Our Five Ring Circus: A Mom's Guide to Prepping for a Day of Swimming {Featuring Speedo USA}

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Mom's Guide to Prepping for a Day of Swimming {Featuring Speedo USA}

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Speedo USA. I received these products in exchange for my honest opinions.

I've been a mom of four for 3 years now. I'm used to the constant noise and chaos. I've adjusted to the fact that there is literally never a dull moment. Juggling schedules and rushing to meet demands is what I do best.

One thing I will never become accustomed to, however, is the stress that comes with trying to leave the house on time AND with everything we need. (Bonus points if I don't forget a kid! I'm kidding of course.) No matter how much I prepare, we usually end up rushing out of the house in a whirlwind. By the time I get behind the wheel of my car my heart is racing and my stress level is through the roof! 


Over the years I've learned that bigger activities, such as spending the day swimming, require a lot of preparation beforehand.  I'm thrilled to collaborate with Speedo USA to bring you the best ways and the best products to make prepping for a day of swimming a breeze for busy moms like you!

A Mom's Guide to Prepping for a Day of Swimming #SwimWithSpeedo #ad


Make sure you choose the proper swimwear. Comfort and coverage is key! Speedo USA offers a wide variety of swimwear for your entire family. 

Although buying swimwear for boys is pretty straightforward it gets a bit trickier for the girls. As a mom of young girls I struggle with finding cute, comfortable suits that are also appropriate for their age. 

This Tie Dye Splash Rash Guard 2 Piece Set is perfect for Lily. It's modest, it's comfortable and it comes in the bright colors that she prefers. It stays in place as she swims and doesn't shift around at all! 

This suit features durable chlorine-resistant fabric and the no wedgie worries silicone gripper to keep the bottoms in place. Although our swimming is currently limited to indoor pools these days, I love the fact that I don't have to use as much sunscreen in the Summer thanks to the extra coverage from the rash guard. We both love this suit!



Visit HERE for more options for Girls Swimwear from Speedo USA.

One of the biggest struggles for a woman is swimsuit shopping. I'm fairly certain that almost everyone hates it! It's really hard to find a cute suit that comfortably fits your new mom body. As soon as I spotted the Piped Sheath Dress I fell in love! And when it arrived, it fit PERFECTLY.

The Piped Sheath Dress features 4-Way Stretch, Speedo Endurance+ long lasting fabric and soft sewn-in cups for support. Not only is the cut flattering but I love how it stays in place as I chase after my kids and it manages to look cute when I inevitably run into a crowd to grab my toddler. There are no embarrassing slippage moments thanks to the great fit! This suit comfortably keeps up with my active mom lifestyle and quickly became my favorite!


Visit HERE to see the wide variety of Women's Swimwear at Speedo USA.

Purchase items that will keep your little kids safe. Although you should never let your guard down when your child is near water, knowing that your child will be safe and secure when you are a few steps behind them is essential!

Liam is an active, adventurous kid. He is always on the move and often jumps into the pool without hesitation. He will be starting swim lessons soon and I'm always following behind him but I love the protection that the adorable Supersaurus Vest provides.   

The Supersaurus Vest  is part of the Begin to Swim Collection. To learn more about the Supersaurus Vest, go to Speedo USA. It's available in colors for boys and girls. Not only does Liam look adorable in this vest but he's also safe. That gives me peace of mind!


Speedo USA has a wide variety of Kids Accessories. See all the options HERE.


Purchase a great swim bag and make sure you keep it fully stocked at all times.  Our swim bag is always ready to go. All I have to do is add in the last minute items before we leave. Here's what I keep in our swim bag:
  • A towel for each family member plus one extra
  • Cash and change
  • Our pool/gym membership cards
  • Extra training pants and baby wipes
  • An extra swim diaper
  • Reusable water bottles
  • A mini first aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • A wet brush and extra hair ties
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Lotion
  • Makeup bag which includes personal products, deodorant and saline solution
  • Convenient snacks
  • A change of clothes for each family member

Swim Bag

The Ventilator Tote from Speedo USA is an amazing bag! It's large enough for my big family and the mesh insert allows items to dry quickly.  The pockets on each side of the bag are perfect for holding our reusable water bottles and the zipper pocket in front holds all the small items that get lost easily in the bag (hair ties, lip balm, hand lotion). The bag features an interior zipper pocket that is perfect for personal items such as cell phones and iPods. This bag is breathable and it's comfortable to carry thanks to the padded straps.

Swim Bag

My favorite feature of them all is the included mesh change purse that clips onto a loop inside the bag. I use this to store my driver's license, membership cards and money. Thanks to the handy clip this little bag is always within easy reach and I can get to it quickly when needed!

Speedo Swim Bag

See all the packs and bags from Speedo USA HERE.


Lay out the suits the night before. I like to drape our swimsuits over our swim bag so they can be easily found the next day. My kids always know where they are and can change quickly when asked! This way there are also no battles to deal with over which swimsuit they want to wear! (Mom win.)


Double check your bag to make sure you have everything you need for swimming and sit it by the door the night before. Take the time to toss in your license, pool membership card, cash and change, clean clothing for each family member and convenient snacks.


Have everyone put on their suits BEFORE you leave the house. That way you don't have to deal with chasing kids through a changing room while you're half dressed. Besides, no kid likes to wait to swim. This tip saves time and allows you a stress-free entrance to the pool!



Grab those last minute items, such as cold drinks and cell phones, and put them in your swim bag. You're almost ready!



Have your kids use the bathroom before you head out the door. Trust me on this one. I have over a decade of parenting experience. TRUST ME. After that, you're ready to herd your kids out the door!



HAVE FUN!!! Hopefully all the prep you did beforehand will allow you to have an enjoyable, stress-free day!


Empty out your bag as soon as you get home. Toss wet towels and suits into the laundry and restock any items you will need the next time you go swimming.

Hopefully you had a great time swimming! And if you're extra lucky your exhausted kids will take a nap! 



While I can't promise that you will be able to make it out the door on time without any stress, it will go a bit more smoothly if you follow these tips! Here's to a great day of swimming!

Thank you to Speedo USA for sponsoring today's post! I am so grateful for the chance to be introduced to these amazing products. They are definitely my family's new favorites! #SwimWithSpeedo

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  1. This is AWESOME! Love the suits, especially your. Speedo make such great quality stuff. It is so hard to compare anyone else to them. I also love that bag. That would be perfect for all of our summer pool trips.

  2. What great tips!! I totally agree with putting the suits on before leaving!!

  3. Remember when days to the pool or beach meant a single bag for yourself? And that you can lay out and relax? Oh how I (sometimes) miss those days!

  4. Laying out the suits the night before is so key! I can't tell you how many times we've scrambled at the last minute. And I love your suit -- so flattering!

  5. Such great ideas! I already scramble with just one kid. We are planning a trip to the pool this weekend, I feel very prepared now. I love that vest too!!

  6. I ADORE your black suit! It is so flattering and it looks so comfy!

  7. that lifejacket is adorable! and i love your suit, I need to get something like that for parent and tot swim lessons...I feel like I'm on display the other parents sitting and watching just stare.

  8. This is awesome! So many great tips and I love those swimsuit and Supersaurus vest!

  9. I'm such a procrastinator and having a kid has made it so much worse! I need to follow your lead and be a little more prepared for activities


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