We finally got some good sun here in Utah last weekend and took our 3 month old to the pool and she did great! I think the water was soothing for her. We’ve been practicing putting water on her face in the bath so she would get used to water splashing in her face at the pool. The water did go up her nose a little at one point which scared her a little. She didn’t cry, but you could tell by her face she wasn’t sure what to do. But we’re excited to take her all summer long!
And remember to load on the sunscreen when outside! I read in Parents Magazine the other day that it only takes 15 minutes for a baby to get sunburned. That’s not very long! And remember to reapply!
Here are some more swimming Safety Tips from Parents.com:
Splashing in the shallow end is divine, but mere inches of water can be dangerous. Children 12 to 36 months of age have the highest risk of drowning, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). That said, there’s plenty you can do to protect your child. Rather than rely on one of the strategies below, follow several, or all. Layering on safeguards ensures no slipups.
“Always be close enough to lay a hand on your child,” explains Jeffrey Weiss, M.D., lead author of the AAP’s latest policy statement on drowning prevention. Keep him within arm’s reach when near water. Babies can drown in very little water, so be vigilant.
Beware inflatable pools
It’s easy for a tot to lean over and tumble headfirst into these soft-sided water spots. Supervise carefully, empty smaller pools after use, and fence off large dunking pools.
Hit the books
Parents should have CPR and basic water-safety training, advises Connie Harvey, manager of aquatics technical development at the American Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. Get trained through the American Heart Association (Heart.org) or the American Red Cross (RedCross.org).
Skip the floaties
Both the AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise against air-filled swim aids. They give a false sense of security and can easily be punctured or deflate.
Fence it in
Make sure your home pool is surrounded by four-sided fencing and a childproof gate, Dr. Weiss says.