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Baby Swimming: What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Baby Warm

Baby Swimming: What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Baby Warm
13 June 2015 12192 Views No comments

If you're thinking about heading to the pool with your baby, there are a few things you need to take into account. One of the most important things you should remember is that your baby is unable to regulate their temperature, which means that they get cold a lot more quickly than you might.

If your little one gets chilly in the water, it can upset them and put a downer on the experience. They could even start to develop a dislike of the water as a result, which will impact their swimming ability and water confidence as they get older.

Their inability to regulate their temperature can be worsened by the water, especially if you stay in for too long, as well as when you get out of the pool. With this in mind, here are some ways in which you can keep your little one warm.

Always be aware

The first thing you should do is ensure that you are always paying attention to your baby to watch for signs of discomfort while swimming. Not only is this a safety aspect, but it will also help you to see the signs that they are cold before they get too uncomfortable.

The most obvious signs that your baby is cold will be their lips and nails, which will go blue very quickly if they are too chilly. If you notice that this is the case, get them out of the water as quickly as possible before getting them dried off and wrapped up.

Check the pool temperature

Not all pools heat the water to the same temperature. Dedicated baby pools tend to be warmer than standard swimming pools, which means that they are suited to your little ones. Some pools may warm the water up at set times, especially for baby classes, but leave them at a lower temperature otherwise.

It is always worth checking what the ambient temperature of the water is before you go swimming so that you know whether it is suitable for your baby. The water should be at least 32°C for babies under three months old. For older babies or those who weigh over 12 lbs (5.5 kg), the water should be at least 30°C.

If your pool does not warm the water up for baby classes and does not have a set baby pool, you can always ask them what times the pool is at its warmest. This means that you can arrange your schedule around these times to ensure that your little one is comfortable in the water.

Warming swimwear

Certain baby swimwear can help your little one to stay warmer for longer in order to ensure that they enjoy the experience, and that you can stay in the water with them for longer. Our Babywarma baby wetsuit offers a comfortable swimwear option that also helps to keep babies warmer for longer.

It features 2 mm thick soft neoprene, which stretches with your baby to provide a comfortable fit as they grow. The wetsuit material helps to insulate them against the cold, keeping them at a comfortable temperature for a longer amount of time.

The material also means that it is easier for you to keep hold of them in the water, so they can enjoy kicking and splashing around while you've got a good grip. It also has an award-winning design that makes it easy and quick to get your baby changed in and out of, making sure that you can get them dried off in no time at all.

Have towels at the ready

As your little one will need to be kept warm when you get out of the pool, it is a good idea to have two towels at the ready for them. One can then be used to dry them off fully, which you should do carefully ensuring that all of their skin is dried, including any creases. They can then be wrapped in the second, dry towel until you get them changed.

This will keep them comfortable out of the water, which means that the experience is always enjoyable for them and you. You could even wrap them up in one of our Poncho Towels, which come complete with hoods and can be wrapped snugly around them.