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Babies don't shiver!

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31 Jul 2017 14:26:26


BABIES DON’T SHIVER!

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP BABIES WARM IN THE POOL

The temperature of the water at public swimming pools can vary, and with leisure facilities having so many different patrons to cater for on a daily basis, it’s not always easy for the facility to change the temperature to suit the different age groups and types of classes being run.

For baby swimming, this can sometimes mean the water in the main public pool is a little cooler than the recommended 32 degrees for babies under 3 months old and 30 degrees for babies over 12lbs.

As we’ve seen recently in the news at a leisure centre in Dereham, if the water temperature drops below 30 degrees, it can cause your baby to chill too quickly.But, and this is the important point; with babies unable to shiver to physically show you that they are cold, you might not instantly know they are too cold.The first sign of a baby being too cold could be them getting blue lips, as some parents reported at Dereham, which can pose a risk of hyperthermia.

Unlike older children and adults who physically shiver when they’re cold as a way to create heat, young babies instead rely on a layer of what’s called ‘brown fat’, or adipose to keep them warm.This brown adipose tissue burns calories and releases heat, and babies have this fat for example around their necks, chests, back and butts.

But this brown fat isn’t enough to keep babies warm; they still need to be bundled up when cold with clothing, blankets, wraps etc.This same principle of ‘layering’ applies to the swimming pool and is why Konfidence created the original Babywarma® swimsuit.

Made from a flexible 2mm-thick soft neoprene, the Konfidence Babywarma has been designed to help regulate a baby’s temperature in the swimming pool; it reduces the effect of cold water as well as the change in air temperature from being in and out of the water - in the same way as a wetsuit.Swimming teachers recommend the Babywarma because it allows babies to stay warmer and happier in the water for longer, so they really get the most out of their baby swimming classes.

Key Features of the Konfidence Babywarma:

  • Enables babies to stay warmer in the swimming pool for much longer than would be possible without it – making sure a baby is warm and comfortable in the water is crucial in order to develop confidence early and avoid any problems of fear or concern for swimming.
  • The neoprene, not only offers warming properties, it also provides a higher grip surface when carrying baby around poolside / changing rooms as compared to bare skin – a key safety factor for parents.
  • It is 100% UV protective on covered areas – perfect for holidays when the pools are chilly but the sun is shining.
  • Features clever design techniques that ensure a snug, “huggable” fit, for maximum safety, comfort and performance. Including a hidden flap design featuring generously sized ‘snag-proof’ Velcro fasteners, which make the suit more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for baby.
  • Opens flat to allow quick nappy changes and works perfectly with Konfidence’s range of adjustable and reusable Aquanappies.

Taking your baby swimming from a young age is so important, whether that be with family or friends at a local public session pool or within a structured swimming lesson programme.Aside from the bonding time and fun learning experiences, baby swimming also offers so many benefits; swimming is proven to help babies develop physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially. It also encourages healthy growth and helps with the development of strength, co-ordination and balance.All while enabling your baby to develop water confidence.

The Konfidence Babywarma, which has been developed in conjunction with swim schools, swimming teachers and parents, helps mums and dads overcome any initial apprehensions ref. warmth or safety to ensure a fun time is had at their local swimming pool – it is designed to give parents confidence and keep little ones warm and happy in the water so they can reap all of the wonderful benefits of swimming.

Tots To Travel

21 May 2018 884 Views No comments

https://totstotravel.co.uk/

Poolside Protection for Peace of Mind on Holiday

For International Learn to Swim Week, we wanted to talk to parents about the importance of poolside safety on holiday. To give you the best insight, we thought we’d turn to specialist family holiday experts Tots To Travel.

“It’s true, babies and toddlers turn into inquisitive little creatures once they find their feet. This new-found freedom means a lot of exploring and wandering (or crawling) off on their own little adventures. Whilst this is fantastic for development, it can also pose some potential risk – especially whilst on holiday.

The sparkly blue pool water can look attractive to your little ones, making it something they’ll want to investigate. However, all it takes is a lack of poolside protection or a momentary glance in the opposite direction, for your tot to go tumbling into the pool.

Not something that’s pleasant to think about but it is something we know all too well. Our founder, Wendy Shand established Tots to Travel after her two-year-old son Barnaby fell into an unenclosed pool. Frustrated by the lack of safe, family friendly holiday villas available online, she founded Tots to Travel, a specialist child friendly villa and resort company.

It can be tricky to keep little explorers water safe every minute of the day. Whilst you can protect your tots during swim-time with buoyancy aids and floats, just like the ones from our friends here at Konfidence, you can get even more peace of mind by finding holiday accommodation that is child friendly, such as our selection of villas that are equipped with a protective barrier around the pool.. This means that you can sit and relax with your Sangria, knowing your little treasures are safe in their environment whilst still having great fun in the sun!

At Tots To Travel, we have hand selected private villas featuring reliable poolside protection. In fact, we’ve made it our mission to ensure that every single property with a private pool that is listed on our site has a barriered pool. Guaranteed.

21 May 2018 08:50:22Figure 1 - Villa Ensenyata, Tots To Travel

Take Villa Ensenyat in Mallorca, for example. The clean and clear private pool is protected by a removable fence and secure gate, ensuring little explorers are kept on dry land until its time to go for a splash.

Not only do we provide guaranteed private pool protection with our accommodation, we also personally visit each property and conduct a 30-point child safety check. To top it off, we include a 20+ baby & toddler essential kit in all of our properties so you can travel light.

If you’re thinking about travelling with babies, toddlers or small children, our number one recommendation when searching for the perfect home from home abroad is to make sure you have pool protection in the form of:

  • Pool barriers
  • Pool fencing – gated options offer even more security
  • Removable pool covers
  • Generic pool safety equipment such as handrails, pool signs, depth marks and lifesaver rings

This advice comes from first-hand experience. Thankfully, when Wendy’s son Barnaby fell silently into the pool, his grandfather was close at hand to pull him out. Unfortunately, not all incidents have such a fortunate outcome.

When you have safety in place from the get-go, you will notice the benefit of having much more quality time to spend with your children enjoying the sunshine, instead of fretting over their safety. For more information on our selection of family friendly holidays, visit us at totstotravel.co.uk.“

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Babies don't shiver!

17 October 2018 2925 Views No comments

31 Jul 2017 14:26:26


BABIES DON’T SHIVER!

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP BABIES WARM IN THE POOL

The temperature of the water at public swimming pools can vary, and with leisure facilities having so many different patrons to cater for on a daily basis, it’s not always easy for the facility to change the temperature to suit the different age groups and types of classes being run.

For baby swimming, this can sometimes mean the water in the main public pool is a little cooler than the recommended 32 degrees for babies under 3 months old and 30 degrees for babies over 12lbs.

As we’ve seen recently in the news at a leisure centre in Dereham, if the water temperature drops below 30 degrees, it can cause your baby to chill too quickly.But, and this is the important point; with babies unable to shiver to physically show you that they are cold, you might not instantly know they are too cold.The first sign of a baby being too cold could be them getting blue lips, as some parents reported at Dereham, which can pose a risk of hyperthermia.

Unlike older children and adults who physically shiver when they’re cold as a way to create heat, young babies instead rely on a layer of what’s called ‘brown fat’, or adipose to keep them warm.This brown adipose tissue burns calories and releases heat, and babies have this fat for example around their necks, chests, back and butts.

But this brown fat isn’t enough to keep babies warm; they still need to be bundled up when cold with clothing, blankets, wraps etc.This same principle of ‘layering’ applies to the swimming pool and is why Konfidence created the original Babywarma® swimsuit.

Made from a flexible 2mm-thick soft neoprene, the Konfidence Babywarma has been designed to help regulate a baby’s temperature in the swimming pool; it reduces the effect of cold water as well as the change in air temperature from being in and out of the water - in the same way as a wetsuit.Swimming teachers recommend the Babywarma because it allows babies to stay warmer and happier in the water for longer, so they really get the most out of their baby swimming classes.

Key Features of the Konfidence Babywarma:

  • Enables babies to stay warmer in the swimming pool for much longer than would be possible without it – making sure a baby is warm and comfortable in the water is crucial in order to develop confidence early and avoid any problems of fear or concern for swimming.
  • The neoprene, not only offers warming properties, it also provides a higher grip surface when carrying baby around poolside / changing rooms as compared to bare skin – a key safety factor for parents.
  • It is 100% UV protective on covered areas – perfect for holidays when the pools are chilly but the sun is shining.
  • Features clever design techniques that ensure a snug, “huggable” fit, for maximum safety, comfort and performance. Including a hidden flap design featuring generously sized ‘snag-proof’ Velcro fasteners, which make the suit more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for baby.
  • Opens flat to allow quick nappy changes and works perfectly with Konfidence’s range of adjustable and reusable Aquanappies.

Taking your baby swimming from a young age is so important, whether that be with family or friends at a local public session pool or within a structured swimming lesson programme.Aside from the bonding time and fun learning experiences, baby swimming also offers so many benefits; swimming is proven to help babies develop physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially. It also encourages healthy growth and helps with the development of strength, co-ordination and balance.All while enabling your baby to develop water confidence.

The Konfidence Babywarma, which has been developed in conjunction with swim schools, swimming teachers and parents, helps mums and dads overcome any initial apprehensions ref. warmth or safety to ensure a fun time is had at their local swimming pool – it is designed to give parents confidence and keep little ones warm and happy in the water so they can reap all of the wonderful benefits of swimming.

Tots To Travel

21 May 2018 884 Views No comments

https://totstotravel.co.uk/

Poolside Protection for Peace of Mind on Holiday

For International Learn to Swim Week, we wanted to talk to parents about the importance of poolside safety on holiday. To give you the best insight, we thought we’d turn to specialist family holiday experts Tots To Travel.

“It’s true, babies and toddlers turn into inquisitive little creatures once they find their feet. This new-found freedom means a lot of exploring and wandering (or crawling) off on their own little adventures. Whilst this is fantastic for development, it can also pose some potential risk – especially whilst on holiday.

The sparkly blue pool water can look attractive to your little ones, making it something they’ll want to investigate. However, all it takes is a lack of poolside protection or a momentary glance in the opposite direction, for your tot to go tumbling into the pool.

Not something that’s pleasant to think about but it is something we know all too well. Our founder, Wendy Shand established Tots to Travel after her two-year-old son Barnaby fell into an unenclosed pool. Frustrated by the lack of safe, family friendly holiday villas available online, she founded Tots to Travel, a specialist child friendly villa and resort company.

It can be tricky to keep little explorers water safe every minute of the day. Whilst you can protect your tots during swim-time with buoyancy aids and floats, just like the ones from our friends here at Konfidence, you can get even more peace of mind by finding holiday accommodation that is child friendly, such as our selection of villas that are equipped with a protective barrier around the pool.. This means that you can sit and relax with your Sangria, knowing your little treasures are safe in their environment whilst still having great fun in the sun!

At Tots To Travel, we have hand selected private villas featuring reliable poolside protection. In fact, we’ve made it our mission to ensure that every single property with a private pool that is listed on our site has a barriered pool. Guaranteed.

21 May 2018 08:50:22Figure 1 - Villa Ensenyata, Tots To Travel

Take Villa Ensenyat in Mallorca, for example. The clean and clear private pool is protected by a removable fence and secure gate, ensuring little explorers are kept on dry land until its time to go for a splash.

Not only do we provide guaranteed private pool protection with our accommodation, we also personally visit each property and conduct a 30-point child safety check. To top it off, we include a 20+ baby & toddler essential kit in all of our properties so you can travel light.

If you’re thinking about travelling with babies, toddlers or small children, our number one recommendation when searching for the perfect home from home abroad is to make sure you have pool protection in the form of:

  • Pool barriers
  • Pool fencing – gated options offer even more security
  • Removable pool covers
  • Generic pool safety equipment such as handrails, pool signs, depth marks and lifesaver rings

This advice comes from first-hand experience. Thankfully, when Wendy’s son Barnaby fell silently into the pool, his grandfather was close at hand to pull him out. Unfortunately, not all incidents have such a fortunate outcome.

When you have safety in place from the get-go, you will notice the benefit of having much more quality time to spend with your children enjoying the sunshine, instead of fretting over their safety. For more information on our selection of family friendly holidays, visit us at totstotravel.co.uk.“

Top 5 Quick Holiday Safety Tips

11 May 2017 25410 Views No comments

Safety is of the utmost importance whenever you are in or around water.

Which Size Product Should I Buy for My Child?

14 October 2016 5249 Views No comments

Worried about which size swimming aid to buy for your little one? Here we tell you all you need to know!

Start Swimming Early and Give Your Little One a Head Start: Expert Advice and Tips

23 October 2015 18818 Views No comments

Becoming a parent for the first time can be a nervous, stressful time. Kayle Burgham, STA's Aquatics Technical Manager (and a mum), gives her expert advice and top tips.

What Does Drowning Really Look Like?

29 June 2015 2025 Views No comments

Knowing the difference between drowning and playing could save a life.

Your Beach Safety Checklist

29 May 2015 1905 Views No comments

Be ready for anything and stay safe on the beach this summer.

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18 May 2015 2740 Views No comments

Teach your kids to be safe in and around the pool this summer.