Mum and Baby Pool Bonding.  

by Pool Builders on 08-06-2013 in Articles

ItâEUR(TM)s July and itâEUR(TM)s hot. I bet most of you with children have either taken the kids to the pool or put one up in the back garden, or maybe youâEUR(TM)ve done both. If you have very young babies it can be a little more difficult, swimming with babies in tow along with older children is not the easiest job a mum can do. Trying to keep hold of the baby while keeping an eye on your other children can be an extremely stressful experience.

There are many different types of baby floating aids on the market which can help with this. Although you do need to keep an eye on baby at all times while they are using the device it is possible to at least feel a little less on edge knowing that there is no way they will go under water.

Swimming with your baby can be a very relaxing, bonding experience. All the skin to skin contact between the two of you can really help to develop your relationship. Baby feels calm and comforted in mums arms and mum feels like the most important person in her babyâEUR(TM)s world. The pool water reminds the baby of the amniotic fluid from when they were in utero and so feels like a comforting place for them.

As pool temperatures can vary and babies are unable to regulate their own body temperature they can become cold very quickly. If your baby starts to shiver and go blue or becomes very lethargic then itâEUR(TM)s time to get out of the pool and warm them up. ItâEUR(TM)s also a good idea to feed them afterwards as you tend to find they will sleep for many hours due to the extra stimulation from swimming. If they have swallowed a lot of water it is also possible for them to have soft watery stools for a day or two.

Some pools recommend you donâEUR(TM)t take a baby swimming until they have had their injections at 3 months old. It is said to be because of all the germs from other pool users but as chlorine is a type of bleach it kills all these bugs anyway. Others say it is fine to take baby from birth but if you are unsure about this then you can always talk to your midwife if she still comes to see you or if not you can ask a doctor or health visitor.

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