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What should you know before buying a float?

What should you know before buying a float?

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It is the usual ally of the little ones, to take a bath with confidence and without risks together with the supervision of an adult. There are many colors and shapes, but you should not forget to choose those that guarantee the safety of children. Keep these keys in mind!

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Types: There are the circular donuts, like this one from Amazon.es; those with a harness base, cuffs or inflatable vests.

Materials: They must be light and resistant, such as cork that never sinks, and PVC, with air chamber and valve to inflate it.

Size: The radius does not have to be very large compared to the body of the child, since it can be cast, or too narrow to not oppress him.

Buy it: always in specialized stores, you will avoid that it punctures or deflates easily. Must have the EU stamp.

Data sheet: The maximum age and weight that can withstand should appear, as well as the dimensions and the material with which it is manufactured.

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KEYS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT

Look carefully at the label. You must clearly indicate (and in Spanish) the mode of swelling, deflation and the system to secure the plug. Also how the float is put on and removed, as well as the correct fit to the body and how it should be stored and maintained.

Is it from last year? Before using it again, check it well: it must be in perfect condition. If your state of conservation is not entirely good, do not risk: it is better to replace it with a new one.

Floats are for summer. And also for young children. Every precaution is little in this regard, so take note of these recommendations to buy the best one.

WHAT IS APPROVED

The safety of your children is the most important. Do not buy a float of any kind or anywhere. When you go to buy one for the holidays, make sure that it has the European approval. The item must be marked with CE.

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VESTS, BETTER THAN SLEEVES

They are much more effective and safe and also more advisable than donut type floats. The "donuts" can leave the child upside down when a wave gives a stir, and in the case of the sleeves, accidentally lose them. But if you opt for this last system, choose cuff sleeves that can be adjusted with velcro straps.

BUBBLES AND BELTS

They facilitate displacement and guarantee flotation. The belts allow to regulate the quantity of auxiliary elements and can be adapted individually, to each child. Bubbles are another good option, but lateral movements cost more work with this system. Both are indicated from 3-4 years.

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AND FOR BABIES?

Floats around the body with panties included are recommended, starting at 8 months. That is, when children are already able to hold the head. You should check that it is a safety float, with quick installation, non-slip and, most importantly, anti-tip. Some specific models are designed for very young babies, from 3 months (6 kg) to 4 years of age (18 kg).

And remember: no matter how safe these systems are, the little ones must always be accompanied by adults.

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