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Tips for Encouraging Children To Swim with Rebecca Adlington - Plus WIN A Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll

Baby Annabell - the UK's number one selling large doll brand has teamed up with Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington to celebrate the launch of their brand new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll.

Babbling happy, the Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll splashes, moves her arms and legs when she comes in contact with water and floats on her back. The water baby comes with her own towel and inflatable water rings as well as swimsuit and is one of this year's must-have Christmas toys. Heidi has always loved playing with her baby Annabell toys (check out our reviews of the Baby Annabell Bathtub and Baby Annabell Learns to walk) and I can vouch for their quality - our Baby Annabell toys and products are still in perfect condition now. I think this new Learn To Swim doll is going to be a real hit with children and can imagine it will help to encourage their own confidence in the water too. To mark the launch, Olympian Rebecca Adlington has shared her tips for encouraging your little ones into the water too.......

Rebecca Adlington's Top Tips for Encouraging Children to Swim

1 - Children can be initially nervous of the water, baby steps and lots of praise will help them overcome a lack of confidence. Try taking them alone to just watch for the first time, then toes in next time and so on, along with lots of positive praise to help encourage them to take that first dip. 

2 -Toys are a brilliant tool, they are such a good distraction for anyone who doesn’t normally like putting their face in the water or splashing. Toys such as the new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll are a great way to give children (and parents!) the courage to take those first steps towards swimming.

3 - Swimming is huge bonding experience. The learning process is a lot to do with trust and really builds a closer relationship between and parent and child. For this reason, try not to use your phone during lessons to avoid distractions.

4 - The younger you start swimming lessons the better. I took Summer from 3 weeks old. It is all about building confidence and awareness of the water from a young age. Swimming also helps with a child’s muscular development and is fantastic for understanding their physical abilities. 

5 - Make good use of the equipment that’s there. Whether it’s armbands, noodles, or vests, use whatever your child is more comfortable with. I tend to do five minutes with floatation equipment and five without, this helps when they’re really young and still building confidence. 

6 - Mix up who takes the child swimming. Whether its Mum, Dad, Grandparents etc. It’s good to go with someone they trust whilst getting used to swimming with different people.

Suitable for ages 3+, Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll is available from all good toy shops and Amazon now (click here to buy - affiliate).

Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll Giveaway

I am delighted that Zapf Creation has provided us with one Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll to Giveaway to one lucky reader. To enter, simply use the rafflecopter below. There are 9 ways you can enter - you can do them all to increase your chances or just one, it's up to you. Daily entry is available via Twitter.

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  • Prize is one Baby Annabell Learns To Swim Doll. RRP £49.99
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  • Giveaway ends midnight 15/10/17
  • Employees and family of Zapf Creation and North East Family Fun are excluded from entry.


  1. Keep at it, never give up!
    Make it fun and perhaps let your little ones choose which swimming costume, colour of goggles they would like, try and get them involved.

  2. Have fun and don't worry if they don't get it first time make it fun and be encouraging

  3. Have fun and enjoy it

  4. Start early! Introduce your baby to water as soon as they are well enough to avoid fear later on. I took all my four babies to our local pool from the age of 6 weeks to get them used to the water!

  5. I would say start early to give them the confidence in water...

  6. Take the children to local swimming pool at a young age (baby), accompanied by competent swimmer/s. Introduce little one to the water (swimming pool) gradually ( at baby's pace). Make sure you all behave safely, there should also be life guards at the pool. Allow little one to have fun in the pool with use of floats etc ( suitable for age and ability of baby/ child). Book a session of swimming lessons when appropriate ( discuss with life guards / staff at local swimming pool). Flotation vests can be good for youngsters. Allow little ones to build up confidence and skills in the swimming pool whilst accompanied by competent swimmer / responsible adult.

    Rachel Craig


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