Alternative to armbands

(17 Posts)
purpleme12 Mon 04-Jan-16 22:38:25

I just can't blow armbands up, can't blow balloons up either! What are some alternatives to armbands to help them float?

SaintEyning Mon 04-Jan-16 22:45:30

Shark fin that straps round the body is fun and effective! Also w had some foam float armbands and you can of course get the regular body floats as jackets or belts.

purpleme12 Mon 04-Jan-16 22:49:13

Do you have a link to any of these at all?

3nationsfamily Mon 04-Jan-16 23:32:19

Have a look here, loads to choose from www.simplyswim.com/departments/LearnToSwim.aspx

BackforGood Mon 04-Jan-16 23:41:26

The swim discs (on 3Nations link) are what my dc were given at their swimming lessons - better than blow up arm bands as a) not so bulky on little arms, and b) easy to gradually take one, then two off as they don't need them but are a bit nervous of not having anything.

BeBesideTheSea Mon 04-Jan-16 23:47:07

Body vest is good as keeps them in a position in the water more like that they will be in without armbands. So less of a tricky transition.

purpleme12 Mon 04-Jan-16 23:51:05

Thank you everyone. I was looking at the ones on the site but it seems like they're all suitable from 15-30kgs and my daughter's nowhere near 15kgs! The only one that didn't say that was the swim discs like you said backforgood. Are they comfortable? My little girl is small for age, doesn't weigh much - would they still stay on her arm do you think?

MrsLeighHalfpenny Mon 04-Jan-16 23:53:37

can't you just ask someone else to blow the armbands up before you leave for the pool?

BarbarianMum Tue 05-Jan-16 11:40:17

I found that swim discs tended to slip off little arms quite easily and preferred armbands for that reason. I think in your position I'd go for a body vest w floats.

DesertOrDessert Tue 05-Jan-16 12:21:52

would she be OK in 11kg+ flotation aids

purpleme12 Tue 05-Jan-16 16:28:26

She's not 23lbs yet is that the smallest one they do?

DesertOrDessert Tue 05-Jan-16 17:01:52

How old is she??
1-2yrs, but if she's a 1 yr old dot, it might be to big

Bounced Tue 05-Jan-16 17:06:54

Swim discs fitted my dinky dd1 from about one - these ones:
www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0002GTK9Y#Ask

Much better than armbands, they stay on and don't deflate, quite apart from the blowing them up issue.

Salene Tue 05-Jan-16 17:07:44

Splash about fings are fab

Salene Tue 05-Jan-16 17:08:35

www.splashabout.com/fings

Salene Tue 05-Jan-16 17:09:18

Puts them in a natural positing for swimming unlike arm bands or back fins

purpleme12 Tue 05-Jan-16 18:17:37

Desertordessert she's 26 months but just gone into 12-18 clothes so I guess that last one you posted might fit. Thanks for all the suggestions I'll have a think

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