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What kind do you use? I am trying to find something for Reid. He doesn't get the keep your face above water thing. He doesn't like to be in those rafts anymore. We don't always have access to a baby pool, so I was thinking of one of the suit vest things but wasn't sure how successful they are. He hates those arm floaty things. Just wondering what you use.

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He is 33lbs and 33 inches


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I've always used the ones they use at the YMCA for swim lessons. The ones for the babies are a big yellow rectangle strapped to their back. I figure if the Y uses them, they must be the right kind to teach them to swim. Later, we switched to the blue little squares which you can remove one at a time as they get better at swimming.
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I always used a coast guard approved life vest for my children when they were little. Sometimes at the public pools they would say they couldn't wear it until they saw the USCG approved label. I always felt that you can never be too safe I got them at Costco. They weren't too bulky and they kept their heads above water.
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I never liked the arm floaties. They do nothing to keep the head above water. We used the bathing suit with the floaty sewed into them for our youngest daughter and son. It worked well for my daughter, but my son had issues with it. He had hyper sensistivity issues, so that may have been it. He did like the triangle strapped to him. A friend of mine used a swim vest for her grandson. He was playing around the pool and she was not really supervising him as well as I thought she should. Then all at once he tipped over head first, but bobbed back u almost instantly.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:47 PM
 
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My 5 year old uses something like this:

http://www.target.com/p/stearns-pudd...t/-/A-13271542

He's done GREAT with it! He's jumping in the pool this year, gone down the water slide. He loves it because it keeps him up after he slips down a bit under water. We actually let him swim in the pool with this on without us in the water (yes, we are poolside with him and watching!!) We are very protective parents and typically haven't let out kids swim without our hands on them, but he's done so well, we let him swim with his cousins as we talk and watch. I think it's a great buy!


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Ha! Thank you! THis is the one I just researched. I am getting this one and the actual suit one as well. I am really excited about it. I love that it is uscg approved as well. I want him to be able to jump in and not be scared.
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My boys have both used the ones that go across the chest with attached arm floaties and buckles in the back. They are also coast guard approved so we can use them on the boat. They like them much better than a vest that rides up above their ears.
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Puddle jumper is the best by far!!!!!

My daughter has been using it for the last two years. She is 2 and can swim the entire pool wearing it. It is coast guard approved.
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We also like the Puddle Jumper. Our son loves jumping into the pool.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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I also use the coast guard approved and I found it at walmart and it wasn't too expensive. Here are a couple of cute ideas.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stearns-Hy...Child/20531156

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stearns-Ch...-Vest/16487722
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