is it safe to take a newborn in a pool?
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I took my son in our own little pool when he was 1 year old and he hated it. You have to remember that the water in a pool is a lot cooler than it is in a bath tub. I wouldn't recommend it until the baby can support their own head without any problems at all and when you do take her in the pool don't have her in there long because she'll get too cold. And make sure her umbilical cord stub thing has fallen off, since that's not supposed to get soaked in water anyway. And you have to think of all the chemicals that they put in public pools and if you want your little one to come in contact with them at such an early age. I think it's really up to you, but be sure you make an informed decision. :)
Katarina - posted on 03/16/2010
Our local pools will NOT let a infant under the Age of 8 months in any public pool. Period. It upsets their inner ear balance(so I've heard) and like another Mom said the things babies can pick up is unreal. My Son is 11 months old and has not been in a pool. I think we'll test it out this summer in a kiddie pool of our own and that's it.
Meghan - posted on 03/16/2010
I have read to wait until 6 months at least because of the chemicals and I think I read this in the what to expect when you're expecting book! However I do know people that took their kids at like 3months old and nothing happened to them...
Jamie - posted on 03/16/2010
I always waited until mine had good head control. That way they were less likely to accidentially flop face forward and could bring their face back out if it did happen. I never took them in for very long either no more than 10-20 minutes, they get colder a lot faster than we do.
Tracy - posted on 03/16/2010
Don't do it! Especially not in a baby pool! Those swim diapers can keep solid waste from entering the pool, but if a child has diarrhea, and his parents insist on letting him play in the pool because he has on a swim diaper, those bacteria can still get in the pool. We had a rash of illness last summer in the North Texas area due to bacteria that pool chemicals are not killing! If you have to put your baby in a baby pool, be sure not to get his/her face in it. And don't keep him/her in long and bathe him/her when you get home. It's just not worth it to expose a young infant to bad bacteria like that.
Amanda - posted on 03/16/2010
Is it a pool full of chemicals? If its just a baby pool, I dont see a problem, but personally I wouldnt put infants in a pool full of chemicals, though many other mothers take their infants and toddlers to swimming lessons. There is a new study out about children swimming under the age of 2, and connections to asthum, and other lung issues.
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