We've been looking around for two weeks for a acceptable baby float (we couldn't find any at Torrance Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Walmart) and we finally found it at Manhattan Beach Target! Before we went to Target, we were at Toys R Us and bought another baby float for $14.99 (will be returning this one). This float at Toys R Us has no shade/umbrella to block the sun. Below is a picture of it.
We were looking for a float that has a shade to block out the HOT SUN here in Los Angeles. So we went to Target hope to find one and hubby found this baby float at their summer sale section. Pretty good looking float with shade and a baby toy in front of it and it only cost us $5.40.
Came home around 6pm. I quickly changed first and then was arranging the stuff needed for Brandon and us during and after swimming (goggles, camera a must, towels, slippers). Hubby was busy pumping air into the float using a bicycle pump. I didn't buy any of those swim diapers, I just put Brandon on a cloth diaper (to avoid skin to plastic contact on his crotch). Called SIL to inform MIL and FIL to come over to see Brandon in the pool.
Hubby went into the pool first. Then I carried Brandon on my chest and slowly imersed into the water step by step. Water was a bit cold when we first got in but it was OK once we were inside the water. Brandon was really nervous and he almost cried when we were going into the water. So I went UP the stairs a little bit, until only his legs were touching the water, and then slowly pat some water on his back, chest and arms. Then slowly imersed ourselves again into the water. This time was better. So we pulled the float over and tried to put him in, but he started to cry. I never thought baby knows how to be afraid. But he sounded like he was afraid of the water or to be on the float. The float wasn't that scary looking. Anyway, I carried him from the float and played with him a little while in the pool. Then the second time I placed him inside, he was fine. He found the toy in front of the float and started to lick/bite it.
We have to be careful since it was the first time for him in the water, so we only played a little while and we got up. He didn't like it when we took him out from the float. hehehe ... he had just finally enjoying himself and we have to take him out. We gave him a bath immediately and he was all tired and was napping for 30 mins after that.