Health for dad, mum and baby

Read our articles on health and well-being for dad, mum and kids.

How to teach baby to fall asleep yourself

Get sleep coach Jeanette's best advice for getting baby to sleep even without screaming.

Once you've taught baby to fall asleep on his own, you can say goodbye to hours of rocking in your tired arms, or miles of stroller rides. Learning to fall asleep on your own doesn't have to involve the infamous goodnight-and-sleep method, but can easily be done on your and baby's terms. Read on to learn more about your baby and sleep.

Life as a new parent can undoubtedly be tough. One of the hardest things for many is probably the battle for sleep. Walking around with a dead tired baby in your arms who just won't surrender is frustrating in itself.

If you want your baby to be able to be put to bed and then close his eyes and sleep soundly, read this page.

We've consulted sleep coach Jeanette Wegge-Larsen. She says: If sleep is an area that can challenge many families with young children, it's because children (in the same way as adults) expect to fall asleep in the same way every time they go to sleep. Children sleep in waves of light and deep sleep, including during their naps and at night. And if their sleep association means food, jumping on a ball or being cradled in mum or dad's arms, they are likely to wake during sleep and expect this to be repeated. "

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Help your baby through the summer

Summer can be tough on young and old alike. But little ones can especially struggle with the heat because they have a harder time figuring out how to regulate their body temperature on their own. Read on to find out how to help your child through the hot summer.

While summer is great with its warm days, bright evenings and lovely memories, it can also be hard for the little ones to get through - especially if it's a heatwave for a long time like we experienced in 2018.

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How to sleep well in the heat

While we can enjoy the summer days with beach trips, ice cream and holidays, the nights can be hard to get through. Here's advice on how to sleep well at night, despite the hot weather.

Many people find it hard to sleep well when it's hot at night. One reason is that the body prefers to feel a little cool when night falls. At the same time, we want to sleep under our duvet as we are used to, but it simply gets too hot and it can be difficult to replace the duvet with a thin sheet.

At night, the body tries to go into a kind of hibernation, and at the same time get rid of the heat. And this can be difficult if the room is very hot.

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All about chickenpox + essential home remedies against chickenpox

When you suddenly spot the little red cups, you realise: Your child has chickenpox! Read here how to help your child through the illness with home remedies against chickenpox and find out when the little one can go back to school.

Chickenpox is characterised by small, red pox that can appear anywhere on the child's body. They usually start on the stomach or back, and can then spread to the rest of the body.

The cups itch and hurt for 3-4 days, after which they will dry up and form crusts. It is important that the child does not scratch or scratch at the sores as this can cause scarring and inflammation, prolonging the illness.

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Advice for better sleep: giant sleep guide

Get concrete advice for better sleep here. Did you know that our sleep affects almost every aspect of our lives? From our weight to our relationships and our risk of developing diseases like cancer and depression. There are many reasons to take action if you're sleeping badly! Read on to find out.

Everyone feels better after a good night's sleep. We're happier, have more energy and cope with life a little better. On the other hand, if you're tired in the head, yawn constantly and don't think very fast, your whole day will probably be badly affected. That's why it makes sense to look for
advice for better sleep.

When you don't sleep well, it has consequences for both in the short and long term. Lack of sleep makes you more tired and tired. 

If you have trouble sleeping for a long time, start mood consistently deteriorates and your ability to work is reduced. In addition, you will be much more prone to illness both physically and mentally.

In this sleep guide, you'll get a thorough guide to the causes, consequences and, most importantly, what you can do to get better sleep

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Baby smoothies - sweets in disguise

The supermarket shelves are full of colourful smoothies for babies. It started small a few years ago. Semper entered the baby market with smoothies that could be taken on the go.

We asked the food expert Michael René for advice about a healthier option than the ready-made smoothies - he has and he has also interviewed Preben Vestergaard Hansen about the nutritional content of these baby smoothies. And their response was surprising!

Baby smoothies stand next to baby food in glasses. The difference between a baby smoothie and a jarred baby food is that no spoon is needed for the smoothie and it is made from fruit. It's an easy little snack to take on the go, for when the little ones get hungry.

Since then, a lot of new variants and brands have appeared on the market. Now it's not just pure fruit that makes its way into the little smoothie bags, now vegetables, rice, grits etc. have also been added to the mixes.

Now you can make your own smoothies for baby - find the easy recipes further down the page!

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Indoor climate in the children's room

Chemicals, dust and particles all contribute to a poor indoor climate in your child's room. This can lead to poor sleep, headaches, allergies, fatigue and other problems for your child. But luckily, there's a lot you can do to improve the indoor environment. Read on to find out how you can improve the indoor environment.

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Parents with challenges

Becoming and being parents is sometimes hard work. I think most mothers, and parents in general, can agree on that. Some parents even have some personal challenges to contend with on top of it all.

Something everyone else doesn't have. If you're a mum or dad with anxiety, depression, a disability or something else, you'll recognise the frustrating feelings that can bring. But also how small victories in everyday life can feel like you're on top of the world.

Read on to find out what motherhood can be like when there are challenges in parenting.

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Guide to leisure activities for children aged 1-6

Can children go to an activity even if they are in a nursery or kindergarten? This is of course a matter of judgement for each individual child. But basically the answer is - yes!

Now you've decided that your child should go to some kind of extracurricular activity - but the question is, what? Because your child may not be showing any real interest in a particular activity yet. So there's nothing to do but try. In most places you can get a trial lesson and in others you might have the opportunity to try it out and see if it's something for your child.

How important are leisure activities?

In the period 1-6 years, play and motor development are in high focus. So the focus here is not so much on whether the child goes to an after-school activity, but more on whether this activity can help your child develop. The key word is simply play. So this play can just as well be playing ball with your child or letting your child jump on the trampoline in the backyard. It's just important to get physical activity into your child's subconscious as much as possible - so that it becomes a natural part of everyday life.

A child who is used to being physically active in everyday life will also automatically have a greater desire to be active in a leisure activity later on. This is particularly important when the child starts school, where the child will have a much more sedentary day than in nursery.

But that doesn't mean it's a bad thing to sign your child up for football, gymnastics or something else before they turn 6. Because children learn a lot of new things by going to an extracurricular activity.

  • It is through physical activity that your child's body grows and develops normally.
  • Being physically active makes you stronger and healthier.
  • In activities such as gymnastics and football, coordination skills are challenged and strengthened.
  • The child's social skills are also strengthened by learning to cooperate and become a better friend.
  • Mentally, immersion in an interest can improve concentration and memory.
  • Your child's confidence can also get a big boost by becoming good at something, as they will have more confidence in themselves and also become braver.

Leisure activities


Some municipalities offer instrumental teaching for children aged 2-9, which is more of an introduction to instruments and not directly teaching one specific instrument.

In some music schools, it is also possible to start a choir before school age.


Your local football team may have a toddler team, aged 2-5. Here your child can try their hand at football, with the focus on play and getting comfortable with the ball. From the age of 4, there may be an opportunity to start a specific football team with peers. Here the focus will be much more on the game itself and learning to control the ball better.


Going to the gym is not just one thing. There are many different types of gymnastics classes. For example, there are gymnastics classes, motor classes, tumbling classes, etc.


If your child wants to start dancing, this is usually from the age of 3. However, some places offer dance classes as young as 2 years old, which are more like toddler classes. The most common dance class for the youngest is a showdance class - that is, the kind of dancing that is done in children's MGPs etc.

If your child would much rather take up ballet, they can do so from the age of 4.

If you are into couple dancing, it is already from 3 years.

The more specific dance styles such as hip hop, jazz etc. are more from 5 years and up, depending on the location.


Here you can start from your baby is brand new, your baby must be only 10 weeks old before they can start to swim. At first they are very dependent on their parents, but as they get older and better swimmers, they can manage to be alone in the water with a swimming instructor. This typically happens from around the age of 5. Swimming is also a good skill to acquire early, but it does not have to be done by going to swimming lessons. It can also be learned by going to the swimming pool with your children relatively often.


With handball, your child can start to a bit like tumbling ball at the age of 2 years. Here it is also more a playful introduction to handball than the really serious game.

Martial arts

For the different martial arts, the age is 6 years, but if your child is under 6 years old, they can come for a trial lesson and then you can see if your child might be ready anyway. There are differences between children and their maturity.


In some scout groups you can start as early as 3 years old, this is called family groups and not all places offer this as it requires parent volunteers.


The latest trend is definitely children's yoga. Here the child can be involved from the very beginning with mother-child yoga, then toddler yoga and then powder puff yoga which then goes to 7 years. Most classes start either from the age of 3 or only when the children are over 6. This depends on the location.

Yoga is not a hard physical activity, but instead it can help your child feel calmer and more in touch with themselves.

Ice hockey

If you think you have a little hockey player in your child, many clubs allow you to register your child from the age of 4.

Arp - what is arp?

You've noticed something strange in your baby's scalp - what is it? At the next visit from the health visitor, you ask and get the answer "it's a scar". She gives you some good advice. But what is scab and why does it happen?

Sleeping baby with scalp scar
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Pregnancy and exercise

A lot of changes happen to your body during pregnancy - but are you allowed to exercise? Many pregnant women are cautious when it comes to pregnancy and exercise, but it's actually a really good idea to keep your body moving so you're ready for birth and life as a mum. However, don't just exercise like normal. Read on to find out the best way to keep fit when you're pregnant.

When you start exercising, it's important that you have a normal pregnancy and feel good in general. And don't worry, you don't have to be an athlete or a marathon runner to have a healthy pregnancy with exercise. As long as you take care of your cup, and get your heart rate up a bit, you'll be well on your way.

If you don't know how to get started, stay tuned for lots of ideas and tips on how to exercise during your pregnancy.

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BLW method

The so-called BLW method (Baby Led Weaning) is a transition from milk to food, where the child largely controls what and how much he or she eats. From the age of 6 months, or when the child can sit up on his own, he is offered much the same food as the rest of the family, and is then allowed to play and taste his way through the new world. But is it always safe to drop the porridge and let the child eat on his own with the BLW method? Find out here.

The principles of the BLW method are quite simple. Baby must be allowed to eat, grab the food and play with it. If you go all in on the BLW method, there's no such thing as baby food, millet porridge or mashing food with a hand blender before letting the little one eat. Junior has to be at the table on an equal footing with the rest of the family, and is largely served what everyone else eats.

Thinking about BLW for you and your baby? Or does your baby not want to be fed oatmeal and you are looking for other options? Then read on to find out what you need to be aware of if you're taking the plunge into BLW.

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Modern cloth diapers for baby - Is it a good idea?

Cloth nappies are smart because they save you and the environment a lot of waste. At the same time, you also save money because cloth diapers can be washed and reused again and again. So you don't have to buy new disposable nappies every week.

If you think cloth nappies sound awkward and maybe even a little disgusting, read on. It's a far cry from the old-fashioned cloth nappies to the new modern ones. In fact, many parents who have tried cloth nappies end up finding them far easier than traditional disposable nappies.

Here we look at both the advantages and disadvantages of the modern cloth nappies, compared to the ordinary disposable nappies.

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Oh no - LUS!

Your hair is tingling. What do you do when you're suddenly faced with light, either at your place or at the kids'? We give you tips to get rid of the little crinkles and prevent them from coming back.

Maybe it's the first time you experience it or maybe you've had it many times. Either way, having lice is no fun.

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Baby's first Christmas

Lots of people and a little creature that doesn't understand what Christmas is. Big family gatherings at Christmas time can make most new parents sweat. Here's some advice on how to get through Christmas so it's a good experience for everyone.  

Here are some easy and useful tips to make your first Christmas with baby much more enjoyable. We asked Helen Lyng Hansen for advice. She's a health visitor and the founder of Together with her, we can help you have a calmer Christmas. 

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Are you taking good care of your child's skin?

Did you know that 10,000 Danes are diagnosed with contact allergy every year? These include young children, adolescents, women and men. Contact allergy does not belong to a particular age group or gender. Contact allergy can affect anyone, young or old. Unfortunately, more and more children are starting to suffer from contact allergies.

Once your child has a skin allergy, it's not something they'll outgrow. It is therefore important that you consider from the beginning of your child's life what products he or she should be surrounded with. If we are to think about our children's skin and know that they will be carrying it around for many years to come, what is best?

Read on to find out how to protect your child from developing allergies.

As parents, many think about what products will go home on the shelf. Some think a lot about ecology, some think soap should be fun, green and smell like chewing gum, and others would like to have as many brands on their products as possible.

As consumers, we trust the products that surround us. Because why should they be put on the shelves if they can be harmful to us?

Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world or country and some products are harmful to us in the short or long term. Nevertheless, there are organisations doing their part to ensure that the products that surround us are good for us. That is why it is good to look for the different allergy labels that exist, such as the Asthma and Allergy Label or AllergyCertified.


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Snacks for baby - your guide

When your baby goes from drinking only milk to eating real food, a whole new world opens up. Because what can't your baby eat? 

A really good place to start is with the health board, where you can find their small e-book about babies and toddlers

It's also a good idea to talk to your healthcare professional about feeding your baby. There may be something you need to pay extra attention to - for example, your baby may have a tendency to have a hard stomach or a tender stomach. 

In addition, you can find a lot of inspiration with food if you dive into BLW (Baby Led Weaning). Baby Led Weaning is an eating method where the baby controls the eating. This means that your baby is not fed. 

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HELP - what's happening to my post-pregnancy hair?

You might be in it right now - you're a new mom, have your golden nugget and POST-GRAVITY HAIR! What is it and what can you do about it?

There are various products on the market, both of shampoos, supplements, etc., which can help you reduce hair loss, thin and brittle hair.

Read on for inspiration on how to help your post-pregnancy hair and get rid of the mommy bun on top of your head.

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Fun lunchboxes for kids

Fun packed lunches for kids are an easy way to make lunch a little more inviting. Some children actually eat more if the food is served in a fun and inviting way. At nursery or school, a fun lunchbox for kids is the perfect way to do this! Here we have collected a number of ideas for fun [...]

Taste and Health | Big test of baby smoothies

Baby smoothies for kids are a big hit. They are very popular in the shops, but it can be difficult to know which products are the best in terms of taste and nutrition.

We asked food expert Michael René to look at the taste and nutrition expert Preben Vestergaard Hansen to give an analysis of the nutritional content.



Taste test of baby smoothies

Which baby smoothie tastes best for your 6 months+ baby?

8 flavours of baby smoothies for children 6 months+ have been taste-tested. Take a look and watch the taste test here in the video.


Test of 30 smoothies in total: How we did it

It was reviewed the contents of a total of 30 smoothies. Out of these 30, the 8 smoothies that differed most in terms of content were selected.

In the following you can read what each of the 8 selected smoothies contains.



Baby smoothie no. 1

Arla "Baby & Me organic" with pear puree, blackcurrant puree, whole milk, oat flour, buckwheat flour, vanilla and lemon concentrate

This smoothie contains 120 grams of smoothie, it is organic and can be bought at, where it is seen at a price of 10,00 kr (~ 83,3 kr/kg).

Ingredient list: Pear puree* (55,1%), SEED MILK* (22,5%), Blackcurrant puree* (16,8%), Buckwheat flour* (3%), OAT flour* (2%), VALLE protein*, Vanilla extract* (0,06%), Acidity regulator (Lemon concentrate*).

Baby smoothie no. 2

"Summer" Semper Baby-Smoothie with apple puree, strawberry puree, ascorbic acid and lemon juice concentrate
This smoothie contains 90 grams and is not organic. It can be purchased in COOP stores, including, where the product is seen at a price of 10,50 kr (~ 116,7 kr/kg).

Ingredient list: Apple puree 80 %, strawberry puree 20 %, lemon juice concentrate, antioxidant (ascorbic acid). * Contains only natural sugars from the raw materials.


Baby smoothie no. 3

Änglamark, Baby-Smoothie with pear puree, kiwi puree, banana puree and lemon
This smoothie contains 90 grams, it is organic and can be bought in COOP stores, where the product is seen at a price of 8,50 kr (94,4 kr/kg).

Ingredient list: Organic: pear puree 65 %, kiwi puree 20 %, banana puree 15 %, lemon juice from concentrate.


Baby smoothie no. 4

Ellas Kitchen Baby-Smoothie with banana, apple, strawberries, raspberries and lemon juice -

This smoothie was one of the two most expensive smoothies in the test
This smoothie contains 90 grams, is organic, and can be bought in COOP stores, where the product is seen at a price of 16,75 kr (~186,1 kr/kg.).

This baby smoothie is one of the two most expensive smoothies in this study of 30 smoothies combined. Curious how this baby smoothie stacks up taste-wise? Then watch the taste test video, where we ask our fellow judge Alexander, aged 8, which smoothies he likes best.

Ingredient list: Bananas* 36 %, Strawberries* 33 %, Apples* 26 %, Raspberries* 5 %, Lemon juice concentrate*.


Baby smoothie no. 5

Mini Øgo Baby-Smoothie with apple puree, pear puree and ascorbic acid
This smoothie contains 90 grams, is organic and can be bought in Salling Group's stores, where the product is seen at a price of 9,50 kr (~ 105,60 kr/kg).

Ingredient list: 70% organic apple puree and 30% organic pear puree, ascorbic acid (E300).


Baby smoothie #6.

Tropical Semper Baby-Smoothie with apple puree, mango puree and ascorbic acid
This smoothie contains 90 grams, is not organic, and can be bought in COOP stores, including, where the product is seen at a price of 9,50 kr (105,60 kr/kg).

Ingredient list: Apple puree 80 %, mango puree 20 %, antioxidant (ascorbic acid). * Contains only natural sugars from the raw materials.


Baby smoothie #7.

Ellas Kitchen Baby-Smoothie with banana, apple, blackcurrant, blueberry and lemon juice -

One of the two most expensive smoothie
This smoothie is organic, it contains 90 grams and can be bought in COOP stores, where the product is seen at a price of 16,75 kr (~186,1 kr/kg).

This baby smoothie is one of the two most expensive smoothies in this study of 30 smoothies combined. Curious how this baby smoothie stacks up taste-wise? Then watch the taste test video, where we ask our fellow judge Alexander, aged 8, which smoothies he likes best.

Ingredient list: Bananas* 53 %, Apples* 29 %, Blackcurrants* 12 %, Blueberries* 6 %, Lemon Juice Concentrate*. *100% organic.


Baby smoothie no. 8

Cheapest smoothie in the test

COOP 365 Baby smoothie with apple puree, pear puree and banana puree
This smoothie contains 90 grams, is organic and can be bought in COOP stores, where the product is seen at a price of 5,00 kr (~ 55,60 kr/kg).

This baby smoothie is the absolute cheapest smoothie of all 30 products. So how do these smoothies perform in the video taste test?

Ingredient list: Organic pear puree (Italian) 20%, organic banana puree 20% and organic strawberry puree 20%.



Remove stains with smoothies

It's quite easy to spill juice from smoothies on your clothes or on furniture and carpets at home, and these stains can be difficult to remove. But don't worry Spetvæ has written the ultimate guide on how to reduce and even eliminate stains. Click here to read more about the great stain removal guide with smoothies >>



30 baby smoothies

Practically, 30 baby smoothies for children from 6 months+ from 5 different supermarkets have been examined:, Netto, Fakta, Superbrugsen and COOP online. All ingredients and nutrition labels are keyed and organised to give you an overview of ingredients, nutrition information, kg price and labelling.

Here is a presentation of the 30 products from the survey


Ingredients in baby smoothies

We've counted up all the ingredients in 30 baby smoothies. In total, there were 32 different types of ingredients. The most used ingredients in 30 smoothies (top 5) are:

  1. apple puree/juice (23 of 30 products),
  2. Lemon juice/concentrate (21 of 30 products)
  3. Banana puree/juice (16 of 30 products)
  4. Ascorbic Acid (11 of 30 products)
  5. Strawberry puree (8 of 30 products)

All 30 baby smoothies had 131 ingredients in total, resulting in an average of 4.4 ingredients in each product. The product with the fewest ingredients had 1 ingredient and the product with the most had 8 ingredients. No smoothies had added colourings or fragrances, so that's great to see.

The 22 out of the 30 products were either organic or were labelled with the EU flower.'

Single smoothies described as porridge

There were even baby products that were mislabelled when looking at online descriptions of the products. Some baby porridge was sold under the heading babysmoothies. So you have to be alert when shopping for baby smoothies online. We cross-checked information with the manufacturer and all smoothies featured in this test are defined as baby smoothies.


The price per kilo of baby smoothies for children 6 months+ varies between 55,6 and up to 186,1 kr/kg in the 30 baby smoothies we have looked at. So there's a lot of money to be saved if you do a little research.

Nutrition in baby smoothies for children from 6 months+

The nutritional content of the smoothies also showed some surprises. Below is a summary of our nutritional calculations for all 30 baby smoothies from 5 supermarkets in Danish retail.

Watch the video below, where nutritionist Preben Vestergaard Hansen gives a summary and analysis of the nutritional content of the 30 baby smoothies for children from 6 months+.


Energy content and energy distribution (kcal/100 g)

Below are variations on content max and min as well as an average content.

The energy content varies from 44,0 to 89,0 kcal/100 g with a mean value of 60,1 kcal/100 g

Fat (total) ranges from 0 to 1.4 g/100 g with a mean value of 0.3 g/100 g.

Saturated fatty acids range from 0 to 0.9 g/100 g with a mean value of 0.1 g/100 g.

Carbohydrate ranges from 9.2 to 19.0 g/100 g with a mean value of 12.9 g/100 g.

Sugars range from 7.6 to 15.1 g/100 g with a mean value of 10.6 g/100 g.

Dietary fibre ranges from 0.8 to 2.0 g/100 g with a mean value of 1.6 g/100 g.

The protein content varies from 0,1 to 1,9 g/100 g with a mean value of 0,6 g/100 g.

The salt content varies from 0,00 to 0,04 g/100 g with a mean value of 0,01 g/100 g.


Baby swimming - your guide to baby swimming

As parents, we can do so many different things to strengthen our children's sensory motor skills. So why not choose an activity that is enjoyable for both ourselves and our child? Sometimes we need to think about ourselves, even if we've become parents to the world's most beautiful child.

In this activity, you get to float in 34 degrees of hot water. If that sounds appealing, then you should definitely start baby swimming. Read on to find out if it's something you might fancy.

Swimming with your baby is both good for baby motorically and socially.

Strengthen your child's sensory motor skills

Baby swimming is good for your child's sensory motor skills and social interaction. For babies up to one and a half years old, the focus is on the parent and child. But there will also be plenty of opportunity to swim around the pool and greet the other members of the team. As well as there will be the opportunity to be social after the trip in the pool. After swimming, most babies will want to eat, so there will often be an opportunity to sit together with the children so they can see each other while they eat - however, this is only when they can join in at the tables and be given porridge or other solid food.

Swimming is part of gross motor skills, like running, cycling, etc. This means that swimming comes under the stimulation of the sensory motor in children, a point where senses, brain, body and movement work together. Being and moving in water is a very different feeling than being on a floor or similar. Read more about baby motor skills and the three senses.


Baby swimming in teams or alone

You can go to the swimming pool on your own without having registered your child in a swimming team. There is no requirement that you have attended baby swimming. If you're not completely comfortable with the idea of going to the pool with your baby, it might be a good idea to go alone and be able to take it at your own pace. There will always be a lifeguard or two present at the pool who will be able to give you some little tips and tricks for your own little swimming session. Just be aware that the lifeguard won't be able to stay with you for too long at a time. But the lifeguard can tell you about the first dive, for example, and just watch you try it. Whether you then want to continue swimming one-on-one or you then want to try to start a team is up to you.

In a swimming class, the focus will be on different exercises from time to time, such as edge diving, turning in the water, etc. By going to the swimming pool alone you can take this at your own pace and not worry about how many times you have left in the team. This way, you can also feel if the day in question is not good and then wait to go until the next day. The downside of going alone is that you don't get the instructions and exercises that the instructor informs you about. You don't know if there are many others in the hot tub and most people tend to run dead in the same exercises with baby. A team can thus help to develop your skills in the water.


Take your time

Time in the pool should be a calm and safe experience for your little one, so it's important to slow down and go with the flow. When you're in the water, there are no phones ringing, no cleaning, no cooking. It's you and your baby. You need to make good eye contact, enjoy the warm water and otherwise just read each other's body language.

The first time your baby experiences the pool and gets into the water, it can be overwhelming. And depending on how old your baby is, 10 minutes in the water for the first time can be more than enough. Afterwards, babies typically fall asleep because there's been so much to process from different sensations.



But when can you actually start swimming with baby? You can start baby swimming from your baby is about 10 weeks old. As a woman, you must have had your 8-week check-up after giving birth and have been given the go-ahead by your doctor to go swimming. This is because the chlorine water can be full of some bacteria that can give you an infection if you have wounds that still haven't healed. However, if you have any doubts about whether your child is ready to go to the swimming pool, you can always talk to your healthcare professional for the best guidance.


Is it ever too late to start baby swimming? Baby swimming is, as it's called, swimming for babies. Then it depends on the swimming pool and their team division, when they call it baby swimming and when it is just a swimming team. Most call it baby swimming until the child is about 1 ½ - 2 years old, and then call it tumbling. But whether your child is 12 weeks, 2 years or 10 years, it's never too late to start swimming. Swimming is a good skill to know as we are around water a surprising amount. So your child doesn't need to be able to swim a 100 metre crawl, but just have learnt the basics of how to act in water. Learning how to act in case you fall in the water is also a big part of first baby swimming.


Tips for the trip to the swimming pool

  • Prepare your baby for water by bathing in a tub at home and learning to get water over their head with water from the shower or from a water jug. Remember that the water from the shower should be on low strength.
  • Make time with water a fun time for singing and playing. You can bring this to the pool. For example, you could sing a particular song every time you bathe, then you can sing the same song in the pool to create familiarity and reassurance.
  • Always make sure you check the swimming pool's rules on swimwear for babies and small children, as most swimming pools have a requirement for swimwear as long as the child is wearing a nappy. The wrong swimwear can prevent a trip to the pool. If in doubt, contact the swimming pool.
  • Bring more than one towel - one for when you're in the pool and one for when baby's bathed after the pool. That way, you'll reduce the chance of your baby getting tangled in a damp or wet towel. You can find inspiration for different baby towels at
  • Make sure that your baby's body is always mostly under water so that your baby doesn't get too chilled.
  • Make sure you have good eye contact with your baby and make lots of happy and smiling facial expressions.
  • Let your breathing be calm and let yourself glide through the water. Let your baby feel the movement of the water by gliding through it, turning and just moving in it. Your baby should be held away from your body, with their face turned towards your face. This way your baby can read your body language and facial expressions, while getting a good feel for the water around their body. After a dive, however, it can be safe to get close to your skin, as long as you remember to smile and tell your baby in a happy voice how good he or she is.


Enjoy your trip to the swimming pool.

Big test: environmental toxins in outerwear

According to a major test by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, many children's outerwear contain undesirable environmental toxins, such as fluorocarbons, which are harmful to the environment and human health. As many as 90% of the clothes tested contained environmental toxins, and only three brands came out completely free. See below which brands fared best and worst in [...]

Get pregnant fast | Your path to the baby of your dreams

Once you've started the baby project, most people want to get pregnant as soon as possible. However, it's not easy for everyone to get pregnant quickly, but there are some things you can actually do to get pregnant quickly. On this page you can read some good [...]