When can my baby go in a pool? | BabyCenter

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If you are considering breastfeeding your baby in the pool or hot tub, keep in mind that breastfeeding in the water is different from breastfeeding poolside or in other settings. In pools or hot tubs, your baby might be exposed to germs in the water and water temperatures that might be too different from your baby’s normal body temperature. No scientific study has looked at the health and safety of breastfeeding babies while in pools or hot tubs. However, potential health and safety concerns for your baby are discussed in more detail below. CDC is not aware of any risks to other swimmers related to breastfeeding in pools or hot tubs.

Floats like Aqua Coach Baby Buoy Float and the Baby Spring Pool Float will let your baby be a part of the aquatic action while the baby sits comfortably and snuggly. Both these floats have comfortable leg holes, with a sturdy undercarriage so your baby will not topple over and will have a great time playing in water. The Baby Spring Float Activity Center with Canopy and Baby Bopper Baby Seat Pool Float feature games and activities to keep your babies entertained while they kick and splash around in the pool. We also offer swim aids for children like the Learn to Swim Tube Trainer that help kids learn to swim and gain confidence in water.

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  • The pool should be slightly warmed. The tinier the baby, the warmer should be the water. Babies have a large surface area relative to their body weight, so it's easy for them to get cold. If the temperature is comfortable for you from the moment you enter the water, it's likely to be comfortable for baby. Limit the amount of time your baby spends in a cold poolespecially when you first start out. You might look into finding a heated pool or spa for baby's first pool exposure.
  • Avoid pools loaded with chemicals. Pool chemicals are necessary to keep the bacteria count of the water down, but overexposure can be unhealthful to baby. Baby's skin, eyes and breathing passages are more sensitive to chlorine than are adults. If you walk into the poolroom and immediately smell chlorine, assume it's too strong for baby. Try to avoid heavily chlorinated indoor pools. Seek out pools that use the newer ozone filtersthese are becoming more common in spas and pools. Ozone-filtered water is clean and very baby-friendly.
  • You must take sensible precautions to protect the pool from babies doing what comes naturallyhaving a bowel movement in the pool. Use "swim diapers" specifically designed for going in water. Check and clean the diaper area before entering the pool. And it's best not to take baby into a pool immediately after a feeding when a BM is most likely.
  • Discourage water swallowing, not only for safety's sake, but in rare circumstances older babies can swallow too much water, which can be harmful to their body's chemistry. Pool water is for swimming, not drinking.
  • The buoyancy of water brings out freedom of movement. Hold your baby securely underneath the arms and let him enjoy the sensation of movement in lessened gravity. Some tiny babies sense it's fun to move in water. In our experience, the combination of water exercise and water relaxation often sets baby up to enjoy a nap after pool time.

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Summertime can be hot and everyone loves swimming in the warmer months. Many new parents want to know the answers to the question "when can babies go in the pool".That may be easier than you think and with some advance preparation, you can make this first event less stressful and scary.

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