Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Do Over

My friend just called to invite me and the girls to join her at tiny swim tommorow. This is a different friend than the one who was unfortunate enough to witness Monday's Poolside Festivities. Because I hate to miss out on any time with this friend, I of course said yes.

What was I thinking and what will I do? This is where I ask you for advice: How can I help a totally non-swimmer such as my toddler, who thinks that she can swim be a little more independent while keeping her safe? I was thinking those inflatable arm swimmy thingies maybe? Because SHUT UP MOM, I CAN DO IT MAH SELF. And maybe die at the same time because I KNOW EVERYTHING AND I AM TWO.



Blogger LIBSMOM said...

The red cross does not endorse the use of the arm floatie things. I used the bathing suits with the removable tubes or styrofoam and I taught all three of my boys to swim, no problem and when they were feeling very independent, the tubes helped buoy them and are removable for when they really CAN swim by themselves.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You just get all of the polar extremes, don't you? I'm sorry.

Well, I may not be in a dorm room this very instant, but because of your nudging, my mom has decided that I might be able to go away next fall... :) So much better than staying here for a whole 2 years...

3:46 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

We love the suits with the floaties built in, although they may be hard to find this time of year. Speedo makes a nice life jacket that is good for learning to swim. I believe I found ours at Target. My son jumped off a diving board with the arm floaties at a friend's pool and all that came up were the arm floaties! Luckily I was there to catch him and was able to quickly pull him back up. Another trick is arm floaties with a circular tube around the waist. Have fun at the pool!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Her Grace said...

I used one of those floaty suits as well, combined with arm floaties (though like your first commenter said, they aren't recommended). My kid was nearly unsinkable! I weaned her off the arm floaties this summer. My two year old does pretty well in a plastic swim ring as well, though you still have to be in arm's reach all of the time.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

former swim instructor here - the floaties really just teach bad habits (trying to swim with arms way out wide) and are not reliable as a floatation device. go for the suits with the styrofoam, or a life jacket.

5:26 PM  
Blogger melodyann said...

I got exhausted just reading your post and the comments. I, personally, would skip the pool and go to IHOP.

But that's just me...

3:30 AM  
Blogger mommy~dearest said...

I'm with skipping the arm floaties- they really don't work for non-swimmers anyway. We use the floatation vest thing. It's awesome because it keeps their head above water, and yes, they really can swim with it on. Okay, maybe not SWIM, but they can paddle and cruise around without having to worry.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Girl said...

Dorky floaty swimsuit with built in floaters always worked for me! He looked odd but never did drowned even in the deep end.

6:42 AM  

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