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Babies Encyclopedia: How do I prepare my 6 month baby for his first trip to a swimming pool?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 5:09 PM on Sep. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • If you are going to a public pool and are going in the baby pool you want to go first thing in the morning. The pool water will be clean and there should be fewer people. Let your little one get wet slowly. The first day baby may only want to put it's feet but that's ok.

    If you are going in the big pool hold your baby and let your baby gradually get used to the water. Don't throw the baby or let the baby go underwater. Your baby may get cold quickly. Have towels and be prepared to get out when baby is cold. Use sunscreen that is made for swimming.


    Answer by Gailll at 5:17 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Be sure you are holding baby, don't let baby go underwater, or allow them to "swim" alone. Most flotation devises are not made for babies under a year old, so you have to hold the baby. For toddlers (ages 1-3) you can buy flotation devises, however NEVER go more than a few feet (2-3 feet max) away from a child that young in a flotation devise.

    Be sure the water temperature is warm (78-82 degrees is ideal), so baby does not get too cold too quick, since their body temperatures can drop a LOT faster than an adults. Have towels, sunscreen, a change of diapers, and a change of dry clothes for when it's time to come out.

    Use swimmer's diapers to keep baby and everyone else in the pool as pee or poo free as we can.

    Take it slow getting in, play gentle, and try to stay away from rowdy crowds at public pools so baby doesn't get splashed.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 6:35 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Use a swimming diaper and sunscreen. I found that having a flotation device that my children could sit in helped. Also my children got col very quick even when it was hot out so have towels ready. The ones with the hoods attached are great.

    Answer by MooNFaeRie30 at 6:07 AM on Sep. 13, 2010

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