5 Steps of Baby Swimming – How it Should be Done

//5 Steps of Baby Swimming – How it Should be Done

5 Steps of Baby Swimming – How it Should be Done

Teaching your own baby to swim

If you are looking to teach your infant age 2 or below how to swim, you need to know the 5 steps of baby swimming to ensure it is a safe, fun experience for both of you. After all, introducing your child to the water at a very young age can be great, but only if it is done properly.

Step 1: Outfit your baby with the right swimming gear

Your baby should wear a swimming diaper that is designed to not leak. A snug swimming suit that is sure not to come off should completely cover the surface of the diaper. Inflatable arm devices might be a good choice as well as long as your child does not fight wearing them.

Step 2: Start small

For your infant’s first baby swimming experience, opt for the infant area of a pool that is typically only 12 inches deep. This will encourage your infant to play in the water with a much smaller risk of drowning.

Step 3: Keep your eye on your infant

Watch his or her reaction to being in the water. If your baby is having a hard time, it might be too soon to encourage pool time. If this occurs, revert to simply walking along the water’s edge and observing other swimmers. Baby swimming should never be forced on your child, especially at such a young age.

Step 4: Stay near your child

It does not matter how deep or shallow the water is. To ensure your child’s safety during baby swimming, you should keep your hands on them at all times. Avoid a traumatizing experience for yourself and your little one by not risking any danger to them during pool time. At this young age, you cannot expect your baby to really swim, but rather simply enjoy spending time in the water to encourage a love of swimming later in life. You can being to briefly let go when they become more accustomed to the water.

Step 5: Have fun!

Don’t just sit at the edge of the pool—encourage your infant to kick, blow bubbles, and play with water toys, all while remaining near your baby and ensuring they are happy and safe. As the years progress, your child’s early baby swimming experiences could turn into a strong love of swimming that can be both a recreational activity and a way to ensure they are safe near the water’s edge.

By | 2017-05-14T00:27:13+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Articles|2 Comments

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  1. Manish Gupta February 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply


    The 5 tips are really helpful. Today I took my 15 month old baby for swimming but he was little cranky in entering in the water. Although it was not his first that he stepped into the swimming pool, he went to pool in Bali as well as in the condo’s pool. Infact, he initiated by signs to go into pool in Bali, but despite all that he was little afraid. Not sure why?? because of too many kids in the pool, so he might have been afraid of seeing so many people.

    I’ll try to bring him next week again with his toys. Thanks once again.

  2. Freddie Emerson Ang February 27, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

    It is very important for a baby to be adapted to an environment. You are right that he might be might be a little afraid of the crowd, but bring along his favorite toy and focus on that! He will not get too distracted by other kids then 🙂

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