Last week Little Mr and I were invited down to the pool at Imperial College, London to attend an exclusive swimming lesson with Huggies Little Swimmers and Water Babies.
Little Swimmers are calling for all Mums and Dads to get back into the pool with their
babies to make the most of the fantastic benefits of baby swimming.
To our delight, we also got the chance to meet British Swimming Olympian, Karen Pickering who took the plunge with us to take part in the lesson and at our afternoon tea to share her top tips for taking a baby swimming.
First impressions of the Swim Pants are good. They’re bright and colourful with recognisable Disney character images printed on them. Little Mr is now in Size 3 nappies so we were given the swim pants in size 3-4 ideal for babies weighing between 15-34lb. They fitted well and didn’t appear to be too big on Little Mr. We popped a pair on him before donning his swimming onesie and prayed that he wouldn’t fill them before we got to the pool. Once in the water, the pants didn’t expand when they got wet which is brilliant and the useful leak guards prevent any accidents floating alongside you in the pool. (Price: £5.90 for 12 swim pants, Tesco)
The hygiene mat is an excellent invention. It’s a non-slip, cushioned mat that you can pop on the floor of the changing room perfect for placing baby on whilst you’re getting changed. I had taken a couple of towels to use for this purpose but it was good to use the mat instead of dirtying the towels which we would have used to dry ourselves after our swim. The hygiene mat is colourful and fun and is available in two different designs. We were given a blue penguin mat to use and once you’re finished with it you can fold it back up into its cleverly designed bag ready for washing in the machine when you get home. (Price: £5.11 per mat, Tesco)
We really enjoyed our swimming lesson with Water Babies. The session was fun, we sang nursery rhymes whilst moving Little Mr in the water and we splashed about allowing the babies to get wet so that they weren’t afraid of the water. Towards the end of the session, the instructor said she was going to put the babies under the water which I was a little worried about but it was fine. Little Mr wasn’t a huge fan of being under water but he didn’t cry. Definitely gave me the confidence to take him swimming again as he was quite calm in the water.
After the swimming lesson, we were treated to a yummy afternoon tea with delicious posh sandwiches, lots of tea and the most amazing cakes.
Guess who was the silly Mummy who thought she wouldn’t get her hair wet whilst in the pool? Hence the wavy mess above!
If you fancy taking your little one swimming here are some of the top tips we were given to make swimming with babies a happy experience..
– Plan ahead and if you can, change into your swimsuit before you leave for the pool. You’ll only have to concentrate on getting baby changed resulting in minimal stress
– Always use a swim nappy, regular nappies will weigh baby down in the pool and aren’t suitable for use in the pool
– Swimming helps form a great bond with your baby so stay close to your little one at all times
– Maintain eye contact with your little one; smile, relax and drop down to the same level – your baby will love seeing you splashing too!
– One of the best ways to get into the pool is to lay your baby safely on the poolside, enter the water and then lift them in – your Water Babies swim teacher can teach you the best way to do this
– Keep your little one safe and hygienic at the pool side and avoid any trips or falls with the durable non-slip Huggies Little Swimmers Hygiene Mat.
Little Mr and I had a great afternoon and have now decided to get in the pool on a more regular basis as I’ve signed up for swimming lessons at our local pool. Thank you Little Swimmers.
Disclaimer: I was invited to the event and given the products mentioned above in a goody bag. All views are honest and my own, photographs courtesy of Little Swimmers.