When it comes to getting your child swim lessons there really is no “right” time to do it. Some experts suggest waiting until your child is the age of 4 until they receive their first lesson but if you feel like your child will benefit from a class, why wait? It never hurts to get started and get them used to the water but as a parent you should know what to expect. So today, I’m partnering with Huggies Little Swimmers to share How to Prepare For Parent Tot Swimming Lessons.
How to Prepare For Parent Tot Swimming Lessons
So you’ve decided to take the plunge…literally! It’s an exciting new adventure for both you and your tot. As a parent it is natural to be worried and overwhelmed because after all, you are taking your child into water and we all know the hazards involved. However, the best way to get over that fear is to face it. But before you do, there are a few things that are worth knowing before you get started. Luckily, I just finished up parent tot classes last week so I know just what to do…
- Ask all the questions – When you register for swim lessons, it is the perfect opportunity to ask all the questions you may have. Ask how many life guards are in the pool at any given time, what to do if your child swallows water, etc. The more questions you ask and the more answers you get, the more comfortable you will be.
- Choose a time way before or after nap time – Kids will be reluctant to do something if they are tired, especially little ones. When we recently did our swim lessons, I chose a time that was in the morning so by nap time, our son was tired and ready to sleep.
- Invite others to capture the moments – Our swim lessons were before open swim for everyone else but they did allow others (like grandparents) to watch. This makes keeping those first time swim lesson memories preserved much easier. Invite a loved one to come watch and snap a few quick pictures.
- Make it a distraction free zone – Our swimming pool actually would turn off the water slide and water play area during swim lessons. I asked why and they said because it’s actually a distraction to the children during swim lessons. I thought that was a great idea. You want your little one to focus on you, the instructor, and their lesson versus a bunch of kids playing in a fun area, so choose somewhere that offers a distraction free swim zone.
- Stock up on essentials – It’s a no brainer that a towel and sunscreen are needed which you will want to stock up on. You may not really think of swim diapers and it’s because it is water so naturally you don’t think of putting a diaper on. However, almost all public swimming pools will require that any child under the age of 3 wear a swim diaper to protect the swimmers from any accidents. I highly recommend purchasing Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants and here’s why:
- Huggies Little Swimmers have easy-open sides that make pool side changes super simple, so you can get back to having fun in the sun. This means less fussing and fighting from your little one during changing time, too. I think that is something all of us parents can appreciate!
- They have extra-protective leak-guards that are designed for water play. They are really good at locking in mess – saving you from embarrassment and everyone else from coming in contact with something unpleasant! I mean who wants to see a floaty in the pool? And no, I am not talking about the colorful pool noodles! 😉
My son and I had a great time with the Parent Tot swimming classes this year and we cannot wait until next. Since my son will still be under 3 by next summer, you know we won’t leave without our Huggies Little Swimmers packed!
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