Over the Christmas break we took Oliver swimming for the first time. He was 3 months, 2 weeks and 2 days old. On the whole I’d say it was a very good first experience, my only gripe was that I thought the pool seemed a bit chilly for very young babies. It was actually 30°C (I’d read somewhere that ideally it would be about 32°C) but the poor little man started going a bit purple and shivering after about ten minutes so we whisked him out and wrapped him in one of the gorgeous little towels with hoods to have lots of snuggles. I wish I had some photos of this momentous event but sadly, in this day in age you don’t stand a chance of being allowed a camera in a public swimming pool!
However, during those 10 minutes he seemed very happy in the water (as I’d expected, in the bath he’s a total water baby) and, although he’s too small for his armbands so we had to keep a tight hold on him, we swished him around a bit which he seemed to enjoy and there wasn’t a single tear! We plan to go again as soon as possible – even though paying full price for two adults for ten minutes is pretty pricey (I can’t believe they can’t work out a better deal for parents of small ones but I suppose this is how they make their money). However I think that regular swimming sessions (and lessons as soon as they’re old enough) are so important for children for lots of reasons – safety, fitness and learning not to be afraid of the water to name but a few! (In case you can’t tell, I’m quite keen on swimming myself :p)
Anyway we’re (finally!) heading out for a second go this Friday (I’ve even got Oliver a posh new wetsuit for the occasion that will hopefully keep him a bit warmer!) so wish us luck!