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Baby’s First Swim

Close up of water in swimming pool

Back in October, I posted about whether I was ready to show my post-pregnancy body. A few days after publishing that post, we were planning on taking little one for her first swim at our local pool. However, that trip never happened – it had nothing to do with the post I’d written or the way I was feeling about my post-pregnancy body, I must add. It’s just other things came up and unfortunately we couldn’t fit in the trip to the pool and ended up rescheduling. It was actually the start of December that we went, however as I had all my Blogmas posts planned, I’ve delayed publishing this post until now.

Nappy Drama

Before we even got to the pool, we had a bit of drama. The day before I suddenly realised that the swim nappies we had been given by a friend before she was even born, might not fit her. Upon checking the size I realised they were a size 2, whereas little one was currently wearing a 3 or 4 in her normal nappies. Cue a panicked phone call to my other half who stopped off at Asda on his way home from work to get some bigger ones. The only problem was, as we found out, just before we left for the pool when I was trying the new nappies on her, they were too big – way too big! There I was thinking we were going to have to cancel our visit for the second time, but somehow I managed to squeeze her in the original size 2 and it fitted her after all – phew!

Our local swimming pool is in town and the connecting car park is currently closed for renovations, so we were a little concerned that we wouldn’t be able to park anywhere near the pool and we really didn’t want to have to take her buggy in with us. Luckily, we were able to get the last space in the small car park near by so was able to carry little one and our swimming stuff in with us without any problems.

The one thing that I’ve always wondered, is how an earth do you take a baby swimming by yourself? I’m still wondering this one as I don’t know what I’d do with little one while I was getting changed. It was fine this time round as both my other half and I took her, but the baby changing table that was attached to the wall had no strap to secure baby which I didn’t like. We did however find, that she was quite happy to lay on her baby float, with her bum in the hole in the middle and her legs hanging over the side. I only popped her in that position for a moment, but surprisingly she happily stayed there for a few minutes without trying to wriggle away.

What we packed:

2 Swim Nappies
1 Normal nappy
Swimming Costume
Baby Wipes
Nappy Rash Cream
Bottle of Milk
Nappy Sacks
Baby Float

In the Pool

Now, I must admit that I was a little apprehensive as to how little one was going to be in the pool. She loves bath time, so I’d hoped that she’d be fine, but obviously the pool is so much bigger and being unknown territory I did wonder whether she’d worry and get upset quickly. Luckily, she absolutely loved it! When we first got in the baby pool, there was no one else in there which I think helped ease her in. There was lots of floats and rubber ducks in the pool which I thought was a lovely touch. The rubber ducks were a big hit as we have some mini ones that she has in her bath at home, so we put them on the ledge of her baby float so she could play with them whilst bobbing along. We were in the pool for half an hour in total and I’m sure she would have stayed in there longer, but I could see she was getting tired and didn’t want her to get cranky. 

Purple and orange rubber ducks sitting side by side on a white background

The only negative I had was that after getting out of the pool, we were freezing and it took a good few minutes for us to walk from the pool, through the showers and to the lockers to get our belongings. Little one was shivering at this point, as was I. I would definitely take our towels poolside with us next time to make it a more comfortable experience all round.

How did your little on get on the first time you took them swimming?

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  1. Sounds like it worked out well in the end. My first attempt was horrendous as I screamed throughout! #FamilyFunLinky

  2. This took me back to when my son was learning to swim, he had to wear socks and try to kick them off#triamphanttales@_karendennis

  3. I rarely go swimming and never alone it's far too stressful!! I do feel I need to get my little one dong it a bit more though or he will end up being someone who can't!! I know that nappy size error too well!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  4. Swimming is such a fantastic skill to have. Our little ones are so different and while ours seem to have no problem taking to the pool I've witnessed others that have hated it. #FamilyFunLinky

  5. Oh really?! That must have been interesting!

  6. I don't think I could do it on my own either. We've only been once, we really need to go more often too.

  7. I thought mine my hate it, but I think we were lucky it was a quiet day at the pool.

  8. My first swim with my eldest was a disaster! My baby cried the entire time. I think she hated the happy swim nappy she was wearing. Fab list of things to take! Glad you enjoyed the first swim x #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully, she loves it now though 🙂

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