Getting the toddler back in the pool | Our Swimologist journey


Over the weekend, Little Mr had his first swimming lesson as part of our Konfidence swimologist journey. We had decided before the lesson that hubby would take him in the pool this week with the intention of us swapping each week to fully benefit from the lessons. I really enjoyed taking him swimming last year and by the end of the lessons, Little Mr was happily splashing away and seemed comfortable in the water. Fast forward seven months of sporadic dips in the swimming pool and Little Mr looked worried as hubby waded in to the water holding him tight.


 The lesson started well and the SwimTime instructor was friendly and welcoming. It was a small group of 3 little ones in the water which we liked and we felt had the instructors personal attention throughout the lesson.

Unfortunately, it went downhill after five minutes in the pool as Little Mr was tired and objected to getting his hair wet and being dunked under the water. Que crying and sobbing for the remaining lesson from Little Mr. He looked lost in the pool and it took me back to when he was a small baby. His arms were all huddled in tight and he didn’t look relaxed at all. I just wanted to scoop him up in my arms and give him a big cuddle. I’m hoping with more experience, he’ll start to enjoy it.

Little Mr wore the Konfidence Babywarma with the AquaNappy and NeoNappy for double protection. It’s the first time he’s worn the Konfidence gear and he did look every cute. I need to make sure the Aquanappy fits better next week as when I took it off he had a couple of little red marks on the top of his leg. Practice makes perfect! Other than that, I think the Babywarma kept him warm and the double layers helped protect against any leaks in the pool.

I’m really hoping next weeks lesson goes well. It didn’t help that he was tired and grumpy from a late bedtime and an early getup and refused to nap when we put him down before the lesson. Fingers crossed he decides to sleep well before the lesson next week as not to ruin any other little baby’s swimming experience. Guess who slept for a couple of hours on the way home?


Disclaimer: I’ve not been asked to write this post, I just want to share our experience of getting back into the pool with a toddler. 

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  • Reply Katie @mummydaddyme 13/05/2014 at 10:05 am

    I’m looking forward to hearing how you get on with the rest of your lessons Emma, I think that sometimes they need to get used to it. We did swimming lessons with Mads when she was tiny and then she started to become very under confident in the water so we decided to start them up again a few months ago after she turned 3. She was awful to start with, she would scream and cry and be uncontrollable. But gradually after a couple of weeks she got better and now she loves it. She is so much more confident and I am so proud of her, I can’t wait to go on holiday with her this year now. It is so important for them to be water confident I think. x

  • Reply Sarah 13/05/2014 at 11:16 am

    Oh, poor Little Mr. I hope he gets used to the pool again soon – it’s no fun when they’re crying! We went through the same thing with Toby just after Christmas and I did find being tired made a big difference as to whether he was happy in the water or not. Hopefully next week will be a better one!

  • Reply Emma T 17/06/2014 at 10:23 am

    All little children go through ups and downs with swimming, and it takes them time to get back into it again after some time off. Plus sometimes, they take to one parent taking them (lots of kids in our classes started swimming with one parent, but now won’t go in with them, so the other has to take them).

    We had a year of water wobbles – much longer than the norm, N doesn’t do things by halves!) once he started pulling himself up to cruise. It’s quite normal, and Water Babies really helped us get through that. Now he loves the water – although has some horrendously lazy/can’t be bothered weeks!

    • Reply Emma Shilton 17/06/2014 at 8:59 pm

      That’s good to know Emma, thanks for your comment. I’m hoping he’ll enjoy it more on holiday and take to the water again.. We’ll keep going x

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