Rebecca Adlington's top tips for taking your baby swimming

Take your baby swimming early

You don't need to be an Olympic swimmer to take your baby swimming - all you need a swimming costume, swimming nappy for your baby and some water.

Despite popular belief you do not even have to wait until you baby has had their immunisations - it is thought that this advice is from when polio was common but there have been no reported cases of polio since 1984.

We took M swimming from the age of 6 weeks and she has loved swimming so much. Just seeing the swimming pool excites her and she loves getting her face wet, putting her head under the water and having a general splash about. Even in colder waters she enjoys her time in the pool and I put this down to taking her swimming when she was so young.

You can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated. It doesn't matter if they haven't yet completed their course of vaccinations.

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But if you were an Olympic swimmer then you would surely have some great hints and tips to share with others and this is exactly what Olympic swimming gold medalist and new mum Rebecca Adlington has done with her five top tips to make swimming fun and enjoyable for even the littlest water baby:

Rebecca explains:

1: I loved being in the water from a young age and my sisters and I were fortunate to have parents who took us swimming every Saturday. It was the most fun we had as kids and created lots of wonderful memories. And it doesn’t cost a fortune!

2: Swimming is a life skill everyone should have - it could save your life one day as well as being great for your health and wellbeing. I’d love Summer to follow in my footsteps but whatever she decides to do, I’ll be happy as long as she’s a confident swimmer. Just like my parents, Harry and I plan to take her swimming every week.

3: Getting back in the water is empowering for new mums as well as being a great confidence booster. It’s easier said than done, but women should try not to worry about their post-pregnancy figure and instead embrace spending time with their new arrivals. It’s also worthwhile remembering that swimming is a fantastic all over body exercise which can help tone your body. You actually burn 300 calories for every 30 minutes of swimming, which is why it is one of the most effective forms of cardiovascular exercise.

4: Swimming is one of the few activities you and your little one can actually participate in and enjoy together – it provides that real special bonding time for parents and children.

5: Once you’ve been swimming with your baby a few times you’ll realise that it’s a huge amount of fun and really not much hassle. Preparation is key of course and a well-packed swim bag can make it even more enjoyable. I never leave home without Huggies® Little Swimmers, which won’t expand or leak in the water, a change mat and oversized towels to wrap up in when we come out of the pool.

For practical advice, support videos and a step-by-step guide to baby swimming, visit

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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