Swimming pools are so much fun but safety is every pool owner’s priority. Floaties: protect your child in the water with this convenient wearable flotation device. Sounds like a good idea? You might think so, but according to Kid Nurse floaties are actually dangerous, and you should avoid them like the plague. Are Kid’s Swim Floaties Safe?
What is wrong with floaties?
Floaties are a toy, plain and simple. They may look like safety devices but they are not. They are not life jackets and they are definitely not approved by the US Coast Guard.
Okay, so if floaties are a toy, what makes them so dangerous? The main problem is that parents think they are a safety device. It makes sense why people would think this. They look like they would help a child float. And they do. Sometimes. Other times they don’t
Floaties are not securely attached to a child and children are good at wriggling out of things. What good is a safety device if your kid may get out of it at any minute?
Floaties also teach young children the wrong lesson: I can jump in the water and I will just float. Unfortunately, younger children may not understand that they must have the floaties on in order to float. Your child might think it is safe to step into a lake in the park while not wearing floaties. Teach your children to have a healthy respect for the water.
Speaking of teaching, a great way to protect children from drowning is swimming classes. If your child knows how to swim, they will be much safer in the water.
Facts about floaties
- They are not safety devices
- They are toys
- They don’t make your children any safer
- Someone should always be watching a child when they are in the water
So throw out your floaties, tell your friends not to buy them, and always keep an eye on children in the water. Also, get your kids to those swimming lessons as soon as you can. That’s the way to protect your child.
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