breezy out and D got cold. Once he warmed up he wanted to put his Puddle Jumper back on and go back into the pool with me and his sister. He was happy to have something of his very own to wear at the pool and I am happy he has something safe to wear at the pool.

Stearns Puddle Jumpers are definitely worth it for our child's safety this summer and our peace of mind while we get out and enjoy the water!

*Posted on behalf of Sterns. We received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are honest and those of the author.*

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