Swimming With Babies

The contents of a swimming bag for three!

The contents of a swimming bag for three!

We have a little routine going now on a Friday evening so we can have some time in the swimming pool with Alexandra. Even before she was born we bought cossies for her and decided we wanted to take her swimming, although eventually she was about 18 weeks old before we did.

We go to our local pool which has a session between 6.15 and 7.15 every evening for all ages, that may seem late to some but usually she’s had all her bottles for the day before we go so then when we get home she’s straight to bed, she always sleeps great afterwards so it’s not disrupting her routine as far as we can see.

As Dylan’s at work until gone five I prepare the swimming bag and then get Alex into her swimming cossie and swim nappy before wrapping her up warm and getting her into the car seat ready for him coming home. Once we get there we lay her down on the bench (obviously standing next to her at all times!) and get ourselves ready (I’ve always got my swimming stuff on under my clothes to make this process a bit quicker) before changing her at the last second.

We go into the pool for 20 minutes – as recommended by NHS guidelines to make sure she doesn’t get cold. She really enjoys bobbing along and watching the other people in there, as well as kicking her legs when she goes onto her front! From an early age she’s been in the shower and had water gently splashed on her face in the bath so she’s not scared of the water at all. I’d hate to have a child who didn’t want to get splashed!

After 20 minutes we go to the showers and I always skip washing my hair so I can go and empty the locker and get everything ready for her while Dylan gives her a shower. I then take her and wrap her in her big hooded towel to get dry and warm. Then it’s a quick change into a normal nappy and her babygrow so she doesn’t have to be changed again for bed when we get home. She’s then wrapped in her outside clothes to keep warm while we both get dressed again then we’re ready to go!

This little routine is working well for us although it will be even better when she can spend longer in the pool and one or both of us can get some proper swimming done in the lanes while the other looks after Alexandra for a bit!

Harriet and Alexandra X

Baby Bits

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about my pregnancy is getting to buy little bibs and bobs ahead of our daughter’s arrival. I’m one of those people who’ve always loved shopping for friends’ babies so getting to do it for our own is majorly exciting for me. Although we’ve slowed down what we’re purchasing as we don’t want to have loads of stuff we’ll never use, we have seen some adorable stuff in the past couple of weeks which we haven’t been able to resist!

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This gorgeous swimming costume was just £2 in Primark! I’m on the lookout for some tiny cossies for her as we want to take her in the water as soon as possible, this one’s 9-12m so she won’t be using it til next summer but I can’t wait until she fits into it!

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I picked up this beautiful long-sleeved bib in Boots for just £2.50. I was drawn in by the cute design and then when I realised the price I just couldn’t leave it there! Then I saw this pack of two bibs in Aldi at the weekend, which again are long-sleeved but these are a kind of towelling material on the front. So baby is getting well stocked up already for once she starts weaning!

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This set again won’t be useful until she starts weaning but it was just a couple of pounds from Aldi and contains every from spoons and plates to snack pots and sippy cups. I like the feeling that we’re well prepared for those early feeding days!

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This was actually a gift from my mom, who’s become obsessed with buying teddies! This is a gorgeous little rattle from Next and I love the fact it’s an elephant as bump’s first (in utero) holiday was to Thailand! It also keeps reminding me how much I want some stuff with ‘born in 2015’ on as that’s what the label says – I’m hoping we’ll find at least one outfit for baby with the same on it.

Harriet and bump x