15 Ways To Keep Kids Safe Around Water And A Cute Life Jacket Giveaway

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Summer is on the horizon which means that water play is, too. From beaches to backyard swimming pools, kids of all ages will be getting wet — as they should. My greatest childhood memories revolve around boogie boarding at the beach and swimming until my toes shriveled. However, as a parent, I worry about water safety constantly.

This post is sponsored by BabyCenter and Stearns® Puddle Jumper®, a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Though it doesn’t look like your standard life jacket, it provides buoyancy and freedom of movement that will help kids learn to swim. And, it’s pretty cute while earning hundreds of 5-star reviews on my favorite kid sites.

Because you should never rely on your child’s floatation device to keep them completely safe, here are some water safety tips based on what the American Red Cross also recommends. We know most of these things already, but it probably doesn’t hurt to hear them again in case you need to recall info quickly in an emergency.

See also: 16 Best Hotel Pools in San Diego

15 Ways To Keep Kids Safe Around Water

1. Hire a lifeguard. Though this may sound ridiculous, we have been to a few house parties lately with lifeguards in attendance even if the kids’ activities are nowhere near the pool. The parents have taken the “better be safe than sorry” motto to heart, and swear that the cost outweighs the potential risk.

2. Keep a phone nearby. If you have a backyard pool, consider installing a landline within quick reach, in case of emergency. This avoids time wasted by fumbling for a cell phone.

3. Learn CPR. Though I have taken EMT courses and ridden in ambulances, it’s always good to brush up on lifesaving skills like CPR for adults and children. I could use a refresher, definitely.

4. Eyes on the children at all times. Yes, it’s hard, and probably not realistic for every second, but seconds is all it takes for an accident to turn fatal.

5. If a child goes missing in the home, check the backyard pool first. 

6. When at the beach, stay within visibility of the lifeguard.

7. Avoid murky water. Are you on a lake vacation? Make sure that wherever you spend the day has clear water so you can see in the event of an accident.

8. Enroll the kids in swim lessons. Parents should also be water-safe. However,  it doesn’t matter what level of a swimmer your child is–always stay vigilant.

9. Keep pool toys safely stored. Abandoned pool toys can draw young kids to the pool. To avoid the temptation, store them away from the pool.

10. Post emergency instructions and phone numbers. Make sure this information is clearly visible in your pool area.

11. Put a fence around your pool. The American Red Cross believes that pool fencing should not have openings of more than 4 inches and that the gate should be self-closing so that no one accidentally leaves it open. Furniture should be kept away from the fence so that no one can climb over it.

12. Floatation devices and toys are not substitutes for parental supervision. Period.

13. If using a pool cover, it should be completely secured or completely removed. A half-open pool cover could hide a drowning child.

14. Make rules. Whether it’s the beach, pool, lake or water park, have your kids agree to follow a set of safety rules that you establish. It could be that they go only knee deep, keep you in eyesight, or whatever you feel is safe for your circumstances.

15. No swimming if they’re too tired. Overcommitted seems to be our motto these days. It’s important for me to gauge how tired she is before allowing her near water. She’ll never tell–it’s up to me to decide.

Benefits Of The Stearns® Puddle Jumper® Life Jacket

My daughter is a bit too big now for the Puddle Jumper but I would have purchased it for her if I would have known about it.
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*This post is part of a sponsorship on BabyCenter. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review.

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  1. logan t
    November 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    With my kid we have them in life jackets with crouch straps on. This would be awesome as she would not need to wear the crouch strap

  2. Jessica
    June 7, 2013 at 2:50 am — Reply

    I make sure my daughter knows that water is off limits unless an adult says it is ok to go in

  3. June 6, 2013 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    She’s not allowed in the water unless one of us are with her and close by.

  4. Laurie Emerson
    June 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    I make sure that I am with them at all times when they are in the water. I never read, answer the phone or anything else while watching them so they always have my full attention.

  5. Gianna
    June 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm — Reply

    Make sure someone is always with them.

  6. Karen Propes
    June 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    Swimming lessons, but still use water wings while she’s in the pool. She needs a lot more work, so she is still in swim lessons. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  7. Sandy VanHoey
    June 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    For my grandson we stay in the water with him and he also has a lifejacket

  8. Shannon F
    June 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    Well, my daughter is only 17 months old so we have a hand on her at all times. lol We do have a floaty thing specially designed for babies that she sits in but we still always have a hand on the floaty at all times!

  9. Emma H
    June 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    always watching them closely outside and especially around any water.

  10. meegan whitford
    June 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    We make sure one of us is always with them and the little ones wear floaties

  11. Christina Anne
    June 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    I keep my grandchild safe by never leaving unattended in water.
    annejk112233 at yahoo dot com

  12. Birdie Skolfield
    June 6, 2013 at 11:42 am — Reply

    My older girls have had extensive professional swin lessons they both can swim lil man need this PUDDLE JUMPER LIFE JACKET !!!!!!

  13. Mary Williams
    June 6, 2013 at 11:39 am — Reply

    I’ve been teaching my son to swim, I also keep a close eye on him whenever he is near water whether it’s shallow or deep.

  14. Jessica Libby
    June 6, 2013 at 11:12 am — Reply

    I always make sure I am in the pool with them to make sure they are safe

  15. Jessica
    June 6, 2013 at 9:36 am — Reply

    I put them in life jackets and always stay right with them.

  16. latanya
    June 6, 2013 at 6:12 am — Reply

    never leave my son unattended

  17. Diana Hatch
    June 6, 2013 at 6:10 am — Reply

    Monitor children in water at all times

  18. Laura Miller
    June 6, 2013 at 5:25 am — Reply

    I keep my kids water safe with strict parental supervision! 🙂

  19. Carisa
    June 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm — Reply

    I always stay within arms reach of my child when she is near/in water

  20. katie ab
    June 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Never leave him alone and swim lessons

  21. Sandra Travis
    June 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm — Reply

    Just now taking the Grand to the pool and keeping an eye on him at all times and being nearby is crucial! This would be a great help.

  22. Dawn Monroe
    May 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    We use rings and flosts and watch them like a hawk. I want to try these so bad.

  23. Hollie Singleton
    May 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    We have a puddle jumper already, and love it! We would love to have an extra one!

  24. Darlene Jones-Nelson
    May 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm — Reply

    I watch them very carefully! I teach them to hold their breath!

  25. Amy Tolley
    May 30, 2013 at 11:06 am — Reply

    i use life jackets on them thanks for this chance

  26. Janet W.
    May 28, 2013 at 8:22 am — Reply

    I talk to them about being careful and not going where it’s too deep for them. I also make them wear protective gear like this!

  27. brenda
    May 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    I try and have 1 adult to every kid under the age of 5 and they have to have some type of floatation device

  28. sandra
    May 27, 2013 at 7:45 am — Reply

    keep the in the shallower ends

  29. Kristen M
    May 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm — Reply

    I’m careful to always be in the pool with my kids. My two older children always wore life jackets when they were younger. I have a little one now who is still too small for the life jackets we owned from before. He’s just about the perfect size for a Puddle Jumper jacket.

  30. Karen
    May 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm — Reply

    Everytime she is near any water, I am right there.

  31. Cassandra Eastman
    May 25, 2013 at 9:38 am — Reply

    If we are going swimming they always have a life jacket on! We never let them out of our site even for a second around water!

  32. amy pugmire
    May 25, 2013 at 8:49 am — Reply

    I always have floaties and life jackets on the. I like this cause I can eliminate both and just have them wear one things. we also do life saving swim lessons

  33. Jenn
    May 25, 2013 at 8:24 am — Reply

    My children are in swimming lessons but I still have my eyes on them at all times.

  34. May 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm — Reply

    my kids get swimming lessons!

  35. Ashley C
    May 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    Never let them out of my sight! They’re also not allowed in the water without a flotation device of some kind.


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