Swimming with a baby is definitely a sweet and tender experience that brings the family closer, but at the same time it is quite demanding, as it needs attention so that everything goes well and without risk. Most babies worship the hours at sea, which is an opportunity for them to play, but if the parents do not pay attention, then the whole thing can become a disaster. So let’s look at what you need to watch out for, that this summer is unforgettable in the positive sense for everyone!
When can the baby bathe at sea?
As far as baby’s age is concerned, it should be older than 6 months, as recommended by pediatricians, in order for the body’s functions to be properly developed. Regarding the time to make a bath, remember that hours 11am – 5pm are forbidden, as the sun’s rays are vertical at that time, which is dangerous for everyone, let alone a baby.
What should I carry with me?
Unfortunately, the time you could go to the sea with your towel and book have passed, but that does not mean you can’t have fun. As long as you do not forget one of the four necessary:
1) Sunscreen. The baby’s skin is very sensitive, so you need to cover it with a thick layer of sunscreen with a high degree of protection before it even goes out to the beach, and it needs constant renewal.
2) Swimsuit. One swimsuit is not enough. After exiting the sea, you have to wear the baby a dry one. There are full body baby bathing suits that have sun protection. It is ideal if your baby wants to play on the beach for hours. Very comfortable infants’ bathing suits are also those that have a diaper integrated, to avoid leaks for as long as you are at sea.
3) Hat. A waterproof hat will protect the baby from the sun and salt.
4) Inflated pillow. Never leave your baby without it. Accidents happen, so it’s much better to have something that keeps it on the surface, depending on its weight and size.
How will the first contact with water happen?
The key, to make your baby feel secure, is to make contact with the water slowly and gradually. First, wet his legs and then the rest of his body with some water from your hands. If he shows he likes it – and most likely he will,if the water is not too cold – take the chance and move it lightly into the sea, always checking that his head is looking upwards. The inflated pillow is the next move, to make it feel that it is exploring the sea but with absolute security.
How long should it last?
Doctors advise that the first swims don’t last more than 15 minutes. Baby skin are very thin and sensitive and should be moist.