When can babies go in the pool?

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Can I bring my 20 day old newborn into the pool with me to cool down? We live on the 11th floor and have no a/c!!!

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Lynlee - posted on 06/23/2009

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I took our newborn in a public pool when he was about two months old - I read some stuff on the internet that there is a risk of asthma and respiratory problems due to the chlorine but it seems it would only be an issue if you were swimming with him several times a week. I've never heard of the vaccination issue but we live in New Zealand so maybe it's not a problem here? Just hold onto him firmly and it's probably best not to duck them under or let them have a mouthful due to bacteria in the water going into their eyes, ears, mouth etc. Heated pools are better as they feel the cold more than we do.

Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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we did some research when ours was a newborn on when babies can go in the pool, i cant remember exactly but i think it said it was ok for babies to go in the pool as long as you give them a bath straight after. its mainly beach water that you shouldnt do for the first 6 months as it dries thier skin out. we had ours swimming in our pool and my mothers from a young age but she went to the beach for the first time at 8 months we just put heaps of sunscreen

Rebekah - posted on 09/02/2012

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My daughter went to the beach and swimming pool for the first time when she was 5 weeks old. Our pediatrician was much more concerned about her sun exposure than the pool water. We only got her a little bit wet and then made sure to rinse her off when we got back to the house-- and she was fine.

Stephanie - posted on 06/23/2009

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We took our baby in the pool at 6 months. Before you take your baby in the pool make sure you've gotten the roto-virus vaccine. They can get roto from the pool water. I know our little one loved to open his mouth and try to drink it. We have a strict "binkie in the pool" policy now so he can't get much in his mouth. Until then you might want to go with a cool bath instead :)

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Ebony - posted on 06/23/2009

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I think they don't recommend that you take babies swimming in public pools until they have had their first immunisations. We however took our baby swimming in a private pool when he was about 2 weeks old as he was born in the height of summer. We found that the pool needed to be a little warm as their bodies loose heat VERY quickly and it was too cold at first..

Amber - posted on 06/23/2009

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Being a community pool I would say no...you would be better off getting a small little blow up or plastic pool and filling that up. Put it in the shade and enjoy the day with your little one. It will protect them from possible infections and keep them in the shade out of the sun.

Jocelyn - posted on 06/23/2009

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i think you would be fine. it's up to you if you want to wait until he's had all his immuz. but if you get a floaty device thing that he can sit in, then he will not be able to get any of the water in his mouth. chlorine can be drying to the skin tho so make sure you lotion him up after.
i started my son swimming at 4 months, with no problems, and one of my friends started his daughter swimming at just a couple weeks (our sons swim together). im preg again and will take the new baby with us swimming probably around 4 weeks.

Kayleigh - posted on 06/23/2009

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if it a local swimming pool then no coz the doc like all their injections done because of infections in the pool but in a paddlein pool at home is ok coz they bath im the same water .

Shannon - posted on 06/23/2009

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I put my 3 month old in a blow up pool with just regular water, I would put my 20 day old baby in a chlorine pool if the doc. said it was ok... chlorine may affect baby somehow. ask about sunscreen also because it says on the bottle not to use under 6 months unless directed by a doctor. I have never heard anything about the shots the other mom's have posted but I'm a first time mom so check on that as well.

Liz - posted on 06/23/2009

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most pool staff and the doctors etc will tell you not to take your child swimming till they have had all there injections so from about 4-5 months is fine but i always stuck my lil one in the kitchen sink and she loves it

Ebony - posted on 06/23/2009

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I think they don't recommend that you take babies swimming in public pools until they have had their first immunisations. We however took our baby swimming in a private pool when he was about 2 weeks old as he was born in the height of summer. We found that the pool needed to be a little warm as their bodies loose heat VERY quickly and it was too cold at first..

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