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When did you first take your baby swimming?

baby swimmingJust wondering how many weeks/months did you wait before taking your baby swimming in both public and private pools?

  • We waited till 4 months so he’d had his first needles. He’s been in public & private pools regularly since then & he loves it & we havent had any issues with the clorine. Vicky
  • I waited till 8 months only as this is when swimming lessons s__tarted. The owner of the pool said they dont have children in the pool if they are under 6 months Isabel
  • We started at 4 months urge didn’t like it till 6 months, so maybe that’s a better time to start. Rachael
  • My little guy was 8 weeks after first round of needles for a public pool. If your going in a private pool age doesn’t matter as much, just make sure it isn’t to cold. Remembering Bub can’t regulate their own temp yet. Jodie
  • 6months Pixie
  • Two months Sarah
  • We had our girl in a private pool at 9 weeks and public at 12.. But in both i do my best to keep water out of her mouth.. Shes 15 weeks now and absolutely LOVES the pool and she’ll float happily on her back and doesn’t freak out so I think we made the right decision starting her early as we’re very much a swimming family Madalyn
  • After their six week needles i probably didnt go public for a week or two but thats because we just didnt bother but one day we decided it was to hot and went and she loved it alot more then the home pools. Katisha
  • At 13 weeks we were in the local hydrotherapy pool for Mums and Bubs class – the 3rd lesson the hydro pool was closed so they warmed the normal 25m pool and we used that. She loves it and sleeps really well after! I’d heard once you’ve had first vaccinations u should be right so that’s what we did and (touch wood) we’ve had no problems Bree
  • 10 weeks. Crystal
  • We waited until after our boy had his 8 week needles in home pool. But did one week of swimming lessons at a public pool just after he was 3 months. He now goes to the same pool every Saturday for lessons and is almost 6 months. We just didn’t let any water get into his ears the first couple of times. Cassandra
  • My son was about 2 months in a public hotel pool. We had given him his first shots. Cambria
  • when u think is right time I started early with my first he loved it till 16 mths then all of a sudden he hated it Wendy
  • I was paranoid about germs, etc. My little one had her first swim, in my sister’s pool, on her 1st birthday. Linda

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  1. Alan Paterson says:

    Introducing your child to the wonders of the water where safety, relaxation and enjoyment can be nurtured should be ongoing and an incremental process from birth. After all in the 9 previous months they have been floating around quite happily and safely in a fluid filled cocoon, I’m not saying enrol them in swimming lessons at birth but it should start then with you the parents at bath times. By making these first experiences stress-less, relaxing and developing some fun in the ritual will make the introduction to formal lessons seamless. Just a few things you can do at this stage is letting the infant float on their back, assisted at first, then with reduced help until it is natural and relaxing to them. (Make sure the bath water is deep enough to facilitate this). A good tip during this to have your smiling relaxed face quite close to theirs. A trickle of water or little drops to their face should be also steadily introduced early without fuss. A few general tips is always make the process enjoyable, if they start to freak out or cry… stop! Only proceed when they are relaxed, be patient, with their curiosity it won’t be long. As for when is a good time to introduce to a formal lessons or public pools, as from 3 months to 3 years or so the lessons should be basically teaching the parents what to do. In a class situation babies and parents learn from other babies and parents (it’s critical at this stage not to have a baby freaking out or over anxious parents hanging on for grim death) As with germs in the pool, any well run pool with sparkly clear water would probably be less a health risk than tap water. Water around 30 degrees C is good, 28′ to 34′ Ok. Don’t let them get too cold, try to do a few times per weak if formal lessons are had, also bring them to the pool by yourself and repeat the lessons (fun). One major warning I’ll leave you with is never submerge or force infants unnecessarily under the water,( a jump in and head under, submerge rotate and return to the side is fine for infants probably above one) but the combination of increasing water pressure in relation to depth (1 meter deep has a lot of pressure!) and the fact infants Eustachian canals aren’t anywhere developed.The Eustachian tube is a canal that connects the middle ear to the Nasopharynx, which consists of the upper throat and the back of the nasal cavity. It controls the pressure within the middle ear, making it equal with the air pressure outside the body. Great problems and danger can be incurred by submerging infants, such as damage to these canals and ears as well as a phenomenon known as water toxicity, where water can enter the body, dilute the blood and can cause death up to 48 hours later. Getting very young children to go deep (more than 500mm) is negligent. Keep it all fun, constant and it will be a wonderful skill for life.

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