I am definitely a swim mom. What is that? My kids were on the swim team for many years, and I have logged MANY hours at the pool! The have only recently moved on to other sports and school commitments, but we have fond memories of all the time spent at the pool.
Here are some necessities and also some things I simply like for the pool. As well as some recommendations for what would be good gifts for moms of kids who swim!
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Being a swim mom often means volunteering or at least walking through the pool area frequently. Whether you are indoors or out, a comfy pair of sandals or flip-flops is a must-have. You want to stay cool, because you find yourself sweating even at an indoor pool. Comfort is important, and it is important that your shoes are also non-slip. I find myself walking very carefully to avoid slipping on wet tiles. I like wearing my Chaco sandals because they are sturdy and non-slip (designed for Colorado river rafting guides so they didn’t slip!).
A nice cooler
My kids did summer swim team for years, and we pretty much spent 6 weeks straight at the pool. 5 days a week, plus meets. And that means hot, hungry kids. I rely on a small cooler to pack a variety of snacks, for myself and for the kids. This isn’t just for cold drinks, but things like sandwiches, fruit, and more.
A useful tote
For all those hours logged at the pool, I always lugged a big bag of stuff with me, so a large tote bag comes in handy. I usually brought snacks and/or lunch, a book, a change of shoes, sunscreen for outdoor meets, sunglasses, water, money, black sharpies for writing event numbers, a list of the events, and more. It is nice to have a sturdy tote bag to be organized and prepared.
Magnet for the car
So mom spends a lot of hours.. a LOT.. driving to and from practices and meets? A Swim Mom magnet or Swim Taxi magnet is a cute idea!
“Swim mom” shirt
A Swim Mom shirt is a great idea for moms who are at the pool all the time.
I always enjoyed wearing team shirts or sporting other “swim mom” gear, from my car magnet to shirts to mugs. You can also check with your team or coach and find items in team colors and things with team logos. Let’s say your team colors are purple and black – you can easily find items in coordinating colors.
That is such a nice shirt, to show support and how proud you are. Thanks for sharing!
Great ideas! I love the shirt..so cute! I think that’s a great way for moms to show off their pride and a thoughtful suggestion 🙂
Those ideas were awesome. Love the shirt as well. Perfect for gift.
Smart to bring the drinks and snacks. I’m a ball mom, so I get it too. Like that shirt!
What a lovely experience you have had as a swim mum and thank you for sharing this. My daughter is pretty good at swimming and we are encouraging her to join the swim club so these tips will come in handy
I love these gift ideas, especially the shirt ” swim mom ” it is so cute!
My twin daughters love the water! I don’t know how to swim, I’ll be taking them to swim lessons this summer.
What a great list! I can see how a lot of these would be useful for moms of many different sports and organizations. I know as a Cub Scout mom I could use a few of these gifts.
Such a stunning shirt, a great design that makes it so mesmerizing. Awesome gift ideas, for me they are all essential. Got to check them all!
Super love the tee, it is awesome…The cooler idea is also a great idea, perfect for the long hours spent waiting for the kids lol…
You’ve got some great gift ideas there. I think that gifting the sandals would be lovely as they are really practical.
These are great gift ideas for swim moms! I love the shirt! Thanks for sharing this!
What a fun list of gifts! A cooler is always a good idea!
I don’t know whether swim teams/ clubs aren’t as much of a thing here in the UK or I just don’t know about it. But it sounds quite intensive to be there that many days a week, so a cooler sounds like a good shout. I’d also say books to keep them occupied x
I’ve not familiar with the term “swim mom”. Looks like good gift ideas.
It seems sense to me that many of these would be helpful for moms who are involved in a wide variety of sports and groups. As a parent of a Cub Scout, I’m sure that more than a few of these items would come in handy.