Due to the heat, we spend lots of time at the pool, and I spend lots of time trying to get Leo to wear armbands. All the other toddlers we know wear them and it must be much less scary for their Mums when at the pool. We have tried floats, float suits, rubber rings and the long foam things (think sometimes called woggles) and he will not use any of them, well except the woggle to blow water at people!
The downside is that you have to hold on to him constantly and he is such a wriggler you end up bruised and batter from little feet in your legs. Also watching him walk round the side of the pool is quite worrying, we have drummed it into him I think not to run but I am constantly worried he will fall in.
I assume that one day we will find the upside of him not wearing armbands, I've heard it said they are not necessarily a good thing and can lend a false sense of security to the child as well as teaching them to swim in an upright position meaning they have to re-learn how to swim without them. I hope to enrol him in lessons in the winter and then maybe we can bypass the armband stage altogether.
How do you teach a toddler to swim? Any tips would be gratefully received!
Entered into this week's Gallery, the prompt is Water