Babies have been in fluid in the womb for nine months so are comfortable in the water from the minute they are born as long as they feel safe.
Contrary to popular belief, your baby does not need any immunisations before they go swimming. You can take your baby swimming at any time before and after their vaccinations. Babies under the age of four months can become chilled very easily, so shorter trips are advisable when introducing your baby to the pool. If you are worried or have any questions check with your health visitor before you take a dip.
When introducing your baby to the water help to reassure them by smiling, talking and making lots of eye contact. From an early age babies will instinctively move their arms and legs when immersed in water and you can use this to make them familiar with feeling supported and feel the water on their face.
What you should bring:
Top of the list will be a swimming nappy – accidents can and do happen! You’ll also need to pack:
- A warm bottle for after the swim if you are bottle feeding or a snack if your baby has started solids. Swimming is hungry work!
- A towel, preferably one with a hood or a towelling dressing gown to get warm and dry after your swim.
- A few of your baby’s bath toys to encourage a familiar, relaxed and fun environment.
Changing mat and nappy bag.
- Don’t forget to pack your own swimming bag too!
If you would like some support with introducing your baby to the water we have some fantastic Adult & Child Lessons as part of our Learn 2 Swim Tots Programme. Follow the link for more information on what’s involved or for more details you can either call your local Brio Leisure Centre directly or email email@example.com the Brio Swim Team.
Please check individual centres for details.