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Fun In The Pool This Summer

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 19-07-2013

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Little Man loves to go swimming. Every Sunday morning he and Daddy go to the pool in our village for Toddler Splash, which is a one hour session where parents and toddlers can swim. Its not a swimming lesson, just a open session where the pool is nice and shallow and there’s no lanes, just lots of fun toys and floats. Whilst Little Man can’t actually swim yet he loves the water, whether being in it or occasionally being dunked underneath it. He just wears swimming shorts – and a swim nappy of course – but we can’t seem to get him to wear armbands. I’ve wondered about floats or something like that, so maybe I’ll take a look at swimming aids from Zoggs. There’s quite a selection available on their website as well as the foyer of our local pool.

When he’s a bit bigger and a more confident swimmer I might look at other “toys” he can use in the pool. I really like the look of the Zoggs Dive Sticks. They look great for practicing swimming under water and would make a great game for Little Man and some of his friends. I think the friendly looking faces and bright colours will make them very appealing, and they look to be a great size for little hands to grabs under the water.

What games do you play with your children in the swimming pool?

Majorca – The Fun Filled Destination For You And Your Children

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Holiday, Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 26-07-2012

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This goes out to all parents who have young children. Knowing that parenting is probably the most difficult task, and with that taken into consideration, you will find that many of the Villas in Majorca have been designed as a special get away for you and your kids. Bring along your children and enjoy the numerous fun filled activities in any one of the villas available for rentals. Kids are very specific about the environment and what they want; good thing is that there are many villas that have taken it upon themselves to provide the right environment for you and your child. You will easily get them to sleep and when awake, you will have a bucket list of activities to engage in.
There are various amenities such as swimming pools and other children games or outdoor activities your child will fall in love with. Changing environments is very much ideal for any child upbringing and your child will surely appreciate this fact. Most villas have relaxing areas, playground for children and of course something for you too. Get your child out there to make new friends, fall down, cry, play in the water and learn the adventure of life in Majorca home rentals.
Remember that you are not only limited to the beaches. Fun for you and your child can proceed as far as where you want to go and what you want to do. There are leisure centers, natural caves, manor homes, and tours. You can even request for tailor made tour just for you and your child. Since a lot of villas in Majorca have been designed keeping children in mind, there are also various security measures that have been put in place. For instance, where staircase and balconies, safety gates are have been installed to prevent access to children who may wander without your notice. Most of the home fixtures such as television units have been installed properly and despite their low position, they cannot trip or fall on your young child. Your child safeties have not been compromised and so, enjoy your holiday with 100% peace of mind.

G Ball Swim School – A Unique Family Swimming Experience

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 29-12-2011

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The G Ball Swim School is a family run business which operates in multiple locations across Hampshire and West Sussex. They provide a variety of lessons and classes for all age groups, from babies right through to adults. Class sizes are kept small to ensure a safe and satisfying experience for all.

Classes are held at the Nuffield Health Clubs in Portsmouth and Chichester, at Springfield School in Cosham, at the Oasis Wellness Centre at the QA Hospital in Portsmouth, and at the Quindell Golf and Country Club in Whiteley.

Baby Classes
These classes are available from 12 weeks old and they are a great bonding experience for baby and mummy, or daddy! As well as growing confident in and under the water your baby will also learn to swim independently with Gary’s well structured lessons.  Baby classes have a maximum of 8 babies per teacher and are 30 minutes in length.  Alongside the lessons Gary also offers Underwater Photography so you can capture your little ones swimming experience for posterity.

Child Classes
Child classes begin when your little one is 2 and a half. These classes have a maximum of 6 children per teacher and are also 30 minutes in length. The structured lessons continue to turn your child into a confident and happy swimmer. When your child reaches 8 and if they are a very strong swimmer Rookie Lifeguard training is also available.

Lessons are priced at £6.95 per class and terms run for 12 weeks. A discount is available if you bring 2 children with you.

If your child or baby requires private one-to-one lessons they are priced at £17 each.

Adult Classes
If like the 1 in 5 adults in the UK you can’t swim (like me!) for whatever reason adult swimming lessons are available. They are taught at the swimmers own pace and are done in a relaxed and friendly environment. A free 10 minute assessment is available to gauge your level before lessons commence.

Gary and his team are very passionate about swimming, and about helping others to swim too. “Our family run swim school has been steadily expanding year on year. It was set up in 2004 and aimed to provide the parents with a better understanding of what their children were trying to achieve. Staff are on hand to talk to the parents on a regular basis and to support the teachers in the water. Something unique to our swim school.”

Gary is keen to start teaching children from a young age – he thinks it helps them become competent swimmers in later life. “Our baby lessons ensure the foundations are laid ready for the child to progress effortlessly into our swim school program and continue with the national frame work of swimming. With membership to the institute of swimming and accredited by the Ammeter swimming association we aim or standards very high.”
In early 2012 I will be heading down to take part in one of Gary’s swimming classes with my husband and Little Man – keep your eyes open for a review!!

Special Offer!
Readers of the Sussex Mummy Blog can receive a free lesson if they quote “Sussex Mummy” when booking.

For further details on Gary’s swim school and to book your lessons for the new year, go to his website or free phone 0800 9177 463 now!


Katherine’s Cosy Creations

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 12-08-2011

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Whilst bath time, swimming and days at the seaside can all be great fun, there is nothing worse than a cold wet child. Babies get cold very fast when they get out of the water and as parents we endeavour to quickly and efficiently get out children dry and warm. Square towels with tiny hoods in one corner are all over the place and we own several of them, but they aren’t the easiest of things to get on your baby quickly. I have a solution – Towelling Ponchos. Now apparently these things aren’t new and have somehow passed me by completely, but I was very excited when a friend of mine told me she made them and offered me one in exchange for a plug on my blog – I was only too happy to oblige.

“Katherine’s Cosy Creations” is operated and run by a Stay-At-Home-Mum in Crawley, West Sussex. Katherine utilised her sewing skills and those unenviable late nights as a new parent to make things for her little boy Toby – who makes a gorgeous model. Soon she was whipping up bibs, towelling ponchos and personalised blankets for herself and her friends. She has now taken to Facebook to promote and sell her products.

Katherine gave us a blue towelling poncho which we now use every night at bath time. We use a seat in our bath for our little man and once he’s watched the water drain away we can drop the poncho over his head and lift him out. Parents stay dry and little man stays warm as he’s transferred to his changing table to get totally dried and dressed. We also used it when we went swimming and the same applied – as soon as he was out of the water the poncho went on and he was warm. Little Man loves his poncho and I think he looks very cute in it – slightly elf like really!

“Katherine’s Cosy Creations” can be found on Facebook, or you can email her directly. Tell her I sent you!