When your child is under three, it’s more about an introduction to the water than formal swimming lessons. Don’t expect your toddler to be able to swim lengths! By keeping swimming excursions fun and informal, you can get your child relaxed and comfortable in the pool and therefore more prepared for real lessons later on. If your baby is less than six months old, the big public pool will be far too cold. You need a warm baby pool, ideally heated to about 32 degrees centigrade.
What should I take?
Lots of reusable swim nappies and a changing mat! Faecal matter can be dangerous to other swimmers. If you’re bottle feeding, pack a warm bottle for straight after the swim. If your baby has started on solid foods, they’ll need a snack. A hooded towel or a little towelling robe are a must for when your little one gets out of the pool. Konfidence provides an affordable range of aqua nappies and warmer suits for tiny swimmers.
Keep it fun and gentle. Show your little one how to splash and sing songs while bobbing in the water. Playing with toys you usually use in the bath at home can make your baby feel safer while in the pool. You can ‘swish’ your baby through the water to retrieve toys. Make sure you keep talking to and praising your child because the sound of your voice is familiar and comforting to them. Show your baby how to blow bubbles in the water by demonstrating. If your baby is blowing, then they can’t inhale any water. This can also help with getting your child used to the feeling of water on their face. It’s a good idea to keep the swim sessions nice and short. If you baby starts to shiver or look cold, it’s time to stop.