We first took Jaxon swimming when we were on holiday in Blackpool for a couple of days last September. Since then we’ve taken him a couple of times, but he’s not always been so keen on going. The most recent time Jaxon and I went to the outdoor pool at Woburn with The Fairy and Mini Fairy. He really wasn’t keen and cried nearly the whole time we were there, so part of me has been reluctant in taking him back. We used an own brand swimming nappy to start with because I didn’t want to spend out a lot on something we weren’t necessarily going to use. Back at the beginning of the summer I was sent a packet of Huggies Little Swimmers to try out. Normally I wouldn’t pay out for Huggies Nappies but I wanted to try them and see if they kept up. You can read that post here.
However we seem to be making progress on the bath front so I think I’m going to try him with swimming again. For the last two to three weeks we’ve been giving Jaxon a bath every day and each day he’s got more and more happier with being in the bath, to the point that if you let him (and guard the stairs!) he’ll happily crawl from the bedroom to the bathroom. If you start him at the bottom of the stairs and follow him up the stairs when he gets to the top he turns towards the bathroom every time! When I take him to the loo with me, he’ll often hold onto the bath and point at the toys while I chat to him. Yes I’d rather have that time to myself but you know sometimes it’s easier that way!
So on this note I thought I would share you some tips that I was sent by the team at Huggies Little Swimmers.
Olympic swimming champion and Huggies Little Swimmers brand ambassador Rebecca Adlington is already taking her baby daughter Summer swimming, and hopes to encourage other parents to take the plunge with their little ones. Here she shares her five top reasons to get in the pool:
I loved being in the water from a young age and my sisters and I were fortunate to have parents who took us swimming every Saturday. It was the most fun we had as kids and created lots of wonderful memories. And it doesn’t cost a fortune!
Swimming is a life skill everyone should have – it could save your life one day as well as being great for your health and wellbeing. I’d love Summer to follow in my footsteps but whatever she decides to do, I’ll be happy as long as she’s a confident swimmer. Just like my parents, Harry and I plan to take her swimming every week.
Getting back in the water is empowering for new mums as well as being a great confidence booster. It’s easier said than done, but women should try not to worry about their post-pregnancy figure and instead embrace spending time with their new arrivals. It’s also worthwhile remembering that swimming is a fantastic all over body exercise which can help tone your body. You actually burn 300 calories for every 30 minutes of swimming, which is why it is one of the most effective forms of cardiovascular exercise.
Swimming is one of the few activities you and your little one can actually participate in and enjoy together – it provides that real special bonding time for parents and children.
Once you’ve been swimming with your baby a few times you’ll realise that it’s a huge amount of fun and really not much hassle. Preparation is key of course and a well-packed swim bag can make it even more enjoyable. I never leave home without Huggies® Little Swimmers, which won’t expand or leak in the water, a change mat and oversized towels to wrap up in when we come out of the pool.
For practical advice, support videos and a step-by-step guide to baby swimming, visit www.littleswimmers.co.uk.