Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming…

After a pretty memorable trip to a quirky sweet shop on Monday last week, we had our first outdoor swim and ice cream by the pool. Surely, you only do these kinds of things in 10 degrees Celsius when you live in the UK! My friends and family in France would think I have lost my mind when they see this.

My friend Anna had promised a pool that would be as warm as a bath (trickery!). I was dubious but we still got changed. Three of my little ones normally wear a wetsuit, but the water was supposed to be warm, so we just went for swimsuits (how naïve!).

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming…

I had completely forgotten to pack swimming nappies for my little ones, but luckily,
there were lots of HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® in the changing room (thank goodness!). They even had the new designs, based around the latest Disney movie, Finding Dory, which will be released this year. I loved the new designs, and the fact the smallest Little Swimmers®  attached like regular nappies, so they were fully adjustable.

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming with Huggies Little Swimmers

Until a few months ago, I was only using washable nappies in the pool. Babies never do a poo whilst swimming, right? Wrong! Jumpy has been completely dry night and day for a few months now, but she has had a few ‘code browns’ in the pool over the past year. I have no idea what triggers it. Maybe she relaxes a lot and a number two follows, maybe stress of going underwater triggers it. I have no idea.

Washable nappies are brilliant and absolutely waterproof if you use the right size, but when you take them off unsuspectedly in the common showers and a number two was hiding in there, you will not make friends! That happened to us twice, and seriously, it was just like something out of a Hitchcock movie: everyone started screaming and running out of the showers, my child’s poo sticking to their feet. Fact: it takes forever to clean common showers that are covered in your child’s faeces.

After two of those delightful ‘incidents’ in the washable nappy, I started using HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® nappies underneath the washable shell and these babies have changed my life! Having a ‘real’ swim nappy on means your little one is a lot more comfortable as they do not leak or expand in the water (I did try using a ‘normal’ nappy in the water once – no a great idea!) and there is no longer fear of the dreaded unveiling of the washable nappy in the communal showers. Peace of mind, I love you! I swear those mums still look at me (a year on) with disgust on their faces.

Hey ho, on the plus side, I have just become a ‘Get set, Splash’ blogger with Huggies® Little Swimmers® to celebrate the launch of new designs in honour of Disney© Pixar’s Finding Dory movie, so nasty accidents will not happen again anytime soon! I will be sharing some tips and videos over the next few months, so watch this space! Check out what we received yesterday:

To go back to last Monday, despite the cold, my little swimming enthusiasts could not wait to jump in. I followed shortly after and it was freezing! Before we ran out of the pool, I took a couple of minutes to try my latest gadget, a waterproof case for my phone. It did not look like much (glorified zippy bag more or less), but the reviews on Amazon were great so in went the iPhone, and I am so glad I tried.

Instagram under water

You can call me foolish for using a Waterproof Case that cost me a fiver or so, but check this great shot of Beanie swimming underwater! I am so glad I captured that moment and I will certainly treasure the first underwater photo I ever took. I will definitely be using this little gadget again! I cannot believe I was even considering buying a really expensive waterproof case for my Canon camera. I am not precious (at all) with material things, but I would rather have my phone under water rather than my old but much-loved camera.

How could I describe my experience in that outdoor pool? It was freezing! Seriously, we were blue after 10 minutes (slight exaggeration, but not much!). I was begging for the indoor pool. That one did not disappoint let me tell you. It was really as warm as a bath, and I spent an hour and a half in the pool with the little ones. They played on the noodles, looked for Dory underwater, grabbed rings at the bottom of the pool, dived (shush, that was not allowed!) and generally had a wonderful time with friends. Jumpy’s swim nappy was brown when I got her out of it. I am so glad there were disposable swimming  nappies in the changing rooms! Note to self: remember to always pack HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® in our swimming bag so we can have some impromptu splashing fun this summer!

 Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming in the indoor pool

‘Le Coin de Mel’ is a finalist in the MAD blog awards in the ‘Best Food Blog’ category and although this post (mostly) about poo probably does not make you feel this way, I would love your vote!


We are working with HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® this year and I have received nappies (although I forgot them on the day) and payment for this post, but all opinions and photos are my own. You can get HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® from the baby aisle and click here for more information, tips and advice. 

There are a couple of affiliate links in this post so if you click and buy the items on Amazon, I will get a few pennies.

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  1. Kira C
    28/04/2016 / 5:14 pm

    Don’t think I’d have the gut to go in an outdoor pool in this country! Just got back from Crete and barely had the guts to go in the pools there too, soooo cold! But looks like you had a great day despite the cold water! 😀

    • 28/04/2016 / 8:41 pm

      We did have a wonderful time (despite the cold). What’s going on with the weather?

  2. StressedMum
    28/04/2016 / 7:38 pm

    I used to use these on my kids when they were younger much easier and as far as I remember no accidents x

    • 28/04/2016 / 8:40 pm

      I feel so much more relaxed now the accidents happen in the Huggies Little Swimmers rather than a washable nappy. Life. Changed!

  3. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    28/04/2016 / 7:49 pm

    Ahhh we love swimming – we’re Water Babies North brand reps and its so much fun! H x

    • 28/04/2016 / 8:39 pm

      My four love swimming too! We’ve been with Born to Swim since my eldest was 2 months old, over 7 years ago!

  4. erinalice
    28/04/2016 / 8:27 pm

    Wow! Swimming in 10 degree weather – you’re so brave! I hate cold water! Great photos – I think I’d like to get an underwater cover for my camera!

    • 28/04/2016 / 8:38 pm

      I can’t stand cold water either. 23 degrees (for the water!) is my absolute minimum, in scorching hot weather. I was definitely happier in the indoor pool afterwards!

  5. BeautyAndThePrince (@Lisasbeauties)
    28/04/2016 / 8:51 pm

    oh looks fantastic i cant wait for been able to take my little ones swimming but we can actually only do it on holidays due to the age per person allowance

    • 28/04/2016 / 9:25 pm

      What do you mean by “age per person allowance” lovely?

  6. Rhian Westbury
    28/04/2016 / 9:21 pm

    Great underwater shot! I can’t believe that you all swam in that temperature, I hate being inside in a pool at this point of the year never mind anything else x

    • 28/04/2016 / 9:24 pm

      Ha ha! My friend did promise a warm pool. I should have known! Once I’d promised it to the kids, I had no choice: we had to go through with it. Thank goodness there was an indoor pool to retreat to after our quick dip outside!

  7. Melanie Edjourian
    28/04/2016 / 9:28 pm

    we love swimming but you are braver than us we can’t swim unless it’s in the late 20’s temp wise.

    • 28/04/2016 / 9:34 pm

      That’s also my kind of swimming normally!

  8. 28/04/2016 / 9:45 pm

    There is something amazing about swimming – it is so freeing. x

    • 28/04/2016 / 11:41 pm

      It is!

  9. Liz Mays
    29/04/2016 / 1:09 am

    What a fun day of swimming! I hope it warms up a bit. I love the underwater pic!

    • 30/04/2016 / 1:53 am

      Can you believe it was taken with my phone? So pleased with it!

  10. The Nice Nest
    29/04/2016 / 10:05 am

    We have a great outdoor pool in our town which opens shortly. It takes me ages to get in but it is usually warmer than the indoor pool and I like the feeling of swimming outside. Unless it is very warm, it is a quick dash from changing room to pool and back again to a warm shower!

    • 30/04/2016 / 1:58 am

      That’s my kind of outdoors swimming!

  11. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    29/04/2016 / 12:09 pm

    Haha you’re so brave going swimming in this weather!! Think I might wait til the sun comes out (if it ever does!)

    • 30/04/2016 / 1:54 am

      It was snowing here yesterday. What’s going on with the weather?

  12. louisejoy
    29/04/2016 / 1:01 pm

    We have an outdoor pool near us although admittedly it’s more for families, me and my friends just go to sunbathe before popping into the pub next door!

  13. hannahhowell
    29/04/2016 / 3:30 pm

    I love swimming but the pool has to be nice and warm or I refuse to go in haha

    • 29/04/2016 / 4:14 pm

      Me too!

  14. Fashion and Style Police
    29/04/2016 / 5:53 pm

    My kids use Huggies too while swimming. They are fantastic.

    • 30/04/2016 / 1:03 am

      They are! Not remotely worried about #2s in the pool anymore!

  15. 30/04/2016 / 9:40 am

    When my kids were wee swim nappies were a life saver. Such a great invention!

    • 06/05/2016 / 10:31 pm

      They are! Knowing we are safe (from a #2 eruption) in the pool is such a relief!

  16. Tanya Brannan
    30/04/2016 / 5:14 pm

    What a great set of photos! especially that underwater one. Don’t know if I would be so brave to swim outside yet though 🙂

    • 06/05/2016 / 10:41 pm

      Thanks lovely! It was freezing outside!

  17. Sabina Sher
    01/05/2016 / 8:57 am

    oooo sounds like you had a great time! Im forever cold, I don’t know how you did it!

  18. Ana De Jesus
    01/05/2016 / 3:57 pm

    Cold browns are the worst but washable nappies should take care of that! Huggies is brill x

  19. Helen Costello (@CasaCostello)
    02/05/2016 / 9:36 pm

    My girls love the water – We’ve recently invested in a Go Pro to capture those underwater moments – I must admit I’ve never heard of waterproof phone covers before but yours sounds ace! We are a huge swimming family with one of us in the pool every day. I’m the biggest wimp though – I’d have been straight in that indoor pool! Brave family!

    • 06/05/2016 / 10:42 pm

      Had I known how cold it was in that outdoor pool, I would not have put a toe in there, but the kids jumped in and I had no choice. These kiddos don’t feel the cold!

  20. messesandmemories1
    08/05/2016 / 11:29 pm

    I do not like cold water either! My kids love swimming and I have always used Huggies as well. I have heard that sometimes taking in some pool water as they play is what makes them have so many number twos when they swim. Who knows really. Thanks for the fun post!

    • 09/05/2016 / 9:53 am

      Oh you’ve got a point! That might be why, ha ha!

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