A swimming trip on my own with our girls

August 11, 2015

I was so excited to be able to take our girls swimming on my own last week! Not because I didn’t want my husband to come with us, but because as a mum of twins I’ve never been able to taken them on my own before.

All of my friends who have one baby enjoy weekly trips to the swimming pool whilst their husbands are at work, but because I have twins I’ve never been able to do to this. Our local leisure centre won’t allow one adult to take two children under the age of four swimming on their own.

Children have to be four and over before one adult can take two children. Otherwise there must be one adult per child.

Our leisure centre have ‘safe swim’ sessions where one adult can take two under fours, but they’re on a weekend between 12pm and 2pm which is a shame as my husband is quite often able to come with us on the weekend so it makes no difference to us having safe swim sessions on the weekend. I need to have them during the week to be able to benefit from it.

Thankfully, I found out that during this half term, every weekday between 10am and 12pm they are running safe swim sessions which is amazing as it means when my husband is at work I can take our girls swimming.

I took advantage and went along one day. It only cost us £4 and we were in the pool for almost an hour.

R and M are pretty confident in the water so I wasn’t worried at all about being on my own with them.

Thankfully the water was warm so we were able to stay a while without the girls getting cold!

The first thing the girls did was go on the slide. I held their hands as they went down then encouraged them to go down on their own without my holding hand. Once they’d done it on their own once, they wanted to go again and again!

It was wonderful to watch!

I then got them a float each which had holes in for them to put their hands in to hold on and they both swam around and around the plastic crocodile on their own!

It’s the first time they’ve confidently gone off on their own without me holding onto them!

They loved splashing about in the water and floating all by themselves!

We even found a ball so threw it back and forth for a while too!

We had so much fun and I can’t wait to go again this week!


  • Kim

    August 11, 2015 at 8:00 am

    As a twin mum myself I totally identify with this. I do take the kids swimming every week with my mother-in-law, but like you I am so excited about taking them swimming alone.

    1. Emily

      August 12, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Hi Kim, thanks for your comment. It was lovely to be able to take them on my own. I'm planning on going again this week, It's a shame they don't offer these sessions during term time too x

  • Bethan Sian

    August 11, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Oh bless! Such a shame you couldn't go by yourself with two before. Sounds like you all had fun xx

    1. Emily

      August 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Bethan, thanks for your comment. I know it is a shame and will go back to this again during term time, but they'll be four soon so I won't have to wait much longer x

  • Kirsten Toyne

    August 11, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I had not thought of this. I found it tough once I had a baby and a toddler and then I would only go with help. I am glad you all had a great time. It is wonderful to see our children doing new things. thanks for sharing. #myfavouritepost

    1. Emily

      August 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Kirsten, thanks for your comment. I think it's easier as they're both the same age. I imagine a toddler and a baby would be quite hard x

  • nipperandtyke

    August 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I am really lucky that my husband works weird hours so we have always been able to go together with our two. Surely you could have two 4 year olds who are not confident in the water, but two 3 year old who are? Seems a fairly arbitrary rule anyway!
    Glad you had fun!
    x Alice

    1. Emily

      August 15, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Alice, thanks for your comment. I agree, our twins are very confident in the water. I understand they have health and safety rules they have to adhere to, but who came up with four years of age?

  • 3 Princesses and 1 Dude

    August 13, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I dont have twins but can totally relate to this having 3 between 20 months and 4yrs. Elsie ha only ever been swimming once and in general we hardly ever go (in fact i think e have been once this year and that was at bluestone and was a ba**ache (if you have been to bluestone you will understand!) Jenson (4) starts school in September and Evie also starts preschool so I am hoping to get at least a monthly swimming session with Elsie in to our diary! X

    Thanks for linking to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    1. Emily

      August 15, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Hi, thanks for your comment. It's tough isn't it. I hope you get to go more often when they start school x

  • zoe dunn

    August 15, 2015 at 8:38 am

    fantastic sounds like you had an amazing time. Very brave of you doing it with 2 of them! #busydoinglife

    1. Emily

      August 15, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Zoe, thanks for your comment. We did have a great time. They made it easier for me as they're so confident in the water x

  • Reimer Ruby

    August 15, 2015 at 8:59 am

    You look like you all have a fab day! I have not actually brought my 2 kids on a swimming pool myself alone coz I don't know if I can cope, also being age 5 & 2, they might require 2 adults as well. But I would really want to do it with them at some point. #busydoinglife

    1. Emily

      August 15, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Hi, thanks for your comment. Yeah I imagine the two year old would require a lot more help than the 5 year old x

  • Stressed Mum

    August 15, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I haven't got twins, but do know of the rule with one parent per child thing. Sounds like you all had an amazing time x #SuperSaturday

    1. Emily

      August 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Hi, thanks for your comment. I guess from reading other peoples comments, I'm quite lucky that I have twins as oppose to two children of different ages asI can take them both together during the safe swim, whereas someone with a one year old and say a four year old may struggle. x

  • Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows

    August 15, 2015 at 9:42 am

    We have that problem with a 4 year old, a 2 year old and a 8 month old – we can't go swimming unless there are three adults at our local pool so we just don't go. Love the idea of safe swim sessions. Thanks for linking up to #SuperparentSaturday x

    1. Emily

      August 15, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Rachel, thanks for your comment. Ah it's a shame, but hopefully when they're older it'll be easier! x

  • Claire Ridewood

    August 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I remember that problem well, we were unable to go without hubby for 5 years due to having 4 children with 2 years between each! It was such a pain but I do understand there rule! I'm so glad you had such a lovely time thuogh, it's so great when they are confident enough to be a bit more independent! Thankyou so much for sharig with me again on #busydoinglife! It's so nice to have regulars and I love reading about your adventures x

    1. Emily

      August 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Claire, thanks for your comment! It must have been amazing though when you were finally able to go!

  • Sarah Howe – Run Jump Scrap

    August 16, 2015 at 7:52 am

    This is fab news. I have never thought about how tricky it must be having 2 and doing things like swimming. Having to have hubby fit in being able to come limits you sometimes. It sounds like you had a great time and the girls sound so confident! I must take my girly swimming more often! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon xx

    1. Emily

      August 18, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment. We really did have a great time! x

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    August 18, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    You don't realise how having multiples can effect things like going swimming. It's lovely you got to enjoy this time with them

    1. Emily

      August 18, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Hi Zena, thanks for your comment. It was lovely being able to find take them on my own x

  • Laura (Mind Mood Mommy)

    August 22, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Wow! Going swimming with a 5 year old and a 1 year old is tough enough, I can't imagine taking two the same age. The swimming part wouldn't bother me so much, it's the changing room part that would drive me nuts! So nice that you have been able to take them by yourself though 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #SuperparentSaturday

    1. Emily

      August 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Laura, thanks for your comment. In some ways I think it's easier that they're the same age because they both have pretty much the same ability. I imagine a 5 year old and a 1 year old to be pretty tough x

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