Swimming Infants

Danielle - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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I would like to take my 2 month old son in my grandmother's pool but i'm not sure if it's too early to expose him to the water or what?

what age did you take your children for their first swim?
what precautions did you take?
Floats, sunscreen?

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Jen - posted on 04/28/2010

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My Aunt had me in the pool at 6 weeks of age. My daughter was 6 months before she went in the pool, but she's a December baby so she was 6 months old before it was warm again lol. I don't think you're supposed to put lotion of infants until they are 6 months old. Double check with you doctor though. If you get a float you'll want to get one with a sun shade. You may also want to find one that doesn't have feet holes because my daughter fell right through. Also make sure to put a hat on his head. You can always just hold him and stay on the steps too. Enjoy. :)

Amanda - posted on 04/27/2010

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Ok you can take them when ever you want! I took my son at two months and would have taken him early but the indoor pool opens when school does it is attached to the high school. Infants are born knowing how it hold their breath. Ashlee, dunking your infant is fine it is the only way they will learn to be underwater, they know how to hold their breath till 6 months then you have to teach them all over again. I use to teach swimming trust me. Chlorine is fine, the only time it isn't is when you walk onto the pool deck and your eyes water with the smell. That means they shocked it, added more chlorine then don't take you child in. My son is very skinny and I put him in Huggies little swimmers and they fit...I did put a onesie on him to help keep it there though. You can put sunscreen on at two months too, but if you don't want to they do make bodysuits for infants. They are like 20 bucks at walmart. I found I three month old bodysuit at walmart so yes they do make them small. I don't like using floats when they are young that wont make them use to it. Turn them away from you and jump around sing songs, throw them in the air put them under water. Have fun! They will let you know if they don't like it. But being scared of getting them wet will only make them unsure, but also don't force it. My son wont float on his back and I wont make him. He wont ever do it if I make him. Ask away I coached for 8 years and swam for 11. In all I have 18 years of swimming under my belt.

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Melissa - posted on 05/03/2010

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if you want to take him swimming, do it, babies can swim at birth... the only precaution i took was to not let go of my daughter.... and she loves the water

Joanne - posted on 04/29/2010

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hi my health visitor said u can take ur baby in to the pool when ever u want cos the do need there jabs for it now. hope this helps, also its what ever u feel comfy with its ur baby follow ur motherly instincs x x

Tarra - posted on 04/28/2010

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according to our swimming instructor they can go in the pool from birth, you just have to be very careful not to get water in your sons ears as they are prone to ear infections that can get quite bad.

Medic - posted on 04/24/2010

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My three year old was just a few months and has been swimming without floaties since he was 2 and last summer when he was 2 he swam in the lake from shore to the bouies and back without floaties. My daughter is 3 months and has been swimming for about a month already and loves is. Someone said they don't have good head control till 6 months and most kids I know had good head control by atleast 3 months so it should be fine.

Sarah - posted on 04/24/2010

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i took my son first in the pool when he was 2 months old he had lots of fun and because i did that at a early age he isn't afraid of the water and now he is 4 and loves going into the water to swim still using floats at 4 but going to try to teach him how to swim this yr though

Samantha - posted on 04/24/2010

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hi, its usually advised to wait until they have had all there injecetions, i took my daughter as soon as she had had hers and she was 3 months old!

Sheree - posted on 04/21/2010

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I started swimming lessons at 3 months as that is what is recommended by my local swim school and most in my area. My daughter is now 10 months old and loves the water and never once had any ill effects from being in the chlorine

Renee - posted on 04/21/2010

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I took my daughter swimming at around 5 weeks. We live very close to the beach, it's just over the road, so I wanted to get her used to the water at an early age. Also at 4 months I took her to swimming lessons at the local pool and she loves it! Definately a water baby. Just remember the sunscreen a hat, and at some stores you can buy Baby wetsuits for around $20.00.

Melissa - posted on 04/20/2010

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take him swimming! =) I would not recommend the arm floatys though.....as Sarah said if they go to swim lessons they won't beable to to have them but some of them are still hazardous...check with your pediatrician and the local pool to see what they recommend...here they recommend Coast Guard approved life jackets. good luck!
p.s. they also make UV shirts/swimsuits etc for babies to wear in addition to sunscreen (further protection from the son) they also have cool little hats!
We got my son who has VERY light skin a whole swim outfit at Target (they start at 3/6 months)

Angel - posted on 04/20/2010

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I have a huge bathtub and ever since she was born (as soon as I could get in the tub LOL) I've been bathing my baby girl with me-(I get her all clean then her daddy comes n dries her, lotions, n dresses her while I bathe) she loves to splash and "swim" the Dr. told me it would be a good thing to get her used to it so early..And also they are WAY more comfortable with it because of the closeness from mommy. even just sitting in there holding a hand under their head, Anyhow, she's almost 8 months old and she absolutely LOVES bathing in the big tub, in her little tub, and as soon as it's warm enough I'm taking her to the pool!! I'm waaayyy excited as you can tell:)

Sarah - posted on 04/20/2010

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im a swimming teacher and have been for the last seven years. I say get the kid in the pool as early as possible and as often as possible. the first step to learning to swim is for them to be comfortable in the water. youll save a lot of time and money if he is used to the water when you decide to take him for lessonsas he wont spend the first 10 lessons on the side of the pool crying like some do lol.
Id also recomend that you dont use floating aids because when you do take him to lessons hell have to weaned of them before any real teaching can start.plus if hes so young youll be holding him any way

Karen - posted on 04/20/2010

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i started my son in the pool at around 2 months..the dr had no problems with it (told me her children were in around the same age)...you can buy baby swim suits that are full body coverage and uv resistant as well if it's an outdoor pool. at the public pool by my house, mommy and me swim classes begin at 3 months...my son hated it the first couple of times because it was something new, but now at almost 7 months he loves it and cries when i take him out....until he was very comfortable with it, i just held him in the pool, now as he's more comfortable i have a little inflatable boat that he likes to use and i push him around in. have fun!

Erin - posted on 04/20/2010

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Sure, introduce him to water! He takes baths, doesn't he? Just make sure he's not being exposed to the sun. Sunscreens are generally not recommended for babies that young, so keep him covered. t-shirt, hat. He doesn't need floaties; he has you. You are in charge of keeping him safe. If you are prepared to keep his little head up out of the water, then go ahead and let him enjoy swimming!

Amy - posted on 04/20/2010

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I took my son swimming at the age of two months...we made made sure he was well covered and kept the swimming brief (about 15-20min)...he loved it and now at age 3 still loves the water!!!

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babies aren't supposed to go swimming until they have good head control, which is usually not until 5-6 months. i took my son swimming at 6 monhs but to a public pool. he wore a lifejacket and a swim outfit of shorts and a t shirt and a swimming diaper. it's inside so he didn't really need sunscreen but if it was outside then i would have put it on

Katie - posted on 04/20/2010

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I took my son in to the pool at that age. I just made sure that he was soaked in sun screen, was wearing a hat to cover his face and a floaty with a sun cover as well. He was just fine. I even put his face in the water, just make sure to blow in their face so they wont breath for a sec to go under.

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More than likely he will just want to be held close in the water.First time anyway until he is more active.It can take time to get used to the water..good luck &have fun:-)

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Take him my baby loved swimming but i had to wait until after her two mths injections because it was a public swimming pool.My little girl loves swimming and is really good at five years today.



.Also you can use suncream on an infant i have two children who wore it if your worried about skin sensitivity which my first born was, go to the chemist and ask for a baby suncream for sensitive skin.

SUNCREAM is very IMPORTANT and can always be used on skin from birth.I just saw another mom say you cant use it until 6mths.Not true.

Stephanie - posted on 04/20/2010

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i took my son around 2-3 months and it was hot outside and the water was very lukewarm... i woudlnt take them if the water was cool to you since they dont have the body fat on them to insulate and keep them warm, but if the water was warm id say go for it, just be VERY careful of sun as you cant put sunscreen on a 2 month old... i just held him... you cant use sunscreen til 6 months... so i would take him in the evening before sunsent when there wasnt direct sunlight, like 5-6 pm....



id love to take my daughter in since its already very warm out (85+) and our pool is still heated, BUT i just got her ears pierced a week ago, anyone know if some chlorine got in her ears if that would cause problems?

Meiko - posted on 04/19/2010

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HI IM MEIKO

AND I SAY PUT THE BABY IN THE POOL..WHEN MY DAUGHTER GOT HER SHOTS SHE WAS IN THE POOL..AND SHE WAS FINE...
SHE WAS ONLY A MONTH OLD
I PUT HER IN THE BLOW UP FLOATY THAT SHE WAS ABLE 2 SIT IN..AND I DEFINITELY USED SUNSCREEN..BUT BE CAREFUL W/IT B/C SOME KIDS HAVE REALLY SENSATIVE SKIN...SO ASK UR PEDIATRICIAN WHATS THE BEST CHOICE 4 UR CHILD.

Cassandra - posted on 04/19/2010

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My mom has a pool and i took my son in the pool when he was about a month old. It is just a personal pool and didn't have a bunch of chemicals. He is almost a year now and absolutly LOVES water!

Ashlee - posted on 04/19/2010

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As early as six weeks is the recommended age to begin exposing children to pools/etc. It is however important to take precautions. Don't dunk the baby, use infant sunscreen when necessary, watch for signs of the baby being too cold or hot, avoid swallowing of pool water, especially if chlorinated. Be sure to rinse the baby afterward also to remove any chlorine. Otherwise have fun! If you are interested in teaching the baby to swim, there are a number of infant swimming programs available. I have used Swim Babes program and my 19 month old can swim, jump in the pool, hold her breath, float on her back for five minutes, etc. It is best to not used float devices with small infants until they are strong enough to crawl and sit unsupported. Just hold him until then. Good luck!

Amy Jo - posted on 04/19/2010

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my son was about 3 months old when I first took him the the pool. He loved it! The swim diapers were way to big but I used them anyways. He was probably 2 years old before they ever fit him right anyway. I also got him into swim class about 18 months old. It was the best thing I ever did, he is now 3 and loves to go to swim lessons each week, he also loves the water being dumped over his head in the bath. This helps me out alot. Good Luck.

Morgan - posted on 04/19/2010

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It depends who you ask :)
my daughter is 13 weeks at at her 3 month check up my doctor said it was fine to take her in the pool, maybe speak to you doctor.
and if you go to a public pool like we do make sure you ask in advance not all pools allow infants :)

Melinda - posted on 04/19/2010

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im not too sure but i know they say not to expose to direct sun or to put sunscreen on until 6 months. I know this probably doesnt mean anything, but i know they dont make swimmy diapers until 6 months, same for bathing suits. All that put together, i'd day to wait until 6ish months. Especially cause the chlorine.

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