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      20.09.2013 16:27

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      Great water training aid for young children, best £9 ever spent.

      I was looking for something that would help my daughter go in the pool easily on our first holiday and support her enough that she felt safe. She was around 13 months old, and saw this for £9 on Amazon and thought that it looked very ideal for the situation.The trainer seat comes in two sizes, 3 to 12 months which is up to 12kg, and 12-18 months which is up to 15kg. So we got the 12-18 months.

      I first dreaded blowing this up when I got on holiday but was pretty easy, took around 5 minutes, and just had to top it up during the week to ensure it was blown up enough for my daughter, to deflate you simply just remove the stoppers and if your in a rush squeeze them to remove the air. It's quite bulky when deflated so we just left it on holiday and bought another one for home as was taking up too much space in luggage.

      Definetly preferred this design for safety of my daughter when in pool as it's a rubber ring but her legs fit through the two holes at the bottom which basically means her bottom half is below the water where her top half is out and means she can splash with her hands.

      My daughter wasn't very keen on this at first as was a new idea for her and would rather mummy was holding her but after trying it out for a few times she loved it being able to play in the water while still being held up by her float, also gives her the chance to play with other toys while in the pool aswell. I have found that since using this my daughter is more keen in being in the pools locally for longer.

      Would recommend this product to anyone with young child who may not be that confident being in pools or not having that extra support.

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      15.08.2013 18:02
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      A good idea but needs a lot of design changes

      We've recently been on our holidays and as we had a pool at the place we stayed at, I was keen to take my one year old into the pool to get her used to the water. To me, swimming is one of the most important skills you can learn and I really want to make sure she likes the water. She's a bit of a softie and gets scared with loud noises, so I didn't think public swimming baths were a great idea. I also didn't think that they'd be pleased if I walked in with a huge inflatable!

      The Zoggs seat seemed an ideal way to get her used to going into the pool. She doesn't mind having a bath until I get to the hair and face wash stage, but going in a swimming pool is a completely different thing. I bought it from Amazon for £8.99. The one we have is bright pink but it's also available in red. It's also available in two sizes, the one we have is 12-18 months but there's also a 3-12 month one. It's made of heavy duty Vylux.

      The seat is large - it's measures 77cm in diameter when inflated. I was a bit worried at first that it would take a while to blow the thing up, but my husband did it in a couple of minutes without using a pump so it wasn't very hard. There are a few valves dotted over the inflatable so that the various parts can be topped up with air. The inflatable says that is shouldn't be overinflated but that is just complete guesswork - we inflated it enough so that it stayed floating over the water but we did keep wondering whether it needed a bit more and a few times ended up taking it out and adding a bit more.

      The trainer seat has two holes in a piece of plastic attached inside the large ring where her legs slot in. It means that her legs are submerged in water but the top half of her body is kept above the water which was great. It meant that her face wasn't close to the water - as I said, it's water near her hair and face that seems to cause her the most stress but with this, we could just glide her through the water and get her used to the feeling of being in the water but avoid splashes and water around her face.

      The seat is a great idea, although we found after a couple of uses, the piece of plastic that her legs slotted into started to dip more and more with the weight of her body so that each time we used it she would be further and further into the water. That was a poor design to me - I bought the 12-18 months seat and my daughter is only 13 months old and of an average size, by no means heavier than an average baby of that age so I can't see how this seat could be useable with a child any older, especially towards the 18 month old agegroup. Another downside is that once we took her out of the seat and carried her in the water, that was it. She loved the seat at first but the more we took her out of it and held her, the less and less she wanted to go into the trainer seat - in the end it became redundant because every time we put her in it she cried, I assume because being carried in the water felt a lot less restricted to her. The final downside was putting the seat down to come home - it took ages to squeeze the air out and couldn't be folded back down neatly to pack back into the suitcase.

      I would recommend giving the trainer seat a go as an introduction to the water, but I wouldn't expect to get great value for money as we only got a very short amount of time from it. I'm glad we bought it because I think it helped to ease her into using the water but once she'd been in a couple of times then she was perfectly happy to be carried about. I rate the seat 3 stars because although it was handy, I don't feel we received excellent value for money.

      Thanks for reading :o)

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      13.02.2013 17:07
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      I think its really important that kids learn to swim at an early age so we've basically been taking our kids swimming ever since they were born. They love the water and really enjoy our swimming session. Our little girl is still a bit cautious of the water but my 15 month old boy runs and dives in and will go under and everything which is great.

      We bought this float about three years ago when I was taking my little girl swimming by herself and it came on holiday with us and has now been used by my boy when we go to the pool. Its a great way of keeping him in the water and not having to carry him all the time and hold him inthe water. It also gives him a little bit of independence in the water and the ability to kick his legs and move around for himself and go for an adventure. When he is in it I am able to swim a little albeit I have my eyes on him all the time ready to catch him if he looks like he is going to fall out.

      That being said this is quite a safe float and keeps kids in really well and I trust that he is sitting in it safely and comfortably. The float is basically a round inflatable ring that has a back cushion to it so it's more like a seat. The child sits in a plastic portion in the middle of the seat with legs either side so they are sitting fairly comfortably. The seat is quite low down so they sit well in the water and I don't think there is much of a chance of coming out as you are in rather tight and low down. There are three different sections to blow up on this seat, the outer ring, the inner ring and the seat back. They all have a plastic inflatable chamber that you need to pinch and blow and once you get in the groove it blows up fairly quickly. I find it keeps inflated well and we usually do not need to top it up between each week swimming as we just leave it inflated all the time. I needs topping up probably once every couple of weeks which is good.

      There are warnings all over this seat and I suppose you do have to be very careful whenever it comes to water. On the bottom of the float is the following, "WARNING USE ONLY UNDER COMPETENT SUPERVISION. Under no circumstances should a child be left in or around water unless a competent swimmer is within arms reach.

      Will not protect against drowning. Always fully inflate all air chambers. Use only under constant adult supervision in direct reach of the swim seat. Will not protect against drowning. This is not a life saving device. Check regularly for tears and leaks.

      Risk of capsizing. There is a risk of capsizing if used for wearers beyond or below designated weight range/age category of user; within child's standing depth; in breaking waves; in bath tubs."

      It has a maximum weight of 11kgs and a height of 60-75 cms. This is a great way of letting your child get used to the water and gives them time to float about and for you to have a bit of a swim.

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        10.11.2012 22:55
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        A good training ring for little ones

        I have recently started taking Jayden swimming at our local pool, he has attended some sessions aimed at under 5's and he has also been swimming in the large adult pool at the public swimming sessions. I was a little worried what he would make of the pools, he loves his bath and isn't scared of the water but being in a bath and being in a large swimming pool with other people is a different matter, however I had nothing to worry about he loved it straight away kicking his legs and smiling the whole time. I decided to buy him a couple of things to take in the pool with him and decided to purchase him the Zoggs Trainer Seat, this looked ideal for a baby Jayden's age and would also allow him to have a bit of independence in the pool without me or my husband having to hold on to him the whole time.

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        The Zoggs Trainer Seat comes in a small cardboard box, the Zoggs logo appears at the top of the box with the name Trainer Seat towards the bottom along with the stage that this item is aimed at. The majority of the front of the box is taken up with a picture if a baby in the trainer seat in a swimming pool being supported by their mother. The back of the box contains information about the Trainer Seat and also the age group and weight that this product is suitable for, there are also a couple of warnings on the back of the box as well, the information is also repeated in several different languages. There is not a massive amount of information amount of information on the packaging but it tells you what you need to know.

        The Trainer Seat
        The Zoggs Trainer Seat is basically a large rubber ring which has a seat in it, the whole thing is bright orange with the name Zoggs written in blue on the sides. The actual seat part is not inflatable, it is made of the same orange rubbery/ plastic material and is more like a harness, there is also a small inflatable back rest attached to the outer ring for added comfort and support.

        The Zoggs Trainer Seat comes deflated and obviously requires blowing up before use, there are 4 air chambers with separate non return safety valves, each valves inflates a separate part of the trainer seat, inflating it was relatively easy, the small plastic valves just need squeezing slightly as you blow into them, once you release them the air does not come out again, you simply push the cap back on and then push on the valve so that is slots inside the ring to prevent it becoming caught or damaged or even hurting your child, the seat didn't take that long to inflate at all, my husband had it done within a couple of minutes.

        The information on the back of the packaging states that the trainer seat is made from durable vylon which cannot be easily torn or punctured. On the underside of the Trainer Seat are a couple of warnings written in blue and also repeated in several different languages.

        The Zoggs Trainer Seat is aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 12 months weighing up to 11Kg making it ideal for your babies first sessions in a swimming pool.

        Warnings
        As I have mentioned the warnings appear mainly on the back of the packaging and are written in large bold letters. These state that the product should only be used under adult supervision and it is not a life preserver, it will not protect against drowning. These are the only warnings on the back of the packaging but they are made to stand out and show their importance.

        Price and Availability
        The Zoggs Trainer Seat is available from a variety of shops, we actually purchased ours from our local sports centre/ swimming pool and it cost us £14.99, however they can also be purchased from shops such as Homebase, Tesco and Argos, the price does vary a little bit depending on where you purchase it from, however the difference is not a massive amount.

        My Opinion
        We have used the Zoggs Trainer Seat every time we have taken Jayden swimming now and have been extremely pleased with it, it is strong and durable and when he is positioned inside it he is safe and secure and there is no way he could climb out of it.

        When in the water the whole thing is totally stable and will not tip up and cause danger to your baby. Jayden loves his Trainer Seat and in fact prefers to be in this in the pool than us holding him, when he is in the seat he can freely kick his legs, the seat gives him a bit of independence and will help him to gain confidence in the water without having to be held by an adult all the time.
        When Jayden is in the seat we can swim in the pool and push him along with us which he loves and kicks his legs and smiles as though he is doing it all himself.

        In my opinion the Zoggs Trainer Seat is well worth the money and is an excellent product finished to a high standard. I would highly recommend this product to anyone taking their little one swimming.

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          24.09.2010 16:04
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          A fantastic product from Zoggs making swim time more enjoyable.

          When my daughter was around 7 months I decided that I wanted to start taking her swimming with my older children but she was not happy being in the water with me holding her and I found that she got a little bit distressed and it was spoiling our days out. When I was telling a friend of mine she recommend this Zoggs Training Seat and I promptly purchased one for Amazon for just £9.00, I thought this was very reasonable for a product that was going to give us both more confidence and allow my children and I to have a more enjoyable day out without me having to leave the pool after just ten minutes and leave my older children to play by themselves.

          This zoggs trainer seat comes in two sizes, 3-12 months (up to 12kg) and 12-18 months (up to 15kg) and while I initially purchased the 3-12 months seat I now have the 12-18 months seat as my daughter is a little older now and a little heavier too. I must say that there is a noticeable difference between the two seat sizes but both of them serve their purpose for the age/weight of your baby very well and I didn't begin to use the 12-18 months seat until just a few weeks ago when she was already over 12 months.

          The seat is very simple to blow up and I can take this swimming in our changing bag and have it blown up and ready in just a few minutes of huffing and puffing. It's also very simple to deflate this again, just like an armband you remove the stopper and can squeeze the end to release the air a little faster if you are in a hurry.

          It's a fairly simple design but this is effectively a rubber ring with a seat in the middle and it's thick enough and sturdy so that you can place your childs legs through the two holes in the middle and they will be kept upright by the rubber ring at all times. This means that my daughters legs and bottom are seated in the water and she is kept upright at all times. It also means that she has her arms free for splashing about and flailing around in the water and she can keep them out of the water by resting them on the giant rubber ring if she wants to.

          I have found that my daughters confidence has sky rocketed since I have been placing her in this training seat as it allows her to get used to being in the water and she can kick her legs to build up some momentum but we don't have to constantly worry about her face going in to the water or about her getting splashed or swallowing lots of water. My daughter must feel a lot more confident also as she is willing to sit in the water for a good hour before she gets a little bit uncomfortable, hungry or bored. My older children are a lot happier as they can zoom her around the pool and just generally have fun with her without me constantly berating them to take better care and to ensure that she doesn't get splashed with water.

          I am very pleased with the quality of this product and even if my daughter ends up banging in to the edge of the pool there is no damage caused to this product at all and it seems to be almost impossible to get a tear in the material or to damage it in any way.

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          06.09.2010 21:50
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          We purchased the Zoggs trainer seat for my daughter when we wanted to take her swimming. We wanted her to feel comfortable in the water and completely at ease and the Zoggs seat seemed to tick both those boxes.

          The Zoggs seat is made as a seat to get your child used to being in the water. It is like a giant rubber ring when you get it out of the box but instead of a hole in the middle there is a little seat bit with two holes where your child puts their legs through. As the chair floats like a rubber ring your child is never fully in the water, just bobbing about on the top like a little duck but with their bum and legs in the water giving them the opportunity to kick about in the water. Your child's arms are also free to allow them to move about.

          The seat is fully inflatable and is made from vylux which is a very heavy duty rubber type of material that is near on impossible to rip or tear. It comes in two age ranges - 3-12 months and 12-18 months and for weights up to 12kg and 15kg respectively. The seat also has a little cushioned back for a head rest which I thought was a good touch.

          The seat is very easy to inflate and deflate. It is quite large when inflated, I was very surprised at the size of it! It also deflates simply too. Just a gas of opening the valve and letting the air out. It is easy to fold away and put into storage and I found that it was very easy to fit into a little swim bag when it was deflated. You don't need a pump to blow it up, all you need is a good big breath!

          My daughter used this from around 10 months old until she was 15 months old - at that point she just wanted to get into the water! She no longer needed something to help her get used to water or make her feel confident in it - she was just ready to go. I loved the idea of this seat though as it was not only a great idea for a product but it was also a reassuring one as a parent. My daughter used to love kicking her legs about in this seat and moving along in the water. It used to cause more than enough giggles!

          The seat was very sturdy and it never felt flimsy nor did it ever tip no matter how much my daughter fidgetted about in it. A great little seat to give your child some safety in the water.

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          06.09.2010 09:11
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          A very helpful swim aid

          Having bought and used a number of products made by the Zoggs brand, I feel able to say that we have found them to be of a good quality and the Zoggs Trainer Seat is no exception to that rule. It may be brightly coloured and not very subtle, but what it lacks in style it makes up for in substance.

          We bought the product as something to enable our child to make their first steps, or should I say splashes into the amazing world of the swimming pool. The Zoggs Trainer Seat has proven to be a really good little babies swim product and is one I would recommend if you are looking into similar products.

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          The Zoggs Trainer Seat has 3 different air support channels, so does take a bit of blowing up and once done, its something you do find you want to leave inflated if you can. To get the air out of the trainer seat means you have to tackle the 3 air channels separately as each has its own air valve.

          Once inflated we found the trainer seat to be pretty much as we hoped. It offers plenty of support to a young child and has a nice deep seating position, which we found gives your child a feeling of safety and security whilst still being able to experience the water.

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          Due to the way the Zoggs Trainer Seat is put together our child was able to kick and splash whilst also being held in a well supported upright position. The trainer seat is nice and buoyant and really does give a feeling of safety and offers a secure support, so its a great way to introduce your child to the pool.

          We did find that our child wasn't all that keen to go in it at first, however once the feeling of being in the water became comfortable and familier, we found that our child would kick and wriggle in excitement when we placed our child into the Zoggs Trainer Seat.

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          We bought our Zoggs Trainer Seat for £9.99, which at the time did seem like quite a lot for swim ring. Since having purchased it, the price we paid seems more than fair as it is well made and the shape and size work really well. The fact that there is a small head/ back rest at the back is also very helpful.

          The fact that the trainer seat has the 3 separate channels/ rings to it, which are all independently inflatable, does give you confidence in the safety aspects of the product. If your child doesn't mind using a baby walker type product then they will find being sat in the trainer seat very similar, except they are supported by the water instead.

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          To give the Zoggs Trainer Seat a rating, I feel it ought to get a full 5 stars. Its well made, durable and most importantly does what its made for. Our child has enjoyed being in it and we have been able to use it safe in the knowledge that it was a secure and supportive way to introduce our child to the joys of swimming.

          Its something I would recommend to you 100%. It does need to be used responsibly and we have never left our child unattended when sat in the trainer seat. When used correctly this can be a very helpful item, so we have been very pleased with our purchase.

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          29.08.2010 10:27
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          I won't be replacing this seat unless we have another baby.

          As many parents are, we were keen to get our daughter used to the water as soon as we could, and to ensure that her first experiences of swimming were positive ones. We thought this Zoggs trainer seat looked like a good buy as it would leave our hands a bit freer than baby armbands.

          The seat is like a rubber ring seat, with two holes for the baby to put their legs through, though you can't really see this is the DooYoo picture. The seat has three different air compartments; one for the outer ring, the inner ring and the pillow back support. This system makes the seat more robust for should one of the compartments burst, or get a puncture (as happened with ours), the seat will remain bouyant for sometime.

          The seat is available in two sizes; 3-12 months and 12-18 months, for around £10 on Amazon. As our daughter is 4 months old, we went for the first size seat.

          The seat took a while (and a lot of puff!) to inflate, so I would not recommend deflating it often. This makes it difficult to store or transport around, especially if you have other children whom you will be taking swimming and the obligatory twenty bags full of the family's swimming gear!

          When we first put my daughter in the seat, I was surprised how low down in the seat she seemed. Whilst not unsafe, it was a little unnerving to see her lost in the depths of the seat. Her head was more or less level with the ring, meaning that she did not get a great view of what was going on around her. I suppose this is one of the problems with having a seat that is suitable for such a wide age range, but equally, the good thing about that is that you'll be able to get you money's worth as your child grows.

          We decided it would be a good idea to take the (deflated) seat on holiday with us, as the villa we were staying in had its own pool. Unfortunately, when we tried to inflate the seat on arrival, we discovered that it had a puncture in one of the seams. Whilst we were disappointed about this, it did give us the opportunity to try our daughter in the water without this huge ring about her, and she loved it! Although adult-intensive (we had to hold her with two hands at all times), this gave her a much better feel and experience of the water than the Zoggs seat had ever done, and so we've decided not to buy another one now.

          I can see that this would be a useful piece of swimming kit if you have other children to keep an eye on when you go swimming, but its bulkiness and the way it 'consumed' my little one, means that we'd not be using it again. As for the puncture, it was a bit annoying, but to be honest, I can't vouch for the fact it didn't get punctured as we tried to cram it in our suitcases and I was glad it gave us a chance to see how our daughter got on without the seat!

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          19.07.2010 11:42
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          great for confidence in the water

          I bought the zoggs trainer seat when my son was little. My daughter was in armbands so I needed something that would keep him safe and comfortable whilst I was watching her as well.

          The trainer seat is like a rubber ring except instead of having a hole in the middle for your body there are only 2 small holes to put the childs legs through. It is designed to keep your child safe in the water without being fully immersed in the water, instead it is only the legs and bum that will get wet. They have full freedom of movement in their legs and arms.

          The trainer seat is inflatable and has safety air chambers. It is made of a material called Vylux which is a heavy duty fabric which will not rip or tear.

          The seat sizes are 3-12 months up to 12 1/2 kg and 12-18 months up to 15 kg.

          My son found the seat very comfortable, he used it when he was about 5 months old up until about 10 months as by that age he was very keen to get fully in the water and in this seat he wasn't able to do that. The seat sat him fully upright without tilting forward. There is a little inflatable back rest on the back of the seat for added comfort but my son wasn't tall enough to use this. I think that the back rest is probably useful if you have a child slightly older in it.

          It was easy to inflate and deflate, it only took a couple of minutes and once it was deflated it took up hardly any room so it was useful to fit into the swimming bag.

          The seat is great for getting your child used to being in water. It gives them the confidence to splash and kick in the water whilst still feeling secure and comfortable.

          I wouldn't use this seat for a child much older than 12 months as I think that it may prevent them from entering the water fully when they learn to swim. I found that my son was eager to get fully immersed in the water from 10 months and if I put him in the seat after this age he would scream the place down because he felt restricted. It was good for the use it had when he was younger though.

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            29.10.2009 17:29
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            Would recommend spending the extra money and getting one of these than a cheaper brand.

            I purchased this for my second child after buying another brand of seat for my first born.

            I found that this seat was brilliant and exactly what I needed for a small baby.

            The problem I had with the other branded seat was solved really well with this. My problem was that when my first child was unable to sit up unaided she would tend to lean forward and get her face/mouth in the water. The reason for this is that I could only find seats that had side inflations meaning that the front was open with only a little inflation. With this one I found that my son did not have this problem as the rings went all the way round twice over meaning that when he fell forward he was fine. This was an advantage for us as believe it or not everytime my son went in the pool he would fall asleep. I was never be worried as I knew that he was comfortable and that water would not get into his face. So must be a good seat for a 3 month old baby to think it good enough to take a nap in everytime he used it!

            It was also really easy to get my son in and out of and very hard to tip up - which is handy when you have an enthusiastic toddler trying to help you!

            The only disadvantage I believe it has is that when it is inflated it takes up a fair amount of room, and being as I am a busy mum (lazy more like), I wanted to be able to keep it inflated rather than keep blowing it up. It was ok for me as I had a garage to keep it in but if you have limited space and don't want to keep putting it down this may not be the one for you.

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            A great seat for taking you child swimming in, not as bulky as others and lasts up to 12 months old

            My little girl seems to be bit of a water baby; she absolutely loves her baths so recently we decided that we would take her swimming. I started to have a look on the internet at some rings that we could sit her in, most of them seemed to be quite bulky (far to big for a little girl), so I ended up looking around my local town but nowhere had any in stock.

            As a last resort I went to my local swimming pool as someone had said they sell hats and armbands etc and sure enough they had some rings in stock so purchased on immediately.

            The ring I bought was a Zoggs Trainer seat; they are available for children 3 - 12 months and 12 - 18 months. I bought the 3 - 12 months which has a max weight of 11kg and a height range of 65 - 75 cm, it cost me £9 which I thought was a great price as most of the others I had seen where £12 and up.

            The seat some in a cardboard box (but be warned once opened you will never get it back in the box), the ring is bright orange with blue writing, it has three separate parts to blow up - the outer ring, inner ring and head rest, I guess they have done it like this so if one goes down your child should still stay afloat.

            The ring is 68cm wide and the part your child sits in is 28cm wide so there is plenty of room for them to move around a bit. It is made out of a strong rubber which seems to be heard wearing (it survived a 7 year old and 4 year old pushing and pulling it). Mine has been blown up now for two weeks and there is no sign of it needing extra air yet.

            I personally don't think the ring is too bulky, compared to some I have seen in the pool its one of the smaller ones. I guess it has to be a reasonable size to enable it to hold a 12 month old baby.

            At the moment the head rest is a bit pointless as my girl tends to lean forward and rest her arms on the front of the ring but this may change as she gets a bit older. I find it can be a bit tricky getting her into the ring especially if she is in a wriggling mood, I tend to sit her on the ring itself whilst holding her with one hand I guide her legs into the hole with the other hand, it is a lot easier with two people though.

            Overall I am pleased I bought this ring, my baby girl sits in it quite happy bobbing around, mostly leaning on the front and sucking her hands without a care in the world. I'm not sure how long she will use it for as she does tend to like splashing around and I think as she gets older she will prefer to be in the water (being held) rather than in the ring where she wouldn't be able to reach the water.

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              a great flotation aid

              Zoggs make a wide range of swim wear and flotation aids, they have an online site where you can look at the products they make and search for stockists but you cant actually buy direct from them.

              My first child was quite happy when in the swimming pool to be held by me or her dad and enjoyed being close to us untill she was big enough to use arm bands and a rubber ring but my second child was less than happy to be held wholst in the water, even at just 4 months old she wanted to be free, im sure it was bacause her sister was.

              Wholst paying to go into our local swimming pool i was looking at the flotation aids they sell and spotted this one which is a seat for your baby to sit in in the water, it seemed more suitable with her being so young than arm bands or a ring she could slip out of so i brought her one, costing £12.99 although i later found that these could be brought cheaper online.

              The seat has 3 chambers for safety and is easy to inflate, it comes in a small box but is hard to get back in the box so i used to just roll ours up in my bag.
              It has a back pilow for comfort as they describe it but in reality there is no need for this and it is just a square inflatable piece behind baby.

              It is quite easy to put baby into the seat and i found it easier to do in the water or at the edge of the pool rather than try to carry baby from the changing rooms in this seat, there legs go through two leg holes which is easy enough to do and it positions your baby half in and half out of the water.

              I found this to be great a very stable way for my daughter to be able to sit in the water and still have use of her arms and legs to splash about, it didnt allow her to lean far enough forward to topple over in it which was great and was a comfortable fit from 4 months untill about 16 months even though the age it is specified for is 3 to 12 months.

              I would recomend this to anyone with a young baby who intends to go swimming on a regular basis as it allows the child so much more freedom in the water although they do need to be supervised at all times.

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              I thought it was a great idea, but baby wasn't interested.

              When my baby was first born, his favourite thing was to be in the bath, he just loved water, so obviously the next step was to take him to the swimming pool, I waited till he'd had his immunizations - you don't have to, but as a first time mum I was a bit anxious.

              The first time I took him he was totally overwhelmed and didn't seem to enjoy it at all, I decided that this was probably beacause it was such a big expanse of water. The pool had all sorts of inflatables which sit baby on top of the water, but although the pool was heated it was quite cold once out of the water.

              The next time I went I spoke to a mum who had one of these trainer seats, her baby was half in the water so it wasn't cold and she seemed to be having a whale of a time being whizzed around the pool by mum, so later that day I went straight to mothercare and paid £15 for one.

              It comes neatly packaged in a cardboard box (unfortunately it was so well compacted I've never been able to get it back in the box), but not lots of fussy packaging.

              The seat itself is very good quaility. The are three valves, it can be blown up easily and quickly and there is a seat back to stabilize baby. It was easy to get baby into the seat (once in water) on my own, but a scared baby may not be so easy as you are reliant on them keeping their legs still.

              However, my baby was just not as interested as the other baby, he sat in it quite happily but it didn't seem to give him any more value than being held by me.

              Overall it's a good quality product but a bit expensive if it's not your baby's thing. You can get them cheaper than £15, I've seen secondhand ones on ebay for around £9. See if you can try someone else's, even if it's just another mum at the pool. I really wouldn't mind if someone asked to try mine out.

              As with all water products, baby should always be supervised - it is possible for baby to turn this product over in the water, hence it should never be used for a baby who is older/heavier than designated on product, used within child's standing depth or in breaking waves.

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            • Product Details

              The Zoggs trainer seat is a great way to get your little one used to being in the water. With a safe and comfortable seat and pillow back support, your baby will feel safe and protected in the water and able to move his arms and legs around freely. Specifications: Durable safety air chambers, seperate nonreturn safety valves Pillow back for comfort, stable secure seat for confidence Heavy duty Vylux Features: 312 months up to 12.5kg1218 months up to 15kg