Swimming with a 2 month old - What do I need?

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This week I'm taking DS1 swimming for the first time we have bought swim nappies and just wondered do we need to buy actual swimwear for him? If so where would I start looking and are there any really good baby swimwear out there.

Thanks

Rockchick1984 Tue 03-Jul-12 11:45:39

I just got DS some swim shorts from mothercare to put over the top of the nappies, but you can also buy swim shorts with the nappies built it.

SoupDragon Tue 03-Jul-12 11:51:22

I found that one of those all-in-one UV suits was fabulous as it made the baby less slippery!

Minstrelsaremarvellous Tue 03-Jul-12 11:57:59

Check out Splashabout website, their Happy Nappies are brilliant!

Thanks Ladies.

SugarBatty Tue 03-Jul-12 15:45:15

Hi I might be wrong but I heard not to take babies swimming until all their jabs had being done!

Hi SugarBatty DS1 had his injections last week although the HV did say that you can take baby's swimming before hand but it is better to wait.

SugarBatty Wed 04-Jul-12 09:34:51

Ahhh right, a friend was planning to take her little one swimming before she had her last set of jabs at 3 months and everyone said "don't do it!"

Big bottle of milk if ffing as he will be starving afterwards.

Flisspaps Wed 04-Jul-12 09:46:45

We've got DS a pair of swimming shorts from Tesco.

Thanks GnocchiNineDoors duely noted also going to pack mushy rusk (DS1 new favourate)

I will have to check these out Flisspaps

We bought a reusable swim nappy and one of those inflatable chair things. Fingers crossed H will enjoy it.

I really dont want this to sound judgemental but at two months the only thing they should be taking in is milk / water.

wonkylegs Wed 04-Jul-12 11:02:29

DS went swimming at 6weeks in the hotel we were staying in. Just used a swim nappy the first time as he was a tiny thing (he was a slightly early baby) and nothing we could buy would stay on very well.
They get cold quickly at this age so keep a towel for you and him close and be prepared to get out after a relatively short while.
Enjoy it, it's lovely when they are wee and you can cuddle them close, DS has no problems in water now but is incredibly splashy grin

Flisspaps Wed 04-Jul-12 12:07:48

Yummy DS shouldn't be having anything other than milk or water now. Mushy rusk counts as solids, and the earliest solids should be given is 17w, preferably 6 months.

wonkylegs we are going to pack his dressing gown. He loves to splash in the bath with mummy and it is even better when he can soak daddy wink

GnocchiNineDoors and Flisspaps I did ask the HV and she said it was okay as long as it wasn't a lot?? I will Eat put away the rusks for now.

Flisspaps Wed 04-Jul-12 12:25:42

yummy smile remember that even HVs give outdated advice!

I am actually angry at that HV. Its HVs like her that give the rest of them a bad rep.

Flisspaps oh I hadn't thought of that (okay I'm showing my new mum status here , the HV said) GnocchiNineDoors it sure is I might have to eat them all myself for lunch.

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 04-Jul-12 12:40:32

Top tip, when you take off the swimming nappy tear down the side rather than slide down.

If DS has done a poo, all the nappy does is trap it and keep it nice and wet. so if you try to slide it down...well I don't need to piant the whole picture.

Dont take anything tricky to dress him in after swimming, damp baby in confined space with only a hard, narrow bench to work on is super-tricky.

He will love the boat, also you can take little toys tht float (ducks etc).

Try to dunk him as soon as poss (our lifeguard always helps and stays on hand for this) because the sooner he gets the hang of water on his face the better.

I hope you have a lovely time. I met 5 really lovely friends at baby swimming classes and we are still friends 5 years later smile

JuliaScurr Wed 04-Jul-12 12:45:59

if you blow on a baby's face they take a breath, then they can be dunked under, gradually moving on to scooting them underwater to be caught by someone else.

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