BABY MASSAGE | BABY SIGNING
When can I start Aqua Sensory classes with my baby?
We take babies from around 12 weeks old or 12lbs. The initial Aqua Sensory classes are very gentle and we enjoy massage, singing and signing together.
What does my baby need to wear?
Babies and toddlers up to the age of 3 years old 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 the 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 (especially for those under a year old), 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 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 class 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, 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.
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 a 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.
Can I take photos during the lessons?
Unfortunately for Child Protection reasons we are unable to let you take photos of your little one in the pool – all our venues also have restrictions. However, from time to time we do organise above water photographers but we will always request your permission prior to commencing the shoot.
What do I do with my used nappy after class?
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 information 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 (e.g. snow), then we will do our best to reschedule the lesson. If a class is re-scheduled 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.