Nursery Natters Mum
Tips for Swimming with Babies and Tots
As the temperature soars, there’s no better time to introduce your baby or toddler to the joys of swimming! They’ll only splash about at first but it’s great for keeping them cool and introducing tiny swimmers to water so they don’t develop a fear. But whether it’s a splash about in the paddling pool, or a full dip in the local baths, there are some important safety tips to consider.
Check the temperature
Make sure the pool isn’t too cold as babies lose heat more quickly than adults do. Ensure they’re not in the water too long either.
Think of their skin
Babies and toddlers skin is also more delicate, so is prone to being affected by chemicals used to sterilise the water. Help protect them by making sure they’re washed and dried properly once you’ve left the pool.
Don’t be too eager
It’s a milestone occasion but parents are advised to wait before taking little one out for their first public swim. Although transmitting infections are unlikely, it is a not a good idea until a baby has completed the standard course of three 5-in-1 vaccine injections against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hib, Haemophilus influenzae type b, and polio.
Baths are important
Six months and over is deemed the appropriate age for taking babies swimming for the first time. Before this age preliminary swimming skills and water familiarisation can be taught in the bath at home. Visit The Amateur Swimming Association for ideas.
Visit the RoSPA website for more swim safety advice for children here.
We hope you found this advice useful for your baby’s first swimming trip. Let us know how you got on!