Whether you're heading to the local lido, jetting off abroad, or using a paddling pool in your back garden, baby swimming rings are fantastic for building infants' confidence in the water.
Swimming aids will help turn your little one into a water baby in no time, as we've found the best baby swimming rings that help support kids while they're splashing around.
Best baby swimming rings to buy
Designed for infants learning how to kick and swim, this inflatable baby swimming float provides
- Cute design
- Recommended for ages 3-7 months old
- Not overly comfortable
2. Speedo Turtle Swim Seat
Turtles are amazing underwater creatures that date back over 200 million years ago. Help your
- High-quality PVC with safety valves
- Safe and stable
- Children must be under supervision when using this product
3. Zoggs Baby Swim Seat
Made from heavy-duty Vylux that won't easily tear or puncture and available in two sizes to suit
- Easy Inflate valves
- Stable, secure seat with pillow back for comfort
- Quite big
With over 4,000 reviews on Amazon, this baby float is a go-to swimming aid for any new parents.
- Chambers with double-valves
- Diaper-style seat with smooth leg holes.
- The yellow dye can run
Are you looking for an extraordinary swimming ring for your baby? Well, you're looking at it. This
- Great design
- Made of durable eco-friendly PVC material
- Takes a while to blow up
6. Nabaiji Baby's Inflatable Pool Ring
As your baby is constantly growing, you may find that they quickly outgrow a swimming ring.
- Inflate and deflate the ring quickly thanks to the 3 easy valves.
- Rounded handles suitable for even very little ones, making them easy to grip.
- Quite small fitting
7. Liewood Baloo Swim Ring
Available in four fun designs on the [Scandiborn
- BPA free eco-friendly PVC
- Suitable for ages 1-5 years
- Lightly coloured, could get dirty easily
8. Sunnylife Kids' Shell Mini Float Ring
Any mini mermaid fans aged three and over will love playing in the [paddling
- Cute glitter design
- Shell back for comfort
- Smaller than expected
Best age for babies to go swimming
Are you considering taking your mini-me for swimming lessons? From disposable swim nappies for your water baby to baby changing bags, there are so many things to consider when going swimming with your kids. One thing you don't need to worry about is the best age for babies to go swimming.
According to the NHS, "You can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated. It does not matter if they have not yet completed their course of vaccinations."
Advice for making your child feel comfortable in water
Most baby pools have big steps that go straight into the water, so it's easy to carry your baby into the pool. When you go down the steps, hold them in a sitting position with their chest against yours, and supporting the bum with one hand and, if they're really little, their head and neck with the other. Just treat it the same as carrying them downstairs at home.
Don't forget that children must always be supervised when playing in the water, even when using swimming rings, floats and armbands.
For more information and tips on swimming, check out our guide to baby swimming with advice from Rebecca Adlington.
How to choose the best baby swimming ring
Not sure what to look for when buying a baby swim ring? Here at Mother&Baby, we've pulled together a detailed list of recommendations for the best baby swimming rings and the best children's swimming rings, so you don't have to spend hours researching.
Here are five things to look for before purchasing a baby swimming ring:
Size: The size of a baby swimming ring will give you a better understanding if it's suitable for your little one. Often websites will list age recommendations, which will indicate if a swimming ring is right or not.
Reviews: Before investing in any swimming aid for your youngster, we'd recommend finding out what other parents thought of the product. The best way that you can do this is by taking the time to read reviews.
Safety features: Before hitting that shop button, make sure that the baby swimming ring has all the safety feature boxes ticked. Look for things like dual air chambers and durable materials.
How easy is it to inflate: The last thing you want to be doing is spending half an hour blowing into the floating device in a changing room, pick a swimming ring that is effortless to blow up.
Make sure that it's fun: If your bubba gets distracted easily, choose a swimming ring that will capture their attention. There will be lots of things going on at a pool or in a garden, so bright colours are best.
Now that you're ready to take a dip with your little one, here are our top picks of the best baby swimming rings for splashing around in the pool.