Taking baby swimming...

Andi - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a (almost) 6 month old and we are planning on taking him swimming this weekend. Indoors (Great Wolf Lodge). Any suggestions for what to bring, tips to make it go well, and such? Also, I have heard of putting baby oil on him before we get in to protect his skin. Should I give him a bath afterward or just rinse and lotion? Thanks!

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Jen - posted on 04/15/2009

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He's old enough for sun block. Lather him up before you go and the reapply every hour (maybe not if you'll be indoor.) Put him in a little swimmer or get a swimsuit that has a diaper in it (Big Lots sells them for like $6). If he wears hats try to get one that you don't mind getting wet. If you want to put him in a baby float, make sure he can sit up pretty well and that he is big enough not to fall through the feet holes (my daughter fell through last year and was 6 months). I found it easier just to hold the baby and stay on the stairs. As for the bath afterwards, I had asked my doctor that and she said that it's not necessary b/c it's like a bath anyway. If you're worried about dry skin afterwards just put some baby lotion on after he gets out. Enjoy.

Jen - posted on 04/15/2009

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He's old enough for sun block. Lather him up before you go and the reapply every hour (maybe not if you'll be indoor.) Put him in a little swimmer or get a swimsuit that has a diaper in it (Big Lots sells them for like $6). If he wears hats try to get one that you don't mind getting wet. If you want to put him in a baby float, make sure he can sit up pretty well and that he is big enough not to fall through the feet holes (my daughter fell through last year and was 6 months). I found it easier just to hold the baby and stay on the stairs. As for the bath afterwards, I had asked my doctor that and she said that it's not necessary b/c it's like a bath anyway. If you're worried about dry skin afterwards just put some baby lotion on after he gets out. Enjoy.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/15/2009

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i've been taking my son since he was about 4 months.  i started him off in a little floaty thing and he actually fell asleep in it a couple times (very cute!)



his skin does get dry (we swim at least once a week, and twice during the summer) but a little lotion/baby oil at nights cures that



you don't need to take much, little swimmers, bathing suit (if you want, he's a boy, he can get away without) lotion. maybe a watering can or a bucket to play with. we share a towel, so we only need to bring one of those



hope he likes it!

Lindsey - posted on 04/15/2009

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I took my son to the Y for the parent/child swim class, he was 6 months when he started and he loved it.  He just floated around and splashed!



I didn't take much, just his little swimmers, swimsuit and thats it.  We went home right after and I would give him a bath and make sure I put on extra baby lotion since the clorine dries out the skin.



Have fun!

Nicole - posted on 04/15/2009

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I wouldn't put baby oil on him as he will end up very slippery!!! maybe take along a favourite bath toy. Take it all very slow and quietly. Go at his pace. Our youngest had her first swim at 5 months. She just sat back in her baby seat and watched the world float by. We kept her close to us and sang a few songs. We just tend to rince our girls in the showers at the pool. Take 2 towels for him. One for when you get out of the pool and one to dry him when getting him changed. Dress him in things that are easy to get on and off so he doesn't get too cold. Make sure he isnt hungry before the swim. Probably only start off with a max 30 minute session. He should sleep extremely well that night

Abby - posted on 04/15/2009

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my son was very wary and confused as to why he was in a huge bath with me and other people but he enjoyed sitting on the side and dipping his toes in. dont expect to be in there for long and make sure it's a very warm pool, as the only problem with swimming with little ones is going from hot to cold (it has nothing to do with vaccines.) take arm bands, if baby's skin does go dry just put a small amount of aqueous or e45. as i find johnsons is a bit oily and doesnt rub in as well



 



good luck and enjoy xx

Heather - posted on 04/15/2009

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Ihad my first son swimming at 6 weeks old. Doctor said it was fine. Make sure you have plenty of calm area for him to be in at first. Lots of kids splashing and stuff will probably scare him. I wouldn't put baby oil on him, just make sure you pay attention to his skin if he starts to react. Big pools like that have people who pay much attention to the levels of chemicals in the pool, so it should be fine. when your done, I would go ahead and give him a quick bath just to get the chlorine and stuff off his skin. Then you should use a light moisturizer. Hope that helps.

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