Tips for Teaching Toddlers How to Swim- This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
One of the first improvements we made to our new home was building a pool in our backyard. We love the spend family time together outside splashing around and swimming in our pool. It really it the centerpiece of our home, and the source of tons of fun family memories.
The reality is that having three small children in our home with a pool in the backyard means that we have to be extra cautious. It is imperative that each of our boys knows how to swim. Not only for fun, but for their own safety. Our two older boys have known how to swim for as long as I can remember. I was pregnant when we built our home and pool. Now that our littlest dude is old enough to want to enjoy the pool too, it’s time for him to learn how to swim!
My mom takes great pride in being the person who has always helped my boys learn how to swim. She is so patient with them boys and loves to help them get comfortable in the water. I am so thankful to have such an amazingly helpful Grandma for my kiddos! She swears by SwimWays products to help make it easier to teach kids how to swim.
Tips for Teaching Toddlers How to Swim
Swim Step 1 – Water Introduction (and getting comfortable) – The first step to teaching toddlers to swim is making sure they’re truly comfortable in the water. This is so important before trying to teach kids how to swim.
Swim Step 2 – Water Exploration – help your child learn to swim by encouraging them to develop confidence in the water. The SwimWays Paw Patrol Swim Trainer (available with Chase or Skye on the front) is perfect for helping kids explore the water while staying safe. The Paw Patrol Swim Trainer is U.S. Coast Guard-approved for kids weighing 30-50 lbs.
Swim Step 3 – Swim Training – Encourage kids to swim at their own pace. Constantly cheer them on and let them know they’re doing a great job while they’re in the water. Ask your toddler to kick their feet while holding onto the wall. All of this will help them to develop the confidence to become a better swimmer each day.
My friendly helicopter-mom reminder: It is imperative to always supervise children in the water no matter the flotation device they’re wearing or how well you think they can swim.