I have such fond memories of swimming when I was younger, and I always hoped Archie would feel the same some day too. Being confident in water is such an important mindset to have, and one which I believe should start from an early age.
I’d heard about Water Babies from a few family friends, but never really knew what it was, so once Archie was born I thought I’d investigate it a little more. Although some people start their Water Babies journey from as young as a matter of days, I chose to wait. I’m not entirely sure why, but when spending £160 for 10 lessons, you want to make sure your baby will enjoy it – or at least get something out of it!
To be honest, I think we waited the perfect amount of time. Archie’s old enough for us to understand his needs and wants, so we are able to recognise signs of him being distressed, tired or just generally unhappy and we now know how to fix this. This is so important when in new environments. We also have a good understanding of how Archie reacts to water – which thankfully is only positive. He loves being in the bath, splashing around and chilling with his toys, so we knew he was bound to enjoy being in a pool.
Just look at his happy little face!
The double nappy rule
Are you looking to take your little one swimming? If so, then following the double nappy rule is very important. It’s super simple and will save you any embarrassing leakages occurring in the pool (because let’s face it, nobody wants that).
Get yourself a pack of specially designed disposable swimming nappies as the base, like these from Huggies, then add a Happy Nappy over the top for extra protection.
A Happy Nappy is a neoprene nappy which carefully hugs your baby tight so that any leakages that may occur are kept safely in the nappy.
On arrival to our very first class, we received a cute little tote packed full of goodies. I can’t be the only one who gets super excited over a tote bag, surely?
Included was a cute sun shade for the car, thermometer, photo shoot guide, a memory book for this one and your future chapters at Water Babies and more information on the classes themselves.
Our first class
Today’s class was everything I had hoped for and much, much more. Archie was smiling the entire time and he really seemed interested in learning to swim. Having confidence in water is something I desperately want him to experience, so I just know these classes are vital for his development.
I loved how intimate the class was, with only five other babies, it didn’t feel over-crowded in any way and each baby was given an equal amount of attention from the instructor. It was so nice to see Archie interact with the teacher too, having absolutely no issues being guided by her at some points.
Archie even went underwater while being held by the instructor, he didn’t seem fazed by it at all, which makes me super excited for when he’s doing an underwater swim (I wonder when that will be).
I had one of those proud Mam moments sat on the poolside watching these two together. Archie was happy throughout (unlike some of the other babies) and it was so lovely to see him enjoying himself. He truly is at his happiest when he’s in water which makes me feel like we may have
a good swimmer an Olympic champion on our hands!
Most of all though, it was a great opportunity for both Chris and Archie to bond. They love bath time together, so I had no doubt that they’d have a great time swimming too. We may take it in turns between Chris and I to accompany Archie in the pool, but we’ll see how we both feel next week. It is a shame we both can’t do it together, but it was lovely to sit back and watch them both in the splashing around.
Join us next week for our second class – I can’t wait! x