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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Category: Swimming

  1. Swimming : Pre and post water safety.

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    Today we went swimming en masse.

    I paid no thought to taking three children into a swimming pool today, I was confident in my oldest daughter's swimming ability, her friends mum is a swimming teacher, so was fairly sure of her swimming ability, together with my own ability to supervise the smallest member of today's swim squad, I felt there was no question of a safety concern.

    Apparently I should have paid more attention.

    We couldn't go to our usual pool, so tried a leisure complex fairly close to home and the first thing I was asked was whether the girls were competent swimmers. I immediately said yes.

    Apparently I wasn't convincing enough.

    The lady behind the counter looked at me sternly and said that they would need to do a swim test as a safety precaution. I must have looked a little indignant but she reassured me that it was standard practice, given I had more children than hands!

    She had a point.

    So after wrestling with the lockers for longer than absolutely necessary, the 2 year old insisting she can go into a changing room by herself, ensuring that shoes weren't left in said changing rooms and getting 3 small people into the pool, we were then met with the lifeguards insisting on the swim test before our feet touched the water.

    I couldn't have been more proud of my eldest daughter as she cut through the water with ease, her small frame gliding through the pool and reaching the side with a determined look on her face. Unfortunately her friend isn't as strong a swimmer and so she wasn't allowed in the deep end by herself. There was a little grumbling but I couldn't fault the lifeguards and there constant eagle eyes on everything that was happening around the pool.

    Underwater Swimming

    There was lots of laughter.

    There was lots of handstands, somersaults and piggybacks in the water.

    There also seemed to be a certain amount of water drank too! I kept telling the little one to blow bubbles not drink the water but when she was laughing and splashing, she also ended up coughing and spluttering too. She loves the independence of swimming off on her own with a woggle / noodle wrapped round her and still doesn't quite have the confidence to go it alone, which is fine by me, she is only 2 after all.

    We all survived and go home, exhausted.

    Then I read an article on secondary drowning. It was one of those things that was shared on Facebook, the kind of thing you see a friend share but then I saw it shared again and again and having been in the water only a few hours earlier, I read with interest. The main crux of the article states :

    "Many parents have never heard of secondary drowning, but it can happen in a pool, in the ocean, and even in a bathtub. "It occurs when a small amount of inhaled fluid acts as an irritant, causing inflammation and leakage of liquid into the lung," says Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and co-founder of YouBeauty. "In some cases, the body may respond by pushing even more liquid into the lungs (this is called pulmonary edema) over the following hours, reducing the ability to breathe and leading a person to drown in their own body fluids." The reaction can take place up to 72 hours after a near drowning incident" 


    If your child breathes in water or comes out of the pool coughing or sputtering, monitor them closely, keeping an eye out for difficulties in breathing, extreme tiredness or behavioral changes," says Roizen. "All of these are signs that your little swimmer may have inhaled too much fluid."

    My little water babies are fine and I know how closely their safety in the pool is monitored but today has reminded me how important water safety is, from the moment your feet touch the water ...... to 72 hours hours afterwards.


  2. When is a woggle a noodle? Or a door jam?

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    When the word "woggle" was mentioned after a Water Babies lesson, my mind immediately flew straight back to 1988 and my brother wearing a Beaver Scout neckerchief with the woggle holding it together but thankfully that it wasn't that kind that was used at swimming.

    The woggle or the noodle as it is also affectionately known is a swimming aid, it is less restrictive than arm bands, more flexible than a static float and more versatile than it is given credit for.

    I give it credit for allowing my daughter to swim confidently across the water on her own.

    I give it credit for creating a fun tunnel to swim through in our lessons.

    I give it credit for keeping her safe, in and out of the water, so I am adding it to our life cheats!

    So aside from the obvious, how else does it keep a toddler safe?

    Simply by ......


    Woggle 2

    This is just one of the parenting life hacks we love but there are loads on YouTube

    It scores me brownie points with my Mum for recycling and for me for a thrifty idea. Its a win win!!

    Do you have any alternative uses for a woggle / noodle??

  3. What happens when your swimming lesson is cancelled?

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    We were really excited today. We were going back to our Water Babies swimming lessons after a couple of weeks break and big sister was coming too (as she is still on half term). The little one was insisting that her sister couldn't come in "her" swimming lessons but the big one insisted that she was bringing her costume, just in case. So you can imagine everyones dismay when we arrived to find that our swimming teachers car had broken down.

    Broken down car 

    Thankfully the Forest of Arden Hotel took pity on us and let us swim anyway, much to the delight of the 8yo.

    I was amazed at the difference since I was last in the pool with the girls, I know they have lessons every week but seeing the little one able to get out of the pool and confidently dive in, while the big one is diving under the water doing handstands and somersaults, reminds me why it was so important to give them both confidence in the water.

    I have to admit that whilst I may have got wet, I didn't actually get to do much swimming myself but I realised how much I enjoy the water.

    I loved swimming as a child.

    I loved swimming when I was pregnant.

    I loved swimming with the girls today.

    So what happens when your swimming lesson is cancelled? Well it gave me a reminder of how much I need to be swimming again.


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  4. Changing Room Behaviour : The difference a few years make!

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    It is no secret that my girls love the water and approach it with enthusiasm but even though there are 6 years difference between my girls, how they approach the changing rooms are a totally different story.


    Toddler : Happy to run around naked for long periods of time in the changing room, avoiding getting dressed at all costs.

    Tween : Would rather put her clothes on over a wet swim suit, than actually get naked in front of anyone.


    Toddler : Thinks a towel is something you wear on your head and zoom around in.

    Tween : Cannot be seperated from said towel and sits in a cocoon until forced to get ready.


    Toddler : Will happily chat to anyone .... whilst naked.

    Tween : Avoids eye contact with anyone in the changing room.


    Toddler : Will contentedly ask to go to the toilet and walk over the wet floor to do so ..... whilst naked.

    Tween : Would not even consider walking on a wet floor in the toilet .... incase it was something other than water.


    Toddler : Will ask a stream of questions about anything, including other peoples boobs.

    Tween : Do not even mention the word boobs if you want any kind of conversation for the rest of the day.


    Toddler : Will try and help you fit everything into your swimming bag .... even if those things don't always belong to you.

    Tween : Will repeatedly leave goggles, swim hats and other items in the changing rooms.


    Toddler : Cannot wait to get out of the changing room and buy something from the vending machine.

    Tween : Cannot wait to get out of the changing room and buy something from the vending machine.

    Vending machine


    Oh .... maybe they are not so different after all.

    What are your children like in the changing room?