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Be Properly Prepared to Start Baby Swimming Lessons

Be Properly Prepared to Start Baby Swimming Lessons
7 April 2015 2302 Views No comments

Baby swimming is a fantastic way to bond with your little one from an early age and help them to develop. It gets them exercising, develops new movements and introduces them to a new environment, all while being fun.

On top of this, the experience can help you to bond with your baby, while also giving you both a bit of time away from your usual daily activities. You'll get to meet other parents, while they will get introduced to other little ones, which can further their development even more.

However, there are a few things you should check before heading off to the pool with your baby, as a few factors can affect your enjoyment of the experience. This is why it is a good idea to check a few things with your local pool or baby swimming class.

Temperature

Not all swimming pools are kept at the optimum temperature for your baby. As your little one isn't able to regulate their own temperature yet, the pool needs to be warm in order to keep them comfortable.

The ideal temperature for your baby is around 32°C. It is a good idea to call your pool ahead of a swimming session to check at what temperature the pool is kept, as you may find that it is only heated more when baby swimming classes are happening, or that it is only kept at a lower temperature.

If this is the case, it may be worth talking to other pools in your area to see if they have temperatures that are more baby-friendly. If you are concerned about how warm the pool is, there are ways you can help your little one stay comfortable.

Swimsuits like the Konfidence Babywarma baby wetsuit will help your child to stay warmer for longer, allowing them to enjoy the water fully. It also provides a higher grip surface, letting you hold onto your little one much easier.

Changing facilities

We take it for granted that pools will come with baby changing facilities, but they may not have more than one changing table, which can be difficult if you are attending a baby swimming class.

You may also find that there are only baby changing facilities in the ladies' changing room, although it is becoming more common to have changing tables in the men's facilities.

It is a good idea to check with the pool or leisure centre to see what baby changing facilities they have, as this will allow you to be prepared and bring the necessary equipment to get your little one warm and dry after their swim.

As you should aim to get your baby dressed as quickly as possible to ensure they are comfortable, something like the Roll & Go Baby Changer can help you to create a safe place to change your little one without having to wait for a changing table to become available.

The mat has a non-slip back and is made of neoprene, so it is nice and comfortable. It is easy to clean, ensuring a hygienic surface for changing. This means that you can change your little one on the floor or on a bench, making getting out of the pool much easier.

Class times

It is a good idea to check class times before you head to the pool. This doesn't just mean baby swimming classes, as if you are planning on going to the pool outside of scheduled sessions, you might find that other classes or lessons are happening.

Having an up-to-date schedule to hand allows you to avoid the busy times at the pool and saves you having to wait around with your baby to get in the water. You'll also be able to plan your day much more easily to allow you to get in and out of the pool.

Adult swimming

If you aren't confident in the water but want to take your baby swimming, it may be worth attending a few adult classes beforehand. This could help to boost your confidence and give you the skills you need to stay safe in the water.

If you feel better when in the pool, it can help your baby to feel happier when you take them swimming. They will react to how you feel, so being calm and comfortable is key to providing a fun and relaxed environment for them.