**Little Italy provided the swimsuit for this post, but no other compensation. However, all opinions are honest and our own.**
Some kids take to the water like a fish. For others, the road to swimming is a little rougher.
Nathaniel has always been a swimmer. His stories of childhood always seemed to involve water: spending time with his grandmother in the pool and family trips to water parks and the beach. In fact, the day he turned 16 he was hired at his first job as a lifeguard.
Maybe its genetics, maybe its great practices, but Aksel loves the water! But, I must say, we have encouraged swimming since he was born. Here are a few ways Nathaniel and I have worked to get this boy in the water:
Bath Time Fun
Aksel has not spent a whole lot of time in an infant bathtub. Thanks to a large tub, baths with Mom and Dad have been more frequent. This has allowed us to make bath time a fun, enjoyable family time. Our little water bug now equates being in the water with laughing and snuggles.
In our times spent in the bathtub, we tried to get Aksel used to water. We started with sprinkling water into his face. Then, we splashed him. Next, we would dunk him under water. Be sure you consult a professional to understand how to do this as well as limitations and safety precautions.
I know that Aksel is usually the happiest naked; he has never been a fan of clothes. But, for a day outside, Mommy and baby found a happy medium: a soft, comfortable swimsuit from Little Italy, made from Peruvian pima cotton. Aksel has worn their clothes when he was a new born and he was always very content and smiley. So, it made sense to turn to Little Italy once again when it was swim season.
This swimsuit didn’t squeeze him too tightly (that is a problem for our chunky man). This suit covered his delicate skin from the sun. It was the perfect combination to keep my son and I happy. Along with comfort my little many looks so stylish in his Little Italy pool attire.
Our little one is a home body. He enjoys the company of his family and close friends. Chaotic surroundings with loud noises can put my little man on edge. There is no way I would take Aksel to the public pool for his first swim time. We have our own pool, but due to house construction grandpa has not had time to prepare it for swim season. Luckily we have a close friend who has a beautiful pool that we were so lucky to use. My little guy’s first swim was very peaceful. Only mommy and baby were in the pool while Granny were on the sidelines taking pictures and making Aksel smile.
Little Italy has provided us with a blanket to giveaway to our readers! This blanket is made of the same luxurious cotton that is soft to the touch and perfect for your little one’s delicate skin! It features hand-painted pink flowers for your little one. Mom and I have also decided to throw in a Welcome Baby Pack, featuring a few items I could not live without. Enter below to win!