Are you swimming with your baby this summer?
Taking your little one to the pool can be an exciting experience. Babies naturally love water. Therefore, you shouldn’t hesitate to bring your little one with you next time you go swimming.
For tips on swimming with your baby, check out the rest of the article below.
Before jumping in the pool with your baby, you need to have a plan. Below highlights the important aspects to consider when in the pool:
- Check that the water is warm enough. If he’s under 12 weeks old, the pool needs to be heated to 32ºC. Any older, and 30ºC should be fine.
- Don’t spend too long in pool – 20 to 30 minutes is plenty.
- Don’t submerge your baby unless supervised. This can be fun for both of you but should only be done in a class or with a professional.
Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach to provide active supervision. We know it’s hard to get everything done without a little multitasking, but this is the time to avoid distractions of any kind. If children are near water, then they should be the only thing on your mind. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water.
For new pools or hot tubs, install multiple drains in all pools, spas, whirlpools and hot tubs. This minimizes the suction of any one drain, reducing risk of death or injury. If you do have drains, protective measures include anti-entrapment drain covers and a safety vacuum release system to automatically release suction and shut down the pump should entrapment occur.
In The Pool
Make sure you’re relaxed and keep eye contact as he’ll take all his cues from you. Swirl your baby around in the water and even trickle some water gently over his face and head if he’s happy.
One of the best ways to keep your kids water-safe is to enroll them in swimming lessons, as it can aid water awareness, build confidence and it’s a great way to bond with your baby. Enrollment at four to six months is a good time to start.
To conclude, swimming is one of the best activities your baby can do and it’s amazing that, before the age of three, you can teach him one of life’s core skills. If you go gently, introducing him to the water in a measured, sensitive way, you’ll instill not only a lifetime’s confidence, but open up a whole new magical underwater world, providing healthy enjoyment for years to come.