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What To Pack For Baby Swimming Lessons

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Introducing your little ones to the pool at an early age will build their confidence in the water and give them a head start in grasping the basics of swimming. But what do you need to pack for your baby's swimming lessons?

Our Baby Swimtime classes are designed for you, as well as your child. We'll help your little one to feel fully at ease whilst they get to grips with taking a dip.

Bringing them swimming for the first time is a special experience that you’ll likely cherish for years to come. It’s a great opportunity to bond with your baby and is also a brilliant way to meet other parents with children of a similar age. The specialist instructors running our Baby Swimtime sessions also make sure they are a lot of fun!

But as all new parents know, taking a baby out anywhere can be stressful at the best of times, with a long list of items needed to keep them happy and entertained throughout the day.

To make sure your experience is as stress free as possible, we’ve put together a list of items to pack for baby swimming lessons…

Swimming Nappies
Be sure to pack some swimming nappies to keep your baby squeaky clean, and other pool users happy whilst enjoying time in the water. You can pick up disposable packs from most supermarkets or find lots of reusable options online.

Disposable swim nappies are designed for one time use. This should be enough for a dip in the pool, though its worth squeezing an extra one into your bag to ensure you're well prepared. Wearing wet disposable swim nappies for long periods of time out of the water can be uncomfortable for baby, leading to nappy rash or chaffing. Which also makes for a sulky swimmer!

Reusable swim nappies work just like regular swimwear so shouldn’t cause soreness or rubbing if worn outside of the water. They dry super quickly, so if it takes a while for you to shower and change after a swim, there'll be less chance of an uncomfortable bottom whilst they're waiting on their post-swimming groom. 

Disposable and reusable swim nappies are NOT designed to hold in urine so be sure you take your child for regular potty breaks or switch to a normal disposable nappy when they’re not in the pool.

Remember to bring some normal nappies for when it’s time to get them changed.

Swimming costume
Although our pools are heated, it may still be a good idea to kit your little one out with a wetsuit to keep them extra toasty whilst they gain their confidence. Opt for something that doesn't overly restrict their movement, which can make getting used to the water all the more tricky. 

There are some great fleece-lined swimsuits that cover baby's arms and legs. Great for providing extra warmth so that they can enjoy longer sessions in the pool. Look for baby wetsuits made from neoprene as this material provides extra toastiness.

Newborn babies often have sensitive skin, so all-in-one swimwear will help protect their skin by ensuring barrier creams protect against irritation from the chlorine in our pool.

Floating Toys

If baby has a favourite rubber duckie or floating bath toy, feel free to bring it with you to encourage them to feel comfortable in the water. Floating toys are a great way to build confidence, by encouraging little ones to reach out for them or swim towards them.

Hooded Towel
Getting your baby a hooded towel is a quick and easy way to keep them warm and comfortable and let them dry off when it’s time to get out of the pool. Bring an extra small towel to swap them onto, to wick away any remaining moisture before baby is dressed. 

Wet wipes & cream
A pack of wet wipes are a must for change times, plus your usual barrier cream to keep their skin protected against the pool's chlorine.

Change of clothes
Take warm clothes to help baby keep snug after a swim and include a few spare items just in case. A hat is also a good idea in winter as babies lose heat through their heads. The change in temperature from leaving the toasty pool area to the outside elements can quickly bring on a case of shivers. Choose layers, which can easily be removed once out of the changing rooms, as baby adjusts to the air temperature.

Snacks
After all that splashing about in the pool, your baby is likely to have worked up an appetite so bring a snack, such as a banana or yoghurt. You can then treat yourself to a drink from Starbucks or something delicious from the Pub & Grill whilst baby enjoys their post swim snacks.

Don’t forget to pack for yourself!
Be sure to bring your own swimming attire, towel and toiletries to freshen up in our spacious changing rooms.

Our 'Ducks to water post' has all the information on the latest baby swimming lessons at village Gym

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