by Mark Garcia June 14, 2014
Water Wings are Dumb. The problem with water wings (aka swimmies, or inflatable arm bands), is that they get in the way when you're trying to eat a brownie!
All kidding aside - swimmies or water wings are not the safest way to add buoyancy to a young child in or around the pool. Some pool safety experts even say that they're downright dangerous!
In this animation - these water wings are certainly oversized for this young boy, and would slip right off his arms if he fell in the pool!
The CDC and the CPSC have both made plain statements - Do not use Water Wings. But yet - many Americans still buy them and use them. And most pool retailers still sell inflatable swim bands, to many parents who don't know they can be dangerous.
The American Red Cross did a survey this year of 1000 adults, and would you believe (!) that 32% of the respondents felt that a child would be safer wearing water wings, than he would be within arm's reach of an adult. The truth is - water wings are much worse than active adult supervision. Sad story.
Parents - please don't buy or use water wings. I know they're cheap and convenient, but there are other, much better choices for child floatation. Puddle Jumpers, made by Stearns, are far superior, or any USCG approved life vest, that is properly sized for the child. The Aquajogger Jr. swim belt is good for swim training.
Thanks for Reading!