It’s summertime and that means swimming! Making sure your baby is safe in the pool is key, especially during the hot summer months. Follow these simple tips to ensure a fun and worry-free time for both you and your little one.
Choose the right swimwear for your baby
It is important to choose the right baby swimwear for your child because it will help to keep them safe in the pool. Swimwear that fits properly will help to prevent your baby from slipping out of their suit and into the water. It is also important to make sure that your baby’s swimwear has enough room for a swim diaper.
Make sure the pool is safe for your baby
Before you let your baby anywhere near the pool, it is important to make sure that the pool is safe for them. This means checking the depth and temperature of the water, making sure there are no sharp objects in the water, and ensuring that the pool is clean. If you think that something about the pool is not safe, speak to a lifeguard or pool manager.
Never leave your baby unattended
You should never leave your baby unattended near the water, even for a moment. If you need to leave the area, take your baby with you or ask someone you trust to watch them.
Take your baby to swimming classes
It might be a good idea to take your baby to swimming classes so they can become more comfortable in the water. Most swimming classes for babies involve the instructor or parent having the baby in their arms and walking around the pool. The instructor will also show the parents different techniques on how to hold and carry their baby in the water.
Bring a bag of essentials
For a day at the pool, a baby bag should always include a few swim diapers, a changing mat, a sun hat, sunblock, and water shoes. It’s also important to bring a change of clothes for your baby in case their outfit gets wet. A soft towel with a hood or a towel dressing grown will help your baby to dry off after their swim.
If you are bottle-feeding your baby, don’t forget to pack enough formula or pumped breast milk for the day. Additionally, if your baby has started solid food, pack some healthy snacks so that your little one does not get too hungry. Some of your child’s favorite bath toys can also be used to make the pool feel like a more familiar environment.
Teach your baby to blow bubbles
Teaching your baby how to blow bubbles in the water has a surprising benefit. Not only will they enjoy watching bubbles form in the pool, but if your baby understands how to blow a bubble they will be less likely to inhale any pool water which can make young babies sick. You can encourage your baby to blow in the water by placing a floating toy in the pool and showing them how to move the toy using their breath.
Don’t let your baby get cold
Babies lose heat more quickly than adults, so it’s important to keep them warm when they get out of the pool. Wrap your little one in a cozy towel to dry off. Plus, if your baby starts to shiver while in the water, it is time to get your little one out of the pool.
If your baby is under a year old, around 30 minutes should be the maximum amount of time that they should be in the water. You can start your child off with 10-minute swim sessions and slowly build up to 20 or 30 minutes as their confidence grows.
Look after your baby’s skin
Babies have incredibly sensitive skin so it is important to rinse off any chlorinated water once they have finished swimming. Applying an oat-based moisturizer will help to soothe any dry patches or other skin complaints such as eczema. Sun cream with an SPF of 50 or higher should also be applied to any exposed skin, even on cloudy days as UV rays can penetrate through the clouds.
Your baby’s safety has to come first
Taking a trip to the pool with your baby can be a fun and exciting experience, but it’s important to keep safety in mind at all times. Above all, try to prepare by bringing everything your little one needs and make sure you know how to prevent any accidents from happening in the first place.