After a swim with a baby or infant, both of you are wet and at risk of getting cold quickly. Your infant or baby is dependent on you to change them, yet if you are wet, their dry clothes can easily be dripped on and chaos can quickly make an entrance.
My son has often been clingy after a swim because he is tired and cold and hungry and all he wants is cuddles – but when I am still wet from the swim, this situation is slightly problematic…
There is an art to changing babies and there are some secret skills required for changing babies when both parties are wet…
Today I was supposed to take little mister to his swimming lesson but I never made it.
I couldn’t face the drama – from finding a car park to getting changed, from romping in the pool with all of the other children to (the most dreaded part) getting changed afterwards…. I made an executive decision (fueled by a small dose of the pregnancy frump-grumps) to go to the park and play on the slides and swings instead.
From a safe distance I can now happily divulge my top twelve tips to getting through a swimming lesson and changing session with a toddler or baby (some of these are symptomatic of being heavily pregnant).
All of the following ‘remedies’ to graceless baby changing have been learned from experience…and I am yet to find a truly graceful method.
Caution: you may need to shield your mind from too much mental imagery.
12 BABY CHANGING TIPS
1. Do not wear a boob tube. It will be pulled down at some stage during the swim. All bikini tops should be securely fastened so that small grabby hands cannot remove the top easily.
2. Please ensure bottom of your bikini covers bottom.
3. Toilet your toddler before swimming and ensure that swim nappies are tight around the leg area. (I haven’t actually experienced an accident yet – but i dread them all the time)
4. Groom your downstairs. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean… This one is likely to cause debate. Let’s just leave this one up to your own level of comfort – but it is worth considering that you are going to be changing in a public space and you will potentially be caught with your pants down while you deal to the needs of your unpredictable child.
5. Always wear appropriate footwear in the changing areas. (Public changing rooms are _____________).
6. Always bring extra plastic bags or wet bags for wet clothing and all types of foreseeable accidents.
7. Always have an easy-to-hold snack and drink for your child post-swim to keep them both hydrated as well as occupied. It also pays to have a stroller handy so that they can sit safely while you ready the wet things/change things/massive swimming bag.
8. Always bring extra water in a bottle – for drinking and also for rinsing things.
9. Wear a dress for less stress when changing afterwards (underwear sticks to wet legs after swim – difficult to deal with one-handed with baby/toddler in tow). This is a modest solution that works well in most situations.
10. Use a hooded towel to effectively swaddle your child and keep them warm while you get yourself dry.
11. Try to change before you change your baby – this reduces the risk of dripping on them and making all of the dry clothes wet. (Or do you prefer to dress your baby first and, if so, how do you keep them dry?)
12. If changing poolside, partial nudity is only really appropriate for infants in a fleeting stage of the changing process – even if it is accidental and the result of general clumsy-mumsiness it really should be avoided.
13. ” __________________insert your advice here________________________”
What is your secret to changing gracefully with your baby after a swim?
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