This week we have a guest post written by Tracey Hargraves, who runs baby swimming classes in South Lancashire for Puddleducks, one of the many fantastic swim school options available in the UK. As many of you start to think about swimming lessons, or start to return to lessons in the coming weeks, we thought it would be a great idea to share some tips on keeping your baby warm in the water. Do let us know if you have any questions at all!
Hopefully, many of you will have discovered the joy and benefits of teaching your little one to swim. With any luck you baby is thoroughly enjoying their time in the water and is smiling and giggling throughout their time in the pool. However, for a number of you, your baby may not be enjoying the experience and cry and shiver their way through your time at the pool. Given the importance of teaching your child to swim, it is important that it is as an enjoyable experience as possible and therefore we want to minimise these tears whenever possible.
One of the most common causes of distress in the pool is that your child is not warm enough. Remember that your baby is unable to regulate their temperature as well as you, which means that they can feel the cold a lot faster than you. No two children are alike. My daughter has always been able to go into the chilliest of pools without problem whilst my son will turn blue in the warmest of pools – absolute polar opposites so to speak!
If your little one does get cold in the water then this can really disrupt their enjoyment of swimming and may lead them to start to develop a phobia of the water. This could impact on their development and is likely to also impact on both their confidence and swimming ability in the water. It is therefore really important to recognise these signals and take action early to keep them warm so that they continue to enjoy their swimming experience. With these top tips, we’ll should hopefully avoid any of these issues. Read the rest of this entry »