How long does it take to learn to swim

I’ve said many times that I’ve despaired over N’s swimming. He’s been having lessons since he was 3 months old, so nearly 6 years later he should really be able to swim reasonable well by now.  But he still can’t swim on his back without a float aid, and even on his front it’s hard going. With a float belt (at the minimal level) he’s great. He’s fast with a float, his legs are strong, and he does everything he… Continue Reading “How long does it take to learn to swim”

Swimming trunks for boys – shopping nightmares

Swimming trunks for boys and shopping nightmares- Bubbablue and me

I’ve found in the past that whenever I’ve wanted to buy the next size up clothes for N, I always struggle to find the size I’m after. It’s almost like the whole of our town have gone out and bought every item of clothing in that size just before I have. Sods law. But I’ve never been as exasperated as I have the last couple of weeks trying to buy swimming trunks for boys. Of course, if N was like… Continue Reading “Swimming trunks for boys – shopping nightmares”

The big transition from baby and toddler swimming

What's the big transition from baby swimming to child swimming lessons - Bubbablue and me

I couldn’t imagine not having swum with N from a young age. My own journey with learning to swim was very up and down from age 5 to 7, and the OH isn’t keen on swimming, so I wanted to make sure N was capable of swimming as a child.  We started his lessons at 3 months old along with most of my NCT group in a Water Babies class together. In the 5 1/2 years he’s been to swimming lessons,… Continue Reading “The big transition from baby and toddler swimming”

Swimming with Baby Swimming Shop accessories

kids shortie wetsuit

N’s been swimming for 5 ½ years – you’d think by now he’d be able to swim unaided for a decent distance, but no not yet. N does everything in his own time. However after our experience trying out some Zoggs seal dive sticks and a swim fin from Baby Swimming Shop, I’m thinking we might have progressed further using these in the past. Baby Swimming Shop, despite the name, isn’t just for babies. They also sell children’s swimwear and… Continue Reading “Swimming with Baby Swimming Shop accessories”

10 top tips to get your child to love the water

baby swimming and how to get your child to love the water - Bubbablue and me

When N swam with Water Babies I wrote a post on how to get your child to love swimming.  In one of those strange blogging occurrences that post disappeared, so I decided to rewrite and share our experience.  I certainly found comfort in talking to another mum who’d gone through similar experiences to me when swimming with N as a toddler.  So the more information and tips parents can take on board and try, can only help. The background to… Continue Reading “10 top tips to get your child to love the water”

5 things that swimming lessons teach children

5 things that swimming lessons teach children

After swimming with Water Babies for just under four years, N has done two terms of swimming lessons at the local pool.  It was the first time he had been in the pool on his own without me, and I was really worried how he’d take to it. Thankfully after making me walk him to the teacher at the first lesson so she could put on his float belt, he then sat at the edge of the pool along with… Continue Reading “5 things that swimming lessons teach children”

Boys swimwear from House of Fraser

Swimwear’s a bit of an unknown for me with N.  When he was at Water Babies, it was easy.  A happy nappy plus then a rash vest because I didn’t want him shivering, plus it was easier to grab him rather than a wriggly bare torso.  But moving on from that has meant some thinking was required. Now he’s in normal children’s swimming lessons, I’ve continued with the rash vest which is the norm for him, and have had to… Continue Reading “Boys swimwear from House of Fraser”

Swimming cap dilemmas, and how to put on a swim hat

I’ve not updated on N’s swimming journey for a long time.  Mostly because now he swims independently it means I don’t experience it directly, but also it tends to be much of a muchness from one week to the next. One thing that has changed in his second (half) term of swimming, is that they have to wear swim hats.  I remember when I was first learning to swim and had a turquoise 1980s swim hat with little bobbles in… Continue Reading “Swimming cap dilemmas, and how to put on a swim hat”

A confidence boost through swimming alone

swimming indoor hotel pool

It’s been a long time since I wrote my last swimming post.  I’ve a few brewing, but just haven’t had the chance to put them down on paper. N’s been swimming at normal pool lessons now for 5 weeks.  I really wasn’t sure how he’d get on at making the transition from going swimming with me to being in the pool on his own especially given the ups and downs he’s had in the past.  But it’s been brilliant.  He’s… Continue Reading “A confidence boost through swimming alone”