Taking Baby Swimming Tips
Taking a baby swimming with you can be a stressful experience. Depending on the location, there may be other kids or families present which can add to the stress of the experience. However, despite some of the stresses, swimming with your baby can be a fun experience! Here are nine tips to consider before taking your baby swimming:
1. Pack Your Bags
The first step is to plan ahead! When taking your baby swimming, it is important to make a list of all the items that you will need to take with you for yourself and the baby. Your list would include things like:
- Floaties & lifejackets
- Baby bottle
2. Plan Ahead
In addition to packing you and your baby’s bag, you should also plan ahead. When you decide to take your baby swimming, you should put a lot of thought into the actual body of water which you want to visit. For example, are you planning to visit a small pool at a friend or family member’s house? Are you going into the ocean? At a friends house, you may not have to worry about the pool being overcrowded. Weighing the pros and cons of the different locations in which you can take your baby swimming will help you feel comfortable.
3. Always Test Floaties
When you decide to take your baby swimming, it is important to remember to pack floaties or a life jacket. If you have a small child that you’ll be holding while you’re in the water, this step is not as important. If you have a baby who will be swimming on their own, you’ll want to make sure the floaties are free of holes. Also, ensure that the life jacket fits properly. You don’t want your baby struggling in the water. A great tip for putting floaties on your baby is to wet the floaties prior to putting them on.
4. Bring a Friend
When taking your baby swimming, bring a friend or family member who likes to spend time with your baby. This will help to alleviate some of the stress that comes with having your baby around water. This also makes things like bathroom breaks easier. Plus, if you bring someone to help with your baby you may get some relaxation time for yourself as well.
5. Seek Shade
Something else to think about when taking a baby swimming is how much shade you will have during your trip. If you are planning to visit a public pool, you should plan to take an umbrella with you or rent a chair with an umbrella attached. It is important to keep your baby out of the sun and cool. Additionally, you’ll feel better being in the shade and staying cool. This will make it easier to care for your child.
It is important to stay hydrated. This is where the snacks that you packed come into play! Grab a cool bottle of water for yourself and make sure your baby is staying hydrated as well. This way, both you and baby will feel energized.
6. Anticipate Diaper Changes
Before taking your baby swimming, prepare a diaper bag. There may not be an adequate changing table at a public pool or there could be a long line. Packing a soft changing pad is a must so you don’t have to lay your baby down on the rough and hot concrete. Additionally, be sure to pack extra diapers or pull-ups. Even if you don’t end up needing to use your diaper bag, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you have it fully packed and ready to use.
7. Think About Nap Time
Something else you will want to think about is nap time. Depending on your child’s age, you may want to bring a car carrier for them to nap. You can find a shady spot and set up camp there for a perfect nap! Otherwise, you can bring your child’s favorite nap time blanket and get them set up and cozy at a pool chair.
8. Bring Toys
This tip will depend on the age of your baby. You may want to bring a pacifier or a noise-maker that will keep them busy during your swim adventures. You can of course also bring water-safe toys that your baby can play with in the water at the pool. If you’re taking an older baby swimming, bring toys that your babycan play with in the grass.
Consider bringing their favorite bathtime ducky or boat.
9. Don’t Stress
It is so important not to stress. You should have a calm mind knowing that you took all of the necessary steps to have a successful day swimming with your baby. Even if your baby is fussy and misbehaving, you have to remember that kids are not angels all the time. A stress-free mindset will ensure that taking your baby swimming goes… well, swimmingly!