I have fond memories of paddling as a child, if you gave me water I would kick my trainers off, roll my trousers up and dip my toes in, whether it be at the beach or just a river, there was no stopping me. During our recent holiday to Brean I decided to take Aria paddling for the first time. High tide comes either ridiculously early morning or early evening in Brean so we kept Aria up late one night for a trip to the beach, I had hoped to get some amazing sunset photos but unfortunately it was cloudy. I'm still very happy with the photos that we managed to get.
I kitted us out in our new weather proof clothing from Lighthouse*, Aria's puddlesuit is perfect for a splashing about, her feet were still free so she could feel the sea and sand in her toes, but her clothes protected from splashing. My cotton sweater was ideal for the cooler evening, ordered in a size up for extra comfort.
I wasn't sure whether Aria would enjoy paddling or not, she loves swimming and bathing but paddling is a whole new experience, the cold sea and the wet sand sticking to your feet make it an unpleasant experience for some, but not for us. We anxiously waited for the first wave to come crashing up around our feet and clean the sand away.
We both jumped a little when the first wave lapped at our feet, I knew what was coming but couldn't help but jump back, then we waited, again, and again, and again for that next jump inducing wave to come and clean the soggy sand from our feet for five seconds before leaving our feet to the sand once again.
We didn't stay long, the late high tide meant that Aria was up past her bedtime and tired, but we stayed long enough to have fun, make memories and tick off another first for Aria. Thankfully Aria's new puddle suit kept her nice and dry throughout which meant that we could quickly clean her feet off, get her home and straight to bed. After striking a few more poses of course...
Do you and your little one enjoy paddling?