Many of our customers visit the store either en-route to swimming with their toddlers or after and it was clear to me that swimming really is a great highlight of the week for many! And actually here at Treehouse swimming is a big part of our make-up with Kim and Sophie both having spent some of their happiest memories in the swimming pool as kids and also Beth adored swimming in the sea in Turkey where she grew up! Did you know that Sophie was a Junior Scottish Champion?!
So what does Edinburgh have to offer for parents wanting to take their little ones swimming? Are classes best or is it a do it yourself approach better? Also, what is essential to buy? So I’ve done a bit of digging around, asked many of our customers their experience and also spoken to an expert, Karina from Turtle Tots to bring you my blog on swimming!
Heading to the local pool?
The very first trip to the swimming pool with baby is super exciting, the opportunity to bond in such a special environment is amazing! From their very first trip they are embarking on what will become a wonderful life skill and a super form of exercise too. So for your little swimmers first visit to the pool a little preparation can go a long way. Here are some great hints and tips as featured on Parent Dish!
1. Always put a swim nappy on your little one before going into the pool
2. Avoid swimming if you or your little one has had a tummy upset in the past 48 hours
3. If you are going on holiday, it’s a good idea to get your little one water-ready first – even if it’s just splashing a little water over them in the bath
4. Stay by your little one at all times – not only is it safe, but it also helps form a close bond
5. To help your baby relax, keep your baby’s face close to your own and maintain eye contact. Smile, relax and drop down to the same level – your baby will love seeing you splashing too!
6. You may want to have your partner or a friend with you when you first start swimming, just whilst you get used to handling a wet baby
7. One of the best ways to get into the pool is to lay your baby safely on the poolside, enter the water and then lift him in
8. If you are new to baby swimming, go during off-peak times or earlier in the morning if you are on holiday – it makes the entire experience less stressful and more enjoyable
Our local pool to Treehouse is the Glen Ogle Swim Centre, situated between Stockbridge and Cannonmills is a hark back to Victorian baths but with a modern twist. Learn more about Glen Ogle at: www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/venues/glenogle-swim-centre
Leave It To The Experts
Many customers at Treehouse spoke so very highly of structured classes in and around Edinburgh, telling me that they enjoyed the routine, the expertise of the instructors and also the social aspect of getting to know other mums and dads also taking part! So here is my selection of the classes that really do get rave reports at Treehouse:
Turtle Tots: Classes take part in so many locations, that’s the great thing, you won’t struggle to find a class local to you! From the Novotel Edinburgh central, Oaklands School, to Bruntsfield Primary getting the right day and time that is convenient for you couldn’t be simpler! The classes begin during pregnancy and continues once your baby is born. I spoke to Karina from Turtle Tots, this is what she had to say:
“Turtle Tots is an innovative and unique swimming programme, which begins during pregnancy and continues once your baby is born. Our Turtle Tots and Turtle Toddlers programme teaches you how to teach your child to swim in a relaxed and sociable environment. During our classes we will teach you how to teach your child to swim above and below the water and vital lifesaving skills. Our baby programme has been devised in conjunction with a personal trainer to ensure that mums and dads also receive a work-out while swimming with their babies to help with post-natal fitness and well-being.
What makes us different? PASSION for what we do! We know how amazing and special each and every child is and want you and your child to enjoy every minute of our classes. We are committed to helping your child to learn water safety and swimming skills in a fun way and we want you to have a really special time with them in the pool:)
Our classes run for 30 mins and we have classes 6 days a week across the city. A typical 9 week term costs £112.50.”
Other great classes include: Water Babies; Taking part in various locations including St Crispans School and Braidburn School, the unique draw of Water Babies is that they specialist team of instructors actually teach a host of skills, including babies being taught their very own life saving skills! Run by Hugh and Aila Davidson, their testimonials speak for themselves at:www.waterbabies.co.uk
Aquatic Learning; These guys provide high quality swimming tuition for all ages and abilities at affordable prices. Locations include AbbyHill Primary, Broughton Primary and Trinity Academy. Aquatic learning is recommended by many parents at Treehouse who have more than one child due to the friendly prices! www.aquaticlearning.com
At Treehouse we are all keen to endorse swimming with kids and babies and can give great advice on essential swimwear required. We are delighted to be stockists of ‘Splash About’ and you are sure to be impressed with their ‘Happy Nappy’ and ‘Baby Wrap’ range available in store and online!
The ‘Happy Nappy’ is recommended by leading swim schools and is an award winning product, dramatically reducing the risk of leaks and fully re-usable. For baby, the Happy Nappy is comfortable to wear and offers 50+ SPF protection for when baby is in sunnier climates!
Splash About also bring us the ‘Baby Wrap’, specially designed to keep your baby warm in and around water. The unique open flat design of the mini wetsuit makes it fast and easy to dress baby too! Shop here for Splash About, swimming accessories and costumes: www.treehousechildrenswear.co.uk/childrens-clothing/Summer-Shop
So there we go, the Treehouse guide to swimming! We would love to hear more recommendations about the best classes or pools to share with our customers and so as always your feedback would be an absolute pleasure to receive. Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s blog!
Rebecca (Team Treehouse)