Get ready for Pool Season!

I love picking out the kids' swim suits each spring, but I haven't put too much thought into them in the past. If it has a tutu, she will pretty much wear it. Now that we are full-fledged swimmers (thanks to Goldfish Swim School!), I thought it was time to research the swim gear investments I should make.

Based on blog posts and answers from the Goldfish team, here are some guidelines on fun and safe options for your swim season. Many of these are available in their convenient in-house pro shop, Treasure Island (which is great if you forget something at home!)

Suits: Goldfish sells i Play suits, which have worked well for us. They are adorable patterns, snug-fitting, have snaps where necessary, and some even have built-in swim diapers. Some UV Protectant options are:
  • Swim Zip: The zipper is genius! Rash guards are hard to get on and off, but being responsible for our kids' skin safety is so important. When we are out on the beach or in blazing sun for an extended time, rash guards are my first choice. 
  • Carters, Circo, and Gymboree all have SPF 50+ options that are affordable. I will say that our Circo suits do not hold up with the weekly washings from swim lessons, but if you like to buy lots of suits, it is the more affordable way to go. 

i Play from Goldfish

                           Carters UPF 50+                                                          Circo UPF 50+

Swim Zip ruffle sets

Swim Diapers: I can't believe it took me so long to discover reusable swim diapers! They cost as much as one small pack of disposables, and last as long as your child will fit. Best part? You don't have to worry about embarrassing accidents in the water because of the 3 layers of protection. These are also sold at Goldfish.

i Play swim diapers

Goggles: Form-fitting, comfortable goggles are the key to getting your child's face in the water. Goldfish sells 2 kinds, both fitting the bill. Finis goggles are form-fitting and their Fruit Basket line smells like fruit! They are also easily adjustable, which cuts down on hassle. 

Finis Fruit Basket goggles

Life jackets: If you spend time in a boat or fishing, it is not optional. Look for U.S. coast guard approved life jackets. Here is a 2016 list of some good options. 

Learning Toys:  Barbells, kickboards, rings and rubber duckies are a few that are used at Goldfish, and here is a great post on how to properly use them. 

Hooded Towels:  These make life so much easier, since their little heads keep the towels from falling off. Trying to wrap mine in a towel and leave the pool area is no fun when the towel keeps falling off. Goldfish has a super absorbent fish towel that you can buy there, but I also love this one from Target, as well as all the cute character hooded towels available at Target.

“t’s important to remember that while some of these swim tools do float, they are not intended to be used as floatation or life-saving devices.

If you take perpetual lessons at Goldfish, it is always pool season. But now is a great time to stock up on items for outdoor fun and upcoming vacations...those cute swimsuits sell out quickly!

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