Waterbabies opions please

Hi Guys

Those of you who go to waterbabies or similar do you think it is worth the money and can/will your lo be swimming by the end off it???? I have thought about it for a while now it just seems so expensive and there is always going to be a week you will miss for one reason or another. I do take lo swimming at least once a fortnight and he does really enjoy but there is only so much I can do and can't really teach him to swim on my own????

What are your thoughts and experiences


also in toddler


  • Hi Annette

    We've only had one lesson with Water Babies so far and Olyvia is only 10 weeks old but I would definitely recommend it! I know it's quite expensive but I'd say it's defintiely worth the money (hopefully I'll still be saying that at the end of the course!). I think it's difficult to know exactly what to do/how to teach them to swim properly on your own. Also you do a lot of water safety in Water Babies lessons which I think is invaluable. And of course there is the famous swimming under water! The babies went under water on their first lesson last week! (I was sooo scared but SO proud of Lyvi).

    Love NN and Olyvia xxx



  • Have a look in born in Jan, one of the ladies there has just taken her lo to a waterbabies class.
  • Hehe, yes that was me! There is a pic of Lyvi in her first lesson in Born In Jan image
  • Just saw you beat me to it :lol:
  • my aunts reply when i messaged her to ask what she thought as she took my little cousin when he was born .....

    It teaches them water safety at their age rather than how to swim. They have automatic reflexes under 1 whereby they can go under the water and just not take in the water or be freaked out. What we found is that if they do this at this tender age they don't seem to have any fear of water later on or problems with getting wet heads - unlike my generation! Matthew has swum every week since he was three months old and swims fantastically - happily the length of a 25 metre pool with technique of 4 year old sorts - ie. you can tell it's front crawl with face in the water not doggy paddle. Jack had to stop swimming at 1 on the advice of the hospital because of constant ear infections. At 2 1/2 he went back and swims okay, but doesn't seem to have the skill of Matthew. He will also swim 25 metres but without technique.
    The water safety element works. At 1 one of Matthew's swimming palls fell in a pond, automatically bobbed up, turned round and swam back to whence he fell in and climbed out - to his mothers relief! For the peace of mind I think its beneficial - but to get the real benefit you need to keep taking them not stop like we had to. Some of Jacks friends started swimming at 4 1/2 with no previous experience and they seem happy to do what Jack is doing. Your choice!
    As for the photos you don't generally need to do the classes to have a water photo shoot. Ours did them once a quarter and anyone cook book their 30 minute slot. Beware - they are very expensive and the likelyhood of getting more than 1 decent photo is slim. Remember the ones they show you are the best of thousands. We never had photos done, friends did, and were disappointed. But you may be lucky.
  • We use Aquababes which runs in the midlands. My son started at 13 months and it was his xmas present from Grandma to give Daddy something to do with him that would get him meeting other parents (he's looking after LO one day a week while I'm at work. So far we're very impressed. Son Ciaran loves it and is getting on well with the activities set, and Daddy loves taking him and meeting up with the other parents for coffee afterwards. In about 8 lessons he's become quite confident in the water, and even in the bath if he slips onto his back, he's quite happy having the water over his ears and I know he's gone under water several times already without complaint. In comparison one of my friends who has done the same class since her son was 3 months has just given up because if her son doesn't want to do what's being planned then he protests until he's taken to the side to play with toys. As she has membership at the club where the lessons are it made sense for her to stop the lessons and just take him at times when he's more in the mood.

    For a cheaper option, try public bathes. They aren't always ideal (our local only has lessons at 1-1.30 which is when DS is normally sleeping or eating) or the other pool tends to have frequent fire alarms so you end up standing in the middle of the city centre with foil bankets wrapped around you on a regular basis! They seem to be about 1/2 - 2/3rds the price of the specialist companies, but the water tends to be cooler and the general venue isn't always as great.

    Personally I'm very impressed with what DS has learnt in a small space of time. We'll probably continue to do them until the summer and then review it as the cost does seem rather ott.

    Having waffled on about what we do - if you already go swimming once a fortnight, then you might benefit going to a session of lessons to get some ideas of what to do, then carry on implementing the ideas on your own after a term or so. Either that, or there are supposed to be a few very good books which can provide a lot of ideas.
  • Anyone know of any of these types of courses in the South Wales area?
  • we use splish splosh who are cheaper then waterbabies ours are ??7 per half hour and some are ??5.75. Think they are nationwide.

    We've only done one lesson but so far so good. Really pleased and our girl loves it. She will even go in the shower now which is an added bonus.

  • ive been taking my little girl since she was 5 weeks old, and im considering taking her out of waterbabies, she gets upset every week and she is normally a very happy baby, she is now 5 months old. i spoke to the instructor about it last week and explained that she is too young to get upset all of the time, i know its a great idea but im unsure what to do for the best. im waiting for a telephone call fron someone more senior to discuss things x
  • Cosmic girl - I replied on the thread on Toddler, but I had exactly the same problem with my baby at 5 months... I took her out of WBs towards the end of our second term and after a couple of weeks started taking her to our local pool. I now do lessons at our local pool and in my opinion, it's better for us. I wonder whether the dunking thing is entirely necessary to be honest... Daisy is learning to swim really well at 11 months and can do things that I didn't ever imagine she'd be able to do..

    I know that's possibly a little bit outspoken, and I know loads of people who disagree with me, but I think it's important to remember that WB's is a business and they will always encourage people to do it their way and to stay with them (as they did with me!). I found it a really difficult decision to take Daisy out of WB lessons and felt that I was letting her down and failing her in some way (a common theme in my life!) but now I realise it was the very best thing I could do for her...And I'm only talking about her...

    Please don't shout at me for saying this - it's just good to get different opinions..

    C xxx
  • mrs buttons, am so pleased that you posted, the last bit in your last paragraph i could have wrote myself! i agree with you i think it is the dunking under the water that upsets my baby, im not the best swimmer , and in all honesty if i were a baby i think it would terrify me being put under water, hubby is an excellent swimmer so i think in my babys best interest he will probably end up teaching her,
  • CG, there is an excellent Usborne book called Teaching Your Child to Swim...

    We have it and I look at it an awful lot. Certainly significantly cheaper than one WBs lesson too! image

    Some people might say that it's your anxieties about dunking that your baby is picking up, but I don't agree.. I'm not in the slightest bit anxious about swimming or water - I love it! I've also just finished teaching the children in my class to swim and was in the water with them. Many of them have begun to love the water now and at least 10 can swim now, when they couldn't when they started.

    Daisy is a very strong willed baby (!) and I know it's her telling me that she's not keen - yet she loves actually being in the water, getting her head and face wet and actually almost swimming at 11 months with my hand supporting her tummy. I honestly believe that not doing WB's is not detrimental to her development with swimming!!

    Sorry for hijacking the original thread - can you tell I feel strongly about this one?!?! I think if WBs works for you, then great, but it's nothing to be ashamed of if it doesn't....

    Good luck with your decision...
    C xxxxx
  • I never took Alfie to WB or any lessons but started swimming with him at 5weeks. He is now 3 and is not afraid of going underwater and can swim in his own fashion. Oskar is now 11weeks old and has been twice and loves it.I won't be taking him either.
    I think it depends on thae baby and how sure you are of water. My OH is scared of anything happen and it took him7months to be able to play with Alfie in water incase of something happening and he won't hold Oskar at all in water. He has never taken Alfie swimming on his own because he doesn't feel confident.
    i think you have to go on personal feelings and listen to your LO as I know some babies just don't like water.
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