Get your kids ready for the pool this summer!
Ok parents, let’s get real. Your social media-conscious friends are posting pictures of their kids rolling around on splash pads and the sand… summer is approaching, and it’s time to get ready for the water.
If you’re sitting there wondering how you’re going to get your kid in the pool without them sinking to the bottom like a box of Legos, you’re not alone. You’re a parent. You’re allowed to worry. It’s natural and necessary.
The truth is that swimming is a life skill, and the first step to being comfortable taking your children to the pool is to know some water safety tips. In this blog post I’ll show you some tips on how to get your kids ready for the pool this summer.
Techniques I Teach
I want to share some real and not-so-common-sense steps if an emergency were to arise. So let’s all take a moment to learn. Shall we?
Water Safety Supplies for Your Pool
Amanda Van Cleve is a swim instructor with her own business, Splash With Me. She has been around the water her whole life and plans to keep it that way. She is from The Woodlands, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University where she studied education and business. Amanda moved to LA after college, and is now teaching students of all ages across the westside how to love swimming as much as she does. You can learn more about her lessons at www.splashwithmela.com, or contact her via email. Also check her out on Facebook and Instagram (@splashwithmeLA).
A baby & toddler swimming essential: The swim diaper.
This week's topic is a very hot one in the swimming world: ✨ All. Things. Swim diapers ✨
Swim Diapers 101
If you are ready to bring your baby or toddler to the pool, you must get them a swim diaper.
Swim diapers are an essential part of a child's swimwear, as they prevent accidents in the pool and keep the water clean. They are not the same as traditional diapers! Regular diapers are not waterproof, so they can get soaked even if you put a diaper cover on top. This can add extra weight and stick to your baby's skin, causing rashes. Swim diapers are thinner and less likely to cause irritation compared to regular diapers as all of the absorbent materials for liquid content are removed. They also will not weigh your baby down when swimming, which can be a major safety hazard. Swim diapers come in two classes: disposable and reusable. Let's "dive in" (get it?) to the two classes of swim diapers...
Disposable Swim Diapers
A disposable swim diaper is meant to be used once and then thrown away, even if your child doesn't use the bathroom in them. There are some pros and cons to these types of diapers:
Are they worth it? (Hint: Yes, they are). Reusable swim diapers are a great choice. Here are a few reasons why you might consider buying a reusable diaper:
Here are some brands of disposable and reusable diapers that my clients have enjoyed:
Disposable Diaper: Huggies Little Swimmers
Reusable Diaper for Convenience: Alvababy
Reusable Diaper with Leg Seals: Splash About
Adjustable Diaper: Beau & Belle Littles
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I look for when buying a reusable swim diaper?
A: Look for a diaper that fits your child snugly to prevent leaks. Make sure that it is made with absorbent materials to ensure maximum protection, and that it has a secure closure system to prevent it from falling off.
Q: How do I put a swim diaper on my child?
A: Reusable swim diapers are very easy to use. Place the swimming diaper under your baby's bottom and fasten it tightly around their waist using hook and loop closures or snaps. Keep in mind that swimming diapers are meant to be worn tightly to prevent any accidents.
Q: Should I put a regular diaper under a swim diaper?
A: No, using diapers under reusable swim diapers would defeat the purpose, and can cause safety issues since the regular diaper would weigh the baby down as soon as they enter the water. Do not use regular diapers as swim diapers.
Q: Do swim diapers hold urine?
A: No, swim diapers are used to contain solids. They exist to protect your children from bacteria while swimming and prevent any embarrassing accidents that are totally normal when your little one is not potty trained yet.
Q: Can a swim diaper be used as a regular diaper?
A: No, unless you are around the pool or the beach. Swim diapers are designed to contain solids and not liquids. So if your child pees while wearing one, the pee will wet their clothes and their surroundings.
Q: How do you clean a soiled reusable diaper?
A: Reusable diapers are designed to contain solids. You should remove your child from the water body as soon as you realize that they have soiled their diaper. Knock the solid into the toilet and rinse any stains out with soap and water afterward. You can also wash it alone with gentle detergent on a cold and delicate cycle and hang it to dry.
Have an interesting experience with swim diapers? Leave a comment below!
Supplies to ease your learn-to-swim journey
This week's topic is swimming aides! These aides can be extremely useful in helping swimmers improve their technique and build strength. They can also help beginners feel more comfortable in the water and reduce the risk of injury. Feel free to check out the links below to find my favorite swimming aides!
Swimming fins can help you swim faster and strengthen your leg muscles. They can provide several benefits such as improving leg strength, increasing ankle flexibility, helping with body positioning, and enhancing overall swimming technique. They can also be used for different types of training, such as sprinting or endurance work, and can be a useful tool for both beginner and advanced swimmers. Click on the images below for some of Amanda's favorite fins. Amanda's favorite brands are FINIS and Cressi.
2. Kick Boards
Kick boards can be beneficial for new swimmers in many ways. They can help strengthen leg muscles, improve balance, and can be used in different ways to vary your swimming workouts and train different muscle groups. Kick boards are also a great tool for rehabilitation after an injury.
3. Pull Buoys
A pull buoy is a useful tool for swimmers as it helps to isolate the upper body and arms, allowing swimmers to focus on improving their upper body strength and technique. It also helps to improve body position and balance in the water.
By using the right swim equipment, you can improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury. Make sure to choose equipment that fits well and is comfortable to wear. Happy swimming!
Amanda Van Cleve
Owner, Splash With Me LLC