Baby’s swimming reflex
Babies have a complex set of reflexes which develop in the womb. There is a lot of talk about the mammalian dive reflex. This is a survival reflex when the face is submerged into ice-cold water! Luckily with our lovely heated pool babies won’t be using this reflex but will instead make use of one main involuntary response, the Laryngeal Reflex, easily remembered as the Gag Reflex. When babies feel water on their face, nose, throat and voice box this reflex kicks in and babies will instinctively hold their breaths and avoid inhaling water. With our Swim Babies Programme we go a step further! Through gradual progression and repetition we train our babies to hold their breaths before submersion, this in turn progresses as they get older to exhaling under the water ‘aquatic breathing’. This is essential as they progress along their swimming journey.
We take the health of our babies very seriously so please take the time to read through our guidelines.
Swimming before your baby’s vaccinations
NHS UK guidelines state that you are able to take your baby swimming at any time, regardless of whether they’ve had their injections. The high quality of the water in our private pool makes the likelihood of transmitting infections very unlikely; plus, the diseases against which your baby is inoculated can’t be carried in chlorinated water anyway.
Although from experience I find it is perfectly safe to swim with grommets, please check with your own doctor or paediatrician before bringing your child swimming.
Unwell? If you’re unsure…
If your little one has been unwell and you are unsure whether to come to lessons, please check with your doctor or paediatrician.
When not to bring your little ones swimming
Please, never bring your child swimming if they show signs of the following: ear infections, eye infections, chicken pox, a bad cold, vomiting/diarrhoea, Impetigo or Natal Sores (which are HIGHLY contagious). It would not be fair on your child or other families in the pool. Please ensure that any sickness/diarrhoea symptoms have completely cleared for at least 48 hours before your lesson.
Depending on the severity of eczema, for the majority, children are able to still swim comfortably. A prescribed barrier cream over the affected parts before entering water is advised. Please keep in mind that this barrier cream makes children very slippery in the pool so a little swim suite is advised over nappies to ensure you have a good grip on them in the water!
All babies and toddler (unless potty trained for 6 months) are required to use the double nappy system. The fact remains that babies poo, where ever and whenever they feel the need. By using the double nappy system (disposable with the reusable Splash Nappy over) will give you peace of mind whilst swimming with your baby and remains the most effective way of preventing accidents in the pool. If you notice a leaky nappy in the pool, please let the teacher know immediately for everyone’s safety and wellbeing.
Refunds and cancellations
Swim Baby is under no obligation to refund or transfer your money in the event that you are unable to attend part of or the entire course. We do however treat everyone’s case individually and assess where we can help. We will endeavour, where possible, to re-schedule your lesson (where available) for you to catch up. If however you are unable to make these classes then unfortunately your lesson would be forfeited by yourself. In the instance that our pool is closed, or your lesson is cancelled by Swim Baby you will always be offered a make-up lesson or a credit will be given to you for the following term. If you are no long with us for the follow on term then your money for those cancelled lessons will be refunded to you. Once a course has started, we regret that we cannot issue refunds or credits.