what age is good to start swimming lessons..do bubbys have to b toilet trained to go in the pool?

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my lil girl is 15mths and loves the water..it's a struggle to get her out of the bath..so i think it time too start swimming lessons..but is there an age limet??and the toilet thing do they have to where a nappy in the water??

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Kimberly - posted on 10/15/2009

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My 17 month old started lessons last month and he loves it. I think the place we go begins offering classes to babies 4 months and older. One thing I'd recommend looking into is a cloth (reusable) swim diaper. I have 3 different brands of them that we use, Bambino Mio, iPlay and Bummis. I love them all. Not only is it very cost effective, but the pool we use requires cloth swim diapers and bans disposable ones for some reason...

Carla - posted on 10/15/2009

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Hi, not sure if this will help as im from the uk but here usually you can take your baby swimming when they have finished there first round of vaccinations, as they may pick up some infections from the water. Alot of people here try to take there child swimming as early as possible since babies can swim without needing any lesson's it will help them as they grow up, i took my little boy swimming when he was 3 months old and he hung on to me as if he were glued so obviously he's not a natural lol. you can also buy huggies little swimmers, they are like nappies but specially made for the pool.

Sarah - posted on 10/15/2009

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Most of the pools I looked into start swimming 'lessons' at age 6 months. My 9 month old just started classes and it's all about getting them used to the water, having fun and starting to teach them safe swim practices from the start. My little girl loves them. She wears Huggies Little Swimmers which pull on and you just tear the sides to get them off. You can buy re-usable swim nappies which catch any solids but obviously not liquids, but I find the disposable option less hassle when changing a wriggly baby at the pool change rooms.

Zilma - posted on 10/14/2009

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I don't know about the minimum age to be at a pool, but mine are getting into the water since babies. And the Little Swimmers are great for babies who are not potty trained yet.

Pamela Jo (pj) - posted on 10/14/2009

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the earlier the better. since she already loves water she'll be a natural. disposable swim diapers are available now in the stores.

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Brandy - posted on 10/14/2009

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I take my 3 year old daughter to our YMCA. I plan to take my 6 month old son beginning January. They begin Parent-Tot swimming at 6 months. You will be her support in the water. It's not so much as swim lessons, but to prepare them for the first level of swimming. I have been doing this with my girl since she was 6 weeks at the beach. I got her comfortable in the water, hold her to float, kick, and stroke. Now she will begin swimming on her own. Most pools require that babies wear swim diapers. I like Little Swimmers by Huggies (although I prefer Pampers diapers...strange). Good luck. Hope things work out for you.

Brandy - posted on 10/14/2009

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I have been taking my daughter swimming at the pool since she was 4 months old. They have diapers called little swimmers that are made for taking your kids to the pool. They are usually by the pull-ups at walmart or zellers or superstore. Ask your local pool at what age they start lessons because they usually have classes for babies just to learn how to kick and float and stuff.

Tami - posted on 10/14/2009

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I think the American Academy of Peds says they have to be 6 months. Our local swimming pool just requires that they wear a swimmers diaper that you can buy at the grocery store. I hope this helps!

Tami - posted on 10/14/2009

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I think the American Academy of Peds says they have to be 6 months. Our local swimming pool just requires that they wear a swimmers diaper that you can buy at the grocery store. I hope this helps!

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