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Tips for Surviving the Changing Rooms After Baby Swimming Classes

Tips for Surviving the Changing Rooms After Baby Swimming Classes
13 November 2018 11277 Views 1 comment

If you dread the changing room struggle, you’re definitely not alone. Our group of baby swimming experts share their top tips for how to survive the changing room after baby swimming classes.

Here’s what they said…

Hannah Bree

Turtle Tots Southampton & Solent,

Facebook: @turtletotssouthampton

Twitter: @TurtleTotsSoton

Instagram: turtletotssouthampton

Hannah runs baby and toddler swimming lessons across the South Coast. It all began for Hannah when she started baby swimming with her little boy when he was 7 weeks old and completely fell in love with it...the rest is history as they say! Hannah and the team are incredibly proud to teach non-pressure, baby led swimming lessons from birth to pre-school.

Do you have any tips for surviving the changing rooms after swimming lessons?

“Wrap your baby in a towel so they're nice and warm then get yourself changed first, it's much easier then changing your baby afterwards than the other way round...especially once they're on the move, hooded towels are a godsend! .....& snacks!”

Emie Kitson


Facebook: @aqualightuk

Emie has been teaching babies to swim for over 17 years and has also been tutoring baby swimming teachers all over the world since 2003 - most recently in Taiwan and China. Emie also works for the STA (Swimming Teachers Association), is a WATSU practitioner and is a consultant for the ASA on their aqua natal course. She used to tutor for Birthlight but more recently has been involved in developing the Aqua Sensory programme.

Do you have any tips for surviving the changing rooms after swimming lessons?

“Wrap baby in a towel, (for older ones maybe a snack too) get yourself dressed first so you are not dripping wet over your baby. Take time to have a cuddle before getting dry if the temperature of the changing rooms permits this”.

Rui Duarte

Love Swimming,

Facebook: @loveswimmingdolphinsquare

Love Swimming instructors are handpicked for not only their qualifications and technical knowledge, but also their ability to make lessons fun. Their founders are former professional international swimmers who take as much pleasure teaching babies to have their first fun splashes as coaching top swimmers to the next level. And you won’t find high staff turnover at Love Swimming – continuity is so important when building trust and rapport, so you’ll get to know the same faces and they’ll get to know you individually, taking a personal interest in your progress.

Do you have any tips for surviving the changing rooms after swimming lessons?

“Wrap your baby in a towel as soon as you exit the water. Have a shower making sure the water is not to hot or too cold. Usually swimming pool facilities provide families changing room that are more convenient for you and your baby”.

Karina Reinhardt

Turtle Tots Edinburgh & East Lothian,

Facebook: @TurtleTotsEdinburgh

Twitter: @TurtleTotsEdin

Instagram: turtletotsedinburgh

Karina Reinhardt set up Turtle Tots Edinburgh & East Lothian nearly six years ago after the birth of her second child (she’s added a third to her family since then too)! Karina has always been a keen swimmer having swum competitively in her younger years. The team and Karina are hugely passionate about teaching babies and children swimming. Karina is also a STA Baby and Pre-school Tutor and was part of the first few batches of teachers in the UK to undertake the fantastic new level 3 Baby and Pre-school Diploma. In Karina’s opinion, this new qualification has revolutionised the industry and gives parents even more confidence that their team is committed to providing the highest level of teaching for their little one.

Do you have any tips for surviving the changing rooms after swimming lessons?

“Take another adult with you if you can. That will be a huge help. Usually it works best if one parent goes in the pool and the other parent/friend is on hand to get the baby warm, clothed and fed quickly after their swim. If you have to get yourself dressed as well, you might have a hungry baby on your hands. This is just for the first few visits, over time you’ll find the best way to get you and your baby dry and dressed but good to have another pair of hands available until you see how your baby is after their swim”.

Julie Dugdale

Puddle Ducks North East,

Facebook: @PuddleDucksNewcastleNorthEast

Twitter: @puddleducksne

Instagram: puddleducksne

Julie is the Head of Teaching and Technical for Puddle Ducks in the North East of England and the South East of Scotland. Julie has been a baby and pre-school swimming teacher for seven years, and is also an Assessor and Tutor of trainee baby and pre-school swimming teachers.

Do you have any tips for surviving the changing rooms after swimming lessons?

“Allow yourself plenty of time to ensure you aren't rushing to get changed and take your towels onto the poolside so you can wrap your little one up as soon as they get out of the pool so they don't feel cold”.

Fiona Munt-Whittle

Aquatots Swimming Ltd,

Facebook: @aquatotsswimminguk

Twitter: @AquatotSwimming

Fiona has been teaching babies to swim for 33 years and professionally for 20 years at Aquatots. Fiona has 4 children, eldest with special needs who learnt to swim at 9 months, swimming 7m on his own.

Do you have any tips for surviving the changing rooms after swimming lessons?

“My best tip is one learnt from experience - as strange as it may seem, get yourself changed first. Wrap baby in a towel, (having first whipped off any wet stuff) lie them on their neoprene changing mat, (this helps keep baby dry) and let them have a kick about. Whilst they are lying safe and warm, you can sort yourself out. The reason I suggest this approach is that; babies will only be non-walking or non-moving for a short while. If you get into good habits early i.e get yourself changed first, you won't be embarrassed (as I was) when my 15month old suddenly got up one day (fully clothed) and opened the door to the changing room and legged it! Thus leaving me completely naked, grabbing a towel to hide my modesty and running after him! Changing rooms tend to be warm, so you are also preventing baby from getting over heated as well. Please learn from my mistakes”.

Marjan Moosavi

Blue Wave Swim School,

Facebook: @BlueWaveSwimSchool

Twitter: @bluewaveswim

Instagram: Bluewaveswim

Marjan founded Blue Wave Swim School in February 2010 following decades of experience in sports science and coaching swimming. Marjan has a MSC in Sport Sciences and has been teaching swimming since 1993. “I love educating parents about the overall benefits of swimming and what are the best swimming teaching practices. I was named one of the 10 top swimming bloggers the U.K in 2018”.

Do you have any tips for surviving the changing rooms after swimming lessons?

“Have a plastic bag ready in your bag so all of your wet stuff can be bagged straight away. You'd better off to take a plastic bag with you for your child's wet water-nappy, sometimes finding a nappy bin could be challenge. First change your baby or toddler and then get changed yourself. Young children lose body heat much quicker than adults so, changing them first should be the priority”

Fiona Edwards

Little Dippers Ltd,

Facebook: Little Dippers LTD

Twitter: @L_Dippers

Instagram: littledippersltd

Little Dippers was one of the first baby swim schools in the UK. Set up by baby swim pioneer Lauren Heston, they have been teaching their popular baby swim programme for over 25 years. Their aim is to teach babies to love the water while giving lifesaving skills in a fun and nurturing environment.

Their classes teach babies confidence in the water through combining songs and games and repetition with the exercises. All of the classes take place in warm water pools to keep parents and babies happy and with a maximum of 7 in a class so that it never feels too crowded.

Do you have any tips for surviving the changing rooms after swimming lessons?

“Swimming pool changing rooms are always a bit of a challenge whatever age you are, but adding a baby into the mix can make it particularly challenging.

Babies can be tired and hungry after a class and become rather fractious. As mentioned before try to streamline the amount you bring so that you don't have all sorts of stuff falling out of your bags onto a wet floor.

We would advise you to change your baby first as they will not enjoy lying in their wet nappy and it will just make everything else wet.

If your baby is particularly hungry it might be worth just wrapping a towel around you both and feeding them before either of you get changed”.

If you have any tips to beat the changing room challenge, please feel free to share in the comments below.

Sheila 15 May 2019 at 16:22
my daughter takes a plastic tablecloth to put on the floor and then a towel on top. Works well to keep my granddaughter off the dirty floor.. Goodness knows what we will do when she is crawling..... Any ideas