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Water - a return to a safe world
The first environment for an infant is water. In the mother's abdomen, the child is in amniotic fluids, which provide him with a safe shelter, absorb shock and protect against the effects of possible falls. From this period, the infant still has a reflex that causes the child to be up to six or eight months old not opening their mouths immersed in water and opening their eyes closely watching what is around him. Such a small child, with certain precautions, feels safe and secure in the water.
- stimulation of motor development, better coordination of movements,
- gymnastics of muscles and joints, thanks to which the toddler develops quickly, sits down faster, crawls and starts walking,
- cognitive development, thanks to the reception of new stimuli,
- positive impact on the development of the senses,
- development of respiratory efficiency,
- positive effect on immunity
- supporting emotional development - the child is bolder and more confident in their own skills,
- beneficial effect on the development of parent-child relationship,
- the child usually has a great time, and parents have the opportunity to spend time in a different, interesting way with the infant.
- in clusters of people it is easier to get infections,
- more sensitive children, especially girls whose urethra are shorter, may develop a genitourinary tract infection,
- swallowing water can cause diarrhea, and sniffing irritation on the delicate mucosa,
- swimming pool is also the most common place of mycosis and herpes spreading spectrum.
It should be emphasized, however, that well-maintained swimming pools, especially those recommended to infants and young children should not cause our anxiety and if we go to a swimming pool with a healthy child you can feel safe.
What pool should you choose?
Call the object or go to it in person and ask if the pool is adapted to the needs of parents with small children. This way you will receive the most current information. You can also search for tips of the owners of the object on the Internet or look at our map of family-friendly places, where we review parenting facilities, including swimming pools for young children.
Check what pools we recommend.
Before you go to the pool
Prepare well. They will be necessary special swimming diapers for babies. For older children, you can also buy a swimsuit, but this is not necessary, and for many it seems unnecessary (the swimsuit can restrict movement and be an additional stress factor when dressing up).
The basis is a special baby diaper for swimming. We receive diapers in almost every major store with children's accessories, online stores, supermarkets and usually (at a higher price) at the pool. Parents should of course bring a swimsuit. One parent or two can enter the pool. Please note that most swimming pools charge adults. Children under 3 usually go to the pool for free.
We must also remember about towel. For a toddler, take a special hooded towel, and for an older child a large, soft towel that will quickly absorb moisture and allow you to cuddle your child and prevent the body from cooling down. For older babies and walking children, there are also practical dressing gowns that can be put on after getting out of the changing room and removed just before entering the water.
You can go to most pools enter the cart (swimming pools have a special driveway). However, the trolley should be left before entering the cloakroom. To comfortably enter the pool area with a baby, a baby carrier will be useful. To be sure, it is worth asking for permission if the pool staff will not mind bringing it to the cloakroom.
Special ones are very helpful for seated babies inflatable wheels, having seats, protecting against falling out of the child and enabling free feet waving. However, note: some swimming pools, although they do not have too many bath toys, have a regulation that prohibits bringing any toys from outside. That is why it is worth asking the pool staff to avoid unnecessarily burdening luggage before going to the swimming pool.
It can also be helpful dryer. Although most facilities have special stands for drying hair, however, often when the pool is visited by more people queues are formed. Waiting for the dryer with your baby can be troublesome.
Let's take with us also wet wipes, change nappies, snacks, and for younger children milk or juice. It's a good idea to dress your child comfortably in the swimming pool so that dressing up your toddler is not a major problem and that you can do it efficiently and quickly.
If at the swimming pool caps are required, it is worth showing your toddler in this headgear so that the child does not get scared of the change in the appearance of his parents before entering the pool.
It is best to enter the changing room 15-20 minutes before class. In this way, we can easily change clothes and do not have to wait for classes. The way is also individual exits, allowing you to enter the pool at any time that suits visitors.
After the end of classes, it is recommended to wait about half an hour before leaving the child home, especially if you do not return by car and the toddler will come back with us in a pram or baby carrier, being outdoors. Hot toddler's body and inadequately dried hair can cause infection.
Immediately before class
Before going to the pool do not lubricate children with fatty creams and olives, because it can make it difficult for parents to hold the baby and weaken the secure grip, causing parents' hands to slide over the child's body.
Let's think too about a meal. However, the child should not eat later than half an hour before going to the pool (both meals and modified milk). The exception is breastfeeding, which can take place up to 15 minutes before entering the pool. However, let us make sure that this is not particularly abundant and long feeding. Finally, let's take care of the reflection.
Let's leave the teat in the locker room. It cannot be used in organized classes. It is also not recommended during individual entries.
Before entering the water
Let's remember that the child is very sensitive to our emotions and reacts to our anxiety or fear by changing moods. Therefore, if we experience an extremely strong joint exit to the pool, let's try to relax. Let the parent who is more composed enter the pool.