Whether you want to take your baby for a dip in the pool with you or if you want to start mommy-and-me swimming lessons, below is everything you need to know in order to make swimming fun and safe for you and your baby.
In the summer time you will most likely be looking forward to lounging by the pool, but how can you safely involve your baby in the summer fun? Helping your baby get used to the water from an early age is extremely important from a safety point and it will also provide many other benefits for your baby.
Tips for keeping your baby safe while in the water
Only start once your baby is three months’ old
The best time for you to get your baby in the water is any time after three months, according to Rita Goldberg, who is the founder of British Swim School., an International swim school franchise. By the time he/she is three months old, the immune system is built up enough so that there is no increased risk of infection from bacteria he/she could pick up in the water.
Start off slowly
Start with ten minute sessions and then slowly work up to twenty or thirty minutes. You should try to swim with your baby at least once a week.
Ensure that the water is warm enough
You should try aim to swim in water that is around 31.6 degrees Celsius. Your baby is going to have a much more pleasant experience rather than just being plunged into the freezing cold water, which can be quite a shock to their delicate systems.
Put your baby in a swimming nappy
Have your baby wear a disposable swimming nappy that has a neoprene cover, this will ensure that any accident will stay in place and not go in the pool.
Whenever you and your baby are in the water, hold him/her close to you and keep eye contact. “There is no substitute to close supervision,” says Goldberg. You shouldn’t ever let your baby out of your sight or reach when in the pool.
Swim Baby is a professional baby and toddler swimming school based in KwaZulu Natal North Coast. Visit our website on www.swimbaby.co.za for more information. You should try aim to swim in water that is around 31.6 degrees Celsius. Your baby is going to have a much more pleasant experience rather than just being plunged into the freezing cold water, which can be quite a shock to their delicate systems.