We’re not been having particularly successful swimming lessons the last couple of weeks. N’s happy enough to go swimming (once I’ve told him that he has to go swimming or he’ll not get to go out on the farm!), and will sit on the side nicely waiting for our lesson. But then once in the pool, he’ll not want to do any of the things he’s been able to do and been happy to do for the past year or so…diving in from the side to me, or holding on and then ‘jumping’ or reaching from the side and swimming to me. So I’m hoping it’ll pick up again, as it’s driving me a little insane that he seems to have gone so far backwards…without having anything to trigger it.
He did try a star float this week…which he then told me, ‘I tried a star float mummy, so I can go on the farm with daddy’. Hmm, so much for the bribery. Shame about the lack of trying in the rest of the lesson.
But I wanted to share swim nappy advice and why I feel so
confident relieved that N will never be the cause of a pool shutting because of poo. Yep, poo. Delightful isn’t it, when you think of it in context of swimming. Bleurgh. It’s quite often the first thing that parents are worried about on taking their child swimming are swimming pool accidents. What do you put them in?
If you swim with Water Babies, or likely any of the similar baby swimming classes in private pools, the likelihood is, you’ll have to have your baby in a neoprene nappy as well as a standard swim nappy. This is usually due to agreement with the pools – because who wants to risk baby poo escaping and requiring pools to shut while testing and cleaning them out.
How does the double nappy system work?
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One neoprene nappy goes over the top of a disposable or reusable swim nappy. The neoprene nappy is a tight over the legs and waist (the sizing is based on these rather than the actual age or size of the child – so N was still in a medium for longer than I expected even though the sizing suggested younger. It all depends on the chunkiness. The neoprene nappy needs to be above the top of the disposable nappy waist otherwise it’s not water tight and won’t keep anything in.
To me, it’s a great system. It gave me confidence that if he pooed in the pool, we’d be able to get him out of the pool and changed without anything having escaped. Even now, although he’s no longer in a disposable swim nappy underneath (Water Babies recommend waiting a while after potty training before getting rid of the under nappy), we’re still happily using his neoprene nappy as swim trunks.
They can be worn under normal swim suits or on their own as trunks, like we use them. N now does own a pair of proper swim shorts which I would let him wear if he was on the beach or playing in a paddling pool, but in the pool I’ll be sticking with the happy nappy as long as they fit. I don’t want to be the parent that closes the swimming pool, although at the moment N always wants to get out even to do a wee (annoying in a 30 minute lesson by the time you’ve got out, pulled wet neoprene nappy off and then back on again, but good that he’s aware and likes to use the toilet there).
I’ve always bought my neoprene nappy online or directly from Water Babies, but there’s lots of designs to choose from. We always go classic as N has a plain rash vest to wear in the pool as well. I always think he looks a bit of a toddler swimming pro, even if he really isn’t!
What does your baby or child wear in the pool?
Disclosure: We swim with and blog for Water Babies. All words and opinions are our own.