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Tips for Water Safety – Child Safety Week 2018

Written by Jo Wilson from Swim Works

Baby in the bath

Shockingly, most babies that drown, drown at home in the bath or in the garden

Did you know babies can drown in as little as 5cm of water? It’s hard to believe when you think just how shallow that is, but this National Child Safety Week is the perfect time to think about how we can keep our little ones safe in and around water.

Most babies and small children who drown, drown at home in the bath or in the garden so not leaving babies alone in or near water, even for a moment, is best. Scarily, babies drown silently so you might not even hear any noise or struggle. It’s such a horrible thing to even think about, but having it at the front of your mind will keep you more mindful of the dangers.

Here’s a few quick tips from the Child Accident Prevention Trust, especially with summer coming up:

  • Always empty your paddling pool after use
  • If you’re visiting friends, ask about ponds or water nearby and be alert
  • Explain to older children why they should never swim in rivers or canals
  • At the beach, teach older children to swim between the two-coloured red and yellow flags that mark the areas with lifeguards
  • And keep children off inflatables when an orange windsock’s flying – the water might look calm but a wind blowing off the land can quickly sweep inflatables out to sea.

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REVIEW: Crocs Kids Swiftwater Sandals, £34.99

Crocs Swiftwater SandalsReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Joanna Osborne.

The Crocs Swiftwater Sandals fitted my son perfectly. He is only 21 months old, but he wears size 7 and wears a wide fit footwear.

The sandals are suitable to wear for walks and in water too. They cover the foot perfectly and are breathable. My son constantly wanted to wear them during the hot weather.

As for wearing them under water, they do the job better than I expected. I haven’t been on holiday but I have been taking my son swimming. He cannot swim yet nor does he listen to me when I say do not run because its slippery!

He has worn them in the pool 5 times already for an average of 1½ hours each time. The adjustable closure stayed closed for the whole time he was in the water. He was climbing over the mini water slides constantly and he ran around the pool, not on the drain grid but on the slippery part and he did not slip once. Continue reading

Oxfordshire Baby & Toddler Show: Sunday 10th September 2017

Oxfordshire Baby & Toddler ShowTickets for the Oxfordshire Baby and Toddler Show are on sale now!

Toddle About are proud to announce that we will be working with Bright Spark Events once again this year as they bring the Oxfordshire Baby and Toddler Show back to The Kassam Stadium on Sunday 10th September.

The show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county, with over 100 fantastic stands all under one roof, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool. There will be great shopping, parenting experts, a fantastic demonstration programme, activities, refreshments and fun-filled family entertainment.

To make sure everyone has a fun day, the little ones will have a large soft play area to enjoy and there will be special guest appearances from Anna and ElsaFireman Sam and Minnie Mouse throughout the day, with photo opportunities.

There is a jam-packed programme in the Demonstration Area, with a whole range of different activities and taster sessions for you to try, including baby and toddler first aid, baby massage, hypnobirthing, baby yoga, music and movement classes, baby signing and much more.

You can also get your hands on one of 300 exclusive goody bags containing come great treats! Goody bags are strictly limited and will only be available to advanced ticketholders so make sure you get yours by buying your tickets early, before they all go.

If this wasn’t enough Bright Spark Events are also proud to have won the Top 100 Mumpreneur award in 2015, Mumpreneur Silver website award, Best Business Women Awards finalist for excellent customer services in 2016.

Whether you are expecting your first or have a little one in pre-school, this is the premier parenting event in the county, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool in Buckinghamshire – we look forward to seeing you there! Continue reading

Northamptonshire Baby & Toddler Show: Sunday 24th September 2017

baby-show-WEBTickets for the Northants Baby and Toddler Show are on sale now!

Toddle About are proud to announce that we will be working with Bright Spark Events once again this year as they bring the Northants Baby and Toddler Show back to The Benham Arena for the fourth year.

The show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county, with over 100 fantastic stands all under one roof, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool. There will be great shopping, parenting experts, a fantastic demonstration programme, activities, refreshments and fun-filled family entertainment.

To make sure everyone has a fun day, the little ones will have a large soft play area to enjoy and there will be special guest appearances from Anna and ElsaFireman Sam and Minnie Mouse throughout the day, with photo opportunities.

There is a jam-packed programme in the Demonstration Area, with a whole range of different activities and taster sessions for you to try, including baby and toddler first aid, baby massage, hypnobirthing, baby yoga, music and movement classes, baby signing and much more.

You can also get your hands on one of 300 exclusive goody bags containing come great treats! Goody bags are strictly limited and will only be available to advanced ticketholders so make sure you get yours by buying your tickets early, before they all go.

If this wasn’t enough Bright Spark Events are also proud to have won the Top 100 Mumpreneur award in 2015, Mumpreneur Silver website award, Best Business Women Awards finalist for excellent customer services in 2016.

Whether you are expecting your first or have a little one in pre-school, this is the premier parenting event in the county, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool in Buckinghamshire – we look forward to seeing you there! Continue reading

The First Swim – Top tips for your first trip to pool with your baby

Swim Works and Little Splashers

Swimming with your little one is a wonderful bonding experience for you both

By Jo Wilson, co-Director of Swim Works and Little Splashers.

We often get asked for advice on how to prepare for our swim classes, or even just hear cries of, “Help! I’ve never done this before!” But don’t worry – most babies love the water as it’s a very natural environment for them and a wonderful bonding experience for you both.

Baby swimming lessons are the best way to introduce your little one to the water – you get to swim with a qualified, supportive instructor and lots of other parents too so you can share your experiences. But regardless of whether you have lessons or go it alone, there’s lots you can do to make sure that first trip to pool goes swimmingly! Continue reading

5 Essential Top Tips for Taking Your Toddler Swimming for the First Time

By Ali Beckman, Technical Director and Head Teacher at Puddle Ducks

Toddler Swimming - copyright Puddle Ducks

When your child can swim, there are so many benefits, from safety and confidence to simply having more fun on holiday!

There are so many reasons to take the plunge with your toddler and start swimming with them; water confidence, respect for water and essential water safety skills are the obvious ones. However, so many other aspects of life are improved by teaching your toddler to swim; family holidays are more enjoyable, you and your toddler will meet people and make friends plus there are physical and mental benefits to swimming.

Whilst there are many things to consider when you go swimming for the first time, don’t be put off by the logistics – it will be worth it!  Be prepared and don’t try to do any other activity that day. 15-30 minutes in the pool will be enough for their first time – you know your toddler best!

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Baby Swimming: Answering FAQs

Most parents want to teach their child to swim, but there are many things that new parents need to know. Such as how young baby should be before they can go in the pool, or if you need to wait for them to have their immunisations. Water Babies kindly offered to answer the most commonly asked questions for us:

“What are the benefits of baby swimming?”

water-babies2There are many benefits of baby swimming! Water safety is the main reason that most parents choose to take their baby swimming. By introducing your baby to the water at a young age, they become familiar with the environment and would not panic in the event that they fell in water.

Swimming is also extremely beneficial for your baby’s cognitive and physical development:

Physically, the water allows babies to exercise muscles that they can’t on land Continue reading