Babies in the pool?

Chantelle - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I know there are those swimmer diaper things for the pool (not sure what the smallest size is though), but my boy is only 3 months old.. if i wanted to bring him in the kiddie pools, would he got cold? Should he wear something else? Or is it not a good idea to bring him in there this young? Although i know a lot of people that do. Opinions/suggestions?

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Jamie - posted on 03/17/2010

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I had my DD in the pool at 3months and I had Gabby's swimmers for her. They are a reuseable swim trunk (most pools in my area only accept these), and it worked out to be cheaper then the swim diapers. We were in the exercise pool, so the water was warm, it was like taking a bath. Really all they need a swim trunks, but I did get a top for my DD. She loved the water and they were a couple of times that she almost fell asleep in the pool. I would recommend taking your boy to the pool, but that is my opinion.

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Kathy - posted on 08/03/2011

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babies really love water, and I agree even the 'baby pools' are a little warmer than the reg. pools..its important to use the lil swimmers suits, baby's urine and fecal matter in the pool cause e coli, which makes everyone in the pool sick, even a small amount can contaminate, so Id use the 'swimmers; outfit..babies are not so afraid of the water when young and there used to be even classes at varous places for babies to learn to swim, I don't know if they do this anymore, it used to be very popular, ask your local YMCA or YWCA...it would be a great bonding with you and your babe..good luck.

Chloe - posted on 07/18/2011

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my baby hates water.. i dont know why. whenever i bath her she was crying sooo loud. huhuhu i dont know what to do to make her love the bath time and the pool.

Stephanie - posted on 07/15/2011

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Really . I took my daughter to touch water at the water by our house when she was four monthes. It the heat is really hot then i wouldn't see a problem. Babies get fussy when they are over heated

Allana - posted on 07/13/2011

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The centre where I live has a warm pool along with the big cold pools, I just brought my lil one in there, always kept her in my arms. I never bothered with swimming lessons, since I can teach her myself when she's a little older (almost 3 now). As for the little swimmers, they become a godsend when the little one decides to poop in the pool! They make the swimmers in all sizes so don't worry about size, but once he's big enough, I would strongly reccoment investing in a life jacket, ours only cost 20 bucks from walmart. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 02/09/2011

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just wanted to add. if you are going to be taking your baby into the pool wihtout trained help - please please go ask a nurse/medic/your doctor to show you what to do if he/she takes in a little water xx its really easy and you'll be nice and calm if you know what you're doing xx

Nicole - posted on 02/09/2011

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Gabbys reusable swim daipers are a great idea. the water is usually quite warm so dot worry about that. if you are nervous take a swimming aid like a floating seat with a ring and good support. this will help little one not to pick up on your nervousness easily - just be careful with your voice. purposefully talk in a lower and softer tone. i would join a baby swimming group and teach my child to be comfortable in the water.

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You can find swimsuits with a built in diaper.... I think Kushies makes them. But I have always used either Huggies or Pampers Splashers. But I also re-use the diaper if it is not soiled. You simply let it dry out and then re-use. Cheaper that way. As for age, I had my babies in the pool just after my own 6 week check up. The earlier the better. I put them in swimsuits that cover ankle to wrist to help them stay warm. I started with only about 15 minutes. And although it has always caused me a moment's panic.....hubby always has dunked their head under the water. The local lifeguard said that this was important to do before they are 6 months old because they will not only naturally hold their breath....but there is also something that will prevent them from inhaling the water. You blow in their face and then dunk them...not quick, cuz that could scare them....just nice and easy 1, 2, 3 down in the water and back up. Then laugh and praise like crazy. If you show fear....they will catch it. So go ahead an have some fun splish and splash time with your baby.

Tania - posted on 10/22/2010

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We put our son in the "huggies little swimmers", although they were a bit loose on him, they did manage to keep anything inside! And he totally loved it, it was in Summer when we did it, we are in Australia so it was pretty hot at the time anyway

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The babies are in water when they ar in your woumb...
most babies find it comfotable becuase it reminds them how safe they were inside of you.
It's a good idea to take them swimming but too much clorine could cause them to break out. Sometimes they can get ear infections but my son never got one.

Ashley - posted on 09/08/2010

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I just came back from a trip, and my little girl is 4 months. I bought the Pampers "splashers" (they were a little big, but her bathing suit held them into place) She loved the water. I just made sure that she had a bath afterwards so the chlorine didn't hurt her skin. She loved it so much I took her again the next day.

Dionna - posted on 08/23/2010

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I put my daughter in the pool when she was that age. She is 8 months now. The earlier the better! It is a good idea to get kids acclamated with water as soon as possible. We are natural born swimmers! My daughter loves the water and usually gets in the adult pool where we live. You dont have to put a swimmer diaper on. My daughter never wears one.

Kimberly - posted on 07/24/2010

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My little guy enjoys his grandparents' pool for the last couple of weeks (hes 4.5 months now). Strangely enough he likes the pool and hates the bath...

Jessica - posted on 07/23/2010

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We can purchase bathing suits with built in diapers (more of a holding area) I use cloth swim diapers, they cost about 15-20$ but are reusable. I brought my son to florida at 4 months (i live in canada) and he was swimming every day in the pool and he loved it!

Alyssa - posted on 07/15/2010

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I have always heard to wait until they are at least 6 months old. I dont know why but that is what i have heard

Chasity - posted on 06/11/2010

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I didn't waste my money on the little swimmers...I simply put baby swim trunks on over his diaper :) (you could also opt for shorts) my little guy is 3 months as well and he LOVES the water...as far as him getting cold...well he cries when i get him out...but when I notice he seems to be cool I go ahead and take him out. :) He really enjoys the water and I think it is great to introduce babies to the water! :) Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 05/30/2010

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We just got back from a trip to Florida. My 8 month old son loved his first pool experience. I used Huggies Little Swimmers and was unpleasantly surprised to find out that they don't work well. We had an issue when he pooped while swimming and feces came out and was in the water!!

Naomi - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter is 25 months old and we have been taking her swimming since about 3months she loves the water. For now you might want to use the swimmers.

Naomi - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter is 25 months old and we have been taking her swimming since about 3months she loves the water. For now you might want to use the swimmers.

Naomi - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter is 25 months old and we have been taking her swimming since about 3months she loves the water. For now you might want to use the swimmers.

Naomi - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter is 25 months old and we have been taking her swimming since about 3months she loves the water. For now you might want to use the swimmers.

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i was going to take my son after he had his jabs at 3 months but he got a rlly bad cold and tummy bug so i had to wait till he was 8 months old as it was also over the winter period didnt want him to go from the hot pool into the cold air, and i was told that to take them from as early as possible but after their first jabs is fine to do. all he wore in the pool was his little swimmers, but u can also get swiming trunks designed for younger babys that hold any 'accidents' in. but if u not sure just ask health proffs :)

DeShannon - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter and I were taking a swimming class at a local hospital health club. The instructor was CPR trained. The pool was warm, so my daughter, whom is 9 months was not affected my the change of temp b/c of the warm water and the enclosed environment (inside pool). The diapers you are referring to are called "Little Swimmers" and they come in all sizes and they work great. You want to use little swimmers because it protect the water from any contamination. The baby boys in the class only wore the little swimmers. The youngest baby was 3 months, but the class accept babies as young as 8 weeks. Babies have a true affinity to water, so if you want to introduce your baby to water, I would suggest a formal class for safety reasons.

Rebecca - posted on 03/15/2010

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Diapers disintegrate in pools...and most pool facilities require kids who are not potty trained to wear little swimmers in the water,for the obvious reasons...

We took our oldest in the pool when he was about 4 months old. He loved it! Where we are they have a kiddie pool at the back of the gym pool and it's a bit warmer then the normal pool so it was great. Our youngest hasn't been in a pool yet but it's just because the timing for child swimming is at supper time and i don't want to screw around with her schedule...she's very fussy when it's time for her to eat and she knows her schedule well lol.

Oh we also put a pair of swim trunks on our son over the little swimmer.

Kayliecia - posted on 03/15/2010

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i did, i just put swimming trunks on...not the swimmers they in my opinion suck.

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