As you have probably read on past blogs, Lacie has been swimming since she was 11 weeks old. We defiantly have our good lessons and bad lessons. She can now tell me what she wants to do in the pool and doesn’t – especially when it’s time to go under the water. “No, mummy, no mummy.” When she was a baby, she just did exactly as she was told!
I really can’t fault the lessons at Virgin Active though. We have had the same teacher from day one, which is great for both of us, and she has made some great friends. Virgin Active in Bromley also have great facilities and it’s lovely having lunch in the cafe afterwards – before she has a mammoth sleep. Swimming really is great for wearing her out!
Here’s a few things I do to keep Lacie interested and enthusiastic about going in the pool. She certainly has her off days when it comes to the lessons, but I really don’t want to be a pushy mum, so I try to make things as fun as possible for her!
- First, things first, every term I ALWAYS get her a new swimming costume. These days she even chooses it herself and recently chose this Zoggs Tutu ‘swimdress’ (Girls Sea Garden Tuille Swimdress; £15.00). She loves bright colours and everytime we put it on, she says “Ballet” and sings “Let it go”. She obviously feels glamourous in it! The reason I like the costume is that it’s also quick drying and has a criss cross back, which stops the straps falling down, a problem we’ve had in the past!
- We always meet her friend Henry in the changing room a little bit early. They can then get ready together, have a baby-talk natter and go in the pool a little bit before the lesson starts.
- Pool toys; Watering cans, floats, fish & hoops, you name it, she loves sitting on the side and playing before the lesson starts. I get her wet with the watering can before encouraging her to jump in the pool. Humpty Dumpty is a great way of getting her in. Recently I also got her these Peppa Pig ‘Peppa and George squirts‘, which we take in the pool with us. I do things like throw Pepper slightly in front of us and make her paddle her arms to get her, or pop both Peppa and George on a float and encourage her to hold on to the float and kick her legs. It seems to be doing the trick!
- We make sure we swim as a family at the weekends. Lacie loves swimming with Daddy around, and infact, the one time he came to watch her swim, she had the most fantastic swimming lesson and did everything that Sandy our instructor said. Mark was so impressed with her progress, which is reassuring – it’s hard for me to see sometimes, as I take her every week.
- After swimming snacks. Lacie always has a cheeky little snack after she’s got changed. Right now her favourite bars are Perkier Cashew, Chia & Pumpkin Seed Quinoa bars. They are free from refined sugar and packed fibre (to keep her fuller for longer), protein (for strong healthy muscles and tissue), omega 3 (for concentration and brain health), and antioxidants, to keep her healthy and well. She loves them, and I love how much goodness they have in them!
For more information on baby and toddler swimming lessons, check out Virgin Active’s Swim Starz programme here; https://www.virginactive.co.uk/our-difference/the-club-experience/swimming/swim-starz