First Water Play Time

May 17, 2012 at 9:54 am (Daily Awesomeness)

Way back when I was using all my powers of manipulation to acquire the baby gear I wanted without actually buying any of it, I convinced a friend (it wasn’t hard!) to buy a set of plastic shells designed to be both a sandpit and a paddle pool for very young children. At the time I thought it would only be useful when Louisette was well and truly walking, and starting to get restless for an outside play area.

More recently, I went to a Kidsafe talk and one of the main things they recommended was swimming lessons – “As soon as possible. Definitely before one year. They won’t learn to swim, but they’ll learn water awareness.” Drowning is the leading cause of death in children under five. . . so not only am I meant to get Louisette playing in the water ASAP, it may save her life.

Louisette has only recently gotten over a screaming hatred of baths, so I was careful to make the experience as gentle and as non-bath-like as possible. All went well, and Louisette didn’t show a single sign of distress at any time:





I’ll be bringing the shell inside regularly for more play time – probably today for starters!


  1. W said,

    Not difficult at all!

    • Louise Curtis said,

      W: She was less sure of herself today (I took all her clothes off so i could sit her in the water) but still no distress. Next time I’ll sit outside the pool and see how that goes – with bath toys this time. Should be interesting!

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