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Swimming with Babies

Metrodome Leisure Complex

Taking your baby swimming can be brilliant fun and is a great way to introduce them to the water and build confidence and enjoyment. Babies have an instinctive affinity with the water and as learning to swim is a key skill for life, you can never start too early!

We have various sites with dedicated teaching pools and the Metrodome Leisure Complex is home to a specially designed Toddler Pool, just perfect for your little ones.

Here are some frequently asked questions and our answers about swimming with your baby. We look forward to seeing you and your baby soon!

Does my baby need to be fully immunised?
Government guidelines are that your baby does not need to have completed the full immunisation course before you take your baby swimming. However we do advise that you speak to your GP or health visitor if you have any concerns about immunisation and swimming. 

What should my baby wear for swimming?
Until your baby is toilet-trained it is mandatory to wear a disposable swim nappy. Swim nappies are available at all BPL swimming pools. We also recommend an outer nappy that fits close enough to form a tight seal around the waist and thighs.

Why introduce swimming so young?
We strongly believe that water confidence and the ability to swim is a key skill for life. As a parent you will want your child to be safe in water. Children who swim earlier in life have a much greater regard for water and are therefore safer around it than those who have not. Our parent and baby sessions can also provide a great social environment bringing lots of benefits and enjoyment to you both.

Do parents need to be confident swimmers?
No, although you will need to be in the pool with your baby. During designated Toddler Pool sessions, the pool is shallow enough for parents to stand up. Our teachers are fully trained and experienced to help you both feel confident in the water. 

What is your policy on photographing my child? 
In accordance with our child protection policy photographing or videoing is not allowed at any of our pools. There will be regular opportunities to have a photograph taken of your child through organised photo shoots. These will be advertised ahead of time. 

What if my baby cries a lot in the water?
There are many reasons your baby may cry in the water. Some babies need to adjust to the new environment they are in, with the sounds, splashes and echoes around them. Think about the timing of your class, is it close to a feed or nap time? And be aware of normal irritants such as teething or the beginning of a cold. Some babies go through a crying phase specific to swimming. This commonly happens around the age of 12 months and can seem frustrating if your baby has been very happy so far. It is important not to stop coming to classes during this time, your teacher has experienced this many times and can talk you through problems and adjust your program accordingly. Your relaxed positive attitude will also help.





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