Swim School Deluxe Toddler Racer: A True Water Winner

06/16/2009 at 03:00 PM ET

This summer’s perfect pool toy search started in early spring for me. I was looking for the ideal combination of inexpensive, safe and fun. Swim School’s Deluxe Toddler Racer ($20) fit all three categories. Even before I pumped it full of air my kids were playing with the yellow and red steering wheel. Once in the water my toddlers had a ball “driving” their racing boat around the pool.

Made with double-laminated vinyl for extra durability, a comfortable seat back, holding handles and a turning steering wheel with horn, it’s suitable for ages 18-36 months, 20-35 pounds. The toddler seat with leg openings ensured that they were fairly secure. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can lounge in a chair drinking a Margarita leaving the toddler unattended — I was never a step or two away from the racer, and usually had my hands on it at all times — but it gave me a chance to give my kids a little independence in the water.

— Sarah S.

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momto3 on

that kid should be wearing a life jacket.

Anon on

i hope he’s wearing sunscreen.

MZ on

It’s an ad for goodness sakes! The kid was in the water for 2 minutes to take the picture probably. How could anyone tell if he was wearing sunscreen for the shoot or not?

KiKi on

Ewww, and it doesn’t look like he has on swimmers either!

Tiffany on

OMG the comments are so nit-pickety (if that’s a word) The picture was probably for an ad for the raft and for show only, not a kid hanging out in the pool all day with mom! Sheesh, I suppose next we should wonder why he’s not wearing a helmet and a seat belt? Lighten up people!

Anon on

I was being sarcastic. I was a swim instructor last summer and we used these racer things. Not quite as big tho. The kid can’t see over the wheel.

Christine on

LOL @ the first 2 comments. Chill out.

I was gonna say that the baby looks like he’s got 6p pack abs!

stedine on

future bodybuilder

Christine on

woops..my bad, anon – you were kidding – sorry.
i think KiKi was kidding too…no?

Anon on

I think kiki was kidding, but seriously the shoot might have been at an indoor pool!

MZ on

sorry anon some of the comments on here get so ridiculous it’s hard to tell who is sarcastic anymore🙂

christine, i was thinking the same thing lol

Jessica on

That toy does not look fun, the poor kid can’t even see over the front of it. I’d never buy this for my kids.

emes on

doesn’t it kinda look like it would tip backwards pretty easily?

Anon on

The ones we used in the class were much much smaller in the front and flatter all around. It also looks difficult to pull in the front. Getting your hands around the front handle looks difficult.


we used to use these. Same brand just a little more conducive to teaching them comfort in the water.

ellen on

And how about giving that kid a haircut. It’s far too long. He should also be wearing a coat. From the reflection in the pool it looks like it was a chilly 170 that day.

joshua1012 on

It looks interesting, but it would be safer if he could wear one of those vest that allows him to float in the event he is upended in the water

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