What to Wear to Baby Swimming Lessons
Preparing a baby or toddler for swimming lessons can be daunting, particularly when it comes to choosing the right suit, accessories, and all the extra gear.
These tips will help ensure your little one’s swimming lessons are safe, warm and fun.
- Choose the right size. Measure your baby for the best fit. Many companies provide detailed sizing guidelines. Choose a snug-fitting suit; don’t forget to account for shrinkage in the fabric. A loose swimsuit won’t work as effectively as snug-fitting one.
- Look for a quick-drying material. Consider options such as neoprene and nylon blends. They’ll dry quickly and also provide extra warmth in cold water.
- Check for quality construction. Look for reinforced seams, elasticized hems and flat-lock stitching to ensure a comfortable fit.
Look for a quality swim diaper, such as chlorine-resistant brands. Consider specialized styles for toddlers with adjustable straps and sides for secure fit. Some baby swimwear comes with built-in swim diapers, which is a major convenience.
- Don’t forget the convenience of a waterproof diaper bag. This should allow you to store wet swimwear and diapers separately, avoiding mess.
- Try reusable or disposable swim diapers. Reusable swim diapers may work well for those babies who fit into one-piece swimsuits, but might not fit over a diaper like the larger two-piece styles.
Warmth & Comfort Accessories
- Cheek warmers. These are lightweight, soft fleece hats that help keep your baby’s head and ears warm in the water.
- Neck float. A well-designed float provides critical buoyancy to the back of baby’s head and neck, allowing your baby to learn to swim with proper head and neck positioning.
- Swimsuit with feet. These built-in footies should fit snuggly around calves and ankles to keep feet warmer in the water.
For more inexperienced swimmers, safety accessories like safety vests and floating swimsuits help keep inexperienced swimmers safe and can eventually become a life saver. Floats provide critical buoyancy to help children maintain proper head and neck positioning.
- Swim Vests. Choose a U.S. Coast Guard approved vest, since they include features such as adjustable straps and buckles. Some also have crotch straps.
- Pool & Beach Toys. Certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these can help keep children occupied during swimming lessons.
When it comes to choosing gear for baby swimming lessons, safety and comfort should always come first. Having the right swimsuit, accessories, and safety gear will ensure your little one is safe, warm, and comfortable during their lessons.