Get ready for a fun time at the pool with these top baby swimming tips:
- Help your baby become water confident in the bath first.
- Always put a swim nappy on your little one before going into to the pool. Huggies® Little Swimmers® have unique leak guards to avoid little accidents as well as easy open sides to make change time simpler.
- Save time and hassle by putting your swimsuit on at home.
- Pack a couple of towels, warm clothes and a hat to keep baby cosy after a swim.
- Swimming is hungry work! Pack snacks for baby and you, like bananas and yoghurts. If your baby isn't on solid food, find a quiet place for a feed post-swim.
- Babies don't like to be cold so check the pool temperature first.
- Don't forget your locker money!
In the pool:
- If you're new to baby swimming go during off-peak times or earlier in the morning if you're on holiday - it makes the entire experience less stressful and enjoyable.
- One of the best ways to get into the pool is to lay your baby safely on a towel by the poolside, enter the water and then lift her in.
- You may want to have your partner or a friend with you when you first start swimming, just while you get used to handling a wet baby.
- Maintain eye contact with your little one, smile, relax and drop down to the same level - your baby will love seeing you splashing too!
- To help baby relax, keep your baby's face close to your own and reassure her with a familiar bath toy or by humming a favourite tune.
- Babies naturally open their eyes in the water and don't need goggles.
- Swim regularly to help your baby get used to it.
- Have fun and be positive; your baby will follow your lead.
Good to know:
- Avoid swimming if you or your little one has had a tummy upset in the past 48 hours.
- If you are going on holiday, it's a good idea to get your little one water-ready first - even if it's just splashing a little water over them in the bath.