Flutterbabies teaches baby swimming, baby yoga, baby massage and music classes in the Leeds and Yorkshire area. Our baby yoga classes are a fun and loving way to interact with your baby. Our baby swimming classes are a great way to teach your baby about the joys of swimming. Each of our baby swimming and baby yoga classes in Leeds and Yorkshire are designed to be relaxed and structured around the pace of your baby. Our baby swimming and baby yoga classes in Leeds and Yorkshire take place during school term time. Please note, all swimming photos are copyright of Swim Shots.

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When can I start swimming with my baby?  

Babies can swim from birth as long as his/her cord has healed and both mother and baby have had their 6 week check. So really, it's whenever you feel ready and up to it. You don't have to wait until baby has had their first set of immunisations but if you have any concerns please discuss with your GP or Health Visitor. Flutterbabies takes babies from around 10 weeks old.

  

My little one is just one year old.  Is it too late to start swimming?

No absolutely not.  It is never too late to introduce your baby to water and we will welcome you at any age.


What does my baby need to wear?

Babies and toddlers up to the age of 3 must wear the double nappy system.This consists of either a re-usable swim nappy or a disposable swim nappy (such as Huggies Little Swimmers) and then an outer neoprene nappy cover. The outer nappy must be the Konfidence (Neo Nappy) or Splash About (Happy Nappy) brand. If your baby is not wearing a properly fitted branded swim nappy Flutterbabies reserve the right to refuse entry to the pool.  Ideally a wetsuit should be worn as well but this is not essential.

 

What should I bring to class?



Should I feed my baby before class?

It is often difficult to time feeds around activities during the day and it is okay to feed tiny babies just before their class. For older babies on solids then we advise leaving an hour before swimming.


Should I shower before entering the pool?

Yes, the cleaner we keep the pool the less chemicals are needed in the water.


My baby hasn't had a sleep today, what shall I do?  

Tired babies won't get the most from their swim so do try to get them to have a nap beforehand. If you do need to leave the pool early if your baby has had enough, then that's not a problem, just let your teacher know.


What if my baby cries?

There are many reasons why your baby may get upset in the water - they may be adjusting to the new environment and remember it is a totally new experience for them with all the different sounds and splashes. Also, think about the timing of your class, is it close to a feed or nap time? And be aware of normal irritants such as teething or the beginning of a cold. The best thing to do is comfort your baby and keep on smiling and they will get used to it.


My baby used to love the classes but now cries and clings to me every time we come.  What shall I do?

Some babies do go through this phase, commonly around the age of 12 months and it can be very frustrating.  We call this "the water wobbles".  It is important not to stop coming to classes during this time.  Your teacher will be able to help you and adjust exercises for you and your little one. Remember to stay positive and relaxed, and as hard as it may be, keep a smile on your face!


Do I need to be able to swim?  

Many parents worry about this but it's not a problem. The pools vary  in depth and most are standing depth. We show you how to be confident with your baby in the water. If you relax they will take their cues from you and relax too. We will guide you as the parent as much as you need; we want this to be special bonding experience for both you and baby. If you are unsure of any aspect of our classes, please ask before you book your place.


What if I miss a class?  

Although it is strongly recommended that you attend regularly to support your child's progress, we do understand when you may have to miss the occasional class. As a goodwill gesture we are happy to offer a make-up class although this is subject to there being a space available in a suitable class within the appropriate age group and are not guaranteed.  Missed classes can only be made-up by attending another class within the current term.

 

Do I need to bring a changing mat?

We do have some changing mats at each pool, but you may prefer to bring your own. We are happy to provide the changing mats but it is your responsibility to ensure that they are wiped down after you have used them so that they are ready for the next swimmer.


Do both my baby and I have to go underwater?  

No, Flutterbabies understands that not all parents feel comfortable about putting their baby underwater and during our lessons we never force you or your baby to do anything that you are uncomfortable with. However, we hope that by showing you some gentle submersion techniques that you will both become confident with the idea of submersion and will try the underwater experience when you are both ready. Swimming underwater is a natural part of learning to swim, as much as learning to blow bubbles or jumping in from the side.  We teach babies to swim in a relaxed, natural and no-stressful way in tune with their physical and emotional development.


Can I take photos during the lessons?  

Photos can only be taken of your child at the end of the class and this is only if consent has been granted by the teacher and the whole class. However, towards the end of each term we do arrange for a professional underwater photo shoot to take place where you have the opportunity to purchase some fantastic shots. From time to time we do also arrange over water shoots. If you would like more information on these then please do not hesitate to contact us. Should we be required to take photographs or video footage to promote our business, we will always request your permission prior to commencing the shoot. As per our terms and conditions, we reserve the right to use underwater photographs for publicity purposes. In each instance we will let you know and endeavour to send you copies of any articles in which your baby might be featured.


Is it safe to put babies under water?

Babies are very natural in the water and it is safe to put babies underwater as long as they are well, don't have hiccups, are alert and happy for us to do so.


Why do babies need to go under?  

It is a great foundation for swimming; preparation for accidents; ease of movement; spinal alignment; buoyancy; and enhances their natural ability to swim.


Can I submerge my baby when he is tired or unhappy?

If your baby is overly tired or unhappy we never put them under the water as this will give them unhappy association to going under.


Will my baby be able to swim unaided underwater?

Your baby will learn gradually to swim small distances underwater as they get older. Once they are confident and happy they will be swimming up to the surface to be greeted by you (or going under together and watching how naturally they swim).


Do you do underwater photo shoots?  

Yes, one is booked for the end of every time - you can see the next date on the website.


What do I do with my used nappy after swimming?  

Please always take your used nappies away with you unless a clearly marked nappy bin has been provided, and never leave any in an open bin.


What happens if a class is postponed or cancelled?

All class times and venues are subject to change, however we will do our utmost to keep all classes running as planned. If for any reason we cannot run a class we will inform you as soon as possible through our Facebook page and via email and text. If a class is cancelled due to no fault of Flutterbabies or the pool (eg snow), then we will do our best to reschedule the lesson. If a class is rescheduled you will be notified and refunds or credits will not be given where an alternative class is offered. If a pool is closed for a period which means two or more lessons will be lost, then credits will be given for the following term.


What happens in a class?  

When your baby is little we will teach you techniques on supporting and moving with your little one in the water and you can spend valuable time bonding together. As your baby develops we progress onto basic techniques and moves to encourage you to swim together and develop your confidence. All our classes are based on fun whilst little one learns safety skills. We use songs and rhymes as well as toys to develop all of baby's senses. Repetition plays a key role in our teaching and our experienced teachers will keep both you and your little one interested.

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