Helpful Tips for Making Baby’s First Swimming Experience a Success

A group of mothers with their young children in a children's swimming class with a coach.

Given the chance, most children seem to love spending time in the pool. Going to the pool can be a wonderful experience for the whole family to share. But what about your baby? If they’ve never been swimming before, you might be wondering what you need to do to make sure their first time in the pool is a success.

Be Prepared

It’s tough to feel confident about going somewhere with a baby if you don’t have everything you need to make sure you can take good care of them while you’re out. Add a pool in the mix, and you’re looking at an even more challenging experience. You can avoid this by making sure you have everything packed ahead of time for your pool excursion. Write up a list of everything you want to take with you. Double-check your bag before you head out the door so there are no unpleasant surprises when you arrive.

Take Your Time

Once you get to the pool, avoid the temptation to go in the water with your baby straight away. Even if you’ve been giving them baths, going in a pool is an entirely different experience. Rushing them into the pool isn’t going to do anything good. Take it slow. Let them dangle their tiny toes in the water. Help them splash a bit. Give them time to adjust to the temperature and feeling of the water surrounding their body.

Don’t Set Expectations

Every parent wants their child to have a good time at the pool no matter how old or young they are. Even the best preparation is no guarantee that your little one will be all smiles and giggles about being in the pool. Do both yourself and your baby a favor and avoid setting any expectations that might be disappointed if things don’t quite go to plan. After all, just getting out of the house with your baby can be a real victory on some days.

Exposing your children to swimming when they’re very young can be a great thing. Learning to swim can build confidence as well as fitness, not to mention the fact that it teaches them how to be safe in the water. It all starts with that first trip to the pool. No matter how the first swimming experience ends, you can feel good about having done something that will benefit your child in the long run.

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