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ELC is one of those brands that I automatically just trust which is especially important when it comes to choosing a brand for something as important as being able to keep your child safe when learning to swim.
I have had two swim floats from ELC over the years in both pink and blue for my kids which not only helped them conquer the water but helped to make it an enjoyable experience for them both.
The swim floats are made up of three different layers of foam with the pink one having two layers of pink and a middle layer of white. It is very girly (and the blue is very boyish) and I am sure that there will no doubt be a more natural coloured one for parents who don't wish to give their children gender specific colours.
Whatever colour you choose they are very cute looking and the pink one has a picture on a starfish on it.
As a swimming aid the floats work perfectly and they act as really strong floatation devises for when kids are getting a little better at swimming without their armbands. My two also used the floats with their arm bands just for fun as they used to enjoy just using the floats to try and climb on top of. The recommended age for the floats is 2 years plus but they could be used for ages much older than this due to the fact they are just so secure in the water and I myself have even played with the float and it had no problem with holding my weight in the water.
As with most things from the early learning centre the floats are extremely well made and our two have lasted a good few years with only minimal wear and tear. Although they don't get much use these days they have been used loads of times and still look and feel excellent. Maintaining them is simply a case of giving them a wipe over when you take them out of the pool.
I am sure I only paid around about £3 or £4 for both our floats and they are currently available for £5 online and in store which I think is a really good price for something that is so practical and well made.
The Early Learning Centre Swim Float is a floatation device used for swimming for small children. It has many uses and it's one of my favourite pieces of water apparatus for my daughter. Here is my review of the last 6 months I've owned it :)
**Price and Availability**
The ELC swim float is available instore at all Early Learning Centres and larger Mothercares and online at elc.co.uk for £5 (an online shipping fee applies).
The ELC swim float is available in two colours - a pink/light pink sandwich or a blue/light blue sandwich. It's made of a lightweight foam and has an embossed sea horse decoration.
The swim float has many uses - when I first took my daughter swimming we used it to sit her on so she could have her feet and legs in the water and get used to it. As she got bigger, we used it to put under her tummy so she could feel like she was swimming, and now she's over one, we use it as a traditional float, holding on so she can paddle her legs.
The float has a good balance to it, and is easy to keep stable in the water. It's certainly reassured my daughter, and she reaches for it like a safety blanket.
**Value for Money?**
I don't think you can get a better float for a fiver, I really don't. ELC is well known for it's well made, sturdy children's toys and this float, whilst not strictly a toy, is certainly a great buy.
I don't have many criticisms - the float is great, but one thing you need to be aware is that because it's made of foam it is easy to take a chunk out of it, my daughter is 13 months and she is in a real bitey stage so she needs to be watched like a hawk, some floats have a thin plastic covering, which she might not be able to easily take chunks out of, so I may invest in one of those when she moves up a size with her swim float - even if she isn't in a biting stage it might be a bit more durable.
I think for a fiver the positives outweigh the negatives - at the end of the day of course you'll watch your child in the water (when the float will be in use) so they can't munch it to pieces even if they wanted to! It looks good, it works well and it's so affordable you could easily buy a second one for travel or to keep at a relatives. Overall I give this four out of five and recommend it.
We are currently in the process of trying to teach my 4 year old to swim and one are which we are struggling with is back stroke. I decided to but some sort of floating aid after seeing a swimming class using one at my local swimming baths.
I spotted this online at Early Learning Centre and it was currently on their buy 2 get one free promotion for outdoor toys so it gave me an excuse to buy a couple of other items too!
The float is really simple in design, it predominantly lilac in colour and has a sandwich effect around the edge (it has a white line all around the edge yet the top of underside of the float is lilac). On both sides of the float there is a picture of a seahorse sort of engraved into it.
The float measure around 4 cm deep which I feel was a nice thickness for Lauren to be able to hold comfortably.
The float is also available in red, and this has an outline of a dolphin on it.
Both products retail for £5 and are available at Mothercare, Early Learning Centre, online and in store, I have also noticed recently, Amazon selling ELC products and they also have the same promotions running (but they seem to have free delivery!)
When we first introduced this to Laurens swimming routing, she instantly knew how to use and quickly started to swim on her front whilst holding this out in front of her,
Since using the float, Laurens confidence when swimming on her back has really seemed to grow, she can now swim 10 meters on her back whilst holding the float against her chest.
I would recommend this float, when Lauren was a baby, we used to take her swimming every week but as I started back to work, these trips became less frequent and eventually she came more wary of the water, this has really helped to boost her confidence and also start to swim on her back. Being able to swim is such a necessity that I would have paid a lot more for the product so I think £5 is an absolute bargain!
5 out of 5 stars from me!
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We started taking our tyoungest daughter swimming from an early age but she never really found any independance in the pool and we started having problems with her when she got to the stage that she would only go in the baby pool and even then she would cling to us the whole time she was in there. It became a bit of a problem when we had our second daughter as I couldn't manage to hold onto them both in the pool then one day when we took the girls swimming the pool had some floats and woggles out and finally Sophie was happy to let go of us and actually play by herself. As soon as we left the pool we went over to Mothercare in search of a float and woggle for her to give her a little confidence and we found this one in the Early Learning Centre section.
We found that there were a couple of floats in the store, a multicoloured one, a red one and a pink one so it was obvious straight away which one she would pick since she has always been pink daft since she was about 2! The floats cost £5 each which I think is a good price as the float will last for ages and I would expect this one will last long enough to be past to our younger daughter too if Sophie ever learns to actually swim.
The float is made of foam so is very soft yet firm and of course it floats otherwise it would be pointless, there is a pink layer of foam and then a white layer and then another pink layer making a white sandwich. The float is about 1 1/4 inches thick which is a nice size for little hands to hold onto without straining their hands and on top of the float is the outline of a seahorse although my daughter didn't actually know what it was. I liked the float and though the added sea horse made the float a little more friendly for children especially if they are having issues with confidence in the water.
The first time we went swimming with the float there was no stopping my daughter she didn't even need to hold our hands to get into the pool which amazed me. She foudn using the float easy and she likes to cuddle the float into her chest and know that she isn't going to go under the water. She likes the fact that the float is pink and she calls it her horsey float, I can't quite believe how much confidence this has given her in the water. She still won't attenpt to actually kick her legs whilst holding the float but with our encouragement i'm sure that will come in time, we also take a woggle to the pool too to try and encourage her further and even our younger daughtyer will lay over the woggle happily. The float dries off quickly when you are finished but you can easily wipe it down with a towel if you prefer and ours has no marks or damage on it so for £5 I am impressed.
This swim ring allows your child to gain water confidence and makes them feel safer around the pool / Age range: From 2 years.