Subscription orders can be cancelled at anytime. Free delivery on all subsequent subscription orders. Find out more about subscriptions.
They’re easy and fuss free
Your products are automatically sent to you
You save up to 10% when you sign up for a subscription
You can cancel at any time
Taking your baby swimming from an early age can be lots of fun! It's a great way to bond and establish a vital life skill.
While there's no set age when you can or should take a baby swimming, there are some points to consider when you feel like the time is right for your little one to take the plunge. Let's run through some key points around taking a baby swimming and answer some of the most asked questions about babies and swimming.
Exposing little ones to water and swimming from a young age is great for their development because it...
Yes, you can take your baby to the swimming pool for a dip at any age. There's no need to wait until they've received their vaccinations. However, if your little one was born prematurely, it's best to check with your doctor or health visitor before you plan your first trip to the pool.
To avoid the risk of infection, mums should wait until after their six-week postpartum check with their doctor, or seven days after post-birth vaginal bleeding (lochia) stops before they go to the pool with their little one. That said, nothing is stopping your partner or another family member taking your baby to the pool in the meantime.
Unless they have a chlorine allergy, there's no reason why a baby shouldn't go in a chlorinated swimming pool at any time from birth.
However, if your little one has a skin condition, it's a good idea to check in with your GP to make sure chlorine won't irritate them.
After every trip to the pool, you should always rinse all chlorinated water off your baby's skin and apply a baby-safe moisturiser to stop their skin from becoming dry.
When it comes to attending swimming classes, there's no rush and you should do so when your baby is comfortable being in water during bathtime.
Even though newborn babies can go in a swimming pool - and some professionally supervised adult and child swim lessons start as early as four weeks - most infant swimming classes have an age limit. This can vary from one to the next, so it's a good idea to research your local classes and check your chosen pool's admission policy.
Look for a local class that's led by an instructor who's trained to teach babies and toddlers and has a nationally recognised qualification.
Yes, they can.
The truth is babies can control their breathing when underwater from birth. This is thanks to a reflex that's triggered when they feel the water on their face or in their nose or throat, called the 'laryngeal' or 'gag reflex'. This means that when they go underwater, the soft tissue at the back of their throat closes and blocks the entrance to their airway.
They also have a reflex reaction called the Bradycardic response that moves their arms and legs in a swimming motion.
Although amazing, both natural abilities disappear at around six months old. So, using these reflexes from an early age and preparing your baby to go under the water can pay off. It will help make sure they won't panic later in life when they swim face down in the water.
During baby swimming lessons, little ones are taught ways of controlling their breathing before they go underwater. They'll never be submerged underwater unless the instructor is 100% sure that they're safe and ready.
Here's our checklist of essentials that you should take when going swimming with your little water baby:
When Do Babies Smile?
If you’re wondering when newborns smile, our blog reveals what age babies smile, and how to spot when it’s a social smile or a reflex smile.
When Do Babies Crawl?
Crawling is one of the first ways babies become mobile and able to explore the world around them. It's an exciting and important development milestone.