Thanks Mama: Freds Swim Academy SwimTrainer “Classic” Review & Giveaway

I'm already missing those "lazy days" of summer filled with warm weather and sandy beaches!  Well, we didn't get too many chances to hit the beach this past summer but we did have to take a couple road trips for some weddings and to visit friends, which also meant hotel pools for us!  Kiggster loves water so I try to get her any water related products I can get my hands on!  I was fortunate enough to be sent the Freds Swim Academy SwimTrainer from the Thanks Mama store for review.

What makes the Freds SwimTrainers different than regular flotation devices is that rather than just keeping a child floating in water vertically, the SwimTrainers actually keep the child at an ideal swimming position on their tummy.  It allows the to learn to kick and move their feet and arms properly.  Children are securely and safely strapped in the trainer so there is not a worry that they will fall through while in the trainer.  The swimtrainers come in three sizes/stages which are distinguished by color and each stage is meant to teach children a different skill appropriate for their age. 


Approximately 13-40 lbs

Helps a little one get comfortable in the water

Helps teach correct leg movements

SWIMTRAINER "Classic" Orange

Approximately 33-65 lbs

Helps teach correct arm and leg movements

SWIMTRAINER "Classic" Yellow

Approximately 45-80 lbs

Helps transition a child to swimming without any flotation device

When I first took the swimtrainer out of the box at the hotel, it was flatter than a pancake and needed to be inflated.  What I did not realize was that it would need to be inflated in several different parts of the swimtrainer.  I tried doing it manually and blowing it up myself but then had to enlist the hotel maintenance for a  bike pump.  I used the bike pump to start me off and then finished it off myself, it was much easier that way!  

Once we got down to the pool, it was simple putting Kiggster into the swimtrainer and we went right into the water.  She had her arms over the front of the trainer and her legs were floating up!  It took her all but about 10 seconds to start kicking her feet and "swimming" in her swim trainer.  We were in the water with her but she was kicking and moving all around by herself and having a great time!  

To learn how the Freds SwimTrainer works, watch this video below:

Below is a little about Thanks Mama:

Thanks Mama is family owned cloth diapering and natural parenting store based in Boston, MA.  We look for innovative and green products tailor made for moms and babies. We look for practical and economical solutions for modern parents. We enjoy educating our customers and continually introduce new products we think will enhance the parenting experience. 

Thanks Mama carries a large variety of cloth diapers, nursery furniture, maternity/nursing gear, baby gear and much more.  You can even set up your gift registry through Thanks Mama and all orders over $60 receives free shipping.  There is a rewards system for you to earn reward dollars with every purchase and they also have a 90 day return policy.

Want to know how you can win a set for yourself?  Thanks Mama has generously offered Kangaroo Mama fans a chance to win their very own Freds SwimTrainer in winner's choice of size!  The giveaway will be going live on Wednesday, October 10th and will end on October 24th as part of the Travelin' With Baby Event Giveaway prize package.  Can't wait for the giveaway and want to buy them now?!  The Freds SwimTrainers can be purchased directly on the Thanks Mama website here.  The SwimTrainers are $24.90 each and are available in the 3 different colors/stages.

Don't forget to come back and enter the Travelin' With Baby Giveaway Hop and win some amazing prizes from Kangaroo Mama-over $120 worth!

Kangaroo Mama was provided product for free from the sponsor company for review but the opinions stated in this posting are completely my own honest opinion and not influenced by the sponsor company. Fulfillment and shipping of the prize is the responsibility of the sponsor company and not Kangaroo Mama.



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  1. I love the Atlantic Furniture Versailles Convertible Crib.

  2. Michelle F. says:

    I have a membership at my local Y. I would love to use that there at the pool with my daughter.

  3. that is so cool  i have neice who is allmsot age to learn to swim and would use it

  4. I really, really, really want to try a swim trainer!  At Thanks Mama I'd also love to get some more BumGenius Freetime diapers!

  5. I like the Thirsties All in One Diapers

  6. I like the tankinis too.

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  8. Jennifer Johansen says:

    I love that they carry PlanToys.  We want the eco town!

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