Learning To Swim With Baby Annabell + Giveaway

Baby Annabell Learns To Swim

It’s really important to me that my children swim.  My eldest son learnt to swim from a very young age and Indie has been learning to swim for a while now.  She’s confident in the water but her breathing still needs a little practise so that she can work on those distances.  Our youngest daughter hasn’t got in the swing of it yet, so we’ve called on the help of Baby Annabell Learns To Swim and Rebecca Adlington to get over a few obstacles. Rebecca Adlington launches Baby Annabel Learns to Swim. Photos copyright Simon Jacobs & Zapf Creation uk_019 (1) We are having trouble getting Brook started with swimming lessons, and there’s a few reasons for this.  As you already know, she has suffered with Glue Ear and had grommets fitted very recently. While she can swim, for the first couple of weeks after the operation going in the pool isn’t a great idea because of the risk of infection.  From this point though, as long as she doesn’t dive in the water, it should be OK. We started her in swimming lessons in September, and we had big plans that her and her sister would both have their classes on a Sunday morning.  Brook didn’t settle into her lesson at all, which was probably a combination of not hearing so well at the time, not being in a class with her sister so feeling a little bit nervous going in the pool on her own. girl and baby annabell swim doll With the operation planned we decided to not push swimming lessons at that time and we’d try again later in the year.  I’d like to get her booked into another swimming lesson after October half term, but we will be looking at something in the week when her sister is at school.  We want to build her confidence up to go into swimming lessons independently in the meantime.  This is why we are loving the new Baby Annabell Learns To Swim doll from Zapf Creations.  You can’t beat some fun role play to help children explore areas that they are feeling a bit nervous about in real life.

Tips For Taking Babies and Children Swimming From An Olympian

Olympian Rebecca Adlington has teamed up with Baby Annabell and offers some great advice for parents experiencing similar issues to me with getting their child in the pool.   There’s also some great advice if you are just getting started with taking your baby or child swimming. She says: “Learning to swim is an important milestone, helping to instil confidence from an early age as well as being a really fun bonding experience between a parent and child. If your little one is nervous it can be a challenging process – expect plenty of tears and tantrums, however initial fears can be overcome by slowly building confidence and trust.” Baby Annabell Doll and Accessories  

  • Children can be initially nervous of the water, baby steps and lots of praise will help them overcome a lack of confidence. Try taking them alone to just watch for the first time, then toes in next time and so on, along with lots of positive praise to help encourage them to take that first dip.

 

  • Toys are a brilliant tool, they are such a good distraction for anyone who doesn’t normally like putting their face in the water or splashing. Toys such as the new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll are a great way to give children (and parents!) the courage to take those first steps towards swimming.

 

  • Swimming is huge bonding experience. The learning process is a lot to do with trust and really builds a closer relationship between and parent and child. For this reason, try not to use your phone during lessons to avoid distractions.

 

  • The younger you start swimming lessons the better. I took Summer from 3 weeks old. It is all about building confidence and awareness of the water from a young age. Swimming also helps with a child’s muscular development and is fantastic for understanding their physical abilities.

 

  • Make good use of the equipment that’s there. Whether it’s armbands, noodles, or vests, use whatever your child is more comfortable with. I tend to do five minutes with floatation equipment and five without, this helps when they’re really young and still building confidence.

 

  • Mix up who takes the child swimming. Whether its Mum, Dad, Grandparents etc. It’s good to go with someone they trust whilst getting used to swimming with different people.

  We love the Baby Annabell Learns To Swim doll as she shows our daughter what fun it can be splashing around in the water and floating around on her back.  Her cute accessories are perfect for acting out getting ready for a swim and learning what fun the whole process can be. We think the Baby Annabell Learns To Swim is set to be a must-have toy for Christmas, with her adorable swimming costume, inflatable water wings and cute hooded towel. Baby Annabell Learns To Swim Doll

Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Giveaway

Here at Zena’s Suitcase, we want to help you and your little ones have a very special Christmas.  This is why we are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Zapf Creations to offer Zena’s Suitcase readers the chance to win their own Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll.  We hope this will make for an extra special Christmas present for a lucky winner out there.  All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter below to be in with a chance to win! Competition ends 21/11/17.  Other T & C’s apply.  GOOD LUCK!

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171 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    October 20, 2017 / 10:15 am

    start as early as possible – I took my babies to our local pool from 8 weeks old!

  2. hazel haskayne
    October 20, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Always watch them

  3. iain maciver
    October 20, 2017 / 10:32 am

    start early and have fun

  4. S Edwards
    October 20, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Start by making it fun while their young

  5. Annabel Greaves
    October 20, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Make sure that you enjoy it and your child will too

  6. Amy Wright
    October 20, 2017 / 11:09 am

    To let the parent who is the best swimmer teach the child – I can’t swim very well so my husband teaches our children

  7. Emma Whitworth
    October 20, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Make it as fun as possible and let them get in themselves pushing them in is only going to scare them

  8. CHRISTINE SUTHERLAND
    October 20, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Start them young

  9. Susan B
    October 20, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Choose a pool that is reasonably warm and go in with them to show how much fun it is being in the water.

  10. laura stewart
    October 20, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    teach them when they are young but let them take their time

  11. Sue McCarthy
    October 20, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Start them early and don’t be shy if you are a bit chubby. I can’t swim cos I’m a porker and feel I do miss out on such a good form of exercise.

  12. Lucy B
    October 20, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Start them as young as possible

  13. Kayleigh Watkins
    October 20, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    I’m lucky my there children have always loved being in water, wether its the bath or swimming, I’ve always taken them swimming from babies, and swimming lessons are definitely worth the price xxx

  14. Danielle Pooley
    October 20, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    To start early & to make it fun!

  15. Ms Suan Watts
    October 20, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Start at an early age

  16. laura banks
    October 20, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    start as early as possible

  17. Catherine Furness
    October 20, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    The younger they start the better. To start with choose quiter times to visit the pool and most importantly don’t rush them.

  18. Karen hutchinson
    October 20, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Every child is different , if they hate it at first leave it a few months . Keep it fun , my son has lessons but loves it when we go fun swimming and play games all the time

  19. melanie stirling
    October 20, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    As I can’t swim myself it was really important to me that my children could so they had private lessons with a really good swimming instructor.They had group lessons too but it was the best thing they ever did and they are really good swimmers.

  20. Graham Ross
    October 21, 2017 / 7:20 am

    start as early as possible and make it fun

  21. Margaret Gallagher
    October 21, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Introducing to pool life as soon as you can
    Confidence will grow easily

  22. October 21, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    My advice. Would be get them use to the water. So maybe longer baths Some splash About also. Get them to learn to float so maybe say pretend your in bed but hold there head and go from there all depends on there age really, my child is a massive swimmer this how we got her to swim, and now she top. Of her class for swimming

  23. Lynn Heath
    October 21, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    My advice is to start early and then keep going. The most important thing is to have fun!

  24. October 21, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    This is a great idea. We’ve tried swim classes before with our almost-3 year old but she doesn’t like the swimming part. She just wants to sit on the steps and play with her toys in the water. A doll that swims is a fabulous idea.

  25. Andrea Fletcher
    October 21, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Start young and make it fun.

  26. Jade Hewlett
    October 21, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Start as early as you can

  27. Hannah Wallington
    October 21, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    I wish I had started earlier with mine

  28. Sidrah Ahmed
    October 22, 2017 / 12:55 am

    Have a pool at home and start them doing simple things and then take them to the swimming pools

  29. Solange
    October 22, 2017 / 4:18 am

    Help your child get used to being in water. The best way of doing this is in the bath. Sing songs that they know and play games with floating toys which will help to put them at ease and make the idea of being in water fun.

  30. stuart hargreaves
    October 22, 2017 / 6:52 am

    take them swimming for an early age ie 3 months

  31. Catherine McAlinden
    October 22, 2017 / 7:04 am

    Go as often as you can!

  32. lisa evans
    October 22, 2017 / 7:13 am

    Start early to get them used to the water so that they have no fear!!

  33. amy bondoc
    October 22, 2017 / 7:47 am

    the earlier you start the better!

  34. Ren Taylor
    October 22, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Start them young but dont force them….and make it fun!

  35. Fiona
    October 22, 2017 / 9:02 am

    Going to the pool regularly, doesn’t have to be for formal lessons

  36. Katarina Galbraith
    October 22, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Don’t rush them in the water – let them enjoy being in the water and having fun, getting used to the splashing and water.

  37. Lorraine Tinsley
    October 22, 2017 / 10:02 am

    I would echo what a lot of other people have already said and that is to start early. We used to take my eldest to baby swimming lessons and now she is a proper fish, she’s never had any fear and would jump in the pool even when she couldn’t really swim. I struggled to take my youngest and she hated the water and even now doesn’t like the water on her face.

  38. kayleigh white
    October 22, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    My tip is to start them as young as possible! Because my sister has a 16 year old thats terrified of water and can’t swim, yet my other sisters kids could swim from 10 months old.

  39. Kirsty Greer
    October 22, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Lead by example and have fun x

  40. Charlotte Pashley-Foy
    October 22, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Start early with professional lessons and be prepared to get involved!

  41. Caroline Dagg
    October 22, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I would say enjoy every moment. Babies are not babies for long. Water confidence comes from having fun

  42. Janie-Fleur Matcham
    October 22, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Start young let them go at their own pace be confident your self and never use water aids that do not carry a kite mark sound like common sense but my friends toddle nearly drowned by relying on cheep water aids c

  43. Tina Hewitt
    October 22, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Take them as soon as possible and make it a fun time then when baby is used to the swimming baths start the lessons

  44. Lorna Ledger
    October 22, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Start when they are a baby – make it fun, involve friends, and don;t put pressure on them

  45. Sarah Mackay
    October 22, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Perseverance is the key

  46. October 22, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    its easier if you start them out young

  47. abigail edkins
    October 22, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    defo start them young..and make bathtime fun

  48. leigh boyle
    October 23, 2017 / 9:41 am

    start them young if you can x

  49. Liam Bishop
    October 23, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Make it fun. Playing in the water is gaining confidence which will help later!

  50. Claire w
    October 23, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Just to make it fun and let them build confidence in the water

  51. Inga Andersen
    October 23, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Go to a decent adult toddler/child class or if you’re an accomplished swimmer just take your time and make it fun to build their confidence in the water 🙂

  52. emma walters
    October 24, 2017 / 5:44 am

    i wish i had taken my son to the pool more often before starting lessons, he hated them at first but now hes more confident, he has so much fun

  53. Dion petrie
    October 24, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Introduce them to it from an early age and make it fun

  54. Wendy Jones
    October 24, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Don’t put pressure on them to do specific things just have fun. Confidence will grow naturally.

  55. Katie Sharman
    October 24, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Never go if anyone is hungry!!! The tantrums from them and the stress for you aren’t worth it lol

  56. Alison Johnson
    October 24, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    Get them used to the water as soon as possible & then start swimming lessons when they reach around 3-4 years old.

  57. Susie Wilkinson
    October 24, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Start early, go to a swimming pool regularly, and don’t put any pressure on to be able to swim, they’ll do it in their own time

  58. Claire glace
    October 25, 2017 / 10:34 am

    I think learning them to swim is a priority over many things, something which brings hours of fun but also safety has to come first and its so important….

  59. Shara Geib
    October 25, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Start as early as possible . Lead by example and be relaxed- fun is the key component to a happy child in the water….

  60. crystal mccord
    October 25, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Patience is key.

  61. Sarah Addey
    October 25, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Start young and stick at it

  62. October 26, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    I have done it at 3 months and at 4 years. I prefer if they are older. Worked best for us.
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  63. Leila Benhamida
    October 26, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Start early and make it fun and regular.

  64. katrina walsh
    October 28, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Start as early as possible. It really does make all the difference

  65. Euisoo nam
    October 28, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Distract with lots of toys and do motions to familiar songs

  66. Sarah Forster
    October 29, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Just go for it! It’s not as scary as it seems!

  67. Jo Hutchinson
    October 30, 2017 / 2:16 am

    Go regularly to the pool and try to be relaxed.

  68. olivia Kirby
    October 30, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Start them young but don’t rush it.

  69. Kerry Kilmister
    October 31, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Start as early as you can. and make it fun and informative

  70. Michelle Ferguson
    October 31, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Start them as early as possible so they are confident in the water

  71. Hannah Rowley
    November 1, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Start them as early as possible so they are used to the water

  72. Angela Treadway
    November 1, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    Make it fun and be patient x

  73. Jane berrow
    November 2, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Get them used to getting their face wet, in a fun way of course.

  74. Lindsey Stuart
    November 2, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Take your little ones to the swimming pool as soon as possible, make it fun and by doing so you will build their confidence, Encourage them to take swimming lessons too it really is important.

  75. Isabell Whitenstall
    November 2, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Take the grandparents and make it fun for everyone. When they are used to the water book them in for lessons.

  76. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    November 2, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Do it! Do it whilst they are young and keen to learn 🙂

  77. Ray Dodds
    November 3, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Start easy build confidence always praise any success

  78. Victoria Prince
    November 3, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Start very early, find a good class that you are comfortable with (go and watch one beforehand if possible!) and don’t put too much pressure on too quickly

  79. janine atkin
    November 3, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    start young and make it fun

  80. Angie McDonald
    November 4, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Take your child as early as possible as this allows them to build up confidence as they get older fear or the water may set in

  81. Ann Willers
    November 4, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Start as soon as you can, make it fun, introduce elements gradually, never let them get cold or uncomfortable, build up a regular routine

  82. Gillian Turner
    November 4, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Start as young as you feel comfortable with and keep it fun. Not every experience in the pool is going to be brilliant so take things at a comfortable pace

  83. Lia Burns
    November 4, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Let them learn at their own pace, don’t push them and if they don’t feel comfortable doing something then leave it or they could be afraid. Also reward them often x

  84. claire woods
    November 5, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Start them young. Classes are a good idea, as they make it fun.

  85. Lorraine Stone
    November 5, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Start as early as you can, I would join a class.

  86. Rachel Butterworth
    November 5, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Don’t force it. They’ll learn in their own time.

  87. alison fisher
    November 5, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    start as early as possible and be prepared to go in and join in the fun splashing

  88. MARIA ROGERS
    November 5, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    my daughter did a sponsored swim for the british heart foundation BEFORE she could even walk! we went swimming a few times a week, I gave her confidence in the water, we had fun.

  89. kiya johnson
    November 6, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Start early!

  90. Ruth Harwood
    November 7, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Patience and perseverance xx

  91. Rich Tyler
    November 7, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Start slow, make it fun, don’t pressure them

  92. November 7, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Not to make a big issue out of it and instead of focus on fun and introducing it at their pace

  93. Kirsty Ward
    November 7, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Start them young & make it fun!

  94. Jen Schofield
    November 9, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Definitely get in with them rather than leaving it all down to a teacher

  95. June Lord
    November 10, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Start as young as possible and don’t let them sense fear from you.

  96. Sadiyya Maryam
    November 11, 2017 / 8:07 am

    To make it fun and enjoyable. I cannot swim but made a conscious effort to get my daughter start early and she absolutely loves it.

  97. Kelly Cooper
    November 11, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I would say don’t rush it and be confident the more you are the more they relax

  98. misty
    November 12, 2017 / 12:17 am

    just relax and dont force it

  99. Clare Hubbard
    November 12, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Patience and have fun

  100. Mary Wilson
    November 12, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Start early, protect their delicate skin

  101. Christina Curtis
    November 13, 2017 / 1:27 am

    Take them from a young age and have fun, be patient.

  102. Jayne Kelsall
    November 14, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Start as young as possible and be confident, they won’t be nervous if your not .x

  103. Yolanda Davis
    November 14, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    let them choose a swimsuit they like and get them excited about it. there’s always the rivalry thing to if you’ve got more than one child, like who’s going to be the first to do it on their own.

  104. Edward Guerreiro
    November 14, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Persistence is really the only advice I can offer. My niece loves being in water, but it is taking a long time for her to feel comfortable putting her head under. Each time we go swimming she gets a little more comfortable.

  105. gemma hendry
    November 15, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    start early so they familiarise themselves with water

  106. Kat Allinson
    November 15, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Always make it fun

  107. lesley renshaw
    November 16, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Start as early as possible – they love it!

  108. Kimberley Ryan
    November 16, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    start young and make it fun

  109. rebecca austin
    November 16, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Be patient and try make it fun

  110. Vicky H
    November 16, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Start as early as you can.

  111. ADEINNE TONNER
    November 16, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    My tip would be start young when teaching them how to feel safe in the water and to swim too.

  112. Michelle Carlin
    November 17, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Act confindent in the water yourself, even if you aren’t really, so your child feels confident too.

  113. Charmaine Dance
    November 17, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Start early

  114. Emma Jones
    November 17, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Start as early as possible and keep it fun for them 🙂

  115. MICHELLE O'NEILL
    November 17, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    make it fun!!!

  116. Naomi Buchan
    November 17, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Just dont be overly protective, they will sense your worries. If you are relaxed they will be too x

  117. Kev Cannon
    November 17, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    As everyone else has said you need to start as early as possible and also don’t show any fear of the water or children will pick up on it and the process gets much harder

  118. Kelly Hirst
    November 18, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Don’t rush and enforce as you’ll give them a fear of water rather than confidence

  119. CRAIG AUSTIN
    November 18, 2017 / 11:57 am

    We put ours with a swimming coach and he was great

  120. Sarah Austin
    November 18, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Start as early as possible!

  121. MichelleD
    November 18, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Start early and make it exciting!

  122. alice lightning
    November 18, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    learn to love the water from bathtime then gradually go to a paddling pool or beach to really get use to the water then when more confident take them in a pool with you and some water toys to make them comfortable worked for me

  123. Jessica Barber
    November 18, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Start young but don’t rush them – they’ll get there in their own time!

  124. Steven S
    November 18, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Patience, patience & more patience. Plus they are not as fragile as you think they are.

  125. Caroline Smith
    November 18, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Be confident as this will rub off on them, nervous parents equals nervous children!

  126. Nicki Simpson
    November 18, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    We have found that just swimming as a family as often as we can has naturally led to our little girl being able to swim (and dive) she’s 5 just turned and we are proud of our little mermaid x

  127. Pamela Gossage
    November 19, 2017 / 7:44 am

    Take them to the pool as young as you can to just play and be very patience

  128. Lauren Stebbings
    November 19, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Keep it fun and lots of encouragement

  129. Marie Rule
    November 19, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Start as early as possible

  130. Anthea Holloway
    November 19, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Take an older child with you who can swim – this will encourage your little one no end!

  131. Sheri Darby
    November 19, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Go swimming regularly

  132. Sam Parkes
    November 19, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    Introduce them to swimming as early as possible to build their confidence then sign them up for lessons

  133. November 20, 2017 / 12:06 am

    Go prepared, it makes the whole experience less stressful, the first time I took my son I was not prepared and I found it very stressful, now its a lot easier, I take an extra towel too as we somehow always manage to need one.

  134. karen
    November 20, 2017 / 12:13 am

    Get them in the pool as early as possible. Don’t force them to enjoy it, just let things take their time. Get them in for swimming lessons as soon as possible.

  135. jamie Millard
    November 20, 2017 / 12:23 am

    the earlier you get them in the water, the better, it makes the ongoing process easier.

  136. Emma Hussain
    November 20, 2017 / 3:37 am

    Start whilst they’re young

  137. joanne casey
    November 20, 2017 / 7:46 am

    Make it fun..my children learnt much better when they were enjoying themselves

  138. Rebecca Hadfield
    November 20, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Start as early as possible but always make sure sessions are fun. Don’t ever let them associate water with fear.

  139. Tracy Gladman
    November 20, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Start as early as you can. The sooner they are introduced to the water the more confident they will be.

  140. Alison
    November 20, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Go at a quiet time, the noise at a swimming pool echoes and can be really loud, also don’t let them get cold.

  141. carla carthy
    November 20, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Take them early some swimming pools have a mother and tot session 🙂

  142. charlaine cross
    November 20, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    take your baby to an aqua baby swim class they swim under water and love it. my oldest goes to swimming lessons also and she’s a great swimmer. my youngest will be starting shortly but she loves the water already as she’s been going every week since she was 3months wish I cud post an under water shot of her to let yous see xx

  143. francis lee
    November 20, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    go as early as possible and regularly using swimming aids, then sign them up to classes with a qualified instructor

  144. Dean Boyle
    November 20, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Practice makes perfect take there friends make it fun

  145. Stevie
    November 20, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I think if you include the whole family then the learner can join in the fun.

  146. Alison Macdonald
    November 20, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    If possible take them swimming when they’re babies (as young as possible)

  147. Nancy Bradford
    November 20, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Just to make sure they have plenty of supervised time and access to a pool.

  148. Tammy neal
    November 20, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Start them early and have fun xx

  149. Paula Phillips
    November 20, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Get them used to the water when they are young so that they enjoy playing in it and are not scared.

  150. NATALIE BRADLEY
    November 20, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Make swimming fun and start them early

  151. Ian monck
    November 20, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Looks like fun and makes learning easier

  152. Jo Hutchings
    November 20, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    My tip would be to let them see how much you enjoy the water.

  153. Ali Fanstone
    November 20, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    make it fun

  154. Katie
    November 20, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Start at an early age

  155. Natalie Crossan
    November 20, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Start them early and make it fun xxx

  156. Charlotte Hoskins
    November 20, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Find a centre that makes classes fun. Too regimented and the kids will start to not want to go

  157. Gemma Holland
    November 20, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    My tip would be to check the water is warm enough for your little one

  158. katie w
    November 20, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    start as early as possible get them used to water

  159. Kirsty N
    November 20, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Mine is to keep a snack handy for afterwards as swimming is tiring and always makes little ones hungry

  160. Martina Deeley
    November 20, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Be patient and encouraging at all times

  161. sandy ralph
    November 20, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    take them as soon as you can and make it fun with gentle splashing at first or gentle spinning around n the pool until they get used to it

  162. Diana
    November 20, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Swimming lessons as early as possible and be patient 🙂

  163. Adrian Bold
    November 20, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Start them as young as you can and have patience!

  164. Donna Caldwell
    November 20, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Make it fun not all children like water

  165. Eve H Ogden
    November 20, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Earlier the start the better

  166. Niki Marie Wardle
    November 20, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    Make it a fun activity, they’ll learn the basics without realising!

  167. Rebecca Mercer
    November 20, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Start taking them as young as possible get them used to the water

  168. Caroline Signey
    November 20, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Take them as often as possible and make it fun and relaxed

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