There is more to preparing your toddler for their first swim than just finding the right swim nappy for them, and your needs too! Now that you have your perfect swim nappy from tyoub, what else do you need to make sure that they have a great time in the water just as you have planned? Let’s look at the rest of the essentials you will want to have when you take your bub for their first swim!
The best time to start swim classes or taking your bub into the water is after six weeks from birth, as they are less likely to pick up any infections from the pool or ocean. For their first swim, you will also want to take more than just one swim nappy, as accidents do happen especially in the cool water. But what else should you bring? Now to the swimwear that you will want to pack to prepare for the water.
You can find bubs one-piece swimwear at many outlets and they are perfect to suit your baby up for their swim. Or you could look to pick up a kids rash vest swimwear. You may also want to include some sort of floatation device as they will, of course, need some help staying above the surface. You could use something like inflatable floaties to pop on their little arms so that they have full motion of their upper body. Otherwise, there are floating chairs that they can sit in and splash around. If they are a little older and can hold on to a small foam kickboard this could be useful too so that they can learn to kick themselves around.
You can also bring along some bath toys to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere for your baby. While they are learning to swim you also want them to have fun and enjoy the experience. Make it a good one by making it somewhat of a game.
Afterwards, you will need everything you need to make a warm bottle of milk if you are bottle feeding. Your bub will likely be quite hungry after all that excitement and having a warm bottle on hand will certainly make for a nice surprise once they are out of the water. If your baby has started on solids then packing a snack will be a great idea as well.
When they are out of the water they will undoubtedly be a little chilly. Babies hooded towels are important as they will not only dry off your bub but also keep them warm when they are out in the cool air. Along with this, you may want a portable change mat as well to get those swim nappies off and a dry nappy on.