Just gorgeous! Luckily Ellie has been doing great with the babysitter, and we have been able to run up to the pool a few times with friends during the day. Then in the afternoon Chris or I will take Bradley up for a swim before or after dinner. He is getting more and more comfortable in the water.
The pool has a great graduated entry that is perfect for this age. The kids feel like they are "swimming" without having to stay over in the baby pool or on the stairs.
Bradley hanging out on the side of the pool
Now Bradley is a little more cautious about going under the water. I showed him that if he closed his mouth and held his nose that no water could get in. He started putting his head under little by little. Maybe by the end of the summer we will get him totally swimming. I know it just takes time and exposure. Also, having friends do it around him has made him much more interested in this skill!