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Learning to Swim with Huggies Little Swimmers #ad

Little SwimmersAll three of my kids absolutely adored being in the sea when we went to Greece in May, and hubby and I vowed to do lots of swimming over the summer. We managed fresh water paddling a few times, and the girls had a handful of trips to the local pool, but somehow the poor boy always missed out. I’ve been putting this right over the past few weeks by taking him swimming when 3yo has been at pre-school, and he’s been loving it.

F was a little unsure on our first trip, and we only stayed in the water for about ten minutes. By our third visit his confidence had soared; he was splashing around delightedly, and didn’t mind getting water on his face.

After six visits he was perhaps a bit too confident, thank goodness for the buoyancy vest, otherwise he might have just wriggled out of my grasp once or twice! I can see that even bath times have become loads more interesting for him. The tricky part for me now will be keeping up the regular visits, but I’m determined to ensure that I incorporate swimming into our weekly schedule.

We’ve teamed up with Huggies to bring you some great tips for taking your baby swimming. Firstly from Olympic Champion and Little Swimmers brand ambassador Rebecca Adlington. 

Rebecca says that she really enjoyed being in the water from a young age. Her parents took her and her sister swimming every week, and she has very fond memories of that time. She has already started taking her baby swimming. 

Swimming is a life skill that everyone should have. It could save your life one day as well as being great for your health and wellbeing. 

Getting back in the water can be an empowering confidence booster for new mums. As it’s an all body cardiovascular exercise, it can burn 300 calories for every 30 minutes (what’s not to like?!)

Swimming is a great activity that mum and baby can participate in and enjoy together, providing really special bonding time.

Preparation is key. As with most baby activities of course, and a well-packed swim bag will make it an even more enjoyable experience. Rebecca says she never leaves home without Huggies Little Swimmers, a change mat and oversized towels to wrap up in afterwards.

Next up, some advice from baby swimming expert Laura Sevenus, also a Little Swimmers brand ambassador. 

Have fun. Most babies love being in the water and if you’re displaying confidence and enjoying yourself, your baby will most likely follow suit. Holding baby close will help them feel secure as will maintaining eye contact. 

It’s never too early to get into the pool. Babies have a natural affinity to water which stems from being in the womb, capitalise on this by taking them swimming as early as possible to reintroduce them to their watery surroundings. 

Plan ahead. Don’t be put off swimming by the hassle factor, do a bit of forward planning by making a list of everything you need, and you’ll get used to it really quickly. 

Little SwimmersMake the most of bath time. Babies love the physical freedom the buoyancy of water provides; they can move around freely, stretching and kicking their arms and legs. A great tip is to lie back in the bath and support your baby’s head against your chest; trickle water down their face while talking calmly to them.

Make it a habit. Try going to the pool a few times a week. The more you go, the more you will enjoy it and the easier it will become. Swimming is a skill which will last a lifetime, and an activity which can be enjoyed as a family.

Avoid peak times.If you are new to baby swimming go when the pool is quieter, so as to make the experience less stressful.

And last but not least, relax!Swimming offers many soothing benefits to infants and can help them (and you) to chill out

Huggies Little Swimmers – the UK’s number one swim pant brand – is encouraging parents to take to the pool with their babes and start a habit that lasts a lifetime.

Huggies Little Swimmers are expertly designed so they won’t leak or expand in the water. They contain little accidents to help prevent embarrassing mishaps in the pool. Parents can use them just like a swimsuit, and the tear away sides make for hassle free changing.

 

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  1. […] post Learning to Swim with Huggies Little Swimmers and a Splashy Giveaway appeared first on Mummy […]

  2. Natalie Crossan says:

    Goggles

  3. Pauline Burroughs says:

    Goggles

  4. A hat to keep my hair dry

  5. kate kathurima says:

    swimming vest

  6. Tarbs Gill says:

    For me or the children?! Armbands?

  7. Angela says:

    A float jacket

  8. Lindy Hine says:

    A big soft fluffy towel for after swimming!

  9. It would have to be armbands!

  10. Rachel Clennell says:

    A snack! Gives me vital minutes to get myself dry and dressed before my toddler starts a hunger revolution x

  11. Kim Styles says:

    flippers they are fun!

  12. elizabeth ferguson says:

    goggles xx

  13. kirsty broadhead says:

    goggles!

  14. Tracey Harman says:

    Goggles are a must have to keep eyes Chlorine free

  15. nicola james says:

    goggles 🙂

  16. My favourite swim must have when swimming with kids are swimming toys such as the zoggs seal flips and diving sticks as it gets them right down in the water and having fun!

  17. Vera Bahounkova says:

    I love swimming noodle

  18. Mrs Rachel Heap says:

    swimming belts are pretty good and give my children more confidence

  19. Purmala Shrestha says:

    I like a noodle.

  20. donna l jones says:

    goggles

  21. Diana says:

    Armbands 🙂

  22. nuala rees says:

    I like float belt’s that comes with detachable floats

  23. We couldn’t be without a wet suit because like me, Toby gets absolutely freezing in the pool so without it he goes blue!xx

  24. Georgina prince says:

    the rings that little ones can sit in xx

  25. Catherine Gregory says:

    Nose peg as I hate going under water

  26. sandy ralph says:

    it has to be goggles none of my kids or my grandson like the water in their eyes

  27. Samantha loughlin says:

    My Pinterest name is Samantha Loughlin. Unfortunately the screen froze when entering xx

  28. Keri Jones says:

    For me personally it has to be goggles, I cant stand getting chlorine in my eyes x

  29. olivia Kirby says:

    My Flynn likes his ‘paddle coat’ It’s basically a Speedo vest 🙂

  30. adrian price says:

    armbands

  31. Leila Benhamida says:

    Goggles.

  32. Julie Ward says:

    Grandson likes his superman armbands

  33. Michelle O'Neill says:

    goggles x

  34. lynn neal says:

    Armbands

  35. Caroline Hooper says:

    A swim-hat most def. 🙂

  36. laura nice says:

    Armbands!

  37. Josie Coltman says:

    Goggles, as it really helps both my children when swimming underwater.

  38. Katherine McDonald says:

    Armbands

  39. Laura Kevlin says:

    A swimseat

  40. Rebecca Townsend says:

    Armbands

  41. jemma dwyer says:

    Armbands x

  42. Kerryanne Atkinson says:

    My sons Swimfin

  43. M. ,' Denielle he MM. says:

    A nice Float

  44. Denielle Nicol says:

    A nice swimming float

  45. Val Pownall says:

    A nice lilo to float about under the sun.

  46. karen hughes says:

    goggles!

  47. Sue McCarthy says:

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity

  48. Fiona R says:

    Armbands 🙂

  49. Tracy Hanley says:

    goggles

  50. Mary Chez says:

    Goggles

  51. Katy C Johnston says:

    A float jacket!

  52. Ian Yates says:

    Goggles

  53. Alex Telford says:

    Hooded towels for the children. They love them 🙂

  54. Float Jacket

  55. Rebecca Smith says:

    Definitely goggles

  56. Carrie Louise Talbot-Ashby says:

    Hi! Firstly, my post on pintrest showing your competition came up as ‘Disproved!’
    I’m not sure what went wrong here, but I did re-pin on Pintrest, (my Pintrest name is Carrie Talbot-Ashby) if you need to check. But its not let me get my extra entry for doing this, instead, a big post came up saying this content is dispoved. Bit gutted. Hey ho, not your fault lol, must have been something I did!

    Cannot take my four swimming without goggles, as the chlorine makes all their eyes so red and sore! 🙂 Thanks for the fab competition! x

  57. Armbands 🙂

  58. Paula Phillips says:

    Goggles.

  59. Stevie says:

    I’m a non swimmer at 41!

  60. G Keegan says:

    My little girl loves her armbands.

  61. Swimming cap, always makes me feel “professional” and like I know what I’m doing, till I dive jump in

  62. Jo m welsh says:

    Armbands

  63. Tracy B says:

    Armbands

  64. Tracy Gladman says:

    Googles

  65. Solange says:

    Armbands

  66. Rachel Butterworth says:

    Armbands.

  67. pete c says:

    goggles

  68. Sam Goodwin says:

    Armbands have really helped my little ones find confidence in the water before they learn to swim. They were terrified before!

  69. Has to be goggles

  70. claire woods says:

    Dive sticks

  71. Kirsty Woods says:

    Goggles

  72. melanie stirling says:

    Goggles,I hate getting water in my eyes.

  73. curtis cleary says:

    Goggles, I have allergy to chlorine, even my skin gets rashes haha but i love swimming

  74. kayleigh Bates says:

    Float jacket for my son and googles for my daughter x

  75. Float jacket

  76. kathy says:

    armbands

  77. Lyndsay-Rose says:

    We love water noodles! There helping my daughter gain confidence in swimming

  78. Corinne Peat says:

    Love goggles

  79. lyn Burgess says:

    Prescription goggles, because I’m as blind as a bat without them.

  80. jodie harvey says:

    armbands

  81. Andy Kadir-Buxton says:

    Goggles, my boys love them, and with the number of people weeing in the pool, we need them.

  82. Maria Hackett says:

    goggles

  83. clair downham says:

    a snorkel

  84. Sarah Pybus says:

    A Swimming noodle

  85. Diane Jackson says:

    My cossie!

  86. Kirsty Fox says:

    Goggles, to swim under water.

  87. Dive sticks

  88. Karl Borowy says:

    a wet suit

  89. Hannah Cummings says:

    Arm Bands x

  90. jamie millard says:

    We have a swim float (shaped and designed like a shark!) The boys love it.

  91. Leanne Lunn says:

    Goggles

  92. victoria thurgood says:

    float jacket

  93. Great post, it’s always good to get kids happy with water on their face etc so that they don’t have any fear when they’re older.

  94. Samantha Loughlin says:

    Armbands

  95. Keshia Esgate says:

    Gotta love a wiggle

  96. Rebecca Duncan says:

    Noodles! They can be used in so many ways

  97. laura banks says:

    the goggles

  98. Clara mcghie says:

    Goggles

  99. Ema J Lowe says:

    the childrens puddle jumper, ideal for little ones.

  100. ashleigh allan says:

    Googles!

  101. laura stewart says:

    Goggles xx

  102. Amy Withnall says:

    I have to wear goggles because the water irritates my eyes.

  103. Rhia Page says:

    I love swimming with my baby- and I’d love to get some pictures of him in the water, so fingers crossed!
    Our best accessory/tip for swimming is to take a dressing gown so you can stay warm while getting the little one dry and dressed!

  104. Sarah Brokenshire says:

    A rubber ring!

  105. kim neville says:

    Armbands

  106. caroline walliss says:

    Armbands.x

  107. Fiona B says:

    A shark float

  108. Googles, i’m such a wuss lol

  109. Nikki Hayes says:

    Goggles – I have an eye allergy condition so its important I don’t get water in my eyes. Thanks for another lovely giveaway :o)

  110. Jennifer Potter says:

    Snorkel and flippers

  111. aaron broad says:

    Swimming Goggles are my favourite

  112. Nichole Frerichs says:

    kick board

  113. Becca Staples says:

    Armbands x

  114. iain maciver says:

    armbands

  115. Tracy K Nixon says:

    A swimming float!

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