What equipment are needed in the infant pool?
• You should choose a swimming pool that has electrical safety equipment when the pool is not in use and has alarms installed under water, inside the house, and around the pool.
• Swimming pools must have rescue equipment such as a landline phone with a rescue agency number, an emergency number and a rescue hook.
• Swimming pools must have a protective fence around at least 1.2m high with self-closing / locking gates and latches beyond the reach of children.
When can you swim with your baby after birth?
Ideally, you should wait until your baby is 6 weeks old as you could get a postnatal infection if you swim earlier. If you have a caesarean or have an episiotomy, you should wait longer, preferably after you’ve finished your last postpartum check.
Despite normal birth, you have lost a lot of blood because of the separation from the womb after the baby is born. Usually, mothers will suffer from fluid production until 6 weeks after giving birth.
Most infant swimming classes are as young as 6 weeks old. You do not have to wait until your baby is fully vaccinated to practice swimming. One point to note is that you should let your baby swim in a pool with water temperature of about 32 ° C is best.
How to limit the baby crying when swimming?
There are a few things you can do to limit your baby crying or screaming:
• Let the baby get used to the water at first. Hold your baby tightly and give him a sense of security.
• There’s no need to rush and always start slowly. Have your baby move slowly in the water.
• As your baby gets used to it, you can do some fun activities like daming.
• Praise your baby even if it’s a small act.
• For starters, you can put your baby on a life jacket or use a arm float, back float.
4 important tips to remember
If you are considering giving your baby swimming lessons, here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Baby’s body temperature tends to be unstable. So do not let your baby swim when the water in the pool is too hot or too cold as this can be dangerous for your baby.
2. Feed your baby 30 minutes before swimming, even if they eat liquid food. The reason is that they need to digest all the food before swimming.
3. In case the food is solid, feed it at least 1 hour before swimming.
4. After swimming, the baby will feel hungry, so you should prepare a few snacks in your backpack before swimming, your baby can eat after that. However, you should not bring food into the pool as it can harm your baby.