|Last summer, down the coast|
|Spring 2011, at a local pool|
1. Be ok with using a floatie for your older kids. I know there is controversy about whether kids learn to swim better without floaties. But, the back-float allows Mr Sociable to swim independently, which is important when I'm by myself (because I am generally looking after Mr Fun).
2. If your kids are toilet-trained, dress them in swimmers before you leave home.
3. Take a flexible bucket. I use the bucket to carry all the stuff that needs to be accessible at the pool (floaties, towels, goggles, shampoo, etc). Because it's flexible, I put the handles together like a bag & hook it over the pram handle (or ask Mr Sociable to carry it!). On cold days, when I want my kids to have showers afterwards, I use the bucket as a bath - ensuring that Mr Fun has somewhere clean & safe to sit while I have a shower too. Finally, the bucket is a great place to chuck all the wet stuff to bring home (no plastic bags for us!).
|This photo was actually taken on holidays, but you get the idea!|
4. Take snacks. These are the secret to low-stress change times. I get Mr Fun dry & dressed, while Mr Sociable dresses himself. I strap both kids in the pram (or sit Mr Sociable on a seat if I haven't brought the double-pram) & give them something to eat. No one gets food until they are dry and dressed (which is a strong incentive for Mr Sociable). While they are happily eating, I can get myself organised :)
5. Be prepared that they will probably fall asleep in the car on the way home. I like to have Mr Fun's room darkened ready for sleep - so that I can easily transfer him from the car when we get home (I just leave Mr Sociable sleeping in the car in the garage).