When is the best age to start putting your baby in the family swimming pool?

Ella - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I am not sure when I should introduce my baby girl to our family swimming pool.

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Nikki - posted on 07/17/2009

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i think you should introduce your baby to the pool when you feel comfortable with it. after all no body knows their children better than mums

Charlie - posted on 07/16/2009

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my baby started at one month , apparently a baby has the natural ability to swim up until 6 months then they begin to lose it , here in Australia you can take a baby to lessons as soon as 12 weeks !

Kirsten - posted on 07/18/2009

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Here they don't recomend swimming untill after the first jabs, but the family pool, you know who has been in so when ever you feel ready.

Aneshea - posted on 07/17/2009

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my daughter is 3 months and loves the pool! I got her this floaty from wal mart that allows her to sit up kind of like a bouncer and float around it was only $20. I do however make sure after we get out of the pool and get home I was her very well. I would at least wait until 2 month shots though personaly.

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Sabrina - posted on 07/17/2009

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My little guy has been goin in our pool ssince he was 3 months old. I would never take him a public pool until hes older.

Ashley - posted on 07/17/2009

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I took my daughter to the pool when she was about three months... her Dr. said that now that her belly button was fully hearled and her immune system was stronger it would be ok. Of course the water was still a little cold in the pool, so her toes touched and she screamed! But at the time our spa wasn't working so i put her in there and it was just the right temp for her. Now she is 7 months and we live where it is HOT all the time in the summer reaching 110 degrees sometimes and we go to the pool everyday! I put her in her swimmer and bathing suit, lather her up in sun block, and off we go. She sits in her floater and splashes around. She loves the water!

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whatever you feel your ready for, i mean she takes baths so putting her in a pool wont dangerous and since its a private pool you wont have to worry about it being gross.

you just gotta watch cuz they get cold quickly , so check her often while your in . Have fun!

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I have a 4 1/2 month old, I started taking her when she was 3 months, and she loves it!And actually I heard somewhere that if you take them in the first two weeks then it's soon enough after the womb that they will remember how to hold their breath, but there's also germs to think about, especially in a public pool, which is all I had access to, so I wasn't willing to take that chance. Anyway, you know your child better than anyone so if you think she's ready then go for it. Worst Case Scenario, she freaks out and you have to take her out of the water, but it's worth a shot.

Kirsty - posted on 07/17/2009

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i personally waited till all injections and immunse was done around 6 months as i then felt safer about it

Rebecca - posted on 07/17/2009

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We live in England and therefore recommendations may be slightly different but we have a heated indoor pool and we were advised to wait until after final injections at 12 weeks. Both my daugther now 21/2 and my son now 9 months both started at this age. My daughter is already a very strong and confident swimmer. Happy swimming!

Tanya - posted on 07/16/2009

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Hi, my son had his first swim when he was 3weeks old in a fresh water hole up in cairns.....the first time he was not to thrilled but after that he loved it and now we have trouble keeping him out of the water

Sean - posted on 07/16/2009

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when ever you are comfortable. personally I would wait until bub can hold her head up without support. your baby will let you know if it is the right time by her reactions. with a public pool I would be more careful and wait to see if her immune system is ok and she is not allergic to the harsh pool chemicals.

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We put our son in our family pool at 4 weeks, he is now 13 months and loves water. He will get into any water, the pool, the bathtub, the ocean, whatever we will let him get into. He did just fine, I didnt let his head and ears get into the pool until he was a little bit older, but its really your call.

Trisha-Lynne - posted on 07/16/2009

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They say 6 months because this way they can do the breathing thing under water at this point.

Nicole - posted on 07/16/2009

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As long as she has good head and neck control she should be fine. I waited till 6 months before taking my son, but that's because he was a winter baby and the pool didn't open till May!

Heidi-Anne - posted on 07/16/2009

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I was in swimming lessons at 6 weeks and my son has been in the pool for months now, he loves the water !!!... I just made sure he felt secure I held him close going in then once I knew he felt safe I held him further out and now he floats around in his blow up boat he is 6 months or 3.5 months corrective age as he was premie.

Kathleen - posted on 07/16/2009

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i took my son in our pool when he was about 2 or 3 months old i just didnt put his head under... i dont know why lol just thought i shouldnt incase he got sick from the cemicals etc.

Daria - posted on 07/16/2009

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I started all three of my kids at 1 month. They are fish! You and the daddy are in charge! You guys can only make the decision for your child! she will be just fine with whatever you choose :) Don't worry about the rest of the family

Heather - posted on 07/15/2009

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as soon as possible,my boys have been in our pool since the day the pool got warm,now they are 4 and 3 and my four year old is going on the swin team next summer.he is full on swimming with no jacket or arm floaties and my three year old is alomst ready to loose the swim jacket too and he won't wear the floaties the swim trainer jacket and full mask goggles work wonders depending on age !!

Jela - posted on 07/15/2009

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We had a little floaty thing that looked like a turtle and the shell part was actually a dome shape that was for shading the baby. I had never heard abotu not pupping sun screen on a baby before 6 months old our ped told us to make sure to put some one him . We used the avino baby sun screen

Jela - posted on 07/15/2009

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I went on vaca with the fam to FLwhen my oldest was almost 4 months old and the house we rented had a pool and he loved it!

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as soon as you want to. my four month old loves it. just keep her in the shade if under 6 months b/c you're not supposed to apply sunscreen until 6 months.

Lindsey - posted on 07/15/2009

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i worked at a pool for 5 years and we recommended that parents bring their babies at 6 months. it has to do with the babies development, chemicals and ability to hold their breathe. you are the parent and at a home pool i would think it would be a little different. so i would do what you feel is comfertable... hope this helps!

Melissa - posted on 07/15/2009

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12 weeks, most mom/tot classes start at 12 weeks. If you wait too long baby won't like it!

Lindsay - posted on 07/15/2009

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If it's a family pool and you know it stays good and clean, it shouldn't matter. My daughter was in the pool at about 4 months old and my son at 3 weeks. Just be careful and make sure they are safe!

Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009

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I started taking my daughter at about 6 months. They have swimming lessons at the YMCA for 6 month olds that I took her to. I thought it was good for her to get use to water and helped her to not be afraid. They have baby floats you can set them in so you don't have to hold them all the time that are great.

Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009

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I started taking my daughter at about 6 months. They have swimming lessons at the YMCA for 6 month olds that I took her to. I thought it was good for her to get use to water and helped her to not be afraid. They have baby floats you can set them in so you don't have to hold them all the time that are great.

Alissa - posted on 07/15/2009

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I would think whenever you are comfortable. We let our kids in the pool at around 5 or 6 mo but they are winter babies. I really think the younger they are when put in a pool the more commfortable they will be, and may be easier to teach them to swim.

Ella - posted on 07/15/2009

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Thank you so much. My family keeps saying she is too small but i haven't asked her doc yet... i just haven't had time to call and ask him.

Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009

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I asked my Dr. and did a lot of reading before putting my daughter in the pool. I was told that you can do so after she is about 2 or 3 months old so her imune system is more prepared. And try to keep the baby from drinking the water too much. Can cause it to become sick. My daughter is now 11 months & LOVES the pool, ocean, bath, any kind of water. She's such a little water baby! Good luck.

Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009

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I asked my Dr. and did a lot of reading before putting my daughter in the pool. I was told that you can do so after she is about 2 or 3 months old so her imune system is more prepared. And try to keep the baby from drinking the water too much. Can cause it to become sick. My daughter is now 11 months & LOVES the pool, ocean, bath, any kind of water. She's such a little water baby! Good luck.

Sara - posted on 07/15/2009

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A public pool will say 6 months, but the doctor told me that as long as the umbilical cord had fallen off and healed it was fine. We took our daughter in the hot springs (of course not the hot hot pool!) when she was two or three months old.

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