Tips for Swimming with BabiesIn today's post, I'll share some tips for taking your baby to a swimming pool. For many babies, this is a fun and relaxing experience. The water is often very relaxing and allows them to move around and have fun. Our little one always slept extra well after taking him to the pool! However, you also have to be careful when taking a baby swimming.
1. Ask for approval from your pediatrician.
You will want approval from your pediatrician because many factors affect whether a baby is ready to go to a swimming pool. If they are not ready, you may consider getting them comfortable with water by giving them warm and gentle baths.
2. Check the temperature.
Babies are not able to regulate their body temperature like adults, so be sure to check and let your pediatrician know the temperatures involved when you request their approval.
3. Be cautious about the chlorine level.
Babies have sensitive skin, so pay careful attention to whether the pool chemicals are too harsh.
4. Do not allow them to submerge their head or swallow water.
This is dangerous for young babies, especially if they swallow water.
5. Have them wear a swim diaper.
Swimming pools often cause babies to relax and poop. It's not the best combination because you don't want to contaminate the water. In fact, many public pools have rules that babies must wear swim diapers. Let me tell you that the cost of disposable swim diapers adds up quickly! We used to buy packages of swim diapers that came out to around $1/diaper. This is expensive for our little 15 to 30 minute visits to the pool! The best thing to do is to purchase reusable swim diapers that are soft and comfortable for your baby. Bumkins makes a fantastic swim diaper that has adjustable sizing, is reusable, and is machine washable.
These eco-friendly Bumkins Swim Diapers are not just for people who use cloth diapers. I personally use disposable diapers with the exception that I use reusable swim diapers because it's too expensive otherwise. The reusable swim diapers save us a lot of money since we go swimming frequently during summer and I'm able to simply wash them in the washing machine. Each reusable Bumkins Swim Diaper is $12.95 which is approximately the price of one pack of disposable swim diapers. I definitely come out far ahead with the Bumkins Swim Diaper. If you are afraid of reusable swim diapers because you are used to disposable diapers, don't stress. I have found it to be super easy. These are machine washable. Sometimes I even wash them in the sink. Its very easy.
Bumkins Swim Diapers are also very nice because they are adjustable and comfortable. The edging around the legs is comfortable and durable to hold in leaks. I have been really impressed and now recommend them to everyone! Bumkins Swim Diapers are definitely the way to go.
6. Have someone bring a camera.
Some of my favorite memories include taking my baby swimming and enjoying the pure happiness. Nothing is better than a happy baby who is sharing baby giggles!
Have fun with your baby! They grow so quickly and memories like swimming together while listening to baby giggles is the best.