Until today I remember the first time I introduced my daughter, when she was just 6 months old, in the pool at home. For her dad and I, it was a very exciting moment as we were able to enjoy all the sensations that she was experiencing. First her little feet, then her legs, her tummy and then there she was with the water up to her neck. He loved it! So much so that she no longer wanted to get out of the pool. What a chore!
The pool can provide very fun moments for your son or daughter, in addition to offering us the possibility of proposing stimulation games that are very beneficial for their development. However, it is necessary to take into account some safety measures to protect and care for a baby in the pool.
My baby's first swim in the pool was an unforgettable experience, although we decided not to repeat it many times as the water was too cold. We prefer to buy her a small inflatable pool, so that she can cool off from the heat and not be exposed to risks of drowning, falls or poisoning from drinking the chlorinated water.
When it's hot and you decide to get into the pool with your baby, I suggest you consider some tips so that your baby can enjoy the experience to the fullest without being exposed to risks such as contracting an illness or suffering an accident:
1. The water temperature for a baby should be between 28º and 30º, so that the little one does not suffer danger of hypothermia. If you take it to a public pool, find out if the pool temperature is right.
2. Babies they should not be in the water for long from the pool. A baby under one year of age should not be in the pool for more than 20 minutes (watch out for sun exposure, too). If you wish, you can take it out and, after an hour or so, put it back in the water.
3. Each baby is unique and it is also in the pool. There are babies who like water and others who don't. You must respect the taste of each baby and not force him to enter the pool if he does not want to. Everything in its own time and moment.
4. If you notice that the baby starts to shiver or to present purple lips, take it out of the pool and wrap it well. You should do the same when the baby is already in the pool for a long time.
5. When the baby has a cold or has a cold, it is not convenient to put him in the pool water. You better wait for him to get better.
6. When you take the baby out of the pool and before wrapping it with the towel it is advisable that you bathe him with fresh water from a shower, to avoid skin irritations caused by the chlorine in the pool water.
We continue with this list of basic tips that we cannot ignore when it comes to enjoying a day at the pool in summer (or any other time of the year if time and circumstances allow) with our baby. Next, we talk about some safety tips that will help you prevent accidents.
7. Watch the baby. Experts advise that the adult who is in charge of the baby should never be distracted. You should never 'lower your guard', as carelessness can be fatal. We cannot even rely on pools designed specifically for babies or very young children, as there can also be accidents or scares such as drowning or slipping. As the US Department of Education's "Good Start, Good Future" guide indicates, babies can drown in as little as a few inches of water.
8. It is indicated the use of special floats and sleeves in babies over 7 months of age, from when they are closely watched by an adult. These devices will give the baby more freedom to move their legs and arms. However, we must always look for approved models. Many pediatricians recommend avoiding neck floats for babies.
9. Midwifery classes are very suitable for families who want their baby to have more continuous contact with the pool water and learn to swim.
10. It is not recommended that babies bathe in a jacuzziespecially to protect your skin.
11. Beware of chlorine in swimming pools. Studies show that large levels of chlorine in pool water can lead to asthma and other respiratory problems in children.
12. Keep baby's skin always hydrated with a special sunscreen for babies, to avoid burns and eczema. These are not recommended for less than 6 months. Pediatricians also advise wearing UV protective clothing and hats when children are exposed to the sun.
The first point to keep in mind so that we all enjoy a fun morning or afternoon at the pool is to respect the safety measures and tips that we have explained above. But it will also be good to remember these keys:
- Parents forewarned, they are worth two
Preparing a bag full of 'just in case we need it' is essential, whether we go to the pool or to the beach: extra clothes, toys, drinking water, pacifiers, cream, food (well stored) ... You never know what you are going to need.
- I really want to play and be with family
How good we can all have fun together in the pool! Therefore, we must go with the willingness to play a lot (and surely to rest very little, especially if we go with children).
- But also to learn
But in addition to playing, the pool is a great place for the sensory stimulation of the little ones, who can play with the water, with the grass, with the warm ground, with the stones ...
- All supervision is little
Finally, we could not help but remember the most important advice when going to the pool with a baby or with an older child: the supervision of an adult must be continuous. In a second that we take our eyes off them, to see the last message that has reached our mobile, it is enough for our little one to have an accident. Therefore, it is always advisable to be close to him (so that by lengthening the arm we can grab him).
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