Jul 19

Our little water baby

by LifeLoveLaura on July 19, 2013

When Little T was teeny I couldn’t wait to take him swimming for the very first time. I never had lessons, I can’t remember why but my dad taught me instead. It was what we did every week on a Sunday morning for Daddy and Laura time and it was my favourite thing to do as we’d always stop off in Beverley for a Burgess ice cream on the way home. I remember once asking for pistachio thinking it was mint choc chip and I was most disappointed. Anyway, I’m going off on a tangent…

I don’t have a perfect Olympic technique but swimming is the only form of exercise that I actually enjoy! From the day Little T was born I wanted to be sure that, like his mum, he was used to being in the water so, along with baths with mummy he has been having swimming lessons for a while, since he was 6 months old to be precise. He’s now 10 and a half months so he’s pretty well acquainted with the water. Be it a paddling pool in the middle of the living room floor, a bubble bath, a huge pool or dipping his feet in the sea, his face beams with the biggest smile.

My baby loves the water

Not being fully satisfied with his first block of lessons at the gym my mum and I were members of (the teacher was fab but the other children were a little bit too old for T to get anything out of the lesson, he was just getting splashed a lot) we tried a free session with another teacher, Alison’s Aquastars, a few weeks ago and she was great. The lessons are at a Nuffield gym which is spotless and never too busy. It is a perfect environment for a baby swimming class, with lots of space in the pool. There are less little ones in the class too so everybody gets quality time with the instructor. An added bonus is that we are joined in the lessons by my friend Jess and her gorgeous little lady Bea (T’s future Mrs, of course!) We sing songs, swim up and down the pool chasing toys and swim the babies under the water to mummy, to name just a few activities. The lessons follow the Starfish programme, designed for babies six months and over to be introduced to the water. They are varied, fun and different every week and are a pleasure to attend. If Little T is anything like his mummy (I have the attention span of a gnat) he could get bored easily but these lessons keep him stimulated and he loves them! Although I have to admit, sometimes he is a little bit lazy and is more happy to cruise along leaning on my shoulder and taking in the surroundings rather than putting effort into him swimming. Typical man behaviour, maybe?

Toy Story Woody swimming costume

The babies love it, dunking and everything! I am so happy to say that yesterday Little T and Bea got their very first swimming badges!! I was so proud of my little man’s achievement that we popped to my parents’ on our way home to show them his brand new certificate and badge for his Woody swimming cossie. He won’t have a clue about it, I know, but even still it’s his first proper formal achievement and as a new mummy little things like this are super special.

Starfish swimming award badge 1

GO LITTLE T!

Laura x

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

MrsSWoodward July 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

That cozzie is brilliant !!!

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Manxclaire July 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

Go Toby!! Those lessons sound like great fun :)

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LifeLoveLaura July 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

They really are, they teach life saving skills too. Even at such a young age the babies pick it up so quickly! x

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Amy Georgina July 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

Aww, go Little T! That’s lovely. We took Scarlett to Water Babies but she kinda hated it and there was never any certificate or anything. Determined to find something in New Year with little one.

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Loulabelle July 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Oh what a cutie! I LOVE the cowboy ensemble xxx

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