Taking your baby swimming for the first time

Pack swim nappies!

Learning to swim could be an uncomfortable experience for a baby if they’re waterlogged in their standard nappy. Instead, opt for swim nappies and a suitable swimsuit or swimming trunks.

Think about a baby class

There are many facilities that offer swimming classes designed for babies. These classes will help to guide your baby at a steady pace in a warm pool. Many of these classes are also equipped with other benefits like changing mats for if you need to change your baby’s diaper.

Toddler swimming classes

If a baby class is not available at your local swimming pool, pools often offer toddler and child classes. This can make both you and your baby’s experience more comfortable and enjoyable in comparison to swimming with advanced swimmers.

Take a towel

Pack a large towel with a hood for your baby to keep them warm.  Keep the towel at the poolside as you’re about to go into the water. That means you can wrap them in the towel as soon as you get out of the water after your swimming session is over and keep them warm and comfortable.

Try to time it well

The most ideal time to take your baby swimming is when they’ve been fed and rested. They’ll have a much better experience and be much more likely to enjoy the classes.

Take their favourite bath toy

Your baby will become a lot more comfortable in the pool if there’s something familiar to them there. A common choice among parents is taking the baby’s favourite bath toy with them to the pool, such as their favourite bath duck.

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