SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center
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We like

Two flotation chambers

Durable materials

Protective

Extra toys

Protection from sun

We don’t like

No safety pouch to store toys

How it works

A newborn baby does not fear water and the reasons for this are clear, for 9 months they have lived in, developed in and been suspended in a protective barrier of water. Without water there would not be any life on the Earth, water is applicable to absolutely everything.

As your baby develops, crawls, toddles, starts walking, it is a good move that he/she retains an ongoing relationship with the pleasures which can be gained from playing in the water.

It is in the interest of every parent to ensure that a child develops and maintains a positive relationship with water, to keep a very young child from water can lead to the child developing a disconnection from trusting the water and for some toddlers, even a fear of water.

A newborn baby does not need to be taught to swim, they are already naturally buoyant and will float and relax in the water. The challenge is how do we ensure a developing child retains a natural connection to water and natural enjoyment of the calming effects given by water.

This is where a toy can serve a double purpose, to ensure a very young child retains confidence when near and in water and also enjoys the psychological calming benefits along with the fun elements of playing. Toy makers can and do play a positive role, through designing safe, comfortable, age-appropriate toys which will allow a child to confidently float and play in the water, and continue a positive relationship with the most abundant resource on the planet, water.

Here we review a child float toy which offers so much for children in the forms of calming, safe, protective, entertaining, fun, easy to use, child safe materials, a selection of accessory toys and value as reflected not just in price but the positive benefits for the child and parents.

Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

This product is designed with safety in mind but adult supervision is still highly recommended. Though the materials are durable and can comfortably retain air once inflated, nothing is 100% safe and that's a good enough reason to ensure focused adult supervision all the time.

Young children will enjoy the calming effects safely secured into the central area of this toy while comfortably supported by two separately inflated chambers to offer double safety odds. The upper part of the body is above water while the lower part of the body is immersed in water.

We still need to keep in mind that even an enjoyable calming floating experience will not always deter a child from being curious and wanting to explore. This means as many parents are fully aware, the moment you look away, a child can choose to be active. Though this flotation toy does offer a good level of security and safety, children are adept at wriggling and getting out of pretty much any type of secure retaining system.

Adult supervision is a must and the type of supervision can be a style in which Mom or Dad are interacting and enjoying this precious moment with their child.
Age Range

Age Range

The suggested age range is for mature babies up to toddlers and even children who are at a walking stage. However, we suggest that the final judgment should be with the parents because there are other influencing factors, babies and children come in many sizes, many different levels of confidence and different levels of personal individual degrees of activity. Some children are exceptionally active and such children will need focused supervision, some children are naturally calm, there is a range of additional variables which parents should take into account when considering the age range.

The manufacturers do suggest age ranges as a guideline and parents can add to what they know about their own child and the suitability of this product regarding age and use.
Calming

Calming

Floating safely in water which is set at a comfortable temperature for the body does give a natural calming effect and this works for babies and any age, including adults. A standard swimming pool for children is generally fitted with a temperature regulation system if the pool is within a children's public activity center. Home pools can also contain the same temperature regulation system but many home pools and commercially used open-air pools do not contain temperature regulators.

So parents can check where the best pool options exist in their neighborhood in terms of water temperature control. Why is this important? When the water temperature feels comfortable the calming effect is good, if the water is too cold, this will not offer a calming effect and will cause discomfort.
Design

Design

This product offers good thought through design, two main flotation chambers mean that an any accidental puncture will not allow this toy to sink, the secondary chamber will continue to ensure a good degree of safety and buoyancy. The valve designs are also a double safety precaution, the likelihood of two valves failing is very unlikely. The circular design ensures that a child is placed safely and securely in the central area to gain maximum safety. The circular design allows evenly distributed surface area buoyancy. A nice design feature is that the two valves are built into this product in an area which is beyond the reach of inquisitive young fingers. The visible features included in the design offer fun for children, an octopus head which can rotate and face a child, this feature gives some fun factor for amusement.

Above the child, a screen shelter projects upwards at a slant from the rear and offers protection through filtering out harmful UV waves while also ensuring comfortable shade. When this protective canopy is not needed it can easily be removed, while in use, the canopy is see-through so that a child can be seen at all times.

The overall design features a nice combination of colors which will appeal to children.
Durability

Durability

The materials used in making this flotation toy are synthetic, strong durable plastic which can resist puncturing when the toy is used appropriately within the design for use. Synthetic materials such as plastics are air-tight, they do not allow air to gradually seep through the material. These types of plastics also keep water out and so the buoyancy value of the toy remains 100% consistent.
Durability is very good, provided the toy is not stored with any sharp objects or left out in the garden for weeks where it can be constantly exposed to direct warm or hot sunlight.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Evaluating the ease of use, we looked at how easy this can be set up for use by parents, this is easy to inflate and equally easy to place the child into so that he or she can start enjoying a fun-time experience in a local swimming pool.

For child ease of use is equally simple and effective, the lower part of a child's body is suspended safely into the water, directional kicking by a child will take the floating toy in whichever direction the child wants to go.
After play-time is over, this is very easy for an adult to deflate.
Entertainment Value

Entertainment Value

Floating safely while playing in the water is great fun for children and also calming, entertainment will depend on what is happening around the child with her or his parents and which activities they choose to do together. (interactive play as supervision). Being suspended in water is relaxing and calming but the entertainment value can be cranked upwards if parents or older siblings start to play games with a child.

This product comes with some toys which give a child more options for entertainment, these toys are a soft-touch star, a fish-teether and a cute squeezable squeaker-fish.
Maintenance

Maintenance

Maintenance is very easy, just regularly check that this toy has not been punctured, never store it in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, always ensure the two valves are working properly. If used in a public pool, rinse under running water afterward, this will remove any chlorine deposits which might be on the toy.
Portability

Portability

The two flotation chambers and two specifically designed safety valves ensure a high safety level. The open leg seating has spring capability designed into it to ensure more safety for a child while she/he moves around. The durable materials ensure safety through protection from puncturing and deflation.
Sensory Stimulation

Sensory Stimulation

Sensory stimulation comes via the pleasure a child feels when partly immersed safely in the water. Water when at the right temperature has a positive sensory stimulation for children as it passes over or pressures the skin surface, they feel calm, even when playing, they feel comfortable with the sensation of water on the skin, this is a pleasurable sensory stimulation for children, teenagers, and adults.

When wide surface areas of the skin are stimulated positively in this way, the pleasure receptors within the brain register this and this results in a more evenly balanced harmonious endocrine system which is very important for developing children.
Versatility

Versatility

Versatility embraces the points which are that this durable toy can be used in water regularly, at home or in public swimming pools, the materials are durable and can withstand contact with chlorine saturated water. Versatility is also in the ranges of interaction given by the product, it offers safety and comfort and enables a child to interact with deep water or even shallow water because the child is safely ensconced within a well-designed toy.
Weight

Weight

The total weight is a portable 2.35 lbs, this is light but constructed at a weight and within a design framework which distributes weight positively over a water surface area, while factoring in the need to support a child.

The circumference is thirteen by thirteen inches with a depth of three inches.
Deflated or inflated, the weight remains consistent.
Price Range

Price Range

As expected, the makers of this product have gone for quality, purposeful design, durability, fun features, ease of use, a nice level of safety combined with a good design to ensure support. Add to this that the price is evenly balanced and affordable and after reviewing this product, it is comfortable to recommend it.

Bottom Line

This Baby Float offers a very broad range of good interactive potentials for children, they can safely play in the water, if the water is shallow or deep it does not matter, though shallow water might allow the child to touchdown with his/her feet for more momentum and control. Even if free-floating, a child can control direction and movement through using the legs for swimming. This, therefore, acts as an excellent safe platform to introduce children into the pleasures and the required skills for swimming.

When using an open-air pool, this product features an overhead canopy which also filters out UV waves and protects the child from potential sunburn and skin damage.
Change over to an indoor pool and the canopy can easily be removed without impacting on the level of support designed into the overall structure of this flotation toy.

For entertainment value, there are some extras, a squeezable toy fish which reacts with squeaks, a teething toy for comfort, and a star which is soft to touch, hold and squeeze. All materials used in the making of this are durable, child-friendly and safe.

Safety is very sound with regards to good design features, this features two air chambers, so if one does fail due to a puncture, the other one will still be inflated and the child will be safe. Further safety is factored in via two specialist valve systems which are designed to work against a gradual leaking of air.

Children love water, they spend the first nine months of their development, cocooned in a protective watery environment, under the rules of nature they are introduced to water before they can see or speak. Newborn babies like water, they react naturally and swim and stay afloat. This product enables a child to keep this positive trust and affinity with water safely.
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