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How soon can you take a newborn to a pool?

My little girl is 3 weeks old and my dh and i were wondering when she can start getting accustomed to the water.

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Asked by Lilglowy at 8:27 PM on May. 25, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • She could get accustomed to the water once her cord has fallen off....BUT...sunscreen is not recommended under 6 months and of course sunburn isn't either.

    Answer by MamaJen74 at 8:30 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • I think your only problem is the sun! Keep her covered even if it is overcast! Hopefully she will love it! My kids all enjoy the water.

    Answer by micheledo at 8:32 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • I would say not under 6 weeks! but I would ask the doctor first

    Answer by mrsmamaj at 8:32 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • I would not want to expose a newborn to all of the chemicals in a public pool. Baby can get used to the water in the tub until next year!

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 8:35 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • I agree with maggiemom2000, she sounds pretty young to be introducing her to a public pool. The sun, pool chemicals, and other issues. You'd also have to be careful with the water temp, because a newborn's body temp doesn't regulate as quickly as an older baby or toddler... most pools are heated, I know, but that doesn't guarantee they are at least 90 degrees...

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:48 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • I'd speak to your pediatrician.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:54 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • Most swimming places will not start lessons until 6 months b/c of the baby not being able to regulate body temperature...however, a FEW of them will start at 3 months...we have my DD in lessons now. She is 9 months and it's an indoor heated pool....I would ask the doctor though about a newborn. :)

    Answer by calliesmommie at 10:41 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • we went to the beach for memorial day and my dd loved the pool. she actually fell asleep becuase the pool was warmed. i would say 6 months because of sunscren but since that would be after the summer i'd cover her up good!!!! hat glasses the workds

    Answer by ssnelson26 at 11:50 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • to clarify she fell asleep in my arms after bobbing in the water with us and loved floating on her back

    Answer by ssnelson26 at 11:51 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • my sons pedi said its not good to have them in the sun/heat much until they are about 6months. Sun, heat & bugs, not to mention all the icky bodily germs in pools!

    Answer by EthansMommy5 at 12:08 AM on May. 26, 2009

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