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11/09/2013 at 10:18
I is 5 weeks old and we are going to a hotel where the pool is 29degrees. Google tells me it should be 32ddegrees for her. Do you think a baby wetsuit would work?
11/09/2013 at 10:52
I'd personally go, wetsuit if you've got one but you'll be limited to about 15-20 mins. E let you know when she'd had enough!
11/09/2013 at 11:37
We started swimming with A at 8 weeks, and he needed a wetsuit. He didn't enjoy the first time, but was much happier once we got the wetsuit, and has loved swimming since!! The pool we go to varies from 27 to 29 degrees.
A top tip I was given is have two towels for baby with you - one to dry them, then a dry one to wrap them in while you get dried/dressed to keep them cosy.
11/09/2013 at 12:00
The pools we go to are 29 but he has always wore a splash about wet suit and he does still get cold. Yesterday he started to chitter after 15 mins but when I took his wet suit off his body was warm so it was just his feet, hands and face I guess but he wasn't crying so I could have stayed longer if I had really wanted to but I don't want him getting to the crying point. The wet suit also means he isn't as slippy to hold!
11/09/2013 at 12:09
We took E swimming from 6 weeks at the pool at my gym which is between 29-30 degrees. We have been using a wetsuit and he has been fine. Before the first time, my H watched some you-tube clips about taking baby swimming for the first time which helped us know what to do to get E used to it. He is now booked into lessons starting from November (fully booked until then)
When coming out of the pool you will need to act fast and SC's suggestion of two towels is good advice. Swimming is very exhausting for babies and E usually falls asleep before we have even got him dressed! In our experiences, swimming = a good nights sleep!
11/09/2013 at 12:26
I second Ferbs suggestion. If you are FF make sure you've a bottle ready for as soon as you are out! E is older now and usually naps from the second we get in the car for a few hours or more, once fed.
We take two towels for each of us. One for E as soon as we're out of the pool which we leave on the side. Then we rush in, dry E with second towel while I'm wrapped in my first towel, change her, and put her into the stroller in the morrck. Then use my second towel to dry myself. Feed and go! The order we change in changes regularly depending on how mobile she is.
11/09/2013 at 12:40
I'm so jealous of all you people who have babies who nap after swimming - it doesn't make any difference to A!!
11/09/2013 at 14:39
we're starting swimming next week - what kind of wetsuits do you all use?
11/09/2013 at 14:52
I took Isobelle swimming for the 1st time when she was 5 weeks in a public swimming pool. It was fun trying to get her in the pool as she breast fed, pooped, breast fed again & then promptly fell asleep but that didn't stop me taking her in! We didn't use a wet suit just a swimming costume & swim nappy. All that effort & she was only in for 15-20 mins! We started lessons at 10 weeks & she's loved it. She was in for over an hour this morning & didn't want to get out!!
11/09/2013 at 14:53
yes defo get a wetsuit, we use konfidence ones www.konfidence.co.uk/babywarmas.html but you can also get splash about and jojo maman bebe do them, they keep baby really warm and it also makes your baby easier to handle in the water as the wetsuit isn't slippy like wet skin and it also helps them float a bit better. x
11/09/2013 at 16:13
We had a mothercare one which I bought in the sale which was an all in one sun protector but have now got a splash about wrap which seems to keep E warmer. The wrap is padded whilst the wetsuit wasn't
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