baby development

Swimming bag checklist

Here’s our guide to what you need to have in your swimming bag when taking your baby swimming

What to pack in your swim bag

Make sure you have everything you need for you and your baby when you head to the swimming pool

Swim bag checklist

Packing your bag with the right swimming kit will prepare you for a hassle-free swim. 

Here's our list of essentials:

Nappies and swim nappies

It's good to take a couple of pairs of swim nappies as well as a few of your regular nappies for after swimming.

Babies swimwear

While public pools will require your baby to wear a swim nappy, it's up to you if you choose to put your little one in an infant swimming costume. There are some very cute baby girl and baby boy swimsuits available if you prefer your child to wear something over their swim nappy! 
Baby swim wetsuits are a good idea if you're concerned about your baby feeling the cold in the water. Made of neoprene or polyester, they trap a layer of warm water next to baby's skin to keep him cosy.

Baby swimming accessories

You might also like to take a baby swimming aid or inflatable when you feel your little one is ready to give one a go. There are all sorts available, from armbands and flotation vests or jackets, to rubber rings and inflatable seats - the choice is yours! Take a look at our guide to 'Baby inflatable and swim aids'.

Wet wipes and cream

A pack of wet wipes are a must for change times, plus your usual barrier cream.

Change of outfit

Take warm clothes to help baby keep snug after a swim and include a few spare items just in case. A hat is also a good idea as babies lose heat through their heads.


If you have space, take a couple of towels to wrap baby up in when you leave the water. Hooded towels are great for keeping baby cosy.

Favourite bath toy

Toys that helped your baby relax and have fun in the bath will offer some reassurance in the new environment of the pool so do take one or two along with you.

Coin for lockers

Have some change handy for the locker, or check with pool staff whether you need a token instead.


After all that kicking and splashing your baby is likely to be hungry so pack a drink and a snack, like a banana or a yogurt. If your baby isn't on solids yet, it's best to find a quiet spot to breastfeed or give him/her a bottle once you're both changed.

Your swimsuit

Whilst gathering all the bits for baby, don't forget to pack your own stuff! For a speedier change, put your swimsuit on at home under your clothes and pack underwear for after you swim.

Swimming bag checklist