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01/04/2013 at 19:08
We are going to start baby swim classes and also are going to centre parcs in June and I'm just thinking about what little H will need to wear?
will he just wear little swim trunks or does he need a suit? What nappies would he wear?
do we need arm bands? What about a swim seat - would that be good for centre parcs?
ive really no idea where to start!
how long can they stay in the water for? Any other tips I know of!
01/04/2013 at 19:22
We did Waterbabies lessons and have stuck with their method of a disposable swim nappy then a happy nappy over the top - www.splashabout.com/.../happy-nappy
If the pool is warm enough, then that should be enough but for public pools, including CP, I'd use a body suit over the top - www.splashabout.com/.../baby-snug
I wouldn't bother with armbands etc yet. You're swimming instructor will advise on those for your lesson I'm sure. For CP, you can if you want to.
Time wise it depends on the temperature, but half an hour is probably a good limit. Most baby swimming lessons are this length.
Other tips, take a big towel or towelling dressing gown for you, wake off your cossie, put that on and by the time you've tried and dressed baby you'll be dry enough to get dressed.
01/04/2013 at 19:24
Our swimming pool is a double layered system which means that they have to wear a swim nappy and a nappy corner. We have a reusable nappy and a happy nappy which is like a tight cover. We go to a hydrotherapy pool which is really warm so I just wears his nappy, nappy cover and his swim shorts. So just check the temp of the pool as if its just a normal pool lo may need a wet suit. Also I'd keep the towel at the side as they get really cold when they get out x
01/04/2013 at 19:50
When I take my son to swimming lessons he wears a disposable nappy, then an overnappy and a wetsuit thing over the top, although the pool is quite warm so the wetsuit probably isn't necessary. When we took him to Center Parcs though I tried to put him in the same but his little teeth (gums??) were chattering in the main pool so we had to take him out. Instead we booked a little swimming lesson which took place in a slightly warmer pool, so would definitely recommend that.
01/04/2013 at 20:19
Zoe has always worn a disposable swim nappy with a Jojo Maman Bebe swimming costume over the top that has a built in nappy. They do swimming trunks & shorts too as well as the girls swimming costumes. She's never needed a baby wetsuit or anything like that.
01/04/2013 at 20:31
We use a swimming nappy & a swimming cossie. The 1st few times we took her in was for about 20 mins (5 weeks) then we extended it to 30 mins for her lessons & now, after a year, we usually do the lesson then stay in for another 15-20 mins depending on how she is. Definitely have a towel ready for when you get out as they do get very cold. We now use a poncho so her head is covered & dry her hair quickly but I don't think you can get them that small.
I bought a swim seat/ring but have only used it a handful of times & takes a long time to blow up ready, I don't think I'd bother again. If you're going to be starting swimming lessons I definitely wouldn't bother with arm bands.
03/04/2013 at 10:03
Thank you - ill have a look at happy nappies and wet suits. Do you know how the happy nappy's size - are they big? h will be 20 weeks when we go to CP but he's q narrow hipped so wondering if we'll need the 0-4monrh ones or the bigger ones?
03/04/2013 at 13:14
I've always used Huggies swim nappies - they have various different sizes and they're available in Boots/supermarkets etc. I've seen babies in the pool wearing only a swim nappy and no swimming suit so I don't think it matters a great deal. I've always put mine in a swimming costume or one of those wet suit things though.
You can get great baby seats (inflatable) suitable for 0-12 months which they normally love to sit in and float about. You can even get them in places like Asda.
Re time to stay in the pool - obv not hours but just keep an eye on whether LO is getting cold (eg. lips being more blue-ish in colour or the obvious shivering) - think you'll know when he's had enough tbh.
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