This is a sponsored post in the interest of water safety
We started Emma with swimming lessons when she was about two years old. Off we’d go every Tuesday, Hello Kitty towel in hand, Huggies® Little Swimmers® on bum. She’s no mermaid in the water, but she’s water-safe. Even so we never leave her unattended at a swimming pool or in the bath.
We’ve decided Ben will start swimming lessons next year. He should have started earlier but I think I was trying to deal with my anxiety around this issue.
Now with the holidays around the corner and families spending time at the beach and pool, Huggies® Little Swimmers® is sharing important tips to make you as water wise as possible, ensuring your holiday time is an unforgettable one, for all the right reasons.
Start young – teaching your child to swim at an early age is a great way to make swimming second nature to them
Remember that learning to swim and the swimming pool is foreign territory to your child – don’t force them to do anything they don’t want to do. It’s DEFINITELY NOT a case of ‘sink or swim’. It’ll only set them back
Make sure swimming lessons are fun. Children have short attention spans so water toys work well. Swimming comes naturally to children who are taught gently, without trauma and with a sense of fun
It’s important to remember that your child will learn to swim. At their pace. Just like walking or talking, it happens at their own pace, but happen it will. Enjoy the process with them, celebrate their achievements and encourage them along
Instead of trying to do it yourself, consult a swimming teacher in your area. Visit jozikids to find a swim school in your area. Also make sure you’re comfortable with the teacher you’ve chosen. Attend a class or two before signing your child up
If possible, before your trip to the pool or beach, find out if there’s access for prams and baby changing tables in the bathrooms. If not make the necessary arrangements so you don’t stress yourself out when you get there
Pack towels and more towels. To lie on, to wrap around, to clean sand off feet. Include a hooded one for your little one
Sunblock. Sunblock. Sunblock. Yes I smear Emma and Ben in sunblock. Until they’re almost grey. Don’t forget a sun hat and an umbrella. Little ones can burn quickly ending up with trips to the ER
Pack snacks and water for the little ones. Huggies swimmers are hungry swimmers
Pack toys and books that are going to keep little ones entertained while they’re not swimming
Remember to pack the nappy bag with Huggies® Little Swimmers®, Huggies Slip On’s, scented nappy bags, wet wipes and anything else that will make your day out enjoyable
Staying safe at the pool or beach:
As soon as your toddler starts shivering get them out the water and wrapped up nice and warm. Start off with swimming sessions of 10 minutes and build up to 20. If your baby is under 12 months avoid staying in water for longer than half an hour
Your baby might have sensitive skin; check with your doctor to make sure the chlorine won’t irritate baby’s delicate skin. Remember a healthy measure of sunscreen should be applied whenever taking your child for a swim; your toddler’s skin is more sensitive to the sun and gets burned very easily
If you have a pool at your house or your neighbours have pools, make sure it’s fully fenced with a latched gate and make sure the gate is securely locked at all times and for extra precaution it is suggested that the pool be covered with a swimming net. Don’t leave any toys in the pool when you are done swimming as your child might be tempted to go in to get them
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