Swimming with your baby can be a great way to not only promote your baby’s coordination but to help develop a bond between you and your baby, not to mention being a good way for you to lose some post bay eight.
If you are keen to start swimming with your baby but unsure on the ‘facts’, the best advice on swimming with baby below may help.
When should I start swimming with my baby?
Parents are often unsure and confused about when the best time is to introduce their baby to the swimming pool. Health experts generally recommend that you wait until your baby is at least six weeks old before you take her swimming, as any sooner and she will be more prone to picking up an infection.
If you had a caesarean section or have any other health implications, your doctor or health visitor may recommend that you wait longer before you start swimming.
What temperature should the pool be?
It is important that young babies do not go in water that is too cold. The temperature of the pool should be approximately 32 degrees Celsius.
How long should I keep my baby in the pool?
It is advised that you start with short ten minute sessions to get your baby used to the swimming pool. This can gradually be increased to 20 minute sessions. Experts recommend that babies under 12 months old are not left in the water more more than half an hour. If your baby starts to shiver then take her out of the pool immediately.
How do I make my baby feel safe in the swimming pool?
Keep your baby held close to you, whilst maintaining eye contact. Keep talking to your little one and praise her regularly. To build up confidence extend your arms and let your baby splash about with the water. Blow bubbles with the water to show her that it is fun. Once your baby feels more confident in the pool, let her lie back with her head resting on your shoulders so that she can kick and splash her legs.
Should I join a swimming class?
If both you and your baby enjoy swimming then you may want to join a swimming class. Classes can be a great way for you to meet new parents and socialise, as well as giving your baby interaction with other children.