So, my #1 tip for living in New York is to make friends with someone with a rooftop pool:)...
Yes, our good friends are lucky enough to live in a building with a pool on the roof, so naturally we invited ourselves over to go swimming. We were just splashing around on this particular afternoon, but for later this summer we found a great swim instructor to come by to give the kids lessons. It's actually less expensive than joining a swim class and they'll get more individualized attention. I'm curious to see how it will all work. Three-year-olds are still so wriggly!
And apparently teaching young kids to swim is important: "A small child can drown in just two feet of water," reported the New York Times today. "The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that from 2004 to 2006, 47 children died after becoming submerged in inflatable pools....Huge numbers of children are unable to swim, which largely explains why drowning is the second leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 19."
Even though it was a rainy afternoon, the little guys were insanely excited. They wore Honest swim diapers. How cute are those whales? (Their regular diapers have adorable patterns, too.)
We also slathered them up with natural sunscreen from the Honest Company. The Honest Company is one of my long-term sponsors, and I love their mission to provide affordable, beautiful and unquestionably safe products for kids, adults and household cleaning. It’s reassuring that their website says, “Go ahead, ask us anything. We'll tell all."
And they immediately got up to their usual antics.
I'm curious: How old were you when you learned to swim? When will you teach your kids? I could doggy-paddle at a young age, but was freaked out for an embarrassingly long time about putting my face underwater.
Bonus for all readers: First-time customers can get $10 off a minimum purchase of $40 at The Honest Company with the code ACupofJoSummer for the next two weeks. You can also get a free trial. They have the best diapers, wipes, sunscreen, shampoo, hand wash, everything...
P.S. Have you seen videos of infants swimming? It's fascinating...
(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. Thanks, Julia! This post is sponsored by The Honest Company, whose mission I adore. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Cup of Jo possible.)