baby swimming

  1. Top Tips: Baby Swim Nappies
    Top Tips: Baby Swim Nappies

    Top Tips: Baby Swim Nappies

    Taking your little one to the pool can be a fantastic bonding experience, while also helping them to develop essential swimming skills. Ensuring you have the right equipment with you is key to making the most out of your baby's time in the water, and a little guidance goes a long

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  2. Zoggs Tips: Introducing Your Baby to the Swimming Pool
    Zoggs Tips: Introducing Your Baby to the Swimming Pool

    Zoggs Tips: Introducing Your Baby to the Swimming Pool

    Swimming is a fantastic bonding activity for parents and their babies, but when is the right time to introduce little ones to the pool? We tackle some of the most common questions:

    How old should my baby be before their first swim?

    You won’t need to wait for your baby to be immunised before taking them to the pool; the chlorine in the water will kill off any germs. Most baby swimming classes will accept newborns from 4-6 weeks of age, and will take place in smaller pools for safety. However, it’s advisable for new mums to wait at least six weeks after labour before going swimming. Your body will need time to recover from labour, and although swimming is a great form of exercise, there is a slight risk of infection for new mothers.
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    If you plan on using a large public swimming pool then you should wait until your baby is six months old as the water will be too cold for them; an ideal water temperature is 32°C. If you have any concerns, ask your health visitor or GP for some advice.

    What can I do to help my baby feel comfortable in a swimming pool?

    Making your baby feel comfortable in the water is the most important step. The noise, smell and feel of the water will provide new sensory experiences for your little one. These may cause them to become distressed during their first swim, so it is important to stay calm and focus on building a relationship between you, your child and the water. Holding you baby close will help to relax them as well as boost your confidence in their safety.

    What are the benefits of swimming for babies?

    Submersion in water help babies develop their motor skills as well as muscle control and strength, giving them the support and freedom they need to practice kicking and wriggling in the water.
    As they gain confidence, they will begin to learn basic swimming techniques. Swimming with your baby can also be a fantastic way to meet other parents and little ones they can play with.

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    You should consider taking the following:

    • Towel
    • Changing Mat
    • Drinks and Snacks
    • Favourite toy or blanket
    • Swim Nappies
      Most pools insist that babies wear swim nappies, they’re not waterproof but when paired with our Swim Sure Nappies they should contain any little accidents!
      Most babies will be tired
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  3. Miss Zoggy Trainer Seat Shortlisted in the Best Baby Toddler Gear Awards 2016
    Miss Zoggy Trainer Seat Shortlisted in the Best Baby Toddler Gear Awards 2016

    Miss Zoggy Trainer Seat Shortlisted in the Best Baby Toddler Gear Awards 2016

    bbtg_slistZoggs are delighted to have been shortlisted yet again for this year's prestigious 'Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards'!

    The popular product that has been shortlisted for this outstanding award within the Swim Safety category is the Miss Zoggy Trainer Seat - an ideal learn to swim aid for getting little ones used to the feel of water.

    Zoggs Trainer Seats are hugely popular with parents across the UK who have babies and toddlers starting to swim.  The product is noted for its excellent safety features whilst being comfortable, bright and visible, easy to pack for holidays - and also affordable.

    With 4 separate air chambers for safety, Zoggs Trainer Seats are made from durable Vylux™ which is not easily torn on punctured, so parents and little ones can enjoy the water in complete confidence. Zoggs Trainer Seats are available in two sizes: 3-12 months and 12-18 months, and are perfect for introducing children to water.

    The next stage...

    The awards organisers are now moving onto the consumer testing phase, during which members of the public will trial the nominated products and judge the ultimate winners for themselves. The team at Zoggs are keeping their fingers and fins firmly crossed for lots of votes!

    How to vote...

    To vote for Zoggs visit www.mumii.co.uk
    By registering with Mumii you will have access to fantastic competitions, articles, reviews and can chat with other parents for great tips and advice.

    By voting with Mumii you can have your say and let the awards organisers know which products you really rate and value. The public vote will also determine the winner of the Consumer Choice award, which was won by our Swimfree Floatsuit in 2015! The Consumer Choice award will run alongside the gold, silver and bronze awards that are judged by the awards panel and the product testers.

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  4. Zoggs Baby Swimwear Guide
    Zoggs Baby Swimwear Guide

    Zoggs Baby Swimwear Guide

    For many parents, buying baby swimwear can be a step into the unknown. To help, we've put together some top tips, covering everything you need to know when buying children’s swimwear this summer!

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    Comfort is really important for babies; t

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  5. Zoggs Shortlisted at the "Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards"
    Zoggs Shortlisted at the "Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards"

    Zoggs Shortlisted at the "Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards"

    Zoggs are delighted to have been shortlisted for this year's prestigious 'Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards'.

    Baby and toddler gear

    The popular product that has been shortlisted for the outstanding award is the Zoggy/Miss Zoggy Swimfree Floatsuit - for warmth, colour and safety in the pool.

    The Floatsuit is hugely popular with parents across the UK who have young children learning to swim.  The product is noted for its excellent safety features whilst being comfortable, bright and visible, fun to wear - and also affordable.

    With 2 inflatable chambers within the front and back of the suit, the floatsuit allows complete freedom of movement when swimming and peace of mind for parents. As your child’s skills and confidence in the water increases, parents can gradually reduce the amount of air in the suit, making the transition to swimming freely seamless. And with UPF50+ fabric - the highest level of sun protection found in the clothing, the team at Zoggs are please to be recognised by the awards for the products extensive features.

    The next stage...

    The awards organisers are now moving towards the consumer testing phase, during which members of the public will get to trial the nominees' products and judge the ultimate winners for themselves. The team at Zoggs are keeping their fingers firmly crossed for lots of votes!

    How to vote...

    To vote for Zoggs - visit www.mumii.co.uk/content/view/award/Swim_Safety_2015

    This is your chance to have your say and to let the awards organisers know which products you really rate and value. The public vote will also determine the winner of the Consumer Choice award, which will run alongside the gold, silver and bronze awards that are judged by the awards panel and the product testers.

    Win £100 Amazon Voucher

    For every vote on Mu

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  6. Zoggs Swim Sure Nappy: We've got you covered!
    Zoggs Swim Sure Nappy: We've got you covered!

    Zoggs Swim Sure Nappy: We've got you covered!

    At Zoggs, we believe your little ones should be introduced to water as early as possible. That’s why we have now launched the Zoggs Swim Sure Nappy, as the latest addition to our range of children’s swimming ess

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  7. First time swimming with your baby: what to expect
    First time swimming with your baby: what to expect

    First time swimming with your baby: what to expect

    Going swimming with your baby for the first time is a new experience for you both to savour. Excitement can give way to apprehension, but if you know what to expect then you can get the most out of swimming with your child from the word

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  8. Introducing the Zoggs "Swim Sure" Swim Nappy
    Introducing the Zoggs "Swim Sure" Swim Nappy

    Introducing the Zoggs "Swim Sure" Swim Nappy

    The Zoggs "Swim Sure" Swim Nappy is a new bright and colourful baby swimming nappy cover made of soft and flexible neoprene incorporating both a snug and comfortable waist and leg hems to prevent anything unwanted leaking out and into the pool.

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    The Swim Sure Nappy is designed to work in conjunction with a disposable nappy to form part of the ‘double layer’ system recommended by the majority of baby swimming schools.

    The product was tested by 94 parents with children ranging in age from 3 months to 18 months.

    - 91% of parents said it was an easy product to get their child in to.

    When parents were asked what they liked most about the Swim Sure Nappy:

    - 47% said fit and function, 33% design and colour and 20% the material.

    And when asked to rate the Swim Sure Nappy out of 10:

    - 92% rated the product 8 out of 10 or above.

    “The results were staggeringly positive with parents loving the fit and functionality of the product together with its bright and colourful design and the body warmth benefit it provides. Also, despite the fact that this product should be a secure and snug fit to ensure both child and swimming pool are b

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  9. Preparing your little ones for swimming lessons
    Preparing your little ones for swimming lessons

    Preparing your little ones for swimming lessons

    A child's first swimming lesson can be an exciting experience for youngsters and parent’s alike. There are a number steps that can be taken beforehand to ensure your child feels confident and at ease before the lessons begin!

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    Start with a bath

    The simple task of having a bath can begin to support your child in their first steps in taking swimming lessons.

    Try using fun swim toys that your child will use during their swimming lesson, this will help them become familiar with the toys and build their confidence when starting to attend lessons eg: super soakers or seal flips.

    Getting familiar with the pool environment
    It is important to take your child to the swimming pool where you are planning to have the lessons for some quality time together, but also so your child can get familiar with the size, depth, and temperature of the pool.

    Keep in mind that a lot takes place throughout a swimming lesson, not just the fact that your child is going to have to follow instructions and participate. Increased noise levels in the surrounding environment are very different, which can sometimes be overwhelming and also the number of children in the class can also be a factor to your child’s levels of comfort.

    Finally, ensure you discuss basic water safety before their first swimming lesson and also talk to your children about the rules of the pool.

    Dress rehearsal
    Getting your child into their swimming costume at home can be a factor on how comfortable they feel when the day comes to swim  – why not even make getting dressed for their swim lessons into a fun game!  The majority of time, children’s confidence within water is effected by their body, mind and environment outside of the pool!

    Begin the Conversation
    Talking with your child about swimming prior to their lesson is very important. Talk them through the process of what will happen in the lesson and also how great it will be, helping your little one to build trust and feel prepared. As you can see your child building confidence in conversation, start talking about kicking their leg and simple exercises that will no doubt be in your child’s swimming lesson.

    What to pack for your swimming lessons
    We’re often asked by many parents “What should I pack in my child’s swimming bag?”.  We would recommend including the following items to be sure they have everything they need:

    - Swimming Costume
    - Towel
    Swim hat
    Children’s Swim goggles
    - Extra carrier bag to place wet swimwear
    - Drink and a snack for afterwards
    - Include a small coin purse, with some change in it for emergencies
    - We would also recommend marking or labelling clothing with your child's name to avoid losing any items.

    Day of the Lesson
    When the day of the lesson arrives, make sure

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  10. Baby Swimming Tips from Zoggs
    Baby Swimming Tips from Zoggs

    Baby Swimming Tips from Zoggs

    The greatest tip we can give is when you go to the pool with your baby, don’t make it about trying to ‘teach’ your baby to swim. We know that sounds strange as the topic is referred to as Baby Swimming, but the foundation of baby swimming has to be first and foremost about HAVING FUN and, if done correctly, that fun experience of water will remain with them for life. Here are some top tips from our Learn to Swim teacher.

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    Recently, I had the experience of taking my niece, who is two and a half months old, to our local pool. As we got into the pool it wasn’t a rushed experience, we took our time, not just in the getting changed process but also as we entered the pool and I slowly lowered her legs into the water whilst holding her close to me.

    Initially we just walked around the pool. With me holding her close to my chest I felt her body relax more. I rested her head on my shoulder close to the cheek of my face and we moved around and talked. She was amazing, relaxed and at ease and not for a single moment on that first swim did I let her leave my body, but instead made sure that for the whole time we were in the water together I personally stayed calm and relaxed. That first time, we only stayed in the pool for 15 minutes even though the temperature of the water was a supportive 33 degrees.

    From that first experience of water she has since been relaxed and had many fun times in the pool. From my experience it is vitally important that a young baby first enjoys the water with its family in this way.

    Here are my top tips that I use to support and develop baby swimming confidence and enjoyment in the water.

    1) Connection – Stay close with your baby. Make your time together in the pool relaxed and enjoyable and not about wanting your baby to achieve something.

    2) Warmth – Keep your baby warm both in and out of the pool. This can make all the difference with regard to their early pool experiences. Ensure you go prepared with a neoprene wrap, a baby nappy and a towel.

    3) Fun – When swimming with your baby it is all about making the experience as enjoyable as possible. Try taking some fun toys with you such as water soakers or water squirts.

    4) Face Wet – Begin to introduce your child to getting their face wet. This can be achieved by using water soakers and dripping the water over their head and encouraging them to do it to you too. Face wet doesn’t mean dunking them under the water. Remember that they’ve put their trust in you and it’s important to build the relationship.

    5) Movement – moving around the pool with your baby provides a different sensation to what they are normally used to. Encourage them to splash, to kick and to move however they want whilst you remain holding them.

    6) Confidence – As your baby gains confidence in the water you can begin to create space between you. Use an inflatable swimming ring so that they begin to feel that they have some freedom. Then progress onto a float suit that will support your baby. Always be close and in a position to support them.

    7) Time – Be conscious of time. Remember that they are very young and that they will feel the cold much sooner than you. Observe and be sensitive to this.

    8) Repetition – Try to make baby swimming a regular weekly activity that you do together. The more regularly your baby goes to the pool the more joyful the experience will be and the more confidence they will acquire.

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