Your Baby’s First Swim!
Posted on 15 November 2016
Swimming can be a fun time for babies to explore new territory and splash around!
For a parent, it can be a great chance to bond and make some fun memories. But if not started right, a baby can find it overwhelming and might get afraid of the water which can make the whole swimming experience a very unpleasant one.
Here are some tips to ensure that does not happen -
- Start in a familiar environment like the bathtub and hop in with your baby to assure him/her that it is safe.
- Timing is key when introducing your baby to the water. Too early could be harmful to your baby’s health. It is best to check with your pediatrician before you make this decision.
- Pay close attention to the temperature of the water. Look out for signs from your baby to access discomfort. For example, if the water is too cold then the lips of your baby might turn a blueish/purple. Your baby might not always cry but such signs should be taken seriously.
- Hold your baby close to you and ensure skin-to-skin contact. Not only is this the safest way but it also makes your baby feel safe and your bond deepens.
- Avoid floaties at a young age. Floaties give a false sense of security to parents when the effect is quite the opposite.
- Keep a firm hold on your baby. Don’t fidget or let the baby hang on you. Move around with the baby but keep that hold in place. Always.
- Don’t forget to make it fun and enticing! Pool toys, sing-along songs and a bit of splashing around will set just the right tone.
- Don’t push. If you feel that your baby is not enjoying it or is hesitant. Step out and try another day. It is very important to follow your baby’s cue.
Most of all, enjoy this new and exciting phase in your babies life and your baby will eventually follow. Don't stress and be safe!