2. Heading to the pool
Before your first trip to the pool together take time to prepare yourself so that you have all you need for a fun and fulfilling experience. Here’s what you need to think about to get ready for your first swim.
"Parents are often worried about ensuring their babies have had their immunizations before heading for the pool but the current guidance from the Department of Health says that you can take your baby swimming at any age."
Philomena Geary, STA Baby Swimming Teacher
Baby swimming bag basics:
As well as a couple of pairs of Huggies® Little Swimmers®, remember to bring a few of your regular nappies for after swimming.
Wet wipes & cream
Never be without a trusty pack of we wipes! And pack your usual barrier cream too.
Change of Outfit
Include warm clothes and a hat to help baby keep warm after a swim, plus a spare outfit just in case.
If you have space, take a couple of towels to wrap baby up in when you leave the water.
A hygiene mat is a clean and convenient option for changing your baby on - pool changing rooms can get quite grubby throughout the day.
Favourite bath toy
Taking along your baby's favourite bath toy is sure to bring a smile to his face as well as offering some reassurance in a new environment.
Coin for lockers
Have some change handy for the locker, or check with pool staff whether you need a token instead.
Pack a small snack for after. If your baby isn't on solids yet, find a quiet place to breastfeed or give him a bottle once you’re both changed.
Don't forget your own stuff, whatever you do - you wouldn't be the first! If you put your swimsuit on at home, be sure to pack your underwear.
Something you don't often remember to pack is something to put your wet things in after the swim.
Do a dry run first to check out the pool and let your baby experience the sights and sounds. Ask questions like when’s the best time to swim with baby. Get the little details sorted beforehand and you'll have fewer surprises on the day.
Before you swim
At the pool, get yourself changed first, then your baby. Have a quick warm shower while cuddling your baby before you get into the pool, gently washing warm water over his body to get him ready.
You are ready to get swimming!
Choose off-peak times at public pools for a more enjoyable, less stressful experience.