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Ultimate Toddler Safety At The Pool

Follow these toddler pool safety tips for swimming fun

Most kids love spending time at the pool, which is great news as swimming has multiple health benefits. Yet, a recent survey has revealed that 79% of children from low income families are unable to competently swim. Therefore, if your toddler has yet to hit the pool, ensure you head down there as soon as possible. After all, swimming is a great hobby for children and with the right safety measures in place you can be sure of a joyous time.

Children with sunglasses in pool
With the right safety measures in place, including adult supervision, children can have a "ton of fun" playing in the pool and learning to swim. (Photo via Pexels)

Safety Gear

Swimming aids are a must to ensure your toddler is happy and supported while in the water. For little ones who are just starting out, swimming vests are ideal as they provide maximum support to the child and reassurance to parents, therefore, allowing them to have a great time. They’re comfortable too and many come with sun protection, so they provide protection in both indoor and outdoor pools. As their skills improve and their confidence grows, your child can make the switch to armbands to aid them in the water, however, be sure you don’t make the transition until your child is ready to do so.

Constant supervision & rules

You should never leave your toddler unattended when they’re in the pool or close to it. Accidents can occur in seconds and although lifeguards are on scene at public pools, it’s your job as a parent or caregiver to supervise your child in the water. You should always adhere to the rules of the pool too. Many will specify a strict parent to child swimming ratio which is implemented to keep everyone as safe as possible. Other rules such as no running or jumping are for safety purposes and, rather than just telling your child they shouldn’t do it, you should educate them on the reasons why.

Father playing with toddler in pool
Taking your toddler to the pool regularly and getting him used to the water will
build toddler's confidence that will prove invaluable in learning to swim. (Pixabay)

Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons are a great way of getting a toddler used to the water and building up their confidence. While taking your child to the pool regularly will provide them with some skills and a great time, many kids will benefit from professional lessons where the focus is on gaining invaluable experience and self-confidence in the water rather than on fun and games. Lessons will also teach your child that they can’t solely rely on you when in the water and that their own body and skills are vital.

Teaching your toddler to swim is a must do for any parent, but, it’s important you take steps to keep your child safe when at the pool. Youngsters should always use swimming aids to help keep them afloat and parents and guardians should never leave their child alone in any pool of water. Many toddlers thrive from having swimming lessons and the safety taught at these lessons is invaluable to both parent and toddler.

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