Im considering taking my 18 month old swimming tomorrow just the 2 of us im not sure how much of a handful this is going to be he loves the water but i havnt took him swimming since he was much easier to handle at 9 months old.
Would you reccomend it or is it quite difficult?
I took Paige for the first time a couple of weeks ago, so she was 13 months. She definitely wasnt too much of a handful, and generally enjoyed me swirling her about etc. She was kinda tired though, so I dont know if she would have been any different if she was energised! Going from my experience though, Id say you should be alright!
I take LO for swimming lessons every week on my own and I've never had a problem. Some tips though - some places won't let you take the pushchair into the changing area so worth checking. I used to take the buggy and get him ready first then park him in it so he couldn't wander off, and the same with when we come out. I get him dressed first then sit him down with a snack and a drink while I get changed. I don't bother with the buggy now as he's quite content to sit there and chat to me while he eats his raisins and waits for me to sort myself out.
Our pool has a playpen in the changing rooms too, some people put their kids in there while they get changed.
I took jacob alone last week, hes nearly 16 months. At the swimming pool here, they have baby changing/shower rooms (not communal) with a play pen in, so getting him & me changed was ok. Theres only 6 of these rooms though, so i was lucky to get one.
The only bit that was a little difficult was waiting for the baby pool to open as there were kids having swimming lessons before us, and jacob didnt want to be held. Next time ill time it so im not
Hannah and I had parent and tot swim lessons when she was 18 months and she did well with it. She was more cautious with the water though so she wasn't trying to run away from me or anything when we were in the water
I never thought much of it, i took my girls alone whatever age, my husband works alot so i do alot alone with my girls.... its never been a problem, my youngest swims about freely with arm bands on. I guess the more you go the easier it is. x
I have been taking Ihsan almost every week since he was 9weeks old. I did find him a bit more stressful around 16-18months just because he was off like a shot the minute the cubicle door was open so I had to take him back & forth to the locker a few times to put all our things in which was a pain but otherwise its always been fine.
It's not too bad you just need to think ahead and make things as easy as you can. If you are going from home and straight home again afterwards just take easy to get in and off clothes for you and LO.
I tend to get LO sorted in her swim stuff first that way if she crawls off she won't get her clothes wet. After we get out I get myself dressed whilst she is wrapped in her towel either with milk or a snack. Swimming us tiring for them so they'll appreciate a drink at least.
I can usually dry and dress before she's done and if she's having a bottle I can dress her whilst she's drinking(she's a slow drinker!)
Poolside it is important that he can sit on the side and wait while you slide in, then turn on his tummy and slide in. Unless your pool has sloping steps he can easy walk up this is the safest way to get in and out.
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