We went to my dad’s house today to celebrate his birthday & Father’s Day. They have a pool, and we spend quite a bit of time there in the summer. Last year was great. Sure, I was barely postpartum, so did approximately 0 minutes of actual swimming or bathing suit wearing, but it is still nice to hang poolside, especially when your baby isn’t mobile, and will sleep anywhere for any length of time. This year is a completely different story. My boy is fascinated by water, and wants to touch and feel the pool constantly. I tend to be overly-anxious by nature (seriously, I check to make sure there isn’t a murderer in my shower before I go to the bathroom), so baby + large body of water = trouble for me. When Jackson isn’t interested in the pool, he is interested in walking around it…nice and wobbly of course. Needless to say, it isexhausting. I spend the entire day forcing him to hold my hand, pulling him back from the edge of the pool, or trying to keep him happy strapped in his stroller or in the pack & play.
A couple of weeks ago, I stuck him in a life vest, and then traded that for the stroller. As you might have seen in a previous post of mine, infant life vests are BULKY, and the boy can’t get around. period. Today, we ran by walmart on the way to my dad’s, and stopped by the pool section. They had this little gem on clearance for $7.00, so we gave it a shot…
…bad idea. First and foremost, it is made for babies that are “20-33 lbs” and have up to a “22 inch chest”…yeah RIGHT. Jackson tips the scales at about 27 lbs. He is a big 14 month old (tomorrow!), but still well within the “weight limit” of this piece of junk. He isn’t outrageously tall either, and there is NO way his chest is more than 22 inches. We had to STUFF his chub in this thing, and even then it was bearing down on his little shoulders so hard…and check out his legs - how is anything supposed to circulate through there!?
I dipped him in the water to see what kind of buoyancy he would get, and it was abundantly clear that he would sink like a rock. In the product’s defense, it is not intended to be a USCG approved flotation device…it is intended to help swim train your kid, but honestly, I can’t see how it would even accomplish that goal. He still couldn’t walk in it, and when he fell down, couldn’t get back up. We peeled it off of him (after taking this adorable photo), and I resumed my role of chasing, forced hand-holding, and general work that the pool has become. Let me also just put a disclaimer here that I would not ever put all of my faith in any flotation device. I would just like something there to give me peace of mind in the event that I turn away for onequicksecond and something happens. I don’t need a tragedy when it involves my baby,
In any case, I still think he looked cute. Like a little body builder. And ohmygooooddddddd those legs. Enough said.