How to Prepare for Your Baby's First Swimming Lessonsand a List of Useful Things to Take With You  

by Pool Builders on 08-21-2012 in Articles

If you are feeling a little nervous about your baby's firstbaby swimming lessons, you may also be wondering what to take with you. Although the list of things you should consider taking with you is not long, this checklist may help you decide.

Checklist of What to Pack

1. If the classes are outdoors, ensure you put baby safe sunscreen on your baby at least half an hour prior to the class commencing. Don't forget to put your own sunscreen on.

2. Dress your baby in a swim safe nappy not a regular nappy. There are both disposable and reusable swimming nappies available and if you are planning on regular classes, they are an essential item to purchase. Ensure you have spares packed to deal with accidents and for when you dress your baby after the class.

3. Dress your baby in a suitable swimsuit and choose a swimsuit with elasticised legs. The choice of a one piece or two-piece suit is personal, but a two-piece suit does provide easier access for changing a nappy if needed. You can dress according to your own preference, but do check with the pool as to the type of clothing and material that is allowed in the water if you prefer not to wear a regular swimsuit.

4. Pack spare clothes for both of you. If you have a very young baby ensure you pack something warm. Young babies have problems retaining their body heat and although the pool maybe an indoor venue and heated, once the baby is out of the water his body temperature can drop very quickly.

5. Don't forget to take a towel for both of you.

6. Take your baby's formula if required to feed your baby after you have finished the class. If he is eating solids, it may be advisable to take a snack food instead for both of you to enjoy at the end of the class.

7. Take a bag for wet clothes and another for dirty nappies.

Overcoming the Nerves

Some venues will require you take some form of ID on your first lesson, so ensure you have a drivers licence or other identification card with you. If you are feeling apprehensive about your baby swimming lessons, especially if you are a little nervous around water yourself, be assured that it won't take long for both you and your baby not only to gain important self-confidence in water, but also to look forward to the classes.

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