My 3-year-old drowned. What I want parents to know about puddle jumpers

published on July 20, 2020

Drowning happens so quickly in young children it can happen in 30 seconds it's so fast and it's silent he is a blonde haired blue eyed little cracker just a very joyous little spirit so i knew i wanted to keep him safe

Around the water i knew that included swimming lessons and i had gotten him in swimming lessons but it was more like the mommy and me lessons so getting used to the water not so much learning

What to do in the water so i wanted something else to help me with keeping him safe around the water and i looked around i talked to moms everybody was recommending puddle jumpers you know i looked at the puddle

Jumper i researched it it looked safe it seemed safe from everything that i read and so i went ahead and got one of them and just started him in a puddle jumper from the time he was

Around a one-year-old i tried to put his towel around him with the puddle jumper on him and i couldn't um because it was just too big um so i took the puddle jumper off of him

And put his towel around him and i sat him right next to me in a chair next to me and then i turned to tell my friend something and then when i looked down to check on

Judah again he had already slipped off away from us so then i ran around the pole was screaming his name and by that point my husband was kind of what's going on and um i

Found him lying face down in the shallow end of the pool right next to the stairs he would go into the water with the puddle jumper on every single time he

Went into the water so through the process of always having that on he never learned what his own body could do could and couldn't do in the water so he assumed that he could swim when he

Really couldn't he thought i can go to the water and i can float because every other time i've gone to the water i've been able to float what he didn't understand was that it

Was the device that was keeping him up and that's what we're talking about when we say that false sense of security they just don't make that connection at that young age that is the device keeping them up and not themselves

so the puddle jumper does keep the child in a vertical position it's not actually meant to teach someone how to swim so it puts them in a vertical position

To where they can keep their head up above water to breathe the problem with that is that it is also the drowning position it gives them muscle memory for that position

So when they go into the water without the device on they'll automatically get into that position and and then it'll make the drowning faster and easier

the basic message is not to use location devices with your children during swim times because all of them will give that child

The false sense of security however the puddle jumper in particular also causes other problems it causes that vertical positioning in the water whereas a lot of life jackets if they're made well

They will actually pull a child onto their back to get them into a floating breathing position so they don't have that same issue as a puddle jumper in that regard

i always say that i get to carry his legacy with me every time i see a little child who's gotten one of our scholarships and who is

Floating and swimming and doing really well i'm always thinking of judah and i'm always thinking of this is what you're doing baby boy you know you're saving these

Little lives your life is saving these little lives

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