Baby Swimming Roadmap
You want your kids to learn to swim but don’t know where to start? As with many aspects of parenting it can all look a bit daunting at first. Get some tips to that will have you and the kids splashing around in no time!
Be aware of the facts as most of us spend our summers around the water. Whether it’s at the beach or by the pool, it’s smart to make sure babies and toddlers learn basic water skills as early as possible. Remember that adult supervision is always required around water.
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Shocking fact – a child can drown in just a few centimetres of water, in a very short space of time. Supervision is always required around water.
Around a Pool
- Always maintain constant visual contact while you child is in the water.
- Older children should not be left to supervise younger siblings.
- Familiarise your child with water – take your child to infant aquatics classes so they can develop water confidence.
- Fence your pool – a pool fence is essential as a barrier between the water and your child.
- In Australia – Swimming pools must at all times be surrounded by a child-resistant barrier conforming with Australian Standard 1926.
- In New Zealand – All home pools including spa pools must comply with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.
- Inflatable toys are not life saving devices and do not keep your child safe.
- Ensure there are no power lines or other electrical equipment near or around the pool or swimming area.
- Nappies should not be worn in the water as they are unhygienic and can weigh the child down.
- Check that the depth of the water is marked and be careful when jumping or diving into water.
- At parties and gatherings nominate a person to be the designated child watcher, so there is no confusion. If that person leaves, they must nominate someone else.
- Don’t leave paddling pools in the garden.
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In the Bathroom
- Keep the bathroom door shut. If it has a lock, ensure you can open this from the outside.
- Remember to close the toilet seat.
- Never leave your children unattended in the bath.
- Bath seats require constant supervision.
- Don’t use a bath on a stand once your baby can stand up.
- Use a non-slip mat.
- Turn your hot water down to a maximum of 50