Arya's first time swimming + Tips for your toddler's first swim!

May 4, 2017

Summer is almost over as per our weather calendar but this didn't stop us from taking Arya to her first official swim in another country. Yes!

During our stay in Vietnam, we went to Muine to see the beautiful beach. Unfortunately, Arya wasn't fond of the sand, wave, and sun. She hated the weather and got really scared of the ocean. The water was extremely cold too and the sand on her feet just made her mad, so she just clung on to me whenever I take her to the beach.

Taking her to the swimming pool turns out to be a good idea cos she just loved it! The water was warm, no waves, and she just totally chill. If you've been following my IG and FB stories then you know what I am talking about. But, hey, here are some photos!

By this time, she started hating the floater that we got her and she just wanted to jump and swim by herself, which is totally impossible because she can't even reach the floor. There was no kiddie pool at the resort but we managed to find one when we visited my mom's friend in HCMC and we went swimming. My goodness! I didn't know she can run on the pool! Kiddie pool changes everything. Believe me!

Now, here are my actual tips. I'm gonna just enumerate these and hope that it will be able to help you enjoy that first toddler swim.

  • Don't forget to bring sunscreen / sunblock with you. I bought SPF 50 from Beach Hut baby sunblock.
  • Apply the sunblock 30 minutes before hitting the water. That's what the label says which I do not follow. I usually just go for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Get a floater. There's a 50 - 50 chance that your kid will either hate or love it. Either way, just get one. A travel friendly one.
  • Get a proper swimming attire. Go for rash guards!
  • Swim when it's not too hot. We don't want any sunburns.
  • Check if the pool water is cold or luke warm. Depending on your child's water temperature tolerance, they will either love or hate it.
  • Check if the pool water has too much chlorine. It's a no - no for me if I can taste and smell the chlorine. Too much chlorine can irritate our babies' sensitive skin and we don't want that.
  • Bring toys in the water. It will help them calm down and play along with their environment.
  • Try submerging your child's whole body into the water and see how they will react. Their reaction usually determines if they can learn how to swim in the future. Arya didn't cry, BTW. She loved it, so she started submerging herself in the kiddie pool.
  • Ready some bath robe or towels nearby so you can wrap your child as soon as they are out of the water. We don't want them to chill too long.
  • Bathe your child as soon as both of you are out of the water. You want to thoroughly clean her skin with a mild - moisturizing soap so her skin won't be irritated.
  • Lastly, prep some nice meal for your child right after the bath. Cos they will be pretty hungry and sleepy.
There you go, if you have any other tips that I've missed, feel free to leave them on the comments below!

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