Can you take a newborn to the pool?

Victoria - posted on 06/19/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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How long should I wait until I take my baby to the pool?

Do you have any suggestion on making it a good experience?

Is there baby sunblock?

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Tashia Ann - posted on 06/19/2009

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my daughter was in the pool at 2 weeks all i can say is there your kids do what you feel is rite (use hypoallergenic sunblock) both my girls use it it doesnt irratate there skin!!! but again its your baby you do what you feel rite!

Lindsay - posted on 06/19/2009

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We went on a trip to florida with my daughter when she was 2 months old. I asked the doctor about the sunscreen, pool etc. and she said it was fine. She told us to get baby sunscreen (we use California Baby) and be sure and hold her in the water(no floats). We also kept a hat on her head. She said to make sure and bathe her whenever we came in and get the sunscreen all off so it doesn't irritate the skin.

Kelly - posted on 06/19/2009

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My son is 7 months old and I am thinking about takin him to the pool for the first time this weekend or next weekend......i got some baby sunblock..the aveeno kind its kinda pricey but he has sensitive skin and know that it will be ok on him, and i also got him a hat, that way he can't get sun on his head and in his face.....don't know how old your baby is but i would, like others suggested, at least wait till baby is about 4 months old.....good luck

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Tracy - posted on 06/19/2009

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my daughter has been swimming at our local pool since she was 3 mths old, you cant buy swim nappies that fit but l used the first size and then put a swimming costum ove the top, she 18 mth old now and still in the same size swim nappies ha xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Nicole - posted on 06/19/2009

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Babies aren't supposed to go in the water (germs) or wear sunscreen until they're 6 months old, but that's what the Academy of Pediatrics or whoever they are recommend. I'd be more concerned about the sun exposuer than the chlorine in the pool. They make hats and swimwear that have built in UV blockers. I got some for my son. He's 6 months old and I've used sunscreen on him (just his legs) with no problem. He hasn't been in a chlorinated pool yet but he probably will this weekend. We're actually taking him to the beach this afternoon! Just rinse baby after getting out of the pool so the chlorine doesn't stay on her skin and irritate it. And don't take your eyes off her for one second! I think drowing is the first or second leading cause of death in children under 5.

Jessica - posted on 06/19/2009

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i was told to wait until they have had all there injections and then its fine

Heidi - posted on 06/19/2009

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Usually its recommended the babies can go in a pool at 3 months, if the water has clorine, but if its a salt water pool they are able to go in right away. Children under 6 months are suppose to have on sunblock. Doctors say to have the babies skin covered up in the sun until 6 months. But that is here in Ontario so I am not sure what doctors reccomend where you are. My 4 year old started swimmng lessons at 3 months old, and my 10 year old started at 6 months.

Cynthia - posted on 06/19/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

My son is 7 months old and I am thinking about takin him to the pool for the first time this weekend or next weekend......i got some baby sunblock..the aveeno kind its kinda pricey but he has sensitive skin and know that it will be ok on him, and i also got him a hat, that way he can't get sun on his head and in his face.....don't know how old your baby is but i would, like others suggested, at least wait till baby is about 4 months old.....good luck



Target brand is the same as aveeno brand, and not as pricey.  My little guy has the most sensitive skin out of all my kids, and this brand works well..No problems..

Cynthia - posted on 06/19/2009

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Target makes a really great infant sunscreen, I live in Colorado we go to the hot springs pool almost everyday and have since I stopped bleeding. I put sunscreen and a hat on my little one, never had a problem..

Marygrace - posted on 06/19/2009

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Hello Victoria,

My children went with me everywhere from the time we left the hospital. There are great sunblocks for children and you can also get a traveling cabana to put them in to protect them from the sun.

Melaleuca has a great one that has an SPF of 30 nd one that is 45. We put it on the kids when we go out on the boat and it keeps them from frying on the water. And then they have an after sun gel too that is soothing. http://melaleuca.com/ps/pdf_us/US_Sunsha...

Let me know if you would like help getting it into your hands.

Marygrace

http://www.HealthyFamiliesWin.info

Katrina - posted on 06/19/2009

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To be honest with you I would not take my child to the pool until they are up to date with their shots and thats at 12 months. A baby's skin is much more sensitive then ours and they're immune system can only take so much, but if you would like a more professional answer, than you should call the childs doctor.

Lori - posted on 06/19/2009

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I wouldn't take a baby in the pool until about 4 mos - the chlorine is very harsh on their baby skin. Also, the direct sun exposure is a little much without sunscreen (which shouldn't be applied until around 6 mos.). At 4 mos we got one of those sunblock shirts for our little guy, and also a floater with a canopy to keep the sun off of him when he was in the pool.

Cathralynn - posted on 06/19/2009

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I don't know what you mean about "newborn". A REALLY new baby I wouldn't but you can do whatever you want. My daughter was a year before we took her swimming but that was cause we don't have access to a pool regularly. I would DEFINATELY worry bout sun exposure. Their skin is soooo delicate. They do make baby sunblock, find it in with the baby isle or with regular sunblock isle. I would also recommend a hat. They make baby floaty things with sunshades too but that depends in how old/big your baby is. Have fun!

Vicki - posted on 06/19/2009

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To be able to register for baby swim lessons 'round here, they need to be four months old and able to hold their head up. Coppertone Water Babies is a good baby sunblock.

Gemma - posted on 06/19/2009

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You should not use sun cream on a baby under 6 months, I suppose it has something to do with the ingredients in it. To take them to the pool they should have had all of there jabs. Good Luck and have fun

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