Elinor LOVES to swim. Since the beginning of May she has been swimming between 2 and 4 times a week. Mommy loves Elinor to swim because she inevitably will always take a 3 hour nap post water activities:) Elinor is incredibly fearless (to a major fault) and she gets rather peeved off when the person holding her will not let go of her. She clearly has no idea that letting go=sinking=a very bad day. So Joe and I bought a tube that she can sit in and move around on her own. It lets her sink into the water up to her chest. She hated it. It hindered her desire to put her face under water at will and to roll onto her back. So we searched for the perfect solution. First we bought this amazing little bathing suit that has floaters inside the body of it. She loved it but it didn't exactly keep her upright, not that she cared. Joe and I just have this odd desire to have our daughter with us for the next many many years so we decided not to let her float face down in the water. So we bought the good old arm floaties and PRESTO, we have found the perfect combination for Elinor's freedom. Now mind you we are never more than a few feet away from her at any given moment. But to Elinor we handed her adventure and bliss on a silver platter. To see my little girl that excited and happy without endangering her life is a good thing indeed.