Swim­ming pools are of­ten at the cen­tre of weekend fam­ily fun here in the UAE – we can’t com­plain!

But slip­pery sur­faces, deep wa­ter and sharp cor­ners mean they can be haz­ardous to lit­tle wa­ter ba­bies. In fact, drown­ing is the third leading cause of un­in­ten­tional in­jury death world­wide, ac­cord­ing to The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), with an es­ti­mated 388,000 deaths a year. Chil­dren un­der five are most at risk and while most com­mu­nity pools have life­guards, it’s im­por­tant to be pre­pared. Babyshop ad­vises you to start your child’s swim­ming lessons early. Pop a pair of arm­bands or a snazzy swim­ming vest on them to help keep them buoy­ant. For tiny tots, the Hello Kitty Snail Seat is de­signed to teach ba­bies to stay afloat while pro­vid­ing a sun shield and back­rest.

Hello Kitty two-ring baby float, from Dh29

Ben10 swim­ming ring, from Dh10

Ben10 swim floats, from Dh9

Ben10 swim­ming gog­gles, from Dh29

Ben10 swim vest from Dh29

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