when can i introduce the pool to my daughter

Gillian - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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She is 2 1/2 months . when may i introduce water and the pool to her?

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Diane - posted on 05/27/2010

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We own a program where we teach kids to swim.

It is not recommended that children under the age of 6 months be exposed to too much POOL water because of the chemicals that are necessary to keep a pool clean (public and facility pools have much high levels of chemicals then private pools). Explosing them to pool water at that age should always be in your arms with their head above the water so that they feel secure and never to the point where they get too cold.

If after six months, you would like your child to start testing the water, allow them to be around where there is more splashing and possibly even submerge their head in the pool water. However, if you submerge their head, you need to use a scoop method to accomplish this where the water flows over their nose as they enter the water and not an up and down dunking motion that causes the water to enter the nose.

Also, it is recommended that a child that is not old enough to swim on their own not be submerged more than three time in any one pool session (I would say per day or even per every other day) because of the harsh chemicals. Biggest thing is to make sure it is comfortable for them and that their pool experience is not just for you - meaning that you keep your eye on them every minute, that they are kept warm enough, protected enough from the sun, etc. as pool exposure at a young age handled incorrectly or in a way that makes the child fee insecure, will cause fear in the future. Trust me, I deal with these fears everday that we teach lessons.

I will footnote this by saying that exposure to water from an early age allows children to have a natural, healthy respect and response to water as they play in and around it in later years. Early exposure and confidence in and around water can also help them if they have a scare around water at an older age. They are usually more apt to respond approriately then in a way that could cost them their lives.

Be cautioned as, although water is a wonderful place for children to have fun, explore, and learn about many things, it is dangerous. You would never let your child play near a busy street or cross a busy street without total supervision, treat water as if it is just as dangerous.

Enjoy and have fun for many years with your little guy as he explores and learns to love the many ways he can enjoy water.

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Varda - posted on 07/25/2010

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the age is fine, just make sure the pool is clean and water are not too cold

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I had my daughter in the pool at 1 month. She only went in the pool a few times that summer and no longer than 20 minutes. We kept her head above water the entire time. Her birthday is in May so the following summer she was one and loved swiming. This year she is two and ask everyday if she can swim.

Bridgette - posted on 07/07/2010

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as soon as possible.... My grandson has been in a pool since 6 weeks and loves the water. They are in water for 9 months it's the enviroment that she knows... My grandson swims all on his own

Christa - posted on 06/16/2010

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I agree with the pool instructors on the fact that you should limit the harsh chemicals, watch the temperature and protect from the sun. However I disagree with the 6 mo age. I know from numerous readings that babies have a natural ability to swim and if they don't use it they loose it as time goes by. If you start letting them swim now you will never have to pay for swimming lessons and the instructers make a living off of those lessons, so I wouldn't pay attention to the age they say too much.

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the younger the better! They have mommy and me classes at YMCA, not sure what age they can start, but babies tend to LOVE water!! Just not too much at her age with chemicals, but a backyard splash pool/ shaded of course, with mommy would be great for her this summer! The younger you start, they better off they will be when they are older. A child afraid of water isn't good.

Lisa - posted on 06/07/2010

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Now.

We come from a long line of lifeguards and pool ownership. As soon as you are introducing her to new things this should not be any different. obviously holding the baby and splashing water on her a little is all you should do because she is so young. I would not expose her to public facilities at all, keep her in your own pool. The earlier you expose your children the easier it will be to teach them to swim.

Our kids were actual swimmers, going underwater and holding their breath and kicking around, at about 2 1/2. We started them early and because we live with a water source we wanted to make sure that if, for some reason they fell in the pool, that they would know how to hold thier breath and get to the side.

Keep in mind, kids who have pools can be taught differently than kids who only experience a pool now and again.

Ntombikayise - posted on 06/07/2010

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I'm so afraid of swimming but my husband and older son knows how to swim and i think i will recommend that he does it for me because my older one started swimming when he was 4 and i would this one to start earlier than that

Liz - posted on 06/06/2010

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All my kids started going in the pool around 2 1/2 to 3 mos old. Basically when I was able to get in the water, they went with me.

Michelle - posted on 06/06/2010

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I remember we got our first pool when my son was around 2 and my daughter was around 1 they loved it i put them in swim gear and couldn't get them out without a fight and that's still true today my son is 5 and my daughter 4.

Angela - posted on 06/06/2010

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My son is 2 months old and loves the water... Just make sure you wash her soon after swimming and lotion her really well. I noticed that chlorine really dried my son's skin out.

Jill - posted on 06/06/2010

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What no one seems to have mentioned is immunisations. I dont know if its the same in the States but in the UK they have regular injections up to the age of 4 months old. We are told not to let them in the water until at least 5 months old for the immunisations to have taken effect. Its something to do with tetanus and exposure to water. That said, most local pools are well chlorinated just ensure your little one does not have any cuts and that you do not allow the baby to swallow the water, at least until all immunisations have been done for at least a month.

Holly - posted on 06/05/2010

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The best thing you can do prior to 4/6 months is to spend time with her in the tub. It is okay to go to the pool at 4 months but only for about 20 minutes. Never put a baby under water until 6 months and then follow what Diane who does the swim program guidelines above.

Katja Casey - posted on 06/05/2010

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My little man is now 14 Month old but last year while I was on Maternity leave we went swimming all the time. He was born in March and we started going in June, he loves the water now and really has no fear in the pool. I would say go for it, I am sure she will love it!

Carina - posted on 06/05/2010

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Earlier the better, as the older they get - they know what's happening... younger age less fear! We tried too late our son was 1yr... it was the most frightening thing for him... However do persevere... he loves the water now - he's a fish! Go at their pace! The more experiences the better...

Geneen - posted on 06/05/2010

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My dauagther and I live in Nassau Bahamas she got into salt water at about 1 mth and loves it. I have not taken her in a pool as yet. Now that summer seems to be in full swing her we went to the beach the other day and it was hell getting her out. I say go for it.

April - posted on 06/05/2010

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I'd say as soon as she can hold her head up. My son Gregory was in the water by the time he was 3 months old. He's 15 mos old now and loves being in the water.

Janet - posted on 06/05/2010

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well it is a good idea but not at that tender age my dear but u can start taking lessons for her that is once per week in a private swimming pool, place. My girl started swimming when she was 3yrs back at school lessons now she enjoys it on her own, en my boy Davie he is turning 3 1/2 and he has never entered a swimming pool. So take the necessary precautions for your lovely girl. But do enjoy while here on earth, in heaven we wont have that its milk and honey only be bless.

Malou - posted on 06/04/2010

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Just make sure that the water is properly heated and just for a short time... You wouldn't want to expose your baby's skin to too much chemicals...

Sara - posted on 06/04/2010

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My son's pediatrician told me when I asked at about 2 months that I could introduce him to the pool immediately! I would call your dr to make sure though what their recommendation would be.

Ashley - posted on 06/04/2010

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I had my son in the pool almost immediately!! LOL. He was at least that old when he got in the pool. He is a year old now and absolutely loves the water!! He splashes in the bath, the pool, the ocean and puddles!!!

Pamela - posted on 06/04/2010

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HI, Im a infant Swimming instructor. I teach babies as young as 3.5 months - 3 years

I started my own son's with lessons at 3 months. We don't have our own pool so we went to the centre.

the earlier introduction to water and of corse water safety is the better. just make sure the water is clean and the water is between 28 - 36 Deg C 32- 34 is ideal. and wrap baby warmly after coming out.

they also say its best to wait til after there first lot of jabs

Anne - posted on 06/04/2010

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Take her to the pool and make it a fun time by singing songs and playing games. Its important to make the pool and fun and safe place for them and it will help when they are ready to learn to swim.

Rachel - posted on 06/04/2010

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I would consult with your dr. , but I wouldn't think eczema would be a reason to stay out of the pool. I would suggest making sure she has a bath afterwards and to put her medicine immediately since pool water can dry out the skin....but again consult with her pedi just to make sure.

Yna - posted on 06/04/2010

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Hi! My daugher is 14 month now and she had eczema. I would like to take her to swin in the public pool. But Im not sure if it is safe for her skin. thanks

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Can you put her into a swim type diaper disposable or non disposable?

Does she like getting a bath?

If yes, no reason to not try taking her into the pool though pay extra attention to the water temperature. She can get chilled easily at her age.

Desiree - posted on 06/03/2010

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As soon as your comfortable with it. I say the sooner the better, Babies love the water.

Gill - posted on 06/03/2010

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Hello Gillian,
Now is the time you will find she will love the water.
As long as it is not to cold go for it
Gill

Rachel - posted on 06/03/2010

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My triplets were born on June 17, 2008 and I had them in the water in July or August of that year. I had the okay from my pediatrician. He just advised me not to dunk them in the water, but having them in the water was fine. All three of my children love the water. They are almost two, and last summer they took a parent and child swimming class and will do so again this summer. I say go for it. She will probably love it!

Traci - posted on 06/03/2010

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I introduced both of my children within the first month of their lives. I was lucky enough to have my kids at the beginning of summer. I just had my third and final baby and he will be getting in the pool too in the next couple of weeks. He is 13 days old. I don't keep them in long...just make sure it is a hot, hot day and the pool feels refreshing and not freezing. My children now LOVE the water (the oldest are 9 and almost 5) and once they are in they don't want to get out. Good luck!

Sharon - posted on 06/03/2010

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We had our daughter in the pool and ocean on vacations during her 1st and 2nd summers when she was about 7 mos and 18 months. Last year when she was about 2 1/2 we joined a pool and paid for the lifeguard to give her some private lessions (about 6-10 sessions). By the end of the summer she was loving jumping off the side of the pool into the water, going under water and starting kicking. So far this year, she seems to have picked up where she left off. SHE LOVES IT!!!!!

Ngahina - posted on 06/03/2010

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Hi I introduced the pool to my baby straight away. There is no hard given rule its when you are ready. Everyday when she had a both I would get the flannel and squeeze the water on her face so she got use to the running water. Its when you are confident to take baby to the pools.

J - posted on 06/02/2010

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You can introduce a baby to the pool once the umbilical cord has fallen off. I'd recommend taking a class with a local program...sing lots of songs when you practice activities--like "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" practicing back floats, cue "May I" when sitting on the edge. When you want to take your baby underwater/submerge her, only do so 2-3 times a day--especially if she chokes or gags each time because this is essentially the beginnings of drowning. Nonetheless, praise her because she will otherwise feed off of your negative reactions. ALSO--when submerging her, hold her eye level, under the arms, and blow in her face, this causes a natural reaction in her body to close her mouth.
Young kids should have safe opportunities to explore the water and enjoy it so, have fun and just play!

Melinda - posted on 06/02/2010

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do because they have no fear yet about the water. Plus getting them in when they have no fear is less work and worry for you earlier in their life than later, peace and quiet not having to be in the water and possibly reading some is worth the work now.
Wish I had done it, but I didn't know about it.

Emily - posted on 06/02/2010

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My twins are 4 months old and I've been looking into this subject also. Most places that offer lessons are for 6 months old or older, but I'm planning on talking to my pediatrician next week on the subject.

Melinda - posted on 06/02/2010

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from what I understand from a swimming family who is on our swimteam: up until 6 mos you can, with you there, let go of the baby and they naturally swim. They have part of their throat that closes the gap and does not let water in their lungs still from being in your belly. I wish I had known this when my boys were still small. The children of these swimmers, 8 and 4 are both on the swimteam and the 4 year old competes too. Amazing I say, but that is what those parents did and highly recommend it. Ask you doctor or research yourself or both.

Emily - posted on 06/02/2010

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I took both my kids in the pool when they were just a month old. Make sure the temperature is over 80 degrees. Be careful about sunscreen though... it can actually cause a baby to overheat because they are unable to sweat. The recommended age for sunscreen is 6 months old and up. Instead, choose a shaded pool/indoor pool, have your baby wearing a protective sun guard shirt and UV swim shorts and a wide brimmed hat. Sunscreen can be put in some key areas that can't be covered by protective clothing such as the back of their hands, cheeks/face, feet, etc...

Natalie - posted on 06/01/2010

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anytime is fine, just make sure the water temp is over 82 degrees, my dr recommends warmer, but my son was fine at this temp. He was in at the same age

Tiffany - posted on 05/30/2010

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The sooner the better! That is what my pediatrician has told me. Just lather up on sunscreen and have a hat! She'll love it! Good Luck!

Priscilla - posted on 05/29/2010

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My boys were in the pool at a week old, the youngest is now 8yrs old and love the water

Joanna - posted on 05/28/2010

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as soon as your child has had their first immunisations take them for a swim splash water over their heads and show them how much fun it can be

Holly - posted on 05/27/2010

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i took mine to the pool at 1 1/2 months..now she is 15 and she just loves the water..if it were up to her she would live at the pool or where ever there is water

Terri - posted on 05/27/2010

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they don't suggest water yet but it can't hurt. It's important she gets all her liquid nurtrion now so you don't want to fill her up on water. Baby pool is fine

Maria - posted on 05/27/2010

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Do you have any choises to take a part so called Baby Swimming or Infant Swimming lessons? Over here (Finland) it's quite common that parents beging with their 3 to 5 months old babies Baby Swimming as a Family-hobby. They'll join their lessons usually once a week, and they stay in the pool that is heated at least 32 degrees of Celsius not more than 30 minutes with their baby with a Baby- ja Family-swimming Instructor and few more families (not more than 7 families per instructor usually less). Baby-swimming is also great way to get socialized with other families that have children at the same age. And it's great fun and safe with qualified instructor. If you are going to introduce pool for your baby by yourself, try to get enough correct information about it, so you won't do any harm to your baby in the long run.

Katherine - posted on 05/24/2010

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Babies are born with a protective mechanism that closes off their airways when they submerse underwater, Mother Natures way of keeping them safe. I beleive the protective mechanism remains active until the baby reaches 6 months of age. It is beneficial to help your baby learn to swim during this time. I just wish I knew about it when my children were at that age...

Leigh - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had my son in the pool around that age. He is now 6 months old and loves the water.

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