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  1. Kristy B.
    January 18, 2016

    I think it’s really neat that you’re starting her on water really young. I know from friends who have babies, if you get them used to the water really early they will usually be so much better about getting wet when they are picky toddlers.

  2. Kate
    January 18, 2016

    “I leave her in regular clothes and a regular diaper for the commute just in case she decides to poop on the way.”

    Also, if she peed, it would soak right through. My in-laws learned that one the hard way!

    • Meghann
      January 18, 2016

      I’ve heard that about disposable swim diapers, but haven’t had a chance to test that yet with the reusable ones. I was wondering if it would be the same way. Do you use the iPlay swim diapers, too?

      • Angie
        January 18, 2016

        Swim diapers (reusable and disposable) don’t contain pee.

        I use Apple Cheeks reusable a because they have adjustable snaps. We’re in size 1, which goes from 7-20 pounds. So for my twins, they’ll last almost a year.

        I’m doing swim lessons in the Midwest. Now. So my husband and I juggle twins AND changing our own clothes. I do take the car seat in with us. Babies lay on their towel on the locker room floor while they change, then into the car seats while we change.

      • Meghann
        January 18, 2016

        I hate lugging the car seat around because it’s so heavy, but if I had to change my own clothes it would make complete sense to bring it in. Great tip. Thanks for sharing!

      • Ana
        January 18, 2016

        i go to water babies also and I bring in the frame stroller AND car seat. It seems like a lot, but the car seat plus baby are heavy! I park the stroller near the cubbies and I put the baby in her car seat while I change.

      • Meghann
        January 18, 2016

        Also, I feel like every mother of twins deserves a daily YOU’RE AWESOME! award. πŸ™‚

  3. Katherine
    January 18, 2016

    Thanks for sharing Meghann! My little one just turned 14 months and we’d like to get him into the pool. He loves bath time and the water. Do you do anything special to keep your little girl’s skin from getting too dry from the chlorine?

    • Meghann
      January 18, 2016

      We haven’t had an issues *knock on wood* I make sure to thoroughly rinse her off in the shower right after class and give her a full bath at night before bed.

  4. Tina
    January 18, 2016

    It’s WAY easier to bring the car seat in. That way you can change her, put her in it, and change yourself. But I live where it’s snowy, so there’s no way I’m walking to my car in a wet bathing suit lol. Do you drive home in your wet suit? That seems so uncomfortable! I also have a backpack instead of a typical diaper bag which also makes life way easier. Does Derek ever go with you guys? My 3 month old and I go 2 or 3 times a week to the drop in program here and she loves it! When my husband is free he joins us and it’s SO cute to watch his sing the songs and do the actions! She always falls asleep in the hot tub after and has a wicked nap in the afternoon, I love it!

    • Meghann
      January 19, 2016

      Yep, I drive home in a wet swimsuit. It’s no different than when I was IRONMAN training and I drove home in a wet swimsuit almost every night after practice. We live less than 10 minutes from the school so it’s not that far (as opposed to my old training pool that was 30+ minutes away!).

      Derek has been to the class with us before (he’s the one that takes the photos of us in the water), but hasn’t been the water yet. I keep telling him to try it, but he’s nervous. I’ll get him in the water one day!

  5. Amanda
    January 18, 2016

    I am so happy to read see this post, it was so helpful! I have just started swim lessons with my 4 month old and I was telling my friend how logistically challenging it was! I took the car seat in, I had too much stuff, it was a mess! Thanks for this and enjoy your lessons!!!

    Amanda

  6. Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
    January 18, 2016

    Thanks for sharing! What school do you go to? My daughter is almost 7 weeks and I want to start her in the water soon πŸ™‚
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  7. Melissa @ melissakolbeck.com
    January 19, 2016

    It’s crazy how quickly you learn to juggle holding a baby, getting dressed, and getting your stuff together! I’ve gone to the bathroom while holding my daughter before!
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    • Meghann
      January 19, 2016

      Yep. Been there. Done that.

  8. Errign
    January 19, 2016

    I know the car seat is heavy but I think I would lug it in just for somewhere to put A down. Or, you could spread a clean towel on the floor and pop her down so you could get changed. My husband is deployed and my son is a few weeks younger than A and I’ve become an “expert” at doing things solo for the time being.

  9. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby
    January 19, 2016

    so much fun! I used to teach classes like these all the time! I never realized all the logistics that went into as a parent coming to class. What a fun time!
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  10. Dieititan Jess
    January 19, 2016

    Sounds like such a fun class and something I would love to do when I eventually have kids. I gasped at the driving home in the wet swimsuit and then I remembered you live in Florida- I do that all the time in the summer here in PA because its just easier! You’re doing an awesome job as new mom πŸ™‚
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  11. Stephanie @ My Freckled Life
    January 19, 2016

    Ahh, this couldn’t come at a better time because we are starting swim lessons on Saturday! I am so excited, but also mildly terrified about the logistics. Thanks to your recommendation I went ahead and ordered some of the i play swim diapers. Do you definitely recommend using 2, or is more just because of the rules at the pool? My pool only requires that they wear a “swim diaper” so I wasn’t sure how necessary the doubling really is (unless it is needed for fit reasons).
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  12. Nicole
    January 19, 2016

    This is so awesome! From what I found there are only classes available for babies 6 months and older around here. My husband is really excited to take her and teach her as soon as she turns 6 months. Maybe I should look harder for a class that allows her to go earlier! My husband is dead set on teaching her to surf as young as possible and obviously a strong swimming background is needed! (not even kidding haha!).
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  13. Jess
    January 19, 2016

    I’m looking forward to starting water babies in the summer (I have a major aversion to getting my hair wet when its cold outside, so swim classes for me until it gets warmer) by then my daughter will be almost one so I will look forward to chasing a wiggly toddler around the changing room!

  14. Mia
    January 20, 2016

    Annalynn’s suit is darling! We are planning to take our little guy to the pool this week since I just got cleared to do so at my six-week check up, so this post was incredibly helpful! The logistics are definitely intimidating–especially since we live in a ski town in Colorado and will have freezing temperatures and snow until May. Brr!

  15. Spencer
    January 28, 2016

    My son started swim class when he was 5 weeks old. He’s 4 years old now and can pretty much swim better than me. This is something I love, I don’t have to worry too much when he’s near the water because I know he’ll be able to swim if he falls in. πŸ™‚

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