I thought it was about time I updated you all on our journey as a baby swimologist!
Bear is 10 months old and has just finished his second term of swimming lessons. He’s an absolute water baby and is kicking before we’re even in the pool!
Swimming lessons isn’t something we did with Lamb until I was pregnant with his brother, and I really regret that. With that in mind, he’s actually really great in the water, but we take him at least twice a month to build up his confidence. We’re so close to taking the armbands off!
I really wanted to take Bear Swimming from a young age so I could get him used to the water. I also wanted to learn techniques for teaching him to swim myself. Not forgetting building both of our confidence at swimming together (swimming with a slippery baby isn’t easy!)
During the lessons we were taught different ways to hold a baby in the water, including the safety hold (which I’ve now taught Daddy for when we go as a family).
We were also taught lots of different submersions which luckily Grandma managed to film!
Each week Bear’s confidence has grown. He doesn’t cry or whinge. Happily takes part in all of the tasks and doesn’t mind being covered in water.
His favourite thing to do in the water is swim. Literally. It’s so funny to watch. I hold him on his front and off he goes! He slashes his arms and legs and in all honesty, it actually feels like he’s swimming rather than me moving him!
He doesn’t mind being under the water which is one of the main reasons I wanted to take him for swimming lessons. A child that won’t let you wet their hair is pretty frustrating (especially at bathtime), so my goal is to make sure Bear is always comfortable in water.
I really enjoy using the woggles with Bear. Over the past couple of months I’ve grown confident to let him go whilst he’s balanced and supported by them. They are such a useful swim aid to use with kids. If you’re feeling a little tired from holding your little one, you simply wrap it around the the baby or both of you and use it to take the weight of your baby.
I’m going to be reviewing the Konfidence products we used in a separate blog post and I’ll also be offering a giveaway so look out for that soon!
I want to take this opportunity to thank Konfidence for choosing us as baby swimologists and working closely with us. Taking Bear swimming has been so lovely and I’ve really enjoyed the quality time alone with him.
We have just paid for our third term of swimming and will continue to use our amazing Konfidence products.