Start a Habit That Lasts a Lifetime and teach your little ones to swim!

Underwater photo

This month HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® has launched a new campaign to inspire parents to reap the many benefits and go swimming more often. The Start a Habit That Lasts a Lifetime campaign aims to encourage parents to take their little ones swimming from an early age to impart this vital life skill.
Katie says: ‘By taking your little one swimming from an early age, it increases their confidence in the water which
means that they are safer.  Water safety is very important and so it is essential that little ones get used to the water and don’t have any fear, they don’t have any inhibitions when they are young which is why it’s best to start as young as possible and not leave it too late.

Why start a habit?

  • When babies are introduced to swimming early, it prepares them to be confident swimmers later in life
  • Removes the fear factor
  • Not all kids get taught at school
  • It’s the one life skill you can be taught before your baby can, walk, talk or even crawl
  • Babies love the water
  • Swimming promotes sleep and can help baby work up an appetite
  • Taking your little one swimming helps strengthen the bond between parent and baby as well as
  • Physically swimming benefits little ones as the lack of gravity helps to improve co-ordination and balance and develops muscle control
  • Introducing babies to their peers and encouraging social interaction

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a huge believer in teaching the kids to swim from an early age and we attend regular swimming lessons with our three younger children.

Sebastian attends Turtle Tots and is a real water baby.  Despite hating baths at birth, his first swimming lesson was a huge success and he has taken part in an underwater photo shoot and has now completed all four levels of baby swimming lessons.  We are now embarking on the adventure that is toddler swimming!

Turtle Tots

I have to admit I found it more difficult finding swimming lessons for the older children.  Firstly, they have to fit around work, nursery and other clubs, however over the summer we discovered Indivduality Swimming who could teach both Eliza and Isaac  at the same time, which is so much less stressful than trying to keep them entertained at the side of the pool.

Both of them have progressed a lot quicker as the class sizes are much smaller than that of the public swimming pool and are are as happy and confident under the water as they are on top of it.

Swimming with Kids

What to pack for a positive and rewarding swim time

  • Avoid nappy leaks and accidents with a good swimming pant such as HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® the only swim pant with easy open sides and don’t forget to take your HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® Hygiene Mat, which is a new addition to our swimming bags, but an amazing invention that not only makes changing before and after swimming more comfrtable, but looks cute too.
  • I also use a neoprene Happy Nappy from SplashAbout for extra protection and comfort over the Huggies Swim Nappy.  It looks cute too.  I am very lucky that the pool we swim in with Sebby is almost a bathlike temperature, but when we go to the local swimming baths I also use a Baby Wetsuit which keeps Sebby warmer for longer.  The BabyWrap opens flat for easy dressing and has adjustable fastenings for that perfect fit!
  • Try and feed your little one 1-2 hours before the lesson: if they are fed any sooner a baby is likely to vomit in the water
  • Following the lesson, it is quite likely that your baby will be hungry so have some milk/food at the ready although Sebastian tends to pass out for a couple of hours
  • A nice snuggly towel to wrap them in for a warm cuddle when you get out
  • Baby Talc to help dry them off – nothing worse than trying to dress a damp baby!

Swimming with Baby Essentials

Teaching the kids to swim means that I am happy and confident to take them near water, on boats and even kayaking.  I plan to book them in to sea swimming lessons once they are old enough to help teach them about currents and tides.

Are there any swimming essentials you take along that I have missed?

16 thoughts on “Start a Habit That Lasts a Lifetime and teach your little ones to swim!

  1. I wanted to take my son to baby swimming but there is nothing like that here. I did teach him to swim myself, as soon as it was possible.
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  2. Globalmouse says:

    Great tips and I agree that swimming is very important. We always do the summer swim school as I feel it really helps them if we swim every day for a couple of weeks.
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  3. Shell Louise says:

    I really must organise swimming lessons for my 3. Kaycee has just started going with school but it’ll be a few years yet before Ella can go.

    Love the new header 🙂
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  4. Lovely photos! Looks like they had so much fun swimming!

    P.S Great new header, looks awesome~! x
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  5. Polly says:

    swimming is an important skill to learn, my girls love going
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  6. Aww loving all these photo’s your kids are so cute!!!! The products look amazing too, want some!! I haven’t taken my twins yet for lessons, they don’t want to go and now I’m a bit concerned, might check out that individuality thing you mention here x
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  7. This is such a great idea. We couldn’t make a last meet up with Huggies but we are going to try little swimmers very, very soon.
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  8. Rachel says:

    Such an important skill for children to have, I learnt to swim when I was a few years old as my mum thought it was so important, she herself cannot swim and is afraid of water x
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  9. PinkOddy says:

    I agree, learning to swim is so important. My oldest is now a lifeguard too – and it’s well paid as well as reassuring us. It means they can safely do lots of other water activities too.
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  10. Hollie says:

    I really agree with this. I went swimming as a baby and LOVE swimming now.
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  11. ninjacat says:

    I used Huggies swimmers when J was little
    lovely photos
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  12. Emmys Mummy says:

    Love the sound of these lessons. Both mine are in swimming lessons and have been from a young age – it’s very important to teach them and much easier when they are young
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  13. Wow, I’ve never heard of sea swimming lessons. Great idea.
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  14. Lovely pictures! We use Huggies Little Swimmers too x
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  15. I can’t my son at the moment as you have to accompany children of his age in the pool. Next year he will be able to start lessons by himself.
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  16. Louisa says:

    We used to use huggies swim nappies when my children were little. They were a life saver.
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