Today – another post on activities with babies!
As I mentioned earlier, even before Timothy was born, my hubby had decided that sport should be an important part of Timothy’s life.
So this fall he enrolled Timothy into a swimming program for babies. We found a salt-water pool in Toronto (not part of Parks and Recreation so we didn’t have to go through the cumbersome procedure to get the spot) and got a 12-class package. Once a week on Sundays. As far as I recall, it was about $140.
First time, I went with them: to make my hubby at ease and to take pics. And since then every Sunday I have a few hours to myself. Ahhhhh 🙂
Fun fact: there are no moms in this program. It’s all dads. Weird, eh?
A class lasts 30 minutes. They sing songs and paddle babies’ legs (“this is the way I kick my legs, I kick my legs, I kick my legs, this is the way I kick my legs in the swimming pool”).
They sing songs and pour water over their heads (“it’s raining, it’s pouring”). They sing songs and drag them around the pool on a piece of foam (“row, row, row your boat gently down the stream”).
They sing and drop babies off the side of the pool and under the water (“humpty-dumpty sat on a wall”).
And they sing and twirl and splash and do many other things.
Timothy loves it! Don’t look at the booger in his right nostril. I said DON’T look at it! 🙂
They have high chairs in both men’s and women’s changing rooms, where hubby can stick Timothy while changing himself. And they have wide tables where a few babies can be changed at the same time. Well thought through.
Timothy doesn’t need anything but one swimming diaper – and a clean diaper to wear after the class. They share the same towel with dad (the trick is to take the swimming diaper right away – or else the towel will get too soaked and my hubby couldn’t dry himself with it).
Hubby also takes some munchies for that BIG post-swimming appetite 🙂
Timothy always nods off on the way home in the car.
We still have a few classes ahead of us. Afterwards we’ll probably try and get into a swimming class program closer to home. If we manage to get through the parks and recreation barriers. We decided that salt water, while smells less, doesn’t justify the long drive.
Other posts on Activities with babies:
- Ontario Early Years Centres
- Mommy Connections
- Baby Massage
- Baby Sign Language
- Movies for Mommies
- Mommy Meetup Groups
- Museums with Baby
- Library Baby Time