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Baby Swimming Myths Busted

Baby Swimming Myths Busted
24 August 2014 1642 Views No comments

Baby swimming is hugely beneficial for both you and your child. Not only does it help your little one to feel happy in the water and develop their swimming skills from a young age, but it also creates a strong bond between you both.

However, there are many stories about baby swimming that could be putting you off taking your little one in the water. We've busted the myths that could be influencing whether or not you head to the pool with your baby.

They need to be immunised

Many people seem to think that your baby must have had all of their first year immunisations before they go swimming. This is not the case.

In actual fact, you can take your baby swimming at any time, whether they have had all of their immunisations or not. However, it can be a good idea to avoid the pool for a few days after they have had their jabs, just in case they aren't feeling too great.

Babies can go in the water from six weeks old and are perfectly fine to do so before having all their injections, unless you are instructed otherwise by your GP. For more information on how vaccinations might affect whether your baby can swim, visit the NHS website.

The water is too cold

Some people are worried that the temperature of pools is too low for their little ones. Babies aren't able to regulate their temperature like adults, so they will feel the cold more no matter what.

It doesn't matter whether you are going to a class or popping in the public pool – the chances are that your baby will get a bit chilly.

As they get older, your baby will be able to stay in the water for longer periods of time. However, you should always look for signs that your little one is getting cold and take them out of the water.

You can also dress them in a Konfidence Babywarma to help them stay warm and comfortable in the water for longer periods.

You shouldn't get their faces wet

In some cases, parents believe that they shouldn't get their babies' faces wet. However, this is all part of them getting used to the water. Not getting their faces wet could actually make them less comfortable in the water in the long run and stop them being happy going under.

You should get your little one used to getting water on their head and in their face by splashing and pouring small amounts of water over them gently in the bath. This will improve their confidence.

Under the supervision of a professionally trained swimming teacher, you can also put them under the water when they are ready – this is known as submersion. You'll be surprised how much your child likes going under the water!

You have to go to a class

Understandably, many parents are concerned about taking their babies swimming unless they are being instructed as part of a class. However, you don't have to go to a class straight away in order to enjoy baby swimming.

You can start getting your little one used to the water by taking them in for short periods of time at the local pool. So long as you are safe and hold onto them in the water, it should be perfectly fine.

However, if you're unsure about what to do with your baby in the water, then by all means sign up to a class and benefit from some instruction that could help your confidence as well as your baby's. It's important to remember, though, that this isn't a requirement of baby swimming.