Pool Safety Tips For New Parents!
Congratulations! You just had your first baby. It’s a proud moment, isn’t it? There will now be a range of bonding and exploring adventures awaiting you with your newborn. One of the most fun – introducing your baby to the pool. Here are a few safety tips for that first experience with the water:
Prepare for the pool. The first thing to do is get ready with the practical details. There are a number of items to remember:
- Try to go out to the pool after your baby has taken care of her “business,” to limit accident possibilities.
- Wear approved infant pool diapers, because not all accidents can be predicted or avoided.
- Limit time outdoors – usually under 30 minutes, so the baby doesn’t get overexposed to the sun.
- Dress your baby in long sleeved clothes, and have her wear a hat, to minimize that sun exposure.
- Avoid being out at the pool between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the ultraviolet rays are the strongest.
Consider the temperature. Babies can’t regulate their body temperature until they are between 6 and 12 months old. It’s important to make sure the water is just right. The proper temperature is between 85 to 87 degrees. Avoid places like heated pools or hot tubs with your baby. On the cool side, if the water feels chilly to Mom, it will be too cold for the baby. Here are some sites with more great information: