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Darcy's First Swimming Lesson | Baby Annabell Learns To Swim Launch With Rebecca Adlington

Well something pretty excited happened recently. Darcy was invited to the launch of Baby Annabell Learns To Swim; the new Baby Annabell Doll from Zapf Creation.

Baby Annabell Learns To Swim was launched at The Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park; the kids had a very special swimming lesson with none other than Rebecca Adlington OBE. This was Darcy's first swimming lesson and she was understandably nervous. However, after a while those nerves disappeared and she was splashing about the pool lije a fish born to water.

The lesson was run by a fab teacher called Donna and assisted by the amazing Rebecca who was amazing with Darcy. The kids got to play lots of fun games using floating aids. Darcy especially loved the shopping game, where the children had to collect as many balls on their floats as possible.

Darcy had an amazing time and it took me forever to get her out of the pool. I may have a moment..... ok! ok! I cried as I was so proud of her.

Darcy is besotted with her Baby Annabell and has a firm fixture in her bath time routine. Not only does Baby Annabell swim and floats on her back when in contact with water, she always giggles and babbles away.

To mark the launch, Rebecca Adlington has shared her tips for encouraging your little ones into the water too;

1 - Children can be initially nervous of the water, baby steps and lots of praise will help them overcome a lack of confidence. Try taking them along to just watch for the first time, then toes in next time and so on, along with lots of positive praise to help encourage them to take that first dip. 

2 -Toys are a brilliant tool, they are such a good distraction for anyone who doesn’t normally like putting their face in the water or splashing. Toys such as the new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll are a great way to give children (and parents!) the courage to take those first steps towards swimming.

3 - Swimming is huge bonding experience. The learning process is a lot to do with trust and really builds a closer relationship between and parent and child. For this reason, try not to use your phone during lessons to avoid distractions.

4 - The younger you start swimming lessons the better. I took Summer from 3 weeks old. It is all about building confidence and awareness of the water from a young age. Swimming also helps with a child’s muscular development and is fantastic for understanding their physical abilities. 

5 - Make good use of the equipment that’s there. Whether it’s armbands, noodles, or vests, use whatever your child is more comfortable with. I tend to do five minutes with floatation equipment and five without, this helps when they’re really young and still building confidence. 

6 - Mix up who takes the child swimming. Whether its Mum, Dad, Grandparents etc. It’s good to go with someone they trust whilst getting used to swimming with different people.
Baby Annabell Learns To Swim comes with a armbands, swimming costume and Towel.

Suitable for ages 3+ You can buy Baby Annabell Learns To Swim here


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