Swimming with your baby

swimming pool with baby

Taking baby swimming is something that every new parent looks forward to, but nothing reminds you more that you have just had a baby than trying to squeeze into last year’s swimsuit.  You feel thankful that you went for the one with a built-in tummy panel to hold in the wobbly bits and always position the baby in front of your tummy.  You pack your bags full, and then add in some extra bits and before you know it you are off to the swimming pool with one baby, one suitcase and possibly a giant inflatable under your arm.


You think you are ready to leave the house, but have you remembered . . .


More than one swim nappy? You can guarantee that your ‘like clockwork’ child decides that the relaxing buzz of a public pool and the calming scent of chlorine will help ease their bowels.  Best to pack a spare swim nappy. Have you seen our fun prints?! They are perfect on their own or as part of a double layered protection at the pool and even better at the beach too since the prints feature  things you’d find under the sea! They make that post swim change easy as you don’t have to wrestle a wet pant style nappy of your tired and hungry baby with our hook and loop fastening.


Bribery for afterwards is a must if you have started weaning.  Swimming is exhausting for little ones and they are not going to let you wriggle back into your jeans without a little treat.  For smaller babies you may have no choice but to sit down half dressed and feed in the changing room.


Nobody wants to be wrangling a slightly damp eight legged baby* back into tights or a button up shirt, go for comfy and loose as a post-swimming outfit.  Babygrows are perfect, if it is warm enough for just a vest then even better! (And a TotsBots nappy of course)  *baby may only have two legs but it doesn’t seem that way when you are trying to dress them!


Something to distract a toddler is very important if you have a talker.  There is nothing more embarrassing than having to answer loud requests for information on pubic hair, stretch marks and boobs.  The snacks you packed earlier may come in very handy about now!


And finally, don’t forget the baby.  It can be tempting, especially when you weigh up the hour you spend in the changing rooms compared to the ten minutes actually in the pool.  Swimming with a baby is a fun bonding experience and it really tires them out (think of the nap afterwards!).


Despite the extra effort required pre and post swim, you will really enjoy that time in the water with your baby. Your TotsBots swim nappy will be a worthwhile investment too! SHOP NOW

swimming pool with baby