National Learn to Swim Day | {Baby} + Toddler Beach & Pool Favorites

“This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.


Our spring activity this season has been swim lessons! It’s been so fun every week going with Brooks to the {heated!!} pool for a little dip to get him into the water. He has always loved the water and during the months leading up to the summer, I thought it would be good to keep him excited about the water, but start getting some swimming skills at the same time.


It’s SO important to teach kids to swim, the right way, and for them to have a respect for water. I have a big fear of the littles in the water – but I feel more comfortable as they are in it more and learn more each and overtime what is wrong and right when it comes to being in the pool.

With summer right around the corner, learning this invaluable life skill is even more essential for fun as well as for safety. National Learn to Swim Day is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim – to get that conversation started and make some pool safety plans!


I was excited to partner with SwimWays for this post, because they are a leader in helping children learn to swim and promoting water safety as evidenced by the 5th annual National Learn to Swim Day on May 21, 2016. SwimWays started National Learn to Swim Day in 2012 and is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the importance and benefits of learning to swim. As pools open across the U.S in May it is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of water safety are teaching children to swim and SwimWays encourages parents and caregivers nationwide to celebrate in their own way. Everyone loves a good splash in the pool!


The Swim Ways Baby Spring Float is the single best float on the market today; it’s the perfect product to introduce baby to the water for the first time – and we can’t wait for Graham to use it this year! It was our most used pool item last summer – Brooks had a blast in the pool, splashing around, enjoying himself – and I knew he was safe.


All this talk of water + sunshine has me so excited for summer! Brooks’ first summer was really chill because he was so little and wasn’t doing much. Last summer was great to play in the sand and go in the pool. This summer is going to be real fun with Brooks. He can really play and explore – he loves the water, love the beach and he literally asks if we can “go to the beach this summer?” every day. I have to tell him it’s not summer yet and he still has to wait a few weeks.

Needless to say, he’s a little excited!

So with Memorial Day Weekend 2 short weekends away, I thought it would be fun to share some of the things we will be bringing to the beach and the pool every weekend!


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one – This was great for in between Brooks + Graham’s current age.

 two – LOVE these glasses! Brooks still wears his all the time. Going to get G to rock them this summer too!

three – this bag is amazing for beach toys. It leaves all the sand at the beach as it acts like a little sifter as you are walking home. Love.

four – love this mat for the beach or just at the park. keeps you from getting muddy or sandy and gives the kids a sand free {sort of} space to roll.

five – love this beach chair/umbrella combo – super cute!

six– these shoes are amazing for the summer {and half the price of natives!} get them wet, get them dirty {and rinse them off} comes in other colors too.

seven– everyone needs a good beach hat – this one comes in every color and i love the wide brim!

eight– this swim suit is amazing for littles – babe + toddler alike – protects from the sun and is really cute.

nine – obsessed with this float – had so much fun with Brooks in it for the past two summers, can’t wait for G to use it this summer!



What are your baby + toddler beach & pool essentials?

Please share!

Don’t forget to check out my Baby Beach {and Pool!} Essentials from last summer!


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