If you are a first-time mom, there might be two questions that linger when it comes to taking your baby swimming: is it too early to allow my newborn go swimming, or is it just too late for him? Hence, if you have these same questions as other moms, you should continue reading this article.
When can you really take a newborn to go swimming? Doctors and other moms recommend to let your baby swim in his sixth month. The reason for this is because your baby, in the sixth month, has an improved control in his body specifically his neck, arms, and head; has the ability to regulate his body temperature; and most importantly, has far more resiliency to infections.
Reasons Why Doctors Recommend Six Months:
As mentioned, doctors and moms recommend to wait for your baby to turn six-month-old before he starts swimming. However, despite this being a popular recommendation among people, it differs for some. In fact, some recommend allowing your baby to swim anytime before his sixth month as long as you and your pediatrician agree with it.
However, take note that the six-month rule did not just become the most popular opinion without backup facts. To provide you a clearer understanding, read the list below:
Myth About Newborn’s Swimming Ability:
The belief that your baby experienced a lot of swimming in your womb is what drives others to believe that newborn babies can already swim. Is this myth really true?
The answer is no; this claim is false. Newborn babies do not know how to swim yet, but they have reflexes that look like they know how. To clearly explain what these reflexes are, here are some natural reflexes that babies usually do:
These reflexes have been identified to be strong in the first few months, but weakens after their sixth month. I know, it is sad to hear that this special trait of your baby will be gone. But on the bright side, the time after the sixth month is also the perfect time to let him go swimming.
Newborns Swimming In The Pool:
Babies can swim in the pool as well. However, it is not recommended until they turn six months old or above as it can be hard for them to regulate their own body temperature in the pool. Aside from that, it can be dangerous for them if they once induce bacteria that may cause diarrhea. Hence, here are the necessary precautions you should consider when taking your baby to the swimming pool:
Newborns Swimming In The Ocean:
As much as we love the view of the ocean, we also love that ocean swims will be shared with our babies. However, there are lots of things to consider before we actually go ocean swimming.
It is more advisable that you take your baby for ocean swimming when they are at least six months old. Unlike swimming in the pool, letting your baby swim in the ocean needs more guidance and alertness from you. Hence, if you are now eager to go for an ocean adventure with your baby who just turned six months, here are the precautions you need to consider: