FAQs

Does my baby need to wait to have his/her immunisations before swimming?
No.  You can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated.  It doesn’t matter if they haven’t yet completed their course of vaccinations.  Full NHS guidelines can be viewed at 

https://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1035.aspx?CategoryID=62&SubCategoryID=63
What does my child need to wear? 
We have a strict double nappy system which we ask all swimmers to follow.  As well as a paper swimming nappy (Huggies little swimmers or similar) we ask that all children who are not toilet trained also wear a “Happy Nappy” These can be purchased from us or online at www.splashabout.com

If your baby is younger than 12 weeks or weighs less than 12lbs we recommend purchasing a wetsuit for your baby.  This helps smaller babies keep cosy and happy in the pool. 
Should I feed my baby before swimming?
If your baby is still on a milk diet it is fine to feed them before they come swimming.  A hungry baby is an unhappy baby and we want this to be an enjoyable experience for you both.  Once babies move onto a solid diet we recommend leaving an hour from eating to going swimming, if possible.  
What should I bring to class?
It can be challenging the first few times you bring your baby swimming but it does get easier the more often you do it.  Initially, we recommend arriving at the pool 15 minutes before your class starts to allow plenty of time to get ready and get to poolside without rushing.  

Key things to remember

•      Swimwear for baby - Swim nappy and happy nappy for baby
•      Wetsuit for baby, if needed
•      Swimwear for mum/dad (although you might find it easier to wear your swimming costume under your clothes travelling to the pool, in which case, remember to pack underwear!)
•      Changing mat
•      Towels for you and baby (we recommend brining at least 2 towels for baby, one to lie on and one to dry with)
•      Goggles for mum and dad (you want to see your baby swimming!) 
•      Hair brush
What pools do you teach in?
•      Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre, Cowdenbeath  
•      Carnegie Leisure Centre, Dunfermline
•      Bowhill Swimming Pool, Cardenden
•      Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre, Kirkcaldy  
•      Beacon Leisure Centre, Burntisland 
•      Cupar Leisure Centre, Cupar 
•      Michael Woods Leisure Centre, Glenrothes
Do I need to be able to swim to being my baby?
No.  All the pools we teach in are shallow pools, which allow parents/carers to stand in the pool at all times.  You will never be asked to participate in any activity you are not comfortable doing.
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