After months of thinking about it i finally braved squeezing myself into a swimsuit and taking Tabitha swimming. I used to take children from work from a young age so was aware that the younger they are familiar with the whole experience the better.
Swimming baths are very loud echoing places often noisy with strange new smells for the babies so even before you add getting in the pool there are numerous things to cause a emotional upset.
I packed the buggy up as if we were off for a few days and headed to the local pool. I had checked what their policy was regarding babies and the poop issue! Everywhere is different so check before you go, mine was happy with swimmer nappies some like certain swimsuit brands only. Tabithas little costume has built in nappy liner too but we went with the swimmer nappy also just incase.
Tabitha did not bat an eyelid at the smells or noisy pool area she just pursed her mouth tightly and spied everyone and everything very closely. Only when i started to jump up and down lifting her in and out of the water and generally making a tit of myself did she crack a proper smile. We stayed in the water for half an hour, i even made parental small talk with another mum (my lack of social skills usually mean i avoid this kind of thing).
By the time we had exited the automatic doors on our way home she was snoring her little head off in the buggy....I was a bit emotional another first ticked off the list.