And the 2015 summer arrived with everything! With this heat from North to South is almost impossible not to want to spend all day with the kids at the pool, right?
I’ve always loved being in the water, and most kids love too, but I’ve always been afraid. Since the bath the baby until the first time I went into a pool with my son, I was always surrounded by care and accessories and even so, in an oversight, had a little accident that we scored.
We were in a hotel in Salvador, had traveled with the children to follow a business trip from her husband and so spent the afternoon alone with both of them while her husband worked. In one of these very hot afternoons baiano, decided to go to the pool with the 2, Pedro had about 3 years and Caca, a little over 1 year.
The hotel pool was beautiful but had no part “rasa” for children, had just a stepladder and I decided to sit there with the 2, I thought safer to restrict myself to that space and pure time lapse to pack, was without the buoys.
We sat on the stepladder, Caca in my lap, Pedro on my side, he had taken a stand to play in water, told him to stay sitting, was afraid of him trying to get down the stairs or slip in one of them, he was taking until the stand fell out of his hand and ended up at the bottom of the stairs, he without the slightest notion ran downstairs to pick up and then , slipped obviously!
All this happened within 1 min, 5s and I took to decide what to do, was with the baby in her lap, could not leave her to bail him, did not give time to put her over the edge as he was drowning and every second that passed he was sinking more so, I did what I could do in that minute: hold the baby I grabbed the only part of his body that my arm reached (foot) and raised from the water (upside down) until the head is completely out of the water!
The pool was empty, he swallowed water and was crying very scared, and I cried too, Tiffany didn’t know how until today, couldn’t lift him by the foot, with the baby in her lap and climb the stairs. Put the Caca in one of the chairs and brought my little, hugging and crying together. It was a horrible panic that could have been much worse, I insisted on getting into the pool with 2 babies and without any protection!
Our shock was horrible but thankfully nothing happened to more serious and despite everyone knowing that swimming pools, rivers and sea are dangerous even for those who know how to swim, according to NGOS, child safe, drowning is the second leading cause of child deaths in Brazil, and the hardest hit are in the age group of 1 to 14 years.
Even children who “swim” need to be watched for the entire time they’re in the water, babies up to 12 months need only 3 fingers of water to drown and 2 minutes submerged are sufficient to cause irreversible brain damage. You don’t even have to say anything else, right? The water is delicious but is dangerous and we need to play and Yes consciously and protected!
After that scare, I spent getting more vigilant and attentive, always looking for security products and accessories in water with quality and bring me peace of mind when it came time to go to the pool or the beach with them. Based on elwooddeals.net, I tested a lot of things and googled a lot, I made a selection of products and accessories for children that are essential, look at:
There are many children’s floats on the market, you need to look at each one before you buy it is if they have certification from INMETRO (when they’re framed in category “toy”), behave the weight and age of your son and if guarantee stability. For example, I don’t like the buoys of arms because in addition to hate children because they feel tight, they do not guarantee any stability since the child may turn to face in the water and the float will help not to untap. Until the 6 years, the heavier body parts of children are the head and the upper limbs so they tend to fall forward when you lean!
1-inflatable Buoy with a canopy of Bestway to America, R $34.90-for babies up to 2 years, the hood is nice to protect from Sun and children love to keep the feet in the water.
2-inflatable Buoy mother and baby from ABC to Aliexpress, U $37.00 -for babies up to 2 years, have toys for the baby and this circle where the mother can fit in and enjoy the pool along with the baby!
3-inflatable Buoy Nautika for American women, R $29.90–Basic, this buoy supports babies until 2 years also, in the same style as “feet in water” that they love and the people play quiet.
Here at home the Favorites of children (then rising up, don’t fit the feet buoys) are the vests. I also like it because, let your arms and legs free, children learn to go “turning” in the aquatic environment and if they are appropriate for the size of it, are very comfortable.
Time to choose your vest, it’s nice to know that there are no rules in Brazil for the safety of the life jacket when he is in the category “leisure”, who regulates the vests is the Navy of Brazil, but only in the case of large buoyancy vests (waistcoats for boats, jet ski, boats, ships, etc) and then, if you’re going for a ride on the high sea or river It is nice to give a queried in the vest and see if he is certified. As to the vests for children’s swimming pool, you can check if the INMETRO and cutting when the parties make sure product quality and then choose between foam or inflatable vest.
1-Float Jacket Little Togs, U $54.95–with sizes ranging from 11 to 30 kg, this vest made of soft neoprene ensures buoyancy in the water, has dual closure (zipper and velcro), UVA/UVB protection and various colors and pretty prints for boys and girls.
2-inflatable Vest Braskit Hello Kitty for Submarine, R $37, 90-suitable for children from 3 to 4 years the inflatable vest is a good option but, make no mistake about the collar: in the case of this product it serves only to product aesthetics and perhaps some comfort, there’s no end of turn the child’s head and ensure that your face stay out of the water.
3-Active children’s Vest, price on request–this vest has all the security requirements: made of soft foam collar that holds the child’s head out of the water at all times and untap a child unconscious in 5s, fast rescue handle (to you pull the child through the vest if you need), dual zippered closure and plastic latches and strap between legs , which the vest stay “going up” and getting in the way. For children from 13 to 22 kg.
4-child Vest Nabaiji for Decathlon, R $49.95 -neoprene foam, this vest also has dual closure for plastic closure and zipper and a lock cover to avoid curious little hands! For children of 11 to 22 kg.
The floats are a good swimsuits for children who bother to wear vests and buoys, they have neoprene foam fillers in specific locations to ensure buoyancy and are a single piece, without the need to carry accessories when you go to the pool.
1-Float Swimsuit NOB for Adventures, Brazil R $149.90–With various colors and prints for boys and girls this model of the NOB has neoprene flanges and foam to ensure stability in the water without disturbing the movements. Varying sizes ranging from 2 to 6 years.
2–Float Suit Little UV Togs, $54.95–this swimsuit in material with UV protection SPF 50, legs, arms and neck longer to protect from the Sun and is completely adjustable. As the child is gaining confidence in the water, you can go by removing the buoys of the neoprene pockets until only the dresses. Several fine, colors and prints.
3-Puddle Jumper Stearns Life Jacket, $29.99–this bathing suit, plus mega cute, have fillings in neoprene and arm buoys that can be dropped, opening with zipper in the back that makes it easy to wear and antimicrobial nylon fabric that ensures long duration for the play. For children aged 14 to 18 kg.
Feeling at least 2 summers, the buoys of chest are safer alternative to buoys just arms. In addition to the buoys in the arms, have a front that stabilizes the chest and upper limbs of the child. She is stuck for a belt and forcing the child to push forward, thus preventing the child from falling face-first into the water.
1-evolutionary Tiswim Vest Nabaiji for Decathlon, R $79.90-This vest can be used in 3 ways: only the arms, only the chest or chest and arms. The part of the chest leads foam filling besides being inflatable, the part of the arms is inflatable, has textile lining for comfort on contact with the skin, for children from 15 to 30 kg.
2-body float Coleman to Store Materniarte, R $195.80-Made in foam, is similar to the previous one (without the possibility of release the arms) is in the back with his belt. Various colors and models for children of 14 to 23 kg.
3-auxiliary equipment Active Kids floating, price on request–foam with adjustable belt in the back. Does not allow release part of the arms, balances the child helping to keep the head out of the water. For children from 13 to 22 kg.
Besides having security products, it’s always good to remind some tips when it comes to pool:
Child, same with floats and you can swim, should never be alone in the pool, hot tub, rivers or the sea. Always supervise!
If you have a pool at home, make sure she is safe. Only the Guard does not guarantee that the child, to fall upon, is safe. The ideal is to keep a fence of at least 1, 5 m that cannot be escalated and has a child-proof gate.
After playing in the paddling pool, in the tub or bucket, under supervision, empty and turn upside down.
On the beach, the ditch of the sea can give a false sense of security because it is the place with the most current and where the child can be “pulled” to the high seas. Avoid playing in these areas.
Teach children never to play alone in the pool, river or sea; games like “give broth”, push, pretend you’re drowning and etc. should also be avoided.
Respect and teach children to respect the signs to beaches and rivers where there is risk of swimming!
Because of the smaller amount of body mass, a child takes just 5 minutes to drown, be aware, be with you!
Children can panic if you slip and fall, carry water on my face or a fright with a wave, for example.They don’t know how to react in situations of danger and this, be together, be together, be together!
After everything that happened to us, Peter was terrified of water, gave up swimming lessons and has been a struggle to convince him to come back! I never want to go through that and I do not wish anyone this fright or treat worse, might even seem neurotic (and maybe) but we want to enjoy the holidays without going through these things, right?
So let’s enjoy the pool safely to be just beautiful summer stories to tell!
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