Going on vacation and need a floaty for DD in the pool. She is 8 months and 19lbs. Would prefer one with shade and is sturdy. I have been looking and a lot of the reviews stink!
Just a suggestion, but you might consider a coast guard approved life jacket instead of a floatie. It won't provide the shade, but most swimming teachers will tell you to avoid floaties because they discourage proper swimming technique by keeping a baby upright in the water. They technically are a drowning hazard as well, because if a child is bumped forward or flipped by accident, the floatie prevents them for righting themselves and the head can get stuck underwater (although that would obviously only happen if a parent weren't close by or paying attention).
Anyway - hope you find something you are comfortable with, just wanted to let you know the cons because not everyone is aware that they can be problematic. Just something to think about!
This is the one we are considering.... I've been reading a lot of reviews lately and most people seem to really like it.