Thinking of enrolling your little one into swimming lessons? Here you will find all the information you need and some handy hints and tips when bringing them for the first time.
Did you know that you don’t need to wait until your child has had their immunisations to bring them to a swimming pool? The latest NHS advice states little ones can attend a swimming pool before or after immunisations and as soon as your baby’s cord has come away and has healed they are safe to enter a pool. That would mean that it’s all down to parental preference as to when you would like to bring them. New Mothers are advised to stay away from a swimming pool until after their 6-week check to minimise the risk of infection. If you have had a C-section or a perineal tear then it is advised that you wait a little longer, normally after your postnatal check.
Here at Splash Stars we absolutely love to see brand new babies having their first swim with Mum or Dad, its such a lovely thing to see, a baby that’s been living in water for 9 months to come back to an environment they are accustomed to. The benefits are endless to bringing your child swimming. See another blog post for more details http://www.splash-stars.co.uk/will-splash-stars-benefit/
What will you need to bring?
- First on the list will be a disposable swimming nappy, these can be bought at most supermarkets
- At Splash Stars, we have a ‘double nappy’ policy. We require your little one to wear a disposable nappy and a neoprene nappy, which seals at the legs and the stomach; this is to prevent any leaks into the pool. We sell Happy Nappies poolside for £11
- A warm and snuggly towel
- If your baby is bottle fed, you will need to make sure you have a bottle prepared for when little one finished their lesson, as swimming is thirsty work!
- Alternatively, if your baby has started solids then you will need to bring them a snack
- Your baby’s nappy bag with all essentials for a trip away from home!
Keeping baby safe
Make sure the pool your attending is warm enough for your baby, if they are under 6 months old a recommended temperature of around 32 degrees. We encourage parents to get their shoulders nice and low in the water to keep your baby warm and to keep moving in between activities. Babies lose heat quickly in the water. All of the pools Splash Stars teach at our lovely, warm hydrotherapy pools between 32 and 36 degrees
If your child suffers from eczema or another skin complaint, seek medical advice before taking your little one into a chlorinated pool; you can protect their skin with special eczema swimming suits or a barrier cream.
At Splash Stars we teach a safety hold from your very first lesson, this is a way to hold your child suitable to their age that will keep them safe in the water and will make you feel more comfortable handling them in that environment.