Thank you for your advice! I really appreciate it. I think the vest is a great idea. Since we don't leave until Sept., we will do lots of swimming this summer to get her comfy, I was thinking of getting her a snorkel mask and tube just to play with in the water. I would never leave her alone in the water, nor would we ever be far from shore. It will be just her and I, so I want her to feel safe and me feel that I can protect her.