It’s National Water Safety Week – a week that highlights the importance of staying safe in and around water for all ages. However, it’s a great time to think about water safety for little ones and about raising their confidence in the water.
Learning to swim is one of the most important skills your child can learn and they’re never too young to start on their swimming journey. That’s why we’re offering you the chance to win a term of swimming lessons with Water Babies at a centre near you.
Water Babies offer swimming lessons that can be joined from birth and work on developing a child’s confidence and skills in the pool using the best-trained baby swimming teachers in the world. They are offering one lucky winner a term of lessons (child must be aged under 12mths) and Trunki will also kit your child out with the PaddlePak of your choice for carrying your swimming gear.
To enter, simply head over to our Trunki Facebook page, ‘Like’ us and leave a comment on the Water Babies competition post. If you want to find out where your nearest Water Babies classes are, just pop across to the website and enter your postcode.
Competition terms and conditions
- UK entries only
- Photos from the photoshoot are not included as part of the prize
- Child must be 12 months or under
- This competition entitles one winner to a free ‘term of Water Babies lessons (Chapter 1)’, subject to available dates.
- Competition open to new swimmers only and the prize cannot be combined with any other offer
- Winner will be sent a voucher to redeem through Head Office
- Competition closes at midnight on Sunday 12th June 2016
Top tips on teaching children water confidence
Water Babies have been teaching babies and toddlers to swim since 2002 and now teach over 44,000 little ones every week. With a clear emphasis on having fun, their multi-award winning lessons are extremely sociable for both of you and a great way of making new friends. We asked them to share their expert advice on how to get your little ones in the pool…
Taking your baby swimming from as early as possible means you’re introducing them to exercise and encouraging a healthy lifestyle, right from the start. All swimming is fantastic for your baby, whether you want to do a specialised course or simply splash around in the pool. It develops learning skills, boosts confidence, improves co-ordination and enhances wellbeing – and with NHS guidelines saying that babies don’t need to have had their vaccinations before they can swim, it’s the only structured activity you can do together from birth!
What’s more, familiarising children with water at a very young age helps prevent a fear of water developing later. You’ll be teaching your baby a key skill, right from birth, and it’s one from which they’ll benefit for the rest of their lives.
Baby swimming is a completely relaxing and enjoyable activity, perfectly designed to enhance the parent/child bond. And, whilst you are learning new skills all the time, to you and your child you’ll only ever just feel like you’re simply having the best fun.
So whether you’re taking your baby to the pool on your own, or to structured classes, make sure your first visit is a positive, gentle introduction to this multi-sensory world.
Practical tips…if you decide to take the plunge!
- NHS guidelines say babies can swim before they’re vaccinated. However, if your baby was born premature, then you should consult your health professional beforehand – as you should if you have any other medical concerns.
- Always check the temperature of the water – it needs to be above 30⁰ for a baby older than 12 weeks (or heavier than 12lbs), and above 32⁰ if they’re younger or smaller.
- It may be worth investing in a little baby wetsuit if you’re visiting your local pool and you’re unsure of the temperatures.
- Limit the first few sessions to about 20 minutes – babies tire easily in the water and there’s lots of new sensations for them to take on board!
- Take two towels for your baby – one for when you leave the pool and one for after their shower – and a little hat for when you go outside.
- Be ready to give them a big feed after their swim – they’ll be ravenous after such a good workout!
- As you enter the pool together for the first time, smile and talk to your baby to reassure them it’s a fun experience (and don’t hug them too close)! Whatever you’re feeling will always transfer to your child, so the more relaxed you are, the happier they’ll be.