8 Tips for Bringing Baby Swimming (#Giveaway)

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Summer’s pretty much here (although today is definitely an exception in CT) and with summer comes lots and lots of water play for people of all ages, including babies.  Babies swimming need to have a diaper on, to contain any…um…messes they may produce while in the water.  No matter what kind of swim diaper you use, parents, PLEASE use one. They serve an important purpose.

Now, with that out of the way, let’s discuss some important things.  I know that you probably have chosen a super cute bathing suit for your little one, and probably some cute shoes to protect their little piggies from hot sand, concrete, etc…

But there ARE actually other things to consider when preparing to take your baby swimming.  It’s not just about looking adorable (they look adorable all of the time, I know. Trust me.  There’s not much cuter than some babies in little tiny swimsuits squirming around.)  but it’s also important to keep our little ones SAFE in the sun- both in and out of the water.

#1 SUNSCREEN.  Buy it, use it, use it again and then use it some more.  I can’t emphasize this enough.  I grew up in the 70s and 80s.  I used sunTAN lotion.  The sun’s rays didn’t do so much damage to us as it will to our kids.  Protect their sensitive skin.  We only get one go with the skin thing, so let’s do what we can to protect it. (My helpful tip is to get into the habit in late spring of putting sunscreen on your kids while you get them dressed for the day- reapply as necessary but at least you’re off to a good start.  If you make it part of a routine, it may not bug them much).

#2 HATS Find a hat your baby will wear that keeps the sun out of their eyes.  We don’t like having the sun in our eyes, why would they?  Hats are also an adorable accessory.  If your child won’t keep a hat on like one of mine did…put the sunscreen right on their head (my kids were baldies).  Have you ever had a sunburn on your head?  It will drive you all kinds of crazy and be hot, itchy and painful.  No need to inflict that on the little ones.

#3 PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH and remember that #1 and #2 are just as important for mom and dad as they are for baby.  Modeling the right behaviors goes a very, very long way.  (Note to self- work on this).

#4 TOWELS Bring at least 2 towels for your little one.  Wet towels can be chilly and little ones don’t warm up as fast as we do.  Even if you just keep a smaller towel to dry them with, and wrap them in the larger one.

#5 BABY SPOT- Make sure wherever you go- pool, lake, ocean, beach, etc…bring  a large blanket for baby to play on, or a pack n play for them to hang out in – try to provide some shade, too.  An umbrella, placing their area under a tree are both great ways to do this.

#6 BABY TOYS- Listen, if you are at the beach, your baby is almost, 100% certain, going to eat some sand.  It’s kind of like a rite of passage.  But the sand may bore him or her after a few minutes, so be sure to grab some age-appropriate toys to keep your little one occupied.  A pail and some empty cups will occupy most kids for a very long time.

#7 BABY POWDER (and by powder I mean cornstarch) — this one is a BIG parenting secret.  (Look at me sharing these big secrets today!!)   Powder helps get wet sand off of your feet.  It makes the entire process of leaving the beach far easier.  I’m sure half of it will end up on the floor of your car, but I’ll let you solve that problem on your own.

#8 WATER- Just because baby is playing in and around water doesn’t mean s/he is getting enough hydration.  Be sure to keep those fluids coming all day long!! (this goes for parents, too)
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  • my best tip is to let them have fun, show them how to swim and splash and play

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  • Always use lots of sunscreen and stay within arms reach.

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  • it is the 1 year sams club membership. i have not had it in a long while pleeeseeee pick me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Never leave your child unsupervised and always make sure they are wearing their floaties.

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  • Applying sunscreen frequently and being very alert when around the water.

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  • Sunscreen, bathing suit, and a little cap to cover her little head. And have fun.

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  • Definatley use sun block and little swimmers not regualr diapers or you’ll have pieces of diaper everywhere

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  • SPF clothing. Sunscreen is a chemical and it’s best to avoid chemicals on babies. Try to find a long sleeve swimshirt and let baby wear a hat to minimize the amount of sunscreen you need to apply.

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  • My biggest tip is to try to have another set of eyes if possible!

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  • Don’t let the baby swallow too much water.

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  • sunblock

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  • best tip: protect your baby! do not ever leave them alone

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  • Starting young is the best idea. My brother and I went to swim lessons very early and were exposed to pool time at the YMCA while we were infants. I plan on doing the same thing with my daughter in another month or so.

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  • Always apply sunscreen before swimming. Re-apply every 2 hours. Floaties also help

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  • We’ve been taking her to Water Babies class. My best tip is to pay attention to when they are getting overwhelmed. When I know she’s had enough, I make sure to let her get out of the water and hang out before getting too waterlogged.

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  • Sunscreen and a rash guard!

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  • Lots of sunscreen and have fun!

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  • floaties work wonders!!

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  • I have to keep my eyes on my toddler at all times because he is so energetic.

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  • NEVER EVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF THEM!!!

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  • you’ve mentioned a lot of them in the post but one thing we do is make sure we are wearing some sort of swim diapers or something specifically for swimming since regular diapers absorb and often don’t hold in solids and other things that might leak out…many a time our local pool has been closed during a hot day due to a few “solids” floating in the water.

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  • Life jackets and lots of sunscreen!

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  • Lots of sunscreen & patience!

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  • Just be loving and soothing while in the water so the baby will never be afraid of the water. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • It’s important to include water safety when teaching your baby how fun water can be.

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  • Lots of sunscreen and lots of loving the entire time. Helps to calm the babies. I have a 1,2 and a newborn. All three love water.

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  • My tip is LOTS of sunscreen! I’m a fair, freckled person who had far too many serious burns as a kid!

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  • My tip is LOTS of sunscreen! I’m a fair, freckled person who had far too many serious burns as a kid.

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  • Make sure baby gets a good nap and plenty of sun screen so there aren’t any melt downs.

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  • Be patient! get them in the water young!!

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  • Start early. Don’t give up.

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  • make sure you have a safety device on your baby. A baby is slipper when wet.
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  • my best tip for swimming with baby is keep sunblock handy at all times keep lots of water and lots of shade =}

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  • I hold on to them tight and watch them like a hawk! My husband usually takes them!

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  • My best tip is do not push them to go in until they are ready. My Father made the mistake with my son of trying to drag him into the water and he was terrified for months after.

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  • Best tip never leave them, always watch them and dont be distracted. Suncreen and hats a must as well

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  • I always had one of those pop-out floatie devices for my kids when they were babies. They fold & zip up easily yet allow baby (& you) to relax while you hang in the pool!

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  • My tip is the earlier you introduce them to water, the better.

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  • Lots of sunscreen and a big hat :)

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  • Start young! We start with bathtub play at a very young age, and work our way to playing in the pool.

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  • I started both my boys early so they wouldn’t be afraid of the water. And no matter how good they are keep an eye on them. My 4yr decided to jump into the deep part of the pool like he always did with daddy,but forgot ti make sure daddy was watching. It was a scary minute for all 3 of us. He is very careful now.

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  • Children react to the water differently. The first time you take your child to swim, hold them while going into the water. They may be used to baths, but a pool or body of water is different and can be frightening. Once they get used to the water, never take your eyes off them. Our little boy would jump into the pool for his dad to catch him. The problem was he never checked to make sure dad was there. He would run to the pool and jump in, certain someone would catch him. Needless to say we got him into drown proofing and swimming classes as soon as we could. We still had to watch him like a hawk.

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  • I started both my boys early so they wouldn’t be afraid of the water. And no matter how good they are keep an eye on them. My 4yr decided to jump into the deep part of the pool like he always did with daddy,but forgot ti make sure daddy was watching. It was a scary minute for all 3 of us.

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  • Start young and encourage confidence.

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  • We start very young! My kids could swim before they could walk, just like me. Although you think that your child is a great swimmer, at any age, you must always be cautious. It takes a split second for something to go wrong!

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  • Dunk your baby very early. My mother did this, then I did it with mine. We all know how to swin, float, tread, but none of us remember learning how–no lessons.

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  • Start them early.

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  • My best tip is to keep an eye on your child at all times. Even if they’re in a “safe” flotation device, even if they can swim, keep an eye on them. The ocean has rip tides below the surface that can pull you out in just a few seconds.
    Have fun, but be aware of the risks, and stay safe!

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  • My best tip is to simply make it fun! The more they want to swim, the better they will become! :)

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  • My best tip? Don’t use swim “aides” that are not appropriate for your child. For instance, don’t put arm floats on the child if they do not weigh enough to meet the requirements of the floats. Some people could easily get disillusioned into thinking their child was safe when they really are not.

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    • Oh Gosh, Kaye. you are so right. That’s a huge one. and scary.

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