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