When is an appropreaite age to take baby swimming

Ashleigh - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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was just wondering when is a good age to take ur baby swimming my girl is 3 months old

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Joannah - posted on 01/09/2010

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I took my lil one at 2months and he seemed ok but water was a little cold, a lady i know took her twin girls at 2 weeks of age. I think it depends on when u feel comfortable taking them. Even if you go for a quick dip then out just so bubs can get use to it.

Kristen - posted on 01/09/2010

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I did my little one at three months. I put her in a onesie so she was easier to hold on to though.

Mandii - posted on 01/09/2010

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if its actual paid swimming lessons, most places wont let u start until bub is 6 months, but if ur just taking bub swimming Id say any age as long as u keep a tight grip and the water isnt too cold. I put my little princess in the pool for the first time when she was 3 months and she loved it, but we didnt start proper paid swimming lessons until she was 6 months

Coleen - posted on 01/05/2010

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Now is the best time...the sooner they learn the better they will be olympians...hahah..No certainly having your babies learning how to swim is such a burden lifter. My daughter was in the pool at 3 mths old and loved it. You know when babies are young ,if they get a strong wind in there face they hold their breathe?,Well this is a system that is used to help babies hold their breathe in water..My mother-in-law helped aid my daughter into swimming, she is not a teacher but taught her own kids with this method.,You blow in the babies face,they hold their breathe and you then dunk them under the water for a couple of seconds,not long. Gradually after repeating this step,she held her breathe longer and stayed under longer. It was a natural instinct when the baby went under to start kicking..It was so cool. My daughter has been a water baby ever since,not an olympian, but is 16 and never had to worry about her near water. My other 3 children went through the same thing,my last born actually use to use the spa bath as a pool....I never had to worry about any of them around water,tho still kept an eye on them as learning how to swim is a whole new strategy which requires experienced trainers.My 8 yr old goes swimming all the time,jumps off the diving blocks,tarzan swings,goes straight to the deep end of the pools the lot, she has no fear of water, unlike me when I was about 5 fell into a pool and have never liked water since. Mind you the first experience sometimes didnt seem pleasant, 2 of my kids coughed and spluttered after coming up the first time, but in the end loved it, there legs use to start kicking when ever they saw water.....lol

Sarah - posted on 01/05/2010

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a lot of the time i was told when they'd had their first vacinations.

my little man was 5months (so about april/may) when we first took him to the leisure centres one.

it was cold and he cried at first .. but then he got used to it... we've been twice. need to take him again sometime ..

Krystal - posted on 01/05/2010

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I agree with the warm water comment. We went to a local swimming pool and Wil went berserk coz the water was a fair bit colder than his baths and the other pol he'd been in.



I started swimming lessons with Wil when he was 6mths old but had to stop due to the chlorine beong really harsh and affecting his eczema



I dont know if there is a right or wrong age for starting swimming. So long as theyre safe & shaded x

Carrie - posted on 01/05/2010

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well iw as told by my sons peda. that u should wait until they r at least 6 months u can help them out by takin baths so they can get used 2 different water temps. cuz most pools r REALLY cold n baby's r used 2 warm water

Julie - posted on 01/05/2010

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I had twins last Feb. and I had them in the pool over the summer. Make sure you use water proof sunblock and keep your baby shaded.

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