SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center
Two flotation chambers
Protection from sun
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. Toymakers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
The circumference is thirteen by thirteen inches with a depth of three inches.
Deflated or inflated, the weight remains consistent.
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.