It’s time to go swimming!

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Summer has crept up slowly on us here, and after having some super hot days and some super cold ones, it seems that the weather has finally made up it mind and settled into the hot temperatures that scream summer vacation.

And that is okay by me.

I was getting so sick of the rain and the chilly days that felt more like fall then like winter.

Plus, now that the nice weather is here, we can finally do one of my favorite summer activities — swimming!

This will be E’s first year actually learning how to swim. We didn’t swim much last year because it was too hard for me to take a 1 year old and a 4 year old that still needed a lot of help in the pool by myself. But this year, V has really gotten much better, and E is ready to learn!

One of the tools that we are using to teach E (and help V) are from SwimWays.

SwimWays offers a variety of items to help you teach your child how to swim.

If you are anything like me, you walk into the store and are a little bit lost while looking at the swimmies, life jackets, tubes and various floating devices. I want to make sure that I am buying the best for my kids to use while in the water, but it is confusion. And it doesn’t help that I always have at least one of them with me begging for this toy or that one.

SwimWays makes it easy. Their site is super easy to navigate, and they have all of their swimming gear broken down into categories called “Swim Steps”. Each step focuses on not only a specific age group, but a specific skill level.

E is in Step 2… which was surprisingly easy to figure out. He is ready to paddle and splash, and doesn’t need a huge float around him while in the water. He needs to be able to reach the water so he can begin to learn.

SwimWays sent us two products to try with him — the Swim Sweater (which is a ring tube that fits on like a tank top) and a Swim Vest.

The Swim Vest is by far his favorite. It fits on him very easily, and has some room for him to grow into. I wasn’t worried about it coming up to far on him while he was in the water because it has a bottom strap that prevents it from riding up. E seemed very comfortable in this, and while he was still a bit nervous in the water, I felt confident knowing that he was wearing the swim vest.

V is a Step 3. She has taken swimming lessons in the past, but she still gets unsure when she is in the water. But fingers crossed – this will be the summer that she really gets her swimming confidence boost!

She got two great products to try out – the Power Swimmer and the Sea Squirts Swim Assist.

V loved the Sea Squirts Swim Assist from the moment she laid eyes on it. It’s bright pink and has a shark fin!! I was impressed with the fit. It is snug (which I really like) but soft and flexible. It doesn’t ride up, and V said that it was very comfortable to wear. We haven’t had a change to try out the Power Swimmer – but I know it is going to be great for getting her to really paddle and get around on her own.

The weather forecast for the next week is hot, hot, hot which means that we will be spending a lot of time in the water!

We can’t wait!!

What Swim Step is your child at? Find out on the SwimWays website.


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{I was provided with a complimentary product to review as part of the SwimWays Swim Steps 2012 Ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own and 100% honest}


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