Important things to know
How soon can my baby start swimming?
Babies can start swimming from birth, as long as his/hers cord is healed, mothers coming in the water must have finished post birth bleeding and that the midwife, health visitor or Dr is happy for the new mother to swim following a six week check. The temperature of the swimming pool needs to be 32 Celsius for babies under 3 moths old or weighing less than 5.5kg.
Will my baby need immunisations before attending swimming
Babies should only be introduced to the water in line with the most recent recommendations from the NHS.
The current recommendation, at the date of publication is 'Your baby does not need and immunisations before they go swimming'
Do parents need to be confident in the water?
What if my baby needs feeding?
No, I will guide you as the parent as much as you need; we want this to be special bonding experience for both you and baby. I am there to make you feel safe and secure so both yourself and your baby can learn to love the water together.
Babies often need regular feeds so feeding in the pool is fine. If your baby is weaning/eating solids try to get them to eat around an hour before they come swimming.
For babies under 6 months please feed milk as necessary, if your baby is hungry they won’t enjoy their swim! If possible, please schedule milk feeds around 30 minutes before you get in the pool but we understand that this is not always possible.
What do I need to bring to my swimming lessons?
What if my baby is ill?
Happy Nappy – Every baby must wear the double nappy system, which means a disposable or reusable swim nappy with the approved Neoprene swimming nappy over the top.
The nappy should be quite difficult to get on, and fit snugly around the legs and waist. They should not be so tight that are leaving red marks on the legs.
The disposable or reusable nappy underneath should be COMPLETELY hidden. If this is peeping out the top of the outer nappy, it is rendered useless should there be poop! If you are struggling to pull the neoprene nappy over the top of the under nappy you may need to pull the nappy up a little at the legs. Or buy a bigger size.
Changing mat- A small roll up one so you can safely change your little one on the floor.
Towel – to keep your baby warm after their lesson one with a hood is recommended.
You should not take your baby swimming if they have any illness which causes either a temperature or sickness/diarrhoea.
In the case of diarrhoea your child must be clear of symptoms for 48 hours before swimming. If you are concerned about any medical condition, we ask that you always check with your GP before coming to any lessons.