We love Sam Faiers here at MFM HQ – so we were one of the many admiring the mini inflatable indoor pool she has for her kids, toddler Paul and baby Rosie, on Instagram.
It’s from an online brand called Swimava, by the way! Her little ones seem to be having the time of their lives splashin’ about in it, in the kitchen, while mum and dad Paul hover closely by 🌊
3-month-old Rosie’s baby neck float, which is keeping her up in the water, also caught our eye – as we’ve noted safety concerns about similar products in the past.
“Little Monday evening swim 😍” Sam wrote beside the vid. “Paul loved his neck float when he was a little baby… so does Rosie by the looks of it 😊🐬👶
“#waterbaby #mybabygirl #cute #love I got Rosie’s little neck float from Amazon & the inflatable pool I found online swimava 😚”
While many mum fans wanted to know where they could get their hands on a neck float for their babies, a few mums were keen to share their not-so-rosy experiences of them, as a way to warn Sam and other mums.
One wrote in the comments: “It actually scares me how many people buy these things now. Please research all the dangers before putting your children in them.”
While another added: “Had one and it was really c**p. Eventually, it would come off [by] itself, so was scared to use it after that.”
Indeed, we have reported before on the safety concerns of the baby neck floats.
Experts last year called them a ‘death trap’, and said they weren’t safe for baby’s necks. Our main concern, however, was that there’s just no way to know how they’ve been tested, or if they’ve been tested at all.
That said, we should stress that these pros were speaking about the use of the floats in baby spas and swimming pools, where little ones could potentially float away from mum and dad, rather than a little pool like this, where there are adults on hand the whole time.
As time goes on, we hope there’ll be more concrete advice on whether it’s ever 100% safe to put your baby in a neck float.
In the meantime, we’d recommend giving them a miss. There are plenty of other ways for your little one to enjoy the water.
Images: Instagram/Sam Faiers