How do I get my son to like the swimming pool?

User - posted on 07/05/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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So far we have gone into the pool twice at family functions and both times my son cries and hates it. I know it has only been twice but i am concerned that he will never like the water. He is 9 months.

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Jayce - posted on 07/05/2012

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He's only nine months, don't sweat it. I assume you mean a full sized pool with a deep end and a shallow end, that can be scary for a baby. Have you tried putting him in a wading pool? Something more his size, somewhere where he can still touch bottom on his own. My son (he's 4) was fine in water so long as he could touch the bottom, so we had no problems taking him to the lake or ocean but he hated the pool at our apartment. It's only this year that he'll go in the pool without clinging to his father or I - he's tall enough to touch the bottom when standing in the shallow end.

Ruby - posted on 07/05/2012

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my daughter loves the water i started to take her to the pool when she was about 5 months just little baby steps and when its way to HOT to go out to the pool i make her a little indoor pool (plastic pool) with her favorite toys elmo, & rubber ducky we stay there like its a pool and we both splash and have a good time, she 19th months now and we went to the beach she had a blast. Good luck hope he loves to enjoy the pool

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