Do you know the one thing that has really amazed me about our Water Babies journey, is that Edie and Mabel are 11 months old now and weigh around 16lbs, but I can comfortably let go of them in a swimming pool and know that they’d cling on to the edge?!!
We’ve recently finished our Chapter Two lessons and will be moving onto Three soon and I am astounded at the progress, not just my girls have made but everyone in the class.
I had heard stories from friends and various people online about the benefits of baby swimming but seeing it with your own eyes is completely fascinating.
In case you aren’t familiar, each set of Water Babies lessons are set into chapters where babies (and parents) master different skills. In the first chapter we learnt about swimming under water, releasing babies so they can swim all by themselves and got to put our goggles on and join them! If you’re worrying that you’re not a good swimmer, don’t… you don’t need to be and I’m living proof as I’m utterly rubbish and scared of water.
At the start of Chapter Two, we learnt about side swimming and zig zagging babies through the water to stimulate arm and leg movements. It wasn’t long before Edie and Mabel both started to instinctively kick and wave their arms! It’s not just about learning new skills, all the activities are fun and lively so all the babies really enjoy each lesson.
By the end of Chapter Two, both Edie and Mabel had been surfing and could happily swim through a hoop under water without any aid! I’m actually a tad jealous, as I can’t even do that!
Edie is progressing a little faster than Mabel and adores swimming on her back. We can actually now take our hands away and watch her float on her own in the pool. She looks so incredibly peaceful and happy when she does it.
So of course when we were invited to an underwater swimming shoot, I jumped at the chance to capture them as they are now when they swim!
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the shoot but it was actually really fun. We were put into a little group and did a mini lesson to warm up. The photographer had explained it might be hard to get both girls in one photo so we did individual swims and a double.
The photos of the girls on their own were the better ones but I really wanted the one with the two of them together and so I chose the best one out of the three doubles that had been taken.
It’s been lovely watching them learn so many new skills and having fun in the water. I was filling in the sticker book the other day tracking their progress when I skipped to the end to see the things which they’ll be doing in Chapter 16… It’s cliche to say it but it’ll be here in no time and I can’t quite believe that they’ll be diving as toddlers and picking up toys from the bottom of the pool by then.
We’ve been to a few baby classes now but this is by far the best and for me the most important one which we attend.
If you’re interested in taking your baby swimming or learning more about poolside safety then I cannot recommend Water Babies enough. Find out more about Water Babies Tees Valley and North Yorkshire Moors who we swim with here or to find your local office, take a look here.
I did write this post in collaboration with Water Babies Tees but it is 100% my honest opinion. You can read my first post about baby swimming here.