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andyinnorway 07-20-2012 08:19 AM

Swim clothes for skinny kids
At 2 and 4, my children are starting to love going to the swimming pool. European pools are generally heated to around 89-92F.

My 2 year old daughter is well insulated and can happily play in the water as long as she wants, but my 4 year old son is built like an elite triathlete and 5 minutes in the water and he has chattering teeth and blue lips.

I thought it would be good to get him some clothing to keep his body warm but wondered if anyone had had a similar problem and found something suitable?

KatieK 07-22-2012 03:02 PM

I've noticed a trend in the last few years of parents getting worried about their kids shivering during swim lessons. No one used to ever give that a second thought. I don't think kids worry about getting cold unless their parents make a big deal of it.

Your pool, in particular, seems dangerously hot. A kid that gets cold in that water just needs to jump up and down a few times to get his blood pumping.

I say this as the former record holder for World's Skinniest Kid in an Industrialized Nation.

andyinnorway 07-22-2012 04:59 PM

I agree, I just also have a skinny wife who prefers to get out early with him? :)

he's always fine when I let him ride on my back and we go whale swimming.

newbie2012 07-31-2012 01:12 PM

It largely depends of the pool.

My 4yrs daughter took a couple of swim lessons, twice she had to practice in the 50m pool that was used by adults, club training, etc, so not particularly warm water, and both times she got out frozen and shivering quite a lot, without me making a "big deal" out of it.

Bottom line: she won't get into that pool again without some kind of wetsuit :)

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