Mums and dads are being warned of a new trend which could put their children’s lives at risk.
Social media has been littered with pictures of mums and dads posting snaps of their budding water baby being helped to swim with a neck float.
But parenting organisations and swimming teachers have said they are seriously concerned about its safety and have labelled the accessory a ‘death trap’.
The floats work by sitting around a baby’s neck, allowing their bodies to dangle below in the water, the Stoke Sentinelreports.
Charlotte Davis, who works at the spa, explained: “The flotation device creates a feeling of euphoria – it’s the first time they’re upright without being held.
“They don’t feel the Bubby, particularly.
However, Kyran Quinlan, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in the US, however said the floats “scare me to death” – because of the risk of drowning.
“These are potential death traps … To have your precious baby one poorly sealed seam away from going under at the pool is frightening.
The Swimming Teachers Association (STA) and Birthlight, a pregnancy, birth and parenting organisation, issued a grave statement, adding the device could cause undue stress to babies.
Kayle Burgham, STA’s aquatics manager, said: “While disengaging from the world in floating tanks can be wonderfully relaxing for stressed adults; this is not what babies want or need – physically or emotionally.
“This isolated activity completely goes against the very essence of baby swimming, which is human contact: bonding with your child so they can explore the water in a safe, relaxed, fun environment.”