Water Confidence with SwimFin

This week we’ve finally been able to take little Annabelle swimming with us. When we went there through the week, sadly she had to stay at home with her Daddy due to still getting over a pretty nasty cold. But now that’s gone, we’ve packed her swimming bag, along with her Uncle & her Siblings, and off we went.

I didn’t expect her to actually want to carry her backpack because to be fair, it’s a little big for her. But, toddler girls being riddled with independence with a side order of determination, she carried it. When she proudly put it on her back and happily toddled off, I’ll not lie, the cuteness bowled me over. Just seeing her walking in between her siblings brought a tear {or 3!} to my eye.

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If I was guilty of anything as a parent, it’s not taking the kids swimming as much as I should. I think when Annabelle was smaller it was just spending too much money for so little time in the pool, that our weekly visits sadly dwindled. But now she’s older it’s time to dive back in. So to speak.

Once we got ourselves ready and the kids had their Swimfins strapped on. It was pool time!!

As expected Annabelle clung to me like a barnacle would to a rock once we walked into the baby pool at our local swimming pool. I think it was safe to say that she has zero water confidence.
So I literally took things at her pace. I began with trying to encourage her to let go with one hand to splash a little {this took some time}, to holding her by the hands and pulling her around the pool etc. Doing this over & over and in the space of an hour, my toddler went from a barnacle to a little angelfish refusing Mummy’s help!

I kid you not!

Once I showed her how to hold and pull herself around the edge of the pool that was her. Total confidence boost. Her I CAN DO THIS attitude had taken off and even when I went to help her a few times I got a firm hand held in front of my face to tell me that she had everything under control {I guess that was me told!}.

I only wish I had photos to share but sadly, public pools are very {very!} against any kinds of photography {or videos} being taken. But take it from me, Swimfin gave this little button the confidence to go from zero to hero in NO time and this Mama could not be more proud!

Do you guys go swimming on a regular basis? Hows your kids water confidence? 

I have a full Swimfin review coming soon! So keep an eye out! 

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14 Comments

  1. 11/08/2015 / 10:02 AM

    Awwww … cute! The little backpack consumes her! I think it’s great getting kids used to water early – I’m from Australia so it’s drilled into us pretty young here. And love that the little daredevil is ready to go it alone already! You must be a proud Mumma! #twinklytuesday

    • 11/08/2015 / 10:08 AM

      Haha it does but she just loves carrying it herself. You’re so lucky! Having the beach so close by too! My Brother lives in Sydney at the moment. She is such a brave girl! Her confidence has SOARED in such a short period of time. Its all quite exciting!! x

  2. 12/08/2015 / 12:18 AM

    Anything that gives kids confidence in the water has got to be a great thing, and they sound really fun too! Thats for hosting #MMWBH

    • 12/08/2015 / 12:19 AM

      sorry for the typo – meant to say thanks, not thats (redface)

  3. 12/08/2015 / 6:53 AM

    Living in Holland water is everywhere so it was very important for our kids to learn to swim! Both have been swimming since babies. We attended baby swim group. They start lessons at age 4/5 here.
    The swim fin looks great. I’ll look for the review. #MMWBH

  4. 12/08/2015 / 7:56 AM

    It is prohibitively expensive to swim on a regular basis but my boys have learnt on holiday. It is great that she is so confident so quickly. Love the back pack. Looks big enough to put her into it!

  5. zoe dunn
    12/08/2015 / 11:12 AM

    awe brilliant so pleased she built her confidence up fantastic

  6. Tracey Abrahams (The Anxious Dragon)
    12/08/2015 / 1:44 PM

    She looks so cute with her little (big) backpack.Swimming was an activity I always enjoyed with my boys when they were smaller. I really need to start going again.
    #MMWBH

  7. 13/08/2015 / 10:21 AM

    How cute do they all look in their little line, bless! I too am guilty of not taking the monsters swimming enough, Dean always at work and its pretty much impossible to take 4 kids swimming on your own when 3 of them are under the age of 4…in fact i think Elsie has only been once, and she is 2 soon! Jenson starts school in sept and Evie at preschool so maybe me and elsie could have a monthly swimming date! Cant wait to read your full review!

    ~MMWBH

    • 14/08/2015 / 7:52 AM

      Ha! Yeah I love that shot myself. Its tough going having to take them but it really is worth it.

  8. 13/08/2015 / 7:38 PM

    As a twin mama this is something that I feel like I’m really missing out on! Its impossible to take two littles swimming by yourself — I really need someone with me, just from the safety angle. I can’t wait ’til they get a little bigger and we can start going swimming regularly — they absolutely love it 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • 14/08/2015 / 7:51 AM

      Gosh I could not even imagine going swimming with two little gorgeous twins. Hopefully you can get them there soon {I tend to go on a weekends when the partner’s home} and its great to hear that they love it too!! x

  9. 14/08/2015 / 12:46 PM

    Oh, this is lovely. It’s so good to hear about how confident she’s grown in just one session. And just look at her with that backpack! Aww. #MMWBH

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