Did you know that we start our baby swimming lessons at only 6 weeks? You may think that this is very young but babies are actually pretty amazing little humans and learn very quickly! Plus, swimming is great for babies and their general development. If you have decided to bring your baby to one of our baby swim classes, you are probably wondering how to prepare for it. As this can be a tricky period for any new parents, we thought it might help you if we list some of the things you should bring along to your lessons
Here is what you should bring to our Adult and Child lessons:
This is probably the most popular question that we get when it comes to baby swimming – what do babies have to wear? Well, there are several things to keep in mind here. First, your baby will need a swimsuit. That can be anything you think they’re comfortable in, a one piece or two-piece, it’s entirely up to you. You could even dress them in a baby swim wetsuit if you’re worried they might be cold. We personally recommend this one as it’s made of soft neoprene, it dries quickly and it’s easy to put on.
Second, your baby needs to be wearing a swim nappy. Normal diapers wouldn’t work as they absorb liquids and that would be very much counterproductive in a pool. You can buy swim nappies that are reusable and all you need to do before putting them on again is give them a quick wash. The best thing about both the nappies and the swimsuit is that you are perfectly prepared for your holiday as well!
Once your swim is done, you’re out of the water and you’ve dried yourself and your little one, it’s a good idea to have a change of clothes for both of you. Babies might feel a little cold after a swim so bring them something snuggly and comfy to wear. If it’s winter, make sure you bring them a hat too as babies lose a lot of heat through their heads.
Another thing you will need to bring with you is towels. These are both for you and for your baby to dry at the end of the class. You can also use the towels to put your baby on when you’re drying them and putting their clothes on.
And while we are mentioning towels, we shouldn’t forget to remind you to also bring an extra plastic bag for all the wet swimwear and towels after the class!
4. Baby bag
We know that for a minute this might feel like an unusual outing since your baby is all equipped with a nappy for the water and a swimsuit. However, once you’re out of the water all of them would need to come off so, make sure you bring your usual diaper bag which has everything you need when you’re out with your little one. Bring things like fresh diapers, wet wipes and creams you use for after the swim!
5. Don’t forget yourself
And of course, last but not least – don’t forget to bring stuff for yourself! Remember that our Adult and Child classes are taken with the adults in the water. Make sure to bring all the usual things that you’d need if you were to go to the pool like toiletries, towels, swimwear, flipflops and a change of clothes. You don’t need to bring anything more complicated than that for this lesson such as ear plugs, swim caps or goggles as you won’t really need to be underwater during the classes.