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#1 casime

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:24 PM

I know - it's minor in the grand scheme of things, but I'm just wondering....

I've started swimming lessons with DS and so I'm fairly new to change room procedures as I normally avoid public change rooms like the plague.  But I've noticed a trend and I'm wondering if I'm the odd man out.   Where we live it can still be pretty cold, even at this time of year (this week it was 10 degrees) and although the pool is heated, it's pretty cold when you get out.   I've noticed so many other parents strip their children off in the change room, then let them sit there naked while mum gets changed and dressed, then gets the kids dressed.  The kids are often shivering as they can be sitting there naked for ten minutes before mum directs them to the showers.  I stand in my bathers while I get DS warm and dry and then attend to myself.  I would have thought that parents would dress their children first and get them warmed up before worrying about themselves?

#2 JRA

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:28 PM

I stand in my bathers while I get DS warm and dry and then attend to myself. I would have thought that parents would dress their children first and get them warmed up before worrying about themselves?

That is the way I always did it.

Gee it is nice to be over that.

#3 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

QUOTE (casime @ 17/11/2012, 02:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I stand in my bathers while I get DS warm and dry and then attend to myself.  I would have thought that parents would dress their children first and get them warmed up before worrying about themselves?

that's what I do too.  Kids come first, otherwise they turn blue!  I used to strip off their swimmers at the side of the pool, bundle them up in a towel and then head over to the toilets to do the full change.

Like JRA, I'm glad we are past that too. They still have swimming lessons, but I don't have to get in the pool with them now for their lessons, yay!

#4 LynnyP

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

I used to get them dressed then me.  Now I weep tears of happiness that I never have to take a small child into a swimming lesson in the pool for the rest of my life.

#5 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:36 PM

QUOTE (LynnyP @ 17/11/2012, 02:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I used to get them dressed then me.   Now I weep tears of happiness that I never have to take a small child into a swimming lesson in the pool for the rest of my life.

I understand your joy.  So glad I'm not the only to think this.  biggrin.gif

Edited by YodaTheWrinkledOne, 17 November 2012 - 02:39 PM.

#6 casime

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:38 PM

Now I weep tears of happiness that I never have to take a small child into a swimming lesson in the pool for the rest of my life.

I cannot wait for that day!   Especially when I don't have to stand in a swimming pool singing songs and blowing bubbles to try and convince DS to copy me!

#7 Drowninginferal

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:39 PM

I'm in the kids first camp too.

#8 LynnyP

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:40 PM

Wait for "let me know when you ahve finished washign your hair"  ahhh, bliss.

#9 Domestic Goddess

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:47 PM

I dry and dress him first, than me.

#10 opethmum

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:56 PM

Arrghh I have not done swimming lessons yet for DD, but I would attend to my child first then me. I would rather me shiver than her because I do not want her to get sick and have a chesty cough.

#11 Copacetic

Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:59 PM

Very glad we live in Brisbane.

Wrap a towel around your waist, get in the car, go home.

#12 Propaganda

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:10 PM

I always made sure my child was dealt with before me.

#13 Another one

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:13 PM

The centre we go to used to be wet on the floor all the time with no where to put the kids so I would dry DD and wrap her in another towel.  Then I would dress myself first so she didn't get wet.

They've made some changes now and it doesn't get wet so DS and DD first, then me.

Unles MIL is there helping, she dresses one while I swim with the other.  After the second swim DD and I have a shower and DD goes out to Nan and gets dresed while I get dressed in peace!

ETA - the change room walls were always wet too so if she stayed on the benches she'd get wet.

Edited by Lil Chickens, 17 November 2012 - 03:17 PM.

#14 Another one

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:13 PM


Edited by Lil Chickens, 17 November 2012 - 03:15 PM.

#15 sparassidae

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:19 PM

I sit DS on a bench with towel firmly wrapped around him, change myself, wrap a towel around my hair and then change him.

If I changed him first I would be dripping all over him (particularly my hair) while trying to get him dry. He stays warm enough wrapped in a towel for the minute it takes me.

#16 TarneeW

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:25 PM

I'm a hater of swimming lessons too! I definitely shower and change my DS first, by that time most have finished and I can have a longer shower too wink.gif DS will have a snack while it's my turn to change.

#17 Chocolate Addict

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:34 PM

My kid didn't start lessons til he was old enough to be in the pool without me.  ph34r.gif

I wish they would make our change rooms bigger, and not have the showers right at the door and have a family room. They have a sign saying no boys over 7yo allowed in the ladies change rooms but my 7yo won't go to the mens change rooms alone. We more often than not get him changed poolside with the towel up around him. original.gif He showers at home.

#18 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:41 PM


Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:58 PM.

#19 kadoodle

Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

I wrap my kids up in their towel then straight to the warm car and shower at home.  With four kids it's a stressful PITA dealing with public changerooms.

When they shower with me at home, their needs are taken care of before mine.  I'm big enough to suck it up being dripping wet for the minute or so it takes to towel dry the younger ones and stick a nappy on the baby before he irrigates the carpet.

#20 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:40 PM

We shower together, then I jump out and leave the water running, dress myself, then get DD our and dress her.

#21 -Emissary-

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:45 PM

QUOTE (trishalishous @ 17/11/2012, 09:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We shower together, then I jump out and leave the water running, dress myself, then get DD our and dress her.


However, at the pools, I dress DS first and then myself.

#22 QueenIanthe

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

QUOTE (Copacetic @ 17/11/2012, 03:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Very glad we live in Brisbane.

Wrap a towel around your waist, get in the car, go home.

I live in NSW and I do this. Swimming pool changerooms gross me out (I have issues)

#23 melaine

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

I mix it up. Now he's bigger I dress myself while nagging him to get dressed. Since he's not in any rush I figure he's not that cold!

Before that, I often stripped him, dried him, then wrapped him in a dry, fluffy towel and got myself our of my batters, dry and then either dressed him or me depending on who was turning blue...

#24 imamumto3

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

dds stand in the shower while I dress.  dd1 then dresses herself while I dress dd2.  they want to have the shower and I would rather dress myself while they are happy and warm than stand around wet waiting for them to finish

#25 TopsyTurvy

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:01 PM

I feel like a freak!

I love the songs, I love the blowing bubbles and I love the shower together with DS afterwards too!  I take a face washer and some nice shower gel and strip myself and DS.  Wash myself then him and leave him under the warm water until I am dried and have my bra and knickers on.  Then I drag him out, dry and dress him and then finish dressing myself!

I enjoy the whole thing and even better I count it as his shower for the day so don't have to do the bath/shower part of the evening routine.  Win win win!

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