Swimmy Monsters for your Monsters
For the past two years we have had the boys in Sterns Puddle Jumper Life Jackets which you can find on Amazon or Leisure Pro for $15 -$18.00 +shipping (best price on the web). More sweetly named “The Swimmy Monsters” in our house. The swimmy monster fits comfortably over the child’s chest, then they slip their arms in the connected arm pieces and it buckles in the back. It is fully adjustable and is for children 30-50 lbs. My 2.5 year old and 16 month old both wear one. They are light weight, dry quickly, impossible for the kids to take off and pack easily.
Having two kids so close in age but so far apart in stages puts a whole new meaning to “eyes in the back of your head”. And going to the pool for me is honestly an exhausting, terrifying with a dash of fun- kinda trip. Day one at the pool this year I did not have the swimmy monsters and I totally regretted it. Even in shallow water they can stand in, even with me sitting right there with them…they go under and get really scared and it is one second but it is horrible. Day two we strapped on their swimmy monsters and I actually enjoyed being at the pool with them.
If they are on their tummy it keeps them up but their mouths will touch the water. It has helped my boys learn to keep their heads up. If they end up on their back it keep them afloat. Example from last week…I looked over and Henry was calmly calling Mommy, Mommy, Mommy because he ended up on his back, head was out of water but he could not figure out how to get his feet down yet. I will take him calmly floating on his back over him getting his face in the water and not knowing which end is up any day.
Worth mention that it is US Coast Guard Approved and has that stamped on the back…which is super important if you plan to be swimming at any of the (cover your ears my suburban parents) city pools. They only allow U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest and this qualifies. The lifeguards at the Northern Liberties Community Pool actually loved this lst year because the design enables the kids to still be able to use their arms and legs to practice swimming.