My girls currently go swimming weekly and have been swimming for quite some years now. Swimming is such a fun activity to do as a family. However there have been times over the years where it wasn’t quite as fun! My son developed quite a fear of it and found it very difficult. I think kids should be able to swim as it’s a good skill to have for both fun and safety. So we stuck with it, found a teacher he was happy with and he’s fine now and he loves it.
I wanted to put together some of our favourite swimming items for kids. Practical items, fun items and essentials. I am featuring products that we currently have, products that we have used in the past and products that have been highly recommended within my friends circle.
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Our Top Swimming Items For Kids
*Cuddledry Cuddletwist Kids Hair Towel – £9.99
The only thing that I struggle with when it comes to swimming is the getting dry afterwards! Getting dressed into our clothes but having wet hair dripping down their backs whilst getting ready. If I am on my own with the girls too I can’t dry their hair at the same time. They have always tried to wrap their hair up like I do with mine at home however it never stays up! These Cuddledry Cuddletwist is a great towel that scoops up their hair, twist it around and then attaches to a little elastic hoop on the top to hold it into place. They have been brilliant.
Sports Direct Kids Swimming Suit – £Various
We have purchased swimsuits from quite a few places now, mostly supermarkets. We’ve found that Sports Direct offer the best quality swimsuit at a good price. These ones were both £10.99 at the time of purchase. If you’re purchasing them from in store don’t get confused like we did and think they don’t do kids swimsuits. They are on massive swimsuit hangers that stretch them and make them look massive!!!
Toypedo – £28ish
This seems to be quite hard to get hold of now and if you do it’s quite pricey. However it has been great fun and keeps the kids amused for ages. It encourages them to swim underwater, drive down and keep their eye on it! It shoots through the water so quickly and goes so far. So can be a problem at public pools that are very busy. I would love to use this at a private pool! Check out this video as it’s hard to explain how fast and far these go!
Speedo Kids Dive Toy – £12
These little diving toys are great to encourage them to dive to the bottom to collect them. I used to use a brick to collect but these are much more fun and better for little hands. They come in a set of 3 for this price so lots to throw in and sink to the bottom! We have been using these outside their swimming lessons for practicing and it’s helping them so much with their confidence of diving.
Goggles – £12
We have tried a few goggles over the years! We got these one recently and have found they’ve been working great. Stopping water getting in and annoying them. Which then stops them from messing around with them during lessons! When I ordered them though you didn’t get the option of what colour ones.
*David Galvin Shampoo, Body Wash and Detangling Spray – From £3
We’ve been sent some of the Daniel Galvin Jr Kids range of the 2 in 1 shampoo & body wash and the detangling conditioner spray to try out. The Daniel Galvin range has over over 70% organic ingredients which have been formulated to be gentle on delicate skin with the product being completely SLS, SLES and Paraben free. I loved that the shampoo was a 2 in 1 product. It meant that I didn’t have to have carry lots of bottles around with me swimming. The detangling spray was brilliant. We didn’t just use it for swimming, every hair wash. It got all the knots out straight away and didn’t make the girls hair greasy like other brands have done. I also think the price is very good too for such a good product. You can purchase it online, but also in Tesco and Ocado.
Quick Drying Towels – From £7.50
I love these towels! Nothing worse than big huge towels that get soaking wet. These dry SO quickly and are so lightweight. They absorb the water quickly but not sopping wet. They can be hung on the line on the radiators and they will dry within minutes! I wouldn’t buy any other swimming towel now. They come in a range of sizes and colours so be sure to check the size you want.
Range Of Things We’ve Had Or Had Recommended To Us
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