“ Brand: ELC / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
It was about 2 years ago when we bought these arm bands from The Early Learning Centre. The Mrs said it was time that Little B had a pair for when they went swimming and so when we saw these in the shop we bought them along with a rubber ring but found that the rubber ring wasn't used very much whereas these arm bands were.
They have bright colourful designs on with fish and shells and bubbles. They are unisex as the colours are mainly red and yellow with black detailing so we will be using these again with Baby B too so they're a good idea. I like the animals and things on them it makes them seem more appealing to little ones. When we first tried to get LIttle B to wear these she wasn't happy and put up a bit of a fight but because they look nice we made a fuss about the pictures and how exciting it was that she could wear so many cute pictures on her arms and she soon gave up the fight and enjoyed having them on.
Blowing them up was easy, we always tend to do it once they are on the arms as otherwise it's really difficult to get them on as they are a little tight and tend to be uncomfortable to put the arm through and then begin trying to push it upwards. Once on they stay in position as they are quite tight but in a way which won't dig in.
Little B enjoyed wearing these, they helped to gain her confidence a little in the water as she felt more in control. We had to explain that she still had to be very careful and that she had to still kick her legs but she was definitely more confident and would explore a little more than normal. They help to keep children afloat as they support the upper body and this meant that she could enjoy swimming time without being as afraid as she once was.
They are completely waterproof so after using we just deflate them and then put them away once they've dried off. Sometimes taking them off the arms is a little difficult and it has created a few tears sometimes but aside from that there's nothing really to complain about.
When it comes to the safety of my kids in the water I want to buy a brand that I know and trust and that's why when my son needed some armbands when he was learning to swim I went to the early learning centre to see what they had.
The armbands I ended up getting were the gender neutral ones that came in red although there were also pink ones available so perhaps the red is actually aimed at boys.
They are quite cute with black dolphins and fish on them and I could see both little boys and little girls liking them. They do come with a big warning on them just giving basic information such as how they will not protect against drowning and to fully inflate them etc.
They come with a valve to blow them up and I found them easy enough to blow up and then let down again. When they are fully inflated they do offer really good bounce and float well in the water. My son always felt much more secure in the water when he was wearing these. They were also comfortable on his skin and didn't rub or chaff it.
They offer protection for a good rage of ages from 1 to 6 years and from 11 to 30 kilos. My son didn't need them for long and was still well within the age range when he stopped using them but I think I would have felt comfortable with him using them even if he had been a little older as they really did keep him afloat well in the water.
I would highly recommend these armbands as safety is important in the water and these were great for keeping my son afloat and helping him built up his confidence in the water and encouraging him to become a stronger swimmer.
The armbands are available at ELC shops on the high street and cost £6 which I think is money well spent.
I am a big fan of Early Learning Centre products in general because I feel they are generally really good quality and very reasonable cost wise. One such product I bought for my son is the Early Learning Centre Red Armbands as we all go swimming every sunday morning and the ones we were using previously had belonged to my daughter and so were hand-me-downs and had become a little worse for wear. My son has had these for about 2 years - and they are still the armbands he uses when we go swimming. I can't remember how much they cost me 2 years ago, but they are presently on offer on the ELC website for £6.00 - which seems like a pretty good price to me, especially as they have lasted.
These armbands come simply packaged and uninflated at the time of purchase. They are recommended for use in children above a year old, but I actually think that my son would have been able to use these before the age of 1 year because size wise they look appropriate. The armbands are red on the outside and yellow on the inside - and so the colours are gender-neutral. The colours are bright and attractive and appealing to my son. On the armbands there are swimming-appropriate pictures, including a dolphin, shell and fishes. The pictures are cute and very child friendly.
In order to use them it is just a matter of blowing them up. There is a mouthpiece on each armband and you need to unclasp the plastic mouthpiece open and then you need to squeeze the hub together and blow into it. If you don't squeeze the hub together then the air doesn't go in - and this is because this is a safety device which means that the valve needs to be squeezed to allow the air to come back out again. They are pretty easy to blow up and can be done within about a minute each and it doesn't leave you completely breathless! Once blown up, the mouthpieces can be pushed into the armband so that they don't stick out and get in the way. It is actually easy to blow the armbands up, especially the first time they are uses, when they are on your child because then you can get the sizing right. Obviously they have to be snug, but you don't want them to be too tight.
The armbands are obviously made of plastic which seems to be really durable and we haven't had any leaks in the plastic over the 2 years we've owned them. While there are seams in the armband, I have put my hand around the inside of the armband and it doesn't seem to have any sharp or uncomfortable bits - and certainly when my son has them on he doesn't make any complaints about them being uncomfortable. There are also no marks on his arms when they are removed.
These armbands do keep my son afloat which is, obviously, the most important thing when it comes to a set of armbands! After he's used them for several hours they do usually need to have a little blowing top up, but actually even when the armbands are not fully inflated, they are still good floating devices.
Overall, I recommend the Early Learning Centre Red Armbands for any young child who wants a little more autonomy in the swimming pool!
With the summer weather on it's way more and more of us will be taking our children on holidays with us and with most holidays there will be a swimming pool of some kind. Safety is something I obsess about when it comes to the little ones and when you add water to the equation I panic even more.
These are a very simple tool when it comes to keeping your child safe in water. They come packaged flat as they need to be inflated to use. They have a fun bright colour that will make them more cheerful looking for those bright, sunny days. And the fun aquatic design will hopefully make the children more likely to wear them. The design is of a black and White wale, bubbles, large seashells, and small black and White fish.
The outside of the armbands are a bright fire engine red, and the interior is an egg yoke yellow. When inflated they are super soft with a cushion like bounce to them. These then slide up on to the little ones arms and up on to their bicep. They fit snugly around the child's arms tight enough to ensure they don't slip down and end up floating around the pool and putting your child at risk. But they are also soft enough that they don't irritate the child's skin by rubbing or feeling too tight.
Of course the purpose of the armbands is to aid buoyancy and prevent the child from going under the water, they do this very well and look super cute while doing it. To inflate I just blow them up using the valve and to deflate I just remove the stopper and give the valve a squeeze. They are wafer thin when deflated and this makes them very easy to carry around in my bag. They are very easy to inflate which is really important just a few poofs and they are up. There is nothing worse than hyperventilating while trying to inflate something like this. They take no time at all to inflate so there is no effort needed, they really are that easy.
There is the early learning centre logo visibly on the front letting you know they they are manufactured to the highest child safety standard and there is also a lengthy warning message on the super soft material. I like this because a warning leaflet can be looked at and then tossed in the bin just as the armbands are unwrapped. But having the warning permanently printed on the armbands themselves keeps this vital safety information always in view.
When the children are wearing these I can see the work they are doing. It is very easy to see that these great armbands are literally holding them up above the water. Having this peace of mind is fantastic but it is not a reason to EVER leave a small child unsupervised in water. These armbands are not secured in any way that the child would be unable to remove them themselves so there is always the fear that they could pull one or both of them off and endanger themselves. For that reason the child or children must always be supervised.
These are an necessity in my opinion, if I'm going to be around water I will always have these on the children. They are very easy to use, are comfortable for the child and the bright colours and fun designed makes them enjoyable for the child too.
These arm bands allow your child to gain water confidence and make them feel safer around the pool / Age range: From 1 year.