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Dive Into Fun: Swimming With Your Baby

Today we’ll be diving (no pun intended) into the topic of swimming with your baby. Here’s what you can expect to learn:

  • When it’s safe to start swimming with your baby
  • Tips for a fun and safe swimming experience
  • Ideas for activities whilst swimming

When Is It Safe To Start Swimming With My Baby?

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Ah, swimming with your little one, a perfect activity for bonding and making memories. But hold on, before you grab your Speedos and dive right in, let’s make sure you’re not jumping the gun.

According to the Baby Centre’s medical experts you’ll likely want to wait until your baby is at least six weeks old before taking a dip together. If the mother had a caesarean section or a perineal tear, your health visitor or GP may recommend that you wait longer than six weeks, usually until after your postnatal check. Even if the mother had a straightforward birth, she will experience some bleeding as her body sheds the lining of your womb (uterus) after birth. This type of bleeding is called lochia, and it can last for up to six weeks after birth.

  • Your baby can go swimming at any time from birth, although most baby swimming classes start at around six weeks. There’s no need to wait until your baby is immunised.
  • If you’re keen for your baby to be introduced to swimming before he is six weeks old, the baby can be taken to a warm baby pool. Some private baby swimming classes start as early as four weeks.
  • Most babies up to six months of age can actually swim, with your help, of course! If you start early you can take advantage of your baby’s natural ability to do basic strokes.
  • Also, your baby’s inbuilt gag reflex is generally at its strongest before six months. This means that he or she can hold his breath underwater without even thinking about it.

Tips For A Fun And Safe Swimming Experience

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  • When introducing your baby to the water, it’s important to start slow and steady. Allow your baby to adjust to the temperature and sensation of being in the water, and make sure they’re comfortable.
  • Keep swimming times short at first, initially no more than 10 minutes, and build up from there. Don’t stay in for more than 30 minutes and take your baby out if they start to shiver or look like they’ve had enough.
  • Give swimming a miss if your baby is unwell or tired.
  • Investing in appropriate swim gear can also help keep your baby feeling protected in the water. Swim diapers and a swim hat are essential, and you may also consider a swim vest or floaties for added safety.
  • When choosing where to swim, stick to shallow areas of the pool or a beach where you can easily stand and hold your baby.
  • Practising good hygiene is also crucial when swimming with your baby. Rinse them off with fresh water after swimming and change their diaper immediately to prevent waterborne illnesses.

Activity Ideas Whilst Swimming

Here are some fun swim activities you can enjoy with your baby:

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  • Splish splash: Have fun splashing around with your baby in the water. You can sing songs or play games to make it even more enjoyable.
  • Floating: Hold your baby close and help them float on their back. This is not only relaxing for your baby, but it’s also a great way to develop their balance and coordination.
  • Kicking and paddling: Encourage your baby to kick and paddle their legs and arms in the water. This not only strengthens their muscles but also helps develop their coordination.
  • Toys and games: Bring some toys to the pool or beach and play with your baby. You can throw toys for them to fetch or play games like “I Spy” to keep them entertained. Check out Grow with Me for age-tailored baby toys, including bath-time toys that can be brought to the pool!

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